Set up Wi-Fi without gamepad ?

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  1. oli.exe
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    Hey guys,

    So I strike a amazing deal (Really ridiculous deal - cheaper that old Wii :D) for a Wii U but without the gamepad. But for that price I just jumped on it. Plus I have a old semi-broken Wii so I already got couple of wiimotes and classic controllers and sensor bar and I grabbed really cheap Wii U pro controler clone on ebay that works just great for my casual use :) Console was already set-up so great - no need for gamepad there. I do not really want to play a lot of games on Wii U since I got PS4 for that but I am interested in couple exclusives that works without the gamepad plus finally catch up with the old Wii Library of games and use the homebrew emulators.
    So here is what I did: Installed Homebrew Channel on vWii using smash bros exploit - works great, got my loader and filled the huge 1TB HDD with number of Wii games and all emulators and roms = super happy, cant complain.

    But to my question: I cant access the Wii U settings without gamepad - all I want to do is set-up the wifi connection and enable the software update - I dont need anything else. Is there any possible "work-around" to set up the connection without the gamepad ? Maybe using some homebrew on vWii or possibility to import my wifi setting from my old wii ?
    Cant really even borrow the gamepad from anybody i know since literally nobody have wii u here :) It would be great if somebody knows any way. If not i am still happy, but i would love to connect the console to internet :))
     
  2. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    can't you buy a gamepad with a broken screen and replace it?
    not sure about the wii u gamepad, but lots of people do this on purchasing phones.. they buy broken ones for cheap and replace the screen...
     
  3. oli.exe
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    I checked out the prices but they are ridiculous for a gamepad. I dont want to spend that much money for the controler that I am not going to use that much :)
     
  4. migles

    migles Mei the sexiest bae

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    thats why i am saying to get one with broken screen from ebay, still expensive?

    so far i know there is no way to access system settings without gamepad...
     
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    You need a Wii U GamePad to change any system settings. It's stupid and archaic of Nintendo to force use of the Wii U GamePad here, but these are the facts.

    The best you can hope for is finding someone who's willing to borrow their Wii U GamePad for as long as you need to just change the settings, or wait for this to become reality:
     
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    Thanks for claryfying it :) Guess I will be offline until someone with gamepad or cheap one will come up. Thanks.
    Thread can be closed for now.
     
  7. Northern Nemesis

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    This is my NUMBER 1 pet peeve about the Wii U let me change the damn settings without the Gamepad dammit!
     
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  8. oli.exe
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    Dont really see the point of need of gamepad in the settings at all. I probably love the pro controller even more than my beloved dualshocks. I would be all over this platform if the requirement of tablet looking gamepad would be dropped :)


    EDIT:
    Also if I buy the LAN adapter ? Is there still any settings needed or it will automatically connect using the ethernet ?
     
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  9. migles

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    in what world you would need a gamepad with is own screen for settings
    its just nintendo way to DRM it, making sure you have a gamepad...
    i am surprised the console starts without one...
     
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    This is actually a good workaround to your current situation, didn't think of it. Yes, it's plug and play. No settings.
     
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    Really, did you tried it ? :) I can get them for pretty cheap on ebay. That is some good news
     
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    Yes, I have it. Keep in mind the cheap ones tend to suck and not work properly. Just cough up a bit more for the official, it's rather well built.
     
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    Great, thanks for all the help ! Going to get official one in store tomorrow :)
     
  14. Pippin666

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    You could also have rented a Wii U unit at your nearest video rental store.

    Pip'
     
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    Not necessarily an option especially if OP is in the Czech Republic. Not even sure they have that concept of renting a console. We don't have that here.
     
  16. thorasgar

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    This may not apply to your country.

    In the US most retailers have 14-30 day return policies. So you just buy a full system, setup what you need and then return it the next day and tell the store you hated the gameplay.
     
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    He's in the Czech Republic so the best is to order online as there's EU wide consumer law that gives him a 14 day return window. The exception is that the Wi U may not be activated but that's not a problem here. :)