Wii U GamePad high-capacity battery now available, promises 8 hours of use

Extend your gaming experience by picking up $32 accessory now available through Nintendo Store in the United States.

A high-capacity battery for the Wii U is now available in the United States, promising 8 hours of use with a single charge. The battery is available today through Nintendo's website for $32.

The standard Wii U GamePad battery lasts around 3-5 hours, though all battery life depends on a number of factors including usage of wireless communications and the brightness setting of the screen, among other elements.

You'll need a screwdriver to install the new high-capacity battery. The new high-capacity GamePad battery is already available in Japan and the United Kingdom.

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rushiosan
rushiosan

Here comes captain obvious. That should be called "standard-capacity battery life" instead "high-capacity". Since when 4 hour is enough for gaming purposes?

Sharkspawn80
Sharkspawn80

If Nintendo is smart, include into future Wii U's. Or I should say, if Nintendo is for the people. Great cash grab here.

snipez10
snipez10

need a battery and more games

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Should be included in future production lines of the wiiu, if you ask me...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

will this come to Australia?

TevenxD
TevenxD

Now you can stare at the home screen for longer periods of time, waiting for games to actually play! 

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Hmmm... It seems to me it should be automatically installed in the new Wii U systems being released.  Keeping the same batteries in the controllers and making the buyers install them on their own is costly and can lead to accidents that can lead to damaged hardware.  Nintendo should be the one to install these batteries for free, and not charging people for the privilege.  Just an observation that Nintendo should take under advisement.  Some people are not technically savvy enough to replace batteries in their hardware, especially if it requires unscrewing something to get to the battery compartment to put a battery pack into place.  Not speaking for myself, but sometimes accidents CAN happen.  

Fursnake
Fursnake

It took them over a year to get this out there? They should be giving this to WiiU owners for free. Seems like at least half a fail; the only thing that stops it from being a total fail is that they actually got it out there.

kingotnw
kingotnw

I love my WIiU. I own a WiiU, a 3DS, a Vita, PS3&4, and an XB1... Without a doubt, Nintendo destrpyed all the other combined with their holisday lines ups for the WiiU and 3DS. THat being said,,, That power of the pad has been crap, and I have always hated needing to essentially keep it plugged into the wall most of the time. Launch customers should be getting this upgrade for free, or at the very least, we should be able to spend a minimal amount of Club Nintendo points on one.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

got a wii u for christmas great system. the only negative is the e shop appears to be down right now but otherwiseawesome machine

atopp399
atopp399

Mine has been backordered since the very moment they started selling them even though that wasn't indicated at the time.  I don't think Nintendo had any of these in stock and have sold out of them before even getting any.  Now they won't ship until the second week of January...

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

So it will finally have the battery life it should of had in the first place.


Wonderful.

Lostat
Lostat

I think a lot of people would just like to see Nintendo bring things back closer to its golden-age in the 90s.  To that end, I hope that their next "main" console (non-handheld I mean) drops the gimmicks with motion-control & tablet stuff, and instead just focuses on making a really solid console that will provide a solid foundation for fantastic games.

I love nintendo games and I generally prefer a lot of them to the buggy crap CoD, FIFA & BF4 churn out, but they have to capitalise on their strengths and drop their weak areas.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

Well that's great and all but the real question is, how heavy is it!  I hold out hope that the real reason Nintendo bet on the smaller capacity battery was because of the incredible lightness of the gamepad in the hand.  Surely 1.5x the play time comes with 1.5x the weight.  Is that worth it?

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Can we just pack it in with the Wii U?? Propping up a bad idea only makes things worse. Nintendo did the right thing with the Virtual Boy. Either make a console that people actually want or start making games for the other guys.

aci808
aci808

19 year old hipsters think Nintendo is uncool, but they think their super tight jeans are awesome. Hipsters and PC elitists are the scum of the planet.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@GH05T-666 If not see if you can import it from Play-asia. The one they sell in Japan, Europe and the US is exactly the same and will fit in any Gamepad. 

trdrstv
trdrstv

@regix416_basic The Wii U's gamepad battery was always meant to be user replaceable. Unlike say... the PS3 battery where you have to disassemble the controller to replace the battery. If you notice the back it's the only place that uses a standard philips head screw rather than their proprietary torq bit. 


The philips screw is also there to keep the latch in place and nothing more. If you ever had anything that was designed for children that uses batteries, this is designed along similar lines. 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@regix416_basic

its a screw and a battery? if you cant manage to change that then you shouldn't even use technology... ever

rushiosan
rushiosan

@Fursnake One fail after another. I'm having a lot of fun reading those "news".

trdrstv
trdrstv

@jtthegame316 It was up this morning when I checked, but yeah. Very dodgy since Christmas morning. Hopefully it means there's LOTS of new systems out there checking in! 

rushiosan
rushiosan

@WolfGrey It's hard for Nintendo to get the obvious. That's why they're struggling so hard to sell this piece of crap.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@WolfGrey Though I'm glad they are offering it, I have to ask.... how often do you get to play games for more than 4 hours at a time ? So far I've had the gamepad shut off on me exactly once due to the battery dying. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Lostat Nintendo is still making great games. However that so called golden-age didn't just belong to Nintendo. They were the most popular console at the time but I guarantee you weren't just playing Zelda, Mario, and Metroid games. I spent most of my gaming time rotating out titles from series like Contra, Castlevania, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Tecmo Bowl, Ninja Gaiden, etc.


Nintendo doesn't have a lack of fantastic games. They just have a console that hardly anyone but them wants to develop for, and for the general public purchasing a console almost solely dependent on one company's IP in the hopes that you'll get 2-3 really great games a year when other platforms have not only the promise of great exclusives to come but also multi-platform titles that aren't coming to the Wii U doesn't sound very appealing.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Lostat 

But that's always what they've been about, it's just back then it was much easier to "push" gaming forward since all it required was more buttons or input options as better hardware. Now we're at that point where the standard controller has been made and game development is where simply adding more power won't make much of a difference. This is why Nintendo has always been able to create very inventive and creative games despite relying on established franchises. 


From what you're saying, that's exactly what Sony and Microsoft have been doing and while the games are most certainly great, the level of risk and creativity has gone down due to high development costs and developers focusing more on shallow aspects of the game rather than making a solid videogame. 

rushiosan
rushiosan

@OllieBrown Anything is worth more battery life. Literally anything, even playing naked and stuff.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@OllieBrown From what I read it does add a little more weight, but it doesn't add so much that it makes it uncomfortable to hold. It also fits flush within the cavity (it doesn't stick out like they Nyko one), so once installed the gamepad will look the same. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@OllieBrown 1.5x the weight of the battery, not the entire tablet controller. If you can manage to somehow hold the controller comfortably for the entirety of a battery charge while you're gaming then I doubt the additional weight of a higher capacity battery will be unbearable.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@OllieBrown 

From what I've seen, it's kind of like holding 2 phone batteries which would hardly make a difference in the overall weight.

Rotondi
Rotondi

@AlwaysRunning  Or Nintendo could keep being creative and innovative on both the hardware and software side.  Sony and Microsoft just released two of the most boring next gen consoles ever.  But I guess we forget all that because they have GDDR700.56 gigatron memory.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@aci808 Nintendo *games* are fine. The Wii U is a piece of crap, from whatever angle you examine it.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Ghost-666:  There's no need to be rude.  I was assuming that the battery in question was similar to a NiMH cell which CAN be damaged if it is replaced incorrectly.  Nobody ever said it was a bunch of AA's or anything like that.  And besides, I was talking about KIDS replacing the battery pack, not adults so get off my back.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

@trdrstv I assumed it was something a little more complicated than that.  Sometimes other companies go out of their way to overcompicate things so I thought it would have been like them.  There was no need to be rude about it.  I thought it was more like a NiMH cell or something like that which can be damaged if installed improperly.  The battery in most handhelds for example are based on NiMH technology and my God, have you EVER tried replacing the battery on a 3DS?  That's one where you'd be scared to even touch the thing because you practically have to tear it apart just to get to it!  And then there's the iPod... 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

I hope there is lots of new systems checking in as the wii u deserves to do well. After playing it the wii u really has the back of the core player.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@Rotondi@AlwaysRunning Innovation for the sake of innovation is pointless. Adding a juice dispenser to a unicycle isn't a good idea just because it hasn't been done before. Adding a giant screen into the middle of a home console controller is also a bad idea. Good consoles upgrades have always been about beefing up the hardware and keeping things *simple*--lettings the game makers create their visions, rather than dictating a vision to them.

That's why the SNES did well, and the PS1 building off that, and the PS2 building off that, and the 360 building off that, and now the PS4 building off that. Constantly jumping the shark and alienating established customers and developers leads to things like the N64 losing the industry crown because Nintendo had to have things their way, and the Wii losing further respect by chasing a phantom consumer base, and now the Wii U that is completely unappealing to both casual and avid gamers.

The Wii U is a terrible idea that Nintendo needs to scrub, just like they did with the Virtual Boy.

Lostat
Lostat

@AlwaysRunning @aci808 Agree.  They make really fun games that I generally enjoy much more than most of the fare on xbox & playstations, but the console just isn't backing up the strength of their software titles.

So whilst I play my 3DS much more than any other console by far, I've been holding back from buying the Wii U because it might be a brick by the end of 2014 for all I know.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@AlwaysRunning

Let's see, super fun local multiplayer options, mainly thanks to the GamePad, free online, completely backwards compatible to the Wii, GamePad is easily the most practical controller ever, houses the most pleasant and helpful social network of gamers in existence - MiiVerse and will undoubtedly get an amazing selection of exclusive titles. 


It's only crap to people who obsess over trivial things like hardware specs. 

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@AlwaysRunning@aci808Compared to the Xbone at E3, it was excellent. MS changed because they didn't want people saying Wii U>Xbone, which I still believe it is because MS is fee happy.

trdrstv
trdrstv

@regix416_basic My apologies, I did not intend to be rude, rather I was hoping to be informative. The Wii U gamepad is designed to be user replaceable unlike the ps3 battery, or as you said the iPod.  


The "electronics designed for Children to use" comment was simply to give a point of reference because it sounds like you don't have a gamepad. I have a 6 year old and EVERY toy with batteries has a philips on the compartment, so I was just saying the gamepad's designed kinda like that. 


Again, sorry if that came across rude as it was not my intention.

Cheers and Happy New Years!

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@Jinzo_111887 @AlwaysRunning @Rotondi The Wii U IS a giant DS. The television is your playing screen while the tablet holds your inventory or options screen. In truth it's not really innovative, just a reimagining of a smaller product into console form. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but when you keep alienating the development community when they're screaming for more resources instead of more "innovation" (i.e. gimmicks) then it becomes the low-sales dissappointment that we have today.


For the record more resources/more power doesn't specifically mean better graphics. It leads to more on-screen enemies, greater draw distances for visibility, bigger and better gameplay options, and larger games in general. Nintendo and it's followers (I am a Wii U owner as well, just got 3D World :-D) would do well to remember that, instead of playing the "It's not all about the graphics" card because it isn't but for reasons that Nintendo won't ever mention as it would negatively impact them even more.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@AlwaysRunning @Rotondi The Wii U is amazing,you dont own one,you cant tell. Stop spewing trash for the sake of it. The gamepad is amazing,so is the wiimote to play games like LOZ:SS. I even LOVE the mechanics they used the wiimote for in games like DKC: Return where shaking it while moving forward makes you roll,shaking the wiimote when standing makes you ground slam etc. Nintendo are the best at innovating GAMEPLAY MECHANICS in a good way.

Nintendo always was,and always will be the king of videogames.

elbcen
elbcen

@AlwaysRunning @abHS4L88 Guys, this post was about a new battery for the Wii U gamepad, not about video game design, the video game market, and the philosophy of innovation.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@abHS4L88@AlwaysRunning I know plenty of casual gamers. They had a Wii when it was the hot thing, and now they have tablets and smartphones, which offer all the touch-games and social interaction they could ever ask for. The Wii U was obsolete the moment it hit the streets. Why would anyone use MiiVerse when there are a dozen other services *just like it*, which don't require buying a Wii U?

Wii U couldn't even move a million units *worldwide* during the holidays, in its second year, while a console shortage was in swing for its competitors. That's bad. Like, really, abysmally bad. And yet they still expect to DOUBLE their total lifetime sales between now and March?? They are out of their minds! Without game makers, the console won't sell, and without sales it won't attract game makers, and so on. The vicious cycle started months ago, and it is only accelerating.

Even Nintendo doesn't know what to do with their "innovative" controller. Nintendoland was meant to be the new Wii Sports, but all it does is show off how incredibly annoying and unnecessary the second screen is. Half the games force you to play on only the controller-screen, leaving your TV to rot, because, well, why not? That's totally why you bought an HDTV and home console!

I could play up PlayStation Home and say how wonderful and innovative that is, but no one cares. Some people obsess on it, and more power to them, but no one else cares. It was a bad idea and a waste of money. No one cares about MiiVerse or the Wii U, either. Just because Nintendo says it's great, that doesn't make it great. They need *games* to play--beyond Mario--and a console that makes people say "I'd like to buy that." They don't have either, right now.

You can argue all you want about esoteric design choices and what a "real" game console is, but the simple fact is: No one is buying it. That is the ultimate answer to whether or not it is a good idea.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@AlwaysRunning

We're at that point in gaming where beefing up the hardware is hardly making a difference. Back then it made a huge difference because it meant the difference between 2D and 3D, small spaces to open worlds, empty environments to sprawling cities, now it's just "sharper pixels, slightly more intelligent AI, better lighting" all of which are great but aside from smarter AI, doesn't really do anything in terms of new ideas and innovation. 


When thinking about the most innovative games in the past couple of years, most of them have been due to taking advantage of the hardware's unique capabilities. I fail to see how the GamePad is a bad idea since in no way does it take away from what the developers want to create and instead, adds a great deal of new options to play with, unlike the WiiMote which removed buttons, limiting developers unless they wanted to take the risk and make their game require the classic controller. Also the Wii U's other innovative feature, MiiVerse, would be an absolute pain to navigate and post without the GamePad. When looking at the handhelds, many of the most innovative games or innovative features in the games came from the handheld's unique capabilities like Streetpass with the 3DS and the Vita's many control inputs. 

I'm still wondering where you guys get this idea that you believe you know absolutely sure what the "casual" gamer wants, in fact, you guys have really no clue about how "casuals" operate, well at least, when it's in regard to Nintendo, you guys show the most ignorance. 

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@AlwaysRunning@RotondiMaybe Nintendo's planning to emulate a DS/2DS (or release a hardware extension for the Wii U to do it). If you look at their console/handheld trends, every other gen console has an addon that allows you to play the handheld's games on it. Super Game Boy (2) and Game Boy Player so far. Maybe Nintendo's working on something to make the Wii U work as a 2DS as well.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@horizonwriter

Now don't get me wrong, I don't think this is true of a lot of developers, just those who seem to complain that they cannot be "innovative" or "creative" on limited hardware when Indie developers or some of the most talented major developers constantly prove otherwise. Also those who were vocal about not supporting Nintendo (aside from EA) never really supported Nintendo to begin with (Rockstar, Bethesda, Avalanche) and it's interesting that with the Wii U, they decided to be more vocal about it. 


I wish Square-Enix would follow the example of the other Japanese developers because they seem to be the only ones right now obsessed with powerful hardware, so much so that they're willing to piss off half of the Kingdom Hearts fanbase by not putting Kingdom Hearts 3 on the Wii U but instead on the XBoxOne, had the game been exclusive to the PS4, that would've been fine, but bringing it to a platform that never had Kingdom Hearts while ignoring the other company that featured half the entries is just baffling. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@abHS4L88 @horizonwriter Hmm. I don't know about the lacking in talent and/or innovation. From what I've observed it's more a matter of not having the time/resources to develop a game on so many different platforms and having to cut out the least profitable option to continue forward as unhindered as possible.


Japanese developers are definitely masters of crafting something great with less though, for sure. Couldn't agree more.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@horizonwriter 

Those are the developers who've proven that for the most part, that they don't have the creativity to be able to craft a game using their own talent and innovation, they seem to require powerful hardware to do the work for them, that's why I personally don't support developers who are like that. I say trivial because that's how (at this point in gaming) it should be treated. One reason why I love Japanese developers is because they constantly showcase how they don't require super powerful hardware in order to make amazing games.


Ultimately it'll cater to those who prefer something different than what the PS4/XBoxOne are offering. While I'm positive the PS4 will deliver the RPGs I want, for the most part, the games I'm most interested in will mostly be on the Wii U.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@abHS4L88 @AlwaysRunning To be fair, the first people to obsess over so-called "trivial things" like hardware specs are developers which the Wii U has an overwhelming lack of so those specs are very important to the success and support of the console by more than just Nintendo.


On the flip side, the Wii U is not a piece of crap. It's a pretty fun console that has some really good games for it that if given a chance gamers would enjoy. Due to it's lack of support it just won't be the headlining console for most gamers in their multi-console set up. For me I'm looking forward to the next Zelda, Metroid and Mario Kart game... and that's it for now. Everything else will be either PS4 or PC.