Can I buy a Wii U without a gamepad?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Games & Content' started by lisreal2401, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. lisreal2401
    OP

    lisreal2401 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    506
    210
    Jun 4, 2013
    United States
    Okay, so I'm trying to score a Wii U for cheap, but they're all like $200 or more. I don't care much about the gamepad but I know in the past you needed it at least for settings. Can you use one without it with homebrew or do you still need it for basic stuff?
     
  2. Kurausukun

    Kurausukun GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    215
    45
    Apr 6, 2014
    United States
    You need it.
     
  3. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

    Member
    10,336
    5,246
    May 27, 2016
    United States
    New York
    Who ever heard of a wii u without gamepad? Is definatly required, for like most of things necessary to do stuff. Even some games only work with the game pad. Is IRREPLACABLE. :wtf:

    But if nintendo aren't gonna be selling wii u game pads replacements, i hope they can get a app for the switch to use wii u as game pad or something. (Though it may require wii u update but still it be maybe cool.) :P
     
  4. lisreal2401
    OP

    lisreal2401 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    506
    210
    Jun 4, 2013
    United States
    Are you sure it's straight up unusable without it? Like can I just sync a wii remote and be good to go (I know for a fact system settings require the gamepad but I haven't used a console since 2014 so I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff)
     
  5. kolosus

    kolosus GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    102
    15
    Jul 14, 2010
    United States
    I've been hot on the trail of this too. I actually have a thread asking about this.
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/wii-u-w-o-gamepad-tips-suggestions.459304/

    I have access to another Wii U which has a game pad. I'm going to borrow it and set it up and stick to games that can make do without the game pad.

    If you want a full Wii U, you can buy a refurbished one. Comes with a 1 year warranty from Nintendo.
    This is a link to it on ebay. These are sold by Nintendo itself but through ebay. You dont get a game pad stand, that's the only difference that I can tell as opposed to buying straight retail but it will have you up and running within minutes.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Wii-U...169726?hash=item1a21db4c3e:g:IUMAAOSwa~BYUZ53

    This is a link to one directly though Nintendo. No paypal necessary. It is white with 32gb internal. I have seen black ones before but cant find it now. Maybe they rotate them.
    https://store.nintendo.com/ng3/us/p...alse&productId=prod840425&categoryId=cat10002

    You will need a game pad to set things up. You cannot set up the console without it. But once set up, as long as you stick to games that work without the game pad, you can manage. I have to buy my own consoles with my own money. When my parents bought my consoles I always bought it new from the store within weeks of release. Now things are different. I will play the wii u without the game pad till the game pad prices fall to within reasonable levels. People can say that the console is crippled (which it probably is) without the game pad but I dont see anyone handing me a Benjamin so that I can afford to buy a game pad.
     
    osaka35 likes this.
  6. Gourmet

    Gourmet GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    105
    52
    Sep 17, 2015
    Brazil
    You can't set up Wi-Fi without gamepad and you would need that to run homebrew. Maybe, just maybe, you can use a LAN adapter and then procceed to use HID-to-Vpad. The Wii U can't be formated to the set up screen either.
     
  7. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,926
    901
    Nov 6, 2002
    Portugal
    Proud to be Portuguese but I am in USA.
    You are silly. If it is without a gamepad then Nintendo would released a Wii U without a gamepad for a cheaper price. So, no, it is require no matter what.
     
  8. WiiUBricker

    WiiUBricker Insert Custom Title

    Member
    7,072
    4,145
    Sep 19, 2009
    Argentina
    Espresso
    You are silly. Nintendo would never release a Wii U without a gamepad for a cheaper price because that would defeat the point of the Wii U.
     
  9. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,926
    901
    Nov 6, 2002
    Portugal
    Proud to be Portuguese but I am in USA.
    No, you don't understand. I said an "IF" and of course, they wouldn't released a Wii U without a gamepad. I know because they are cheapskate. :)
     
  10. VitaType

    VitaType GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    767
    345
    Jul 16, 2016
    Germany
    We got from "The WiiU that's this new tablet controller for the Wii, right?" to "Can I get a WiiU without the tablet controller". Is that now an improvement?
    Nintendo: It really seems as you got the marketing slightly wrong...
     
    Last edited by VitaType, Feb 3, 2017
  11. DeoNaught

    DeoNaught ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Member
    1,567
    1,601
    Aug 22, 2016
    United States
    Constant Fear
    Cause then we would get a Wii
     
  12. fatsquirrel

    fatsquirrel GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,891
    1,409
    Nov 11, 2013
    You can buy it without motherboard if you want.
    But I dont think itll play that Captain Toad for you.