GamePad Replacement

Report: Wii U GamePad Costs $140 to Replace

GenGAME’s Alex Plant has voiced his opinion in the past that the Wii U is too expensive, and we know that a large portion of that $300 price tag is devoted to the fancy, new Wii U GamePad. As it turns out, the GamePad might cost more than you think. According to a NeoGAF user who was recently forced to seek a replacement GamePad thanks to Delta Air Lines losing his luggage, by the time you toss in shipping and tax, a replacement GamePad will cost you over $150.

As explained by NeoGAF user “nbthedude,” the base charge for a new Wii U GamePad is $140. With tax and shipping, that number escalates further, likely costing you more than half the price of the system itself.

So Delta lost my luggage last month and with it my Wii U power supply, sensor bar, and Wii Pad. I waited on placing a replacement order in hopes that they would find it. They did not.

So today I called Nintendo to order a replacement. I had read online that replacement gamepads were around $80. This apparently is incorrect. The amount Nintendo is billing my card is $150+ shipping. Since this is a direct from manufacturer replacement price and not something you can order from them normally via their store, I figure they are not trying to price gouche (at least, I hope they aren’t). So I thought this was interesting info to pass along.

Manufacturing prices go down over time, and this price is the replacement price (not necessarily equivalent to the future in-store price), but this doesn’t bode well for future mutliplayer games. Nintendo is aiming to make additional GamePads available later this year, designing games that will make use of multiple GamePads. How high will the price be to get the full multiplayer experience?

Source: NeoGAF via Wii U Daily

  • http://justmagicthings.tumblr.com/ Skyfolk

    Well hopefully they cut the retail price in half or close to, otherwise it’s gonna piss off a lot of casual gamers and families if they wanna get the multi-gamepad games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.lefebvre.161 Aaron Lefebvre

    I don’t think its expensive at all. It is more powerful than this current consoles, and they cost around the same price at their launch. A next-gen more powerful console should cost more, its just how things work. People need to stop acting like Nintendos consoles, and products aren’t worth the money, it just shows the complete bias against Nintendo. The PS4 and 720 costing $400+, better get some people riled up then, because if i hear that the Wii-U is to expensive, when these two consoles release and cost $100-$200 more, i will stop paying attention to anything this website, or any other website say about Nintendo. Its all bias, and i will just end up sticking with Nintendo Direct to hear the new games coming out.

    • Erimgard

      Well, this is really more about how the controller is driving up the price. Apparently it’s about half the cost, and that’s a hefty sum.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.lefebvre.161 Aaron Lefebvre

        Well its not a normal controller, its a gampad. The Pro Controller cost $50 like every other controller, i bet the next Xbox, and PS controller will be $80.

  • zdog

    I’m surprised they ended up announcing multiple gamepads for Wii U in the first place, to me it seems to kill the whole idea of asymmetrical playing that they’ve been championing.

    • CChaplin

      Yeah, they never *really* wanted to support multiple gamepads but people pestered them until they gave in. I imagine that multi-gamepad games will not do very well due to the high cost of a second controller, and then nobody will continue making multi-gamepad games, and then Nintendo will be happy because they never wanted to do it in the first place.

      • zdog

        Haha! I would challenge anyone to disagree with that!

  • http://twitter.com/salvucci91 Mike Salvucci

    You are essentially paying the price of a console for a second controller.