disclosed that Wii U is launching in North America without additional GamePads available at retail, and that damaged GamePads can be replaced via Nintendo's customer service. Today, however, Nintendo told Polygon this replacement service isn't free.
Nintendo didn't disclose any further details, nor did the company elaborate on the future price of additional GamePads when those become available. In Japan, an additional GamePad is retail priced at ¥13,440 ($173). The Wii U launches in North America on November 18, priced at $300 for the 8GB Basic set and $350 for the 32GB Premium set.