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Wii U Gamepads On Sale In Japan

In a not so surprising move, Nintendo Japan have started to sell Wii U pads on their online store, presumably to replace broken pads. As announced in the past, Nintendo have gone on record saying that the Wii U is unable to support two gamepads due to issues with resolutions being beamed to multiple gamepads. In Australia, most people purchase their replacement pads from Ebay or Gumtree so here’s hoping that Nintendo make this sales shift present in Australia as well.


Just to give you an idea of cost, they’re selling for $112 in Japan.

Japan see Famicom faceplate for Wii U gamepad

In yet another piece of mouth watering goodness coming out of Japan, 3rd party manfacturer Datel have released news and pictures of the Famicom faceplate which they’re releasing for the Wii U Gamepad.

famicom faceplate

It looks like its being made for the Premium Wii U pack as the buttons are black in the screenshot. One small caveat however is that with the faceplate on, the Gamepad is unable to be charged with the charger that comes with the Wii U. To counter that, Datel will also be releasing a charger that works with the faceplate.

famicom faceplate 2

If you think it looks amazing and want to get it for yourself, it’ll set you back ¥1,980 when it releases on July 31st.

Nintendo Executive’s Wife Switches To Wii U Gamepad

Head of Nintendo Europe, Satoru Shibata, has recently revealed that he convinced his wife to try out the Wii U Gamepad when she was unable to purchase an iPad.

It came about because she wanted a tablet device to browse the internet however when iPads were sold out in different stores, he asked her to try browsing the net on the Wii U Gamepad.

“Until recently, my wife did not want to try out the GamePad. But there has been a change lately and she began using the Internet browser on the GamePad. Actually, we went to buy a certain tablet one weekend, but what we wanted was sold out everywhere, so we gave up on getting one. Back home, I said, “Why don’t we try using the GamePad instead?”. I let my wife manoeuvre the GamePad and because she picked it up so effortlessly, I ended up having to watch Nintendo Direct on December 5th on the TV in our living room with her.”