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Topic: GamePad ZL button broken?!

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RedYoshi999

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Ok, so I was playing Sonic & All Stars Racing for the first time yesterday and after about an hour of playing I noticed that I wasn't able to drift. Somehow, my ZL button no longer works! I have no idea how it even happened and I don't know how to fix it. It still clicks but it's not as clicky as the ZR button and the Wii U doesn't register the clicks. Has anyone else had this problem and were you able to fix it? This is the last thing I want after only owning it for a month.

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SCAR392

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No clue. Probably just happened from being clumsy or something... Does anyone else play your Wii U? Maybe you were being rough on it? I don't know, but it being a faulty controller is probably less than a tenth of a percent. Could still happen, but VERY unlikely.

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BenAV

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Uh oh...
Please tell me the faulty shoulder button problem that has been hampering Nintendo's handhelds since the DS have now spread to their home consoles too. D:
My DS Lite, DSi and first 3DS had four broken shoulder buttons between them so I hope my GamePad isn't next in line.
At least it'd be less likely because I'm not carrying it around in my pocket.

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Bankai

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BenAV wrote:

Uh oh...
Please tell me the faulty shoulder button problem that has been hampering Nintendo's handhelds since the DS have now spread to their home consoles too. D:
My DS Lite, DSi and first 3DS had four broken shoulder buttons between them so I hope my GamePad isn't next in line.
At least it'd be less likely because I'm not carrying it around in my pocket.

I don't think so. The shoulder buttons on the Wii U feel solid. Not like the flimsy stuff on the 3DS models.

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RedYoshi999

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SCAR392 wrote:

No clue. Probably just happened from being clumsy or something... Does anyone else play your Wii U? Maybe you were being rough on it? I don't know, but it being a faulty controller is probably less than a tenth of a percent. Could still happen, but VERY unlikely.

Nope, only me who uses it. I've never dropped it and I'm never rough with it. I was just casually playing some Sonic Racing and it stopped working.

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davipbl

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Same thing happened to me by the end of the last year! I had to register here to inform you about this... My country does not have the support and i can't fix it! Nintendo is letting me down. And the same button, ZL button suddenly stopped working.

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Ryno

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Go all Tim the Toolman Taylor on it and fix it! After all, iFixit gave it an 8/10 on ease of repair.

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RedYoshi999

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davipbl wrote:

Same thing happened to me by the end of the last year! I had to register here to inform you about this... My country does not have the support and i can't fix it! Nintendo is letting me down. And the same button, ZL button suddenly stopped working.

It seems to be an emerging problem that's starting to pop up all over the place. People that haven't done anything wrong to their GamePad, suddenly find the ZL button to be unresponsive. Ugh I don't really want to call Nintendo Australia as they will likely charge me for the repair saying it was me who broke it... And who's to say it won't happen again?

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Go all Tim the Toolman Taylor on it and fix it! After all, iFixit gave it an 8/10 on ease of repair.

Haha, I wish it were that simple! I don't want to void the warranty by opening it up. Plus, I have no idea why it's doing this and if it's even a fixable problem.

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SCAR392

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Your Wii U is still in waranty, including the Gamepad, so it's free. They will open it up and see it was a factory assembly problem(or something along manufacturing lines). The only problem is that you won't have your gamepad for a while, so all you can do is play Wii games for a while, or games that don't use Gamepad 'til you get it back. Good luck.

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davipbl

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SCAR392 wrote:

Your Wii U is still in waranty, including the Gamepad, so it's free. They will open it up and see it was a factory assembly problem(or something along manufacturing lines). The only problem is that you won't have your gamepad for a while, so all you can do is play Wii games for a while, or games that don't use Gamepad 'til you get it back. Good luck.

I'll be charged, i've already asked NoA, i can't get it repaired in the united states with my warranty while i'm in brazil and i'll have to pay to some technician to get it repaired... maybe i'll open it up and see if it is some sort of misplacement of material.

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SCAR392

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That's unfortunate. You're gonna have to buy a tri screwdriver if you plan on opening it. I don't really know what else to say... Did you buy it in Brazil, or on a trip or something? I could see them charging you for the extra shipping, but not a complete repair. Hmm...

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avelino_andrei

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Hello, I've been having the exact same problem here (ZL and L button stopped working and I'm in Brazil). Was anyone able to fix it ?

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Big_L91

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man quite a few people reporting problems :( hope it doesnt happen to me.

put it on.

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RedYoshi999

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Oh hey, it's my old topic resurrected from the dead! :P For the record, Nintendo Australia replaced it for free as it was deemed faulty. Had it back within 2-3 weeks (which was fine in the drought over January.)

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