Introduction

Use this guide to replace the directional pad buttons on your Nintendo Wii U GamePad.

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?

enbodylin - Reply

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!

Elizabeth Fowler - Reply

Hi there, I tried to replace the joystick following these instructions but I couldn't remove the connector cable from the old joystick as it is wired into the board. Does anyone know what the connector is called so I can buy one please!

Spider Gin - Reply

Lift up and remove the rubber cover for the directional pad. Remove the directional pad buttons.
  • Lift up and remove the rubber cover for the directional pad.

  • Remove the directional pad buttons.

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Conclusion

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

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Where can you find the blue ribbon mentioned in step 5, for the buttons at?

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