The Wii U is a video game console paired with a handheld device made by Nintendo that allows users to play games on the GamePad. Repairing the console is straightforward as the device is very modular.

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How do I replace the Wii U gamepad's front faceplate

Ok, long story short. I got a Wii U for Christmas. It didn't come with the gamepad. This was my fault.

I'm trying to find the Legend of Zelda gamepad but it's not easy. I thought maybe since replacement faceplates for the Legend of Zelda gamepad that maybe I could buy a white one and replace the faceplate myself. However, I've never done this before so I looked on YouTube and Google for a video to explain it and found NOTHING. ^_^; Could someone PLEASE help me?

I would greatly appreciate any help anyone could give me. ^_^ Thank you in advance!

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Everything is screwed to the face plate... to replace it you have to remove everything from the game tablet and rebuild it into your new one! it's easy but you have to be very careful not to rip or break any connectors or ribbon / flex cables! Everything's very this guide before you start!


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The Gamepad is easily enough opened and and faceplate can be changed. iFixit has a guide here. It does require some special drivers to open the case.

First, you should call Nintendo, be nice, and see if they can help you out with a gamepad. I bet you they've got some faceplates and gamepads lying around.

eBay has many auctions for Zelda gamepads. Search "zelda gamepad only"

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