Wii U Gamepad Battery-Life Specs Revealed

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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Nintendo has revealed on their Japanese website that the controller will take a long time to recharge, about 2.5 hours to be precise. Not only that, the battery will only last for about 3-5 hours before it needs another charge. It can be recharged through the console via  a USB cord, so you won’t have to worry about changing batteries mid-game. Considering that the controller has a friggin’ touch screen in it, that would sort of make sense. Hopefully, Nintendo will at least provide a cord long enough to recharge the controller while playing across the room.

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  • I’m McLovin’ the Wii U hardware.  I just wish I felt the same way about their initial lineup of games so far.

  • The charge time isn’t very long, considering the rechargeable batteries I use for my wiimote takes about 5 hours to fully charge.

  • SecretX

    who plays 5 hours? i have ps3 and im only there for 2 hrs.

    • Tyson Gifford

      RPG players do, play a game like Xenoblade Chronicles and 5 hours doesn’t even feel like you’re getting started

    • SecretX

      im playing xenoblad and i still play it for 1hr and then i got to other games. playing 5 hrs is just too much. im not trying to mean but is true.