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    Default Accidently put a puncture hole in Wii U GamePad

    So I dropped a glass off my nightstand, and it broke falling onto my Wii U GamePad. I looked at the gamepad and there is a gouge in the left part of the screen probably about 1/4"-1/2" long. The controller still works, the screen still displays normally, the touch screen seems to work everywhere but where the outer part of the screen is gouged (although I haven't tested the radius of functionality of the touchscreen from where the gouge is.). Anyone know what to do besides buy a new system, buy a replacement on ebay for $200, or wait till they release spare gamepads on the market? very bummed here, although I'm mostly to blame not keeping it in a safe spot.

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    You have to send it to nintendo. Still will cost you

    1-800-255-3700

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    You listed a few options that you didn't want to do.

    About the only thing left is try to repair it yourself. Is that what you are asking about? If it is, I'm sure there is someone here who may have some information about it in general. However, one issue is is that is it so new, many people probably haven't taken a Wii U controller apart, just to tinker with it and find out how it works.

    You said the screen seems to work, except in one part of the damaged area. Could you just use the controller the way it is, even if it is less than perfect looking?

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    I dont really have the technical know-how to fix it myself. I was just kind of reaching out for suggestions that i may not have known about. I looked on the Nintendo website and didnt really see anything about repairs for gamepads, but i guess after the holidays i can give the # a call. Im really hoping it wont cost me $200 to get a new or repaired gamepad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryudo View Post
    You have to send it to nintendo. Still will cost you

    1-800-255-3700
    Yeah man, in the first 2 months of production of the product you're not going to find a replacement screen that you can DIY repairs with.

    By this time next year they should be rolling out of Hong Kong, BUT even then you're risking them not being 100% perfect as a replacement option.

    I'd say Nintendo is the best way to go, it's probably gonna cost you but not AS much as a full replacement. Also, when you do get it repaired or replaced, get some screen guards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman187666 View Post
    very bummed here, although I'm mostly to blame not keeping it in a safe spot.
    Mostly? Who gets the rest of the blame? Nintendo for making you want a WiiU in the first place?

    I'm just messin with ya, man, hope you find a good, cheap solution or can keep playing with it as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastProcessing402 View Post
    Mostly? Who gets the rest of the blame? Nintendo for making you want a WiiU in the first place?

    I'm just messin with ya, man, hope you find a good, cheap solution or can keep playing with it as is.
    No, the glass does for being in my way!!!! ha ha

    Well I've played the wii U using the gamepad recently, and while annoying, it still works fine. I think the only trouble I'd run into is if I had to drag the Stylus accross that part of the screen, but I haven't had to yet. I guess I can keep using it until Nintendo issues new ones that I can replace it with. Still sucks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman187666 View Post
    I looked on the Nintendo website and didnt really see anything about repairs for gamepads, but i guess after the holidays i can give the # a call. Im really hoping it wont cost me $200 to get a new or repaired gamepad.
    According to this, it's going to run you $85 to get it repaired.

    http://wiiudaily.com/2012/12/wii-u-c...epad-costs-85/

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    This should serve as a good reminder for people to invest in a Wii U gamepad screen protector/condom. There are a few third party ones available already.
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    I don't see how a screen protector would do much good here. It's more a reminder that you shouldn't leave it laying around just anywhere because that screen is vulnerable to damage and the replacement or repair cost is pricey.

    That a glass falling off a nightstand caused this suggest that he didn't select a very safe spot to leave it at. Almost sounds like it was just left on the floor by the circumstances he described although I would hope that wasn't the case.
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