Introduction

Use this guide to replace the analog stick in your Nintendo Wii U GamePad.

Face the GamePad down and unscrew the two Phillips #00 screws which are attached to the battery cover. Lift up and remove the battery cover.
  • Face the GamePad down and unscrew the two Phillips #00 screws which are attached to the battery cover.

  • Lift up and remove the battery cover.

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With your finger on the battery connector, pull downwards toward the base of the GamePad to disconnect it. Pull upwards from the bottom of the battery to release it. Pull upwards from the bottom of the battery to release it.
  • With your finger on the battery connector, pull downwards toward the base of the GamePad to disconnect it.

  • Pull upwards from the bottom of the battery to release it.

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Remove the ten 8.9mm Tri-wing Y1 screws hidden underneath square stickers. Lift up the back plate. The back plate is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.
  • Remove the ten 8.9mm Tri-wing Y1 screws hidden underneath square stickers.

  • Lift up the back plate.

  • The back plate is still connected by a cable to the motherboard.

how do i replace the whole front and back casing?

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Unplug the connector that connects the back plate to the motherboard. Remove the back plate.
  • Unplug the connector that connects the back plate to the motherboard.

  • Remove the back plate.

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Take out the left and right shoulder buttons in the upper corners. Remove the ZR and ZL trigger buttons by lifting up and sliding outward.
  • Take out the left and right shoulder buttons in the upper corners.

  • Remove the ZR and ZL trigger buttons by lifting up and sliding outward.

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Remove the top rubber cover by pulling it off of its mounts to access one of the mounting screws. Remove the four 5.2mm Phillips #0 screws.
  • Remove the top rubber cover by pulling it off of its mounts to access one of the mounting screws.

  • Remove the four 5.2mm Phillips #0 screws.

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Use a spudger to lift the tab which releases the blue ribbon cable. Remove the analog stick and button cover.
  • Use a spudger to lift the tab which releases the blue ribbon cable.

  • Remove the analog stick and button cover.

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Use your thumb and push the connector towards the rightmost edge to disconnect the analog stick cable connector.
  • Use your thumb and push the connector towards the rightmost edge to disconnect the analog stick cable connector.

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Remove the two 9.0mm Tri-wing Y0 screws. Lift out the analog stick.
  • Remove the two 9.0mm Tri-wing Y0 screws.

  • Lift out the analog stick.

Easy peasy. Thanks!

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Conclusion

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

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where can i find replacement analogs for wiiu gamepad and wiiu procontoller?

Victor Torres - Reply

www.ebay.com

mhuntersr -

They are available at ebay.com Cost around 7,50 $ Left & Right (different - look what you need). Comes all from china or hong Kong but Quality is 1A (so far i can tell).

Frederik Rischmann -

Bump previous question because dogs seem to enjoy their texture.

maskedpainter - Reply

Has anyone tried this?

http://dx.com/p/replacement-3d-analog-st...

I know it says for the pro controller. But based from the images, the pins could be compatible.

wandererwk - Reply

Have you tried them? Do they work?

Brandon -

Wii u pro controller sticks kompatibel?

MrMister - Reply

Has anyone been able to find the replacement sticks?

Brandon - Reply

I was able to find the replacement stick on ebay. I believe it was $7.99 (better than the $100 nintendo charges to service the controller). The process was pretty easy, but make sure you have the tri-wing screw driver.

rockstang -

Hi all, I'm in UK, and just wanted to say I successfully changed my left gamepad stick (kept going forward on its own) following this guide....got one from eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Analog-Stick-w...

worked like a charm.

Thanks to all concerned.

Alan Oliver - Reply

Helpful. My left joystick started to move down for no reason so I ordered a new one and replaced it. Works great now. The only problem I had was with removing that short white cable from the old joystick to the new one. It is really stuck hard on those pins! So be careful not to pull by the cables. I lifted it with my nails a little and then I used a nail fail to lift it up from the sides where a little gap appears.

red4rod - Reply

We can put xbox one sticks in the wiiu gamepad and wiiu pro controller, i have made an easy tutorial on Youtube http://youtu.be/kcynxb2xyLY

Mathieu - Reply

Thank you for this detailed tutorial! I just replaced the left analog joystick on my gamepad and the kids are overjoyed.

sarahvroman - Reply

My pro controller's l stick is connected by a ribbon. How do I take out my analog stick?

Rutvik Marathe - Reply

Left stick was drifting. Purchased both left and right stick on ebay at: http://r.ebay.com/QLJsRg

These excellent directions, and clear illustrations made this easy. The only challenge was removing the short, white cable just like red4rod mentioned above.

I was able to avoid removing the blue ribbon cable (on analog stick and button cover in step #7):

Immediately after step #6, I used my thumb to remove the (white) analog stick cable connector (step #8).

Next, I lifted the button cover slightly up, and to the 'left' (orientation based upon pictures in tutorial), being careful not to pull on the blue ribbon cable.

From there, I was able to proceed with step #9.

joemcisaac - Reply

Yep, your totally right. I did it the same way and need around 20 minutes less.

Frederik Rischmann -

My Wii U gamepad has a new wrinkle to this issue: the short white cable still has a connector to the main controller, but no longer has a connector to the joystick's tiny circuit board - instead, it has 5 pins (4 white and one black) soldered directly to the board. So to use a replacement joystick, I needed a replacement cable with connectors on both ends. Searching everywhere I could, finally found a replacement connection cable: on aliexpress.com, item 32394130368. Hope this helps!

Tony D - Reply

I hit the same issue, but the part was out of stock, and the pair I ordered didn't come with cables.

I ordered another pair off Amazon that explicitly showed the cables. The left stick's cable fit perfectly, but the cable that came with the right analog stick did NOT fit into the connector.

In conclusion, buy replacement parts from someone with a return policy, and be prepared in case things don't work out.

Chris Donnelly -

Hello! I've just purchased a replacement from ebay (My stick sometimes doesn't register if you move the stick straight up, tried compressed air cleaning to no avail). It just came, but I noticed that when you move it around, it "sticks" on the extremes, just like on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ3uq7Wd...

I'm sure mine is a "fake" in the sense it was not manufactured by Nintendo, but I wonder if it works, so I would like to know if the successful replacements made here were with modules that also "sticked" on the corners (which may not happen in normal operation due to the mechanics not letting the stick get to the extremes maybe?).

Any help is appreciated, thank you!

cd - Reply

Actually, I have been informed it works like that, so if anyone is wondering: the gamepad will stop the stick from getting to the outer extremes. The "sticky" behaviour is not an actual issue.

cd -

Replaced friend's analog sticks after burning them out on Splatoon. They're working now. Thanks!

Jim Boom - Reply

Does anyone out there know the name of the connector on the motherboard that that sticks plug into? I need them but have no clue what they are called.

Ivan Ramey - Reply

Just created an account here to say "THANK YOU SO MUCH!" This seemed like a daunting task at first but with the help of this guide I was able to repair my Gamepad in under 30 minutes!

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