Last Updated on June 3, 2023
If there are no Nintendo Wii U parts for repairs, the consoles will eventually die out…
Nintendo Japan has officially announced that they will be fading out their Wii U repair support due to console parts running low. Closure of this service is currently dependent on when there are no longer any parts to spare.
Of course, this follows news that the Wii U consoles can die under specific scenarios, and the closure of the eShop for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS handhelds. In short, the platform is considered something of an embarrassment by Nintendo, and is being allowed to die.
This was announced on Nintendo Japan’s support page. They confirmed that part possession duration has now run its course. After Wii U repairs finish, accessory repairs will also stop. Wii U repairs have already come to a close for western countries.
The translated version of Nintendo Japan’s statement reads:
“For Wii U peripherals (Wii U GamePad, etc.), we will stop accepting repairs at the same time as the Wii U itself. If the inventory of parts required for repairing a peripheral device runs out before the end of repair acceptance for the Wii U console, we will stop accepting repair requests for the peripheral device for which we have run out of parts inventory.”
They also encourage the following: “If you are considering repairing the Wii U console or peripherals, please apply as soon as possible.”
How can you repair a Nintendo Wii U without parts?
For now repairs are still available for the Switch, Joycons, 3DS, Mariokart Live, the new versions of the Game & Watch and the NES and SNES Classic Minis. Nintendo products are never easy to self repairs due to the complexity of accessing them without the right equipment (yes, I’m talking about the infamous twi-wing screwdriver!).
It’s now in the hands of gamers to take good care of their Wii U consoles.
The alternative? Buy up spare old Nintendo Wii U consoles on eBay, and save money on “for spares and repairs” listings. Then use the old consoles for replacement parts.
It’s a solution older hardware owners have been practicing for decades. Cannibalising old kit isn’t pleasant, but if that’s the only way to get the parts…
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