A Nintendo of America customer service representative has confirmed that Wii U GamePad replacements will be available for a fee.
Thanks for writing. I can appreciate your interest in the Wii U! To address your inquiries directly, I can tell you that individual replacement Wii U GamePad controllers will be available from Nintendo Consumer Service for a fee. In regard to warranty coverage for that accessory, at this time no specific announcements have been made. However, it’s worth noting that Nintendo warranties do not cover physical damage.
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Nintendo of America has already said that Wii U GamePad’s will not be available for purchase separately.
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