Tri-Wing Screws on Wii U: Questions and Answers
If you’ve ever tried to disassemble the Wii UI, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are screws holding it in place that require a Y-shaped screwdriver to remove. These types of screws are known as tri-wing screws and are sometimes referred to as Nintendo screws. The reason they are known as the Nintendo Screw is because Nintendo has used it for many years to put together their video game consoles and other products.
In this article we will answer some questions you may have about these screws in relation to the Wii U. We will also answer some questions that you probably haven’t thought about but that interest you.
Question: What is the problem with the tri-wing screw? Does Nintendo know that it is inconvenient?
Answer: Yes, Nintendo knows that it is inconvenient and they intended it to be that way. Many times companies will use something called a security screw. A security screw is a screw that requires a hard-to-reach tool to remove. Companies like Nintendo use these types of screws because they do not want anyone to be able to disassemble their things. They would rather you send it in to get fixed or buy a new console.
Question: Does the Wii U only use tri-wing screws?
Answer: No, there are not only tri-wing screws that hold the Wii U together. There are also a few small Phillips screws in the mix. When taking apart a Wii U, you will need to have a Phillips screwdriver on hand along with your tri-wing screwdriver.
Question: Does the Wii U Remote also use tri-wing screws?
Answer: Yes! The gamepad is also guilty of using these little screws. When it comes to a product made by Nintendo, you have a 95% chance of using this type of screw. The game panel, like the actual console, uses a combination of tri-wing and Phillips screws.
Question: Why does Nintendo also use Phillips screws? Can’t you just use one type of screw instead of several?
Answer: This is a mystery to all of us. Your guess is as good as the following. It seems like it would make more sense to use one type rather than mix and match, but I guess we’ll just have to keep scratching our heads.
Question: Are there any websites that sell a good tri-wing screwdriver?