Introduction

Use this guide to install a new front faceplate for the Nintendo Wii U.

With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:
  • With the bottom of the console facing up, remove the following 6 screws hidden underneath the white square stickers:

    • Three 5.1mm Phillips #000 screws

    • Two 6.1mm Tri-wing Y0 screws

    • One 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screw

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Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.
  • Rotate the console 180 degrees so that the exhaust vents are facing you.

  • Remove the two 7.1mm Phillips #00 screws.

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On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it. On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it.
  • On the side opposite of the exhaust vents, slide the cover faceplate towards the back of the console and pull upwards to release it.

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On the bottom of the console beneath the previously removed faceplate, remove the three 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screws.
  • On the bottom of the console beneath the previously removed faceplate, remove the three 13.2mm Tri-wing Y1 screws.

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On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover. On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover. On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover.
  • On the back of the console, lift up and release the main top cover.

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Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you. On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.
  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is facing you.

  • On each side of the console, remove the 3.5mm Phillips #0 screw connecting the DVD drive to the faceplate.

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Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.
  • Rotate the device so that the front plate is on the right side and the ribbon cable is visible.

  • Lift up on the blue tab to release the ribbon cable.

There is a step to do before to "lift up on the blue tab in order to release the ribbon cable". We must lift up the connector who maintain the ribbon cable. By default, his position his locked and in order to unlock it, must put it in his top position.

Frederic Morelli - Reply

Remove the front faceplate.
  • Remove the front faceplate.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Great guide. I was able to fix the front USB door on my Wii u! Thanks guys!

Matt Jones - Reply

My ribbon seems to work but the little connection it plugs into on the circuit board in the console broke off. Not just the black clip but the whole little circuit. Seems like a clean break. Can I solder it back on? If I push it back on and hold the ribbon in the red light comes on and blinks. Occasionally I can get the white light to come on for like a second but I never hear fans spinning/more of the unit coming to life before it shuts itself off.

Thoughts on how to fix it?

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