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Introduction

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

  1. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Outer Case: step 1, image 1 of 3 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Outer Case: step 1, image 2 of 3 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Outer Case: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • 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.

  2. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Unplug the connector that connects the back plate to the motherboard.

    • Remove the back plate.

  3. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Analog Stick: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Analog Stick: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  4. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

  5. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to lift the tab which releases the blue ribbon cable.

    • Remove the analog stick and button cover.

  6. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Use your thumb and push the connector towards the rightmost edge to disconnect the analog stick cable connector.

  7. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 9.0mm Tri-wing Y0 screws.

    • Lift out the analog stick.

  8. Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Directional Pad Buttons: step 8, image 1 of 2 Nintendo Wii U GamePad Directional Pad Buttons Replacement, Directional Pad Buttons: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Lift up and remove the rubber cover for the directional pad.

    • Remove the directional pad buttons.

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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