Author Topic: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)  (Read 8814 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:26:20 PM »
GamePad is broke again and I'm going to ask Nintendo 1 more time for a free replacement (another thread) but if its a no then its 129.99 plus to get it fixed/replaced. But then I got this idea. A used Wii u is like $209 used and I can put the extra unit upstairs in my bedroom. I need to do this so as I fell in love with Splatoon today and will be getting that Amiibo pack come Friday.


To sum up.


Fix the GamePad save $80 and buy more games?


Buy used Wii U spend extra coin but have Wii u upstairs?


Remember My house is that house where all the family kids congregate.

« Last Edit: June 08, 2015, 11:35:56 PM by Nile Boogie Returns »

Offline UncleBob

  • (PATRON)
  • NWR Junior Ranger
  • Score: 98
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2015, 11:40:25 PM »
Toys R Us has the 8GB Skylanders SWAP Force Bundle for $199 through the end of the month.  Get that, flip the included Skylanders stuff and have a spare Wii U (although it'll be an 8GB and a white unit)...
Just some random guy on the internet who has a different opinion of games than you.

Offline azeke

  • He's ruining Splatfest for the rest of us
  • Score: 11
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2015, 12:00:45 AM »
Constantly syncing and desyncing single gamepad between two systems might be a hassle, unless you will use wiimote as a main controller on one.
Winners don't hate and W101 rocks

Offline Ian Sane

  • Champion for Urban Champion
  • Score: 0
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 01:27:55 PM »
I don't understand.  How useful is a second Wii U if you only have one working Gamepad between them?  Isn't that just going to restrict the freedom of both getting use at the same time which would be the whole point of having two of them?  I would just fix the Gamepad.

Offline ejamer

  • Does he even know Khushrenada?!?
  • Score: 24
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2015, 01:39:17 PM »
I don't understand.  How useful is a second Wii U if you only have one working Gamepad between them?  Isn't that just going to restrict the freedom of both getting use at the same time which would be the whole point of having two of them?  I would just fix the Gamepad.


If you have a Pro Controller, aren't there a lot of games you can play without needing the GamePad?  It would be super annoying to have to re-sync if you want to change which controller you are using on a system though...
NNID: ejamer

Offline nickmitch

  • You can edit these yourself now?!
  • Score: 81
    • View Profile
    • FACEBOOK!
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 01:51:16 PM »
How have you sent your Wii U to Nintendo in the past?

And where's the other thread?  I've been having gamepad issues that I've only recently found the time to deal with.
TVman is dead. I killed him and took his posts.

Offline UncleBob

  • (PATRON)
  • NWR Junior Ranger
  • Score: 98
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2015, 01:59:07 PM »
I don't understand.  How useful is a second Wii U if you only have one working Gamepad between them?  Isn't that just going to restrict the freedom of both getting use at the same time which would be the whole point of having two of them?  I would just fix the Gamepad.

Backup system?

If they're charging $125 to replace and you can get a backup system for $75 more (less if you resell the packed-in Skylanders stuff), then it's not a bad plan.
Just some random guy on the internet who has a different opinion of games than you.

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2015, 02:24:17 PM »
Smash, Donkey Kong, bayonetta 1/2, Hyrule Warriors, Mario and a host of other retail and eShop titles don't need the gameplay so yeah.  Apps on the other hand, Netflix and the like require a Gpad.

How have you sent your Wii U to Nintendo in the past?

And where's the other thread?  I've been having gamepad issues that I've only recently found the time to deal with.

I'll  dig out that thread. Long story not as long, I wanted to buy an extra pad but they are region locked and stupid.

Offline BranDonk Kong

  • Eat your f'ing cat!
  • Score: 10131
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2015, 02:44:13 PM »
What is broken on your Wii U GamePad? If it's just the touch screen it's about $9 on eBay, if it's the LCD it's about $20. If it's both...$29. If it's something else...then who knows. Either way it should be a simple fix, if you wouldn't want to do it yourself I'd happily fix it for you.
I think it says on the box, 'No Hispanics' " - Jeff Green of EA

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2015, 05:01:41 PM »
Not the screen, both thumb sticks don't click but the major issue is the Rf antenna is whacked, can't go more than 30in from the console.

Offline BranDonk Kong

  • Eat your f'ing cat!
  • Score: 10131
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2015, 05:21:29 PM »
Lame. It uses WiFi (more or less) to connect though. Could just be one of the wires to the antenna is unplugged.
I think it says on the box, 'No Hispanics' " - Jeff Green of EA

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2015, 10:17:47 PM »
Lame. It uses WiFi (more or less) to connect though. Could just be one of the wires to the antenna is unplugged.

I'm going to open it up and take a looksee.

Offline Louieturkey

  • Terrifying fantasies
  • Score: -3
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2015, 08:52:52 PM »
Lame. It uses WiFi (more or less) to connect though. Could just be one of the wires to the antenna is unplugged.

I'm going to open it up and take a looksee.

Send it to Brandogg, he's been fixing consoles for about a decade or more now.

Offline nickmitch

  • You can edit these yourself now?!
  • Score: 81
    • View Profile
    • FACEBOOK!
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2015, 08:43:41 PM »
Lame. It uses WiFi (more or less) to connect though. Could just be one of the wires to the antenna is unplugged.

I'm going to open it up and take a looksee.


I also have this issue, so let me know how that goes/is easy to fix.
TVman is dead. I killed him and took his posts.

Offline Evan_B

  • Wants to wakka wakka all over you
  • Score: 6
    • View Profile
    • Nerd Rage
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2015, 12:10:03 AM »
Not the screen, both thumb sticks don't click but the major issue is the Rf antenna is whacked, can't go more than 30in from the console.
The thumb sticks are ridiculously easy to replace, I've done so myself. The range issue is kind of bizarre though.
Really Passionate Gaming: Snobbish Articles from a Snobbish RPG fan.
My Backloggery
Quote from: Optimism Prime
the worst celebrity death of the year so far has been Evan_B's brain. rip

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad?
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2015, 11:35:12 PM »
Update:


Replaced the thumb sticks for a total of $6.99. on a scale of 1-10, it was about a 3. Pretty easy. As for the range, I did some research and found the antenna in the GamePad does tend to go bad for time to time. Good news on that front it an official replacement part is only 8.99 and its even easier to replace than the thumb sticks.


"We might be in business folks"


I might finally be able to beat ZombiU before the sequel is announced....nevermind, I've said too much!

Offline UncleBob

  • (PATRON)
  • NWR Junior Ranger
  • Score: 98
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2015, 11:57:02 PM »
They should sell some kind of antenna booster.
Just some random guy on the internet who has a different opinion of games than you.

Online NWR_insanolord

  • Rocket Fuel Malt Liquor....DAMN!
  • NWR Staff Pro
  • Score: -18987
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2015, 02:21:15 AM »
I'd definitely buy that. There are a couple places in my house I can't get a good enough signal for Off-TV play in and I'd certainly be willing to pay a bit to fix that.
Insanolord is a terrible moderator.

J.P. Corbran
NWR Community Manager and Soccer Correspondent

Offline pokepal148

  • The Greatest Kirby Helper
  • *
  • Score: -9968
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2015, 10:46:00 PM »
why the hell don't they sell chargers for the gamepad in stores???
Forum Retrospective - Come play games with us. It'll be fun.

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2015, 03:11:13 PM »
why the hell don't they sell chargers for the gamepad in stores???




That's another thing that pisses me off about the GamePad. Either make the damned thing usb or make it available to purchase in the real world. They must think these things don't break or get lost.

Offline rlse9

  • Score: -1
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2015, 09:23:13 PM »
why the hell don't they sell chargers for the gamepad in stores???
Probably because no store wants to carry them.  Between how few Wii Us have sold and how few people lose or break the chargers, it's not worth their time or shelf space to carry them.  At least Amazon carries chargers for it...

Offline pokepal148

  • The Greatest Kirby Helper
  • *
  • Score: -9968
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2015, 10:21:34 PM »
Now that's bullshit because Walmart has just now, FINALLY decided to put those 4gb PS Vita Memory Cards on rollback. SERIOUSLY,  WHO THE HECK WOULD BUY A 4GB CARD FOR THAT THING!

And I looked online and was unable to find a new adapter from anyone but Nintendo (if I'm going to have to order online I'm not going to settle for a 3rd party knock off, which I found plenty of.)
Forum Retrospective - Come play games with us. It'll be fun.

Offline Ceric

  • Once killed four Deviljho in one hunt
  • Score: 0
    • View Profile
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2015, 10:43:49 PM »
I don't see why they didn't just use the 3DS/2DS/XL/New charger.
Need a Personal NonCitizen-Magical-Elf-Boy-Child-Game-Abused-King-Kratos-Play-Thing Crimm Unmaker-of-Worlds-Hunter-Of-Boxes
so, I don't have to edit as Much.

Offline nickmitch

  • You can edit these yourself now?!
  • Score: 81
    • View Profile
    • FACEBOOK!
Re: So do I buy a another Wii U or Fix the Gamepad? (Update)
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2015, 10:03:22 PM »
Update:


Replaced the thumb sticks for a total of $6.99. on a scale of 1-10, it was about a 3. Pretty easy. As for the range, I did some research and found the antenna in the GamePad does tend to go bad for time to time. Good news on that front it an official replacement part is only 8.99 and its even easier to replace than the thumb sticks.


"We might be in business folks"

Where did you find the antenna? I can't seem to find it on Nintendo's online store. :(
TVman is dead. I killed him and took his posts.

Offline Nile Boogie Returns

  • Tropical Freeze
  • Score: 14
    • View Profile