Wii U GamePad battery charge to last between 3-5 hours

Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:42 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Nintendo’s confirmed a single charge of the Wii U GamePad can last between 3-5 hours.

Charging the pad can take up to two-and-a-half hours. it can be played when the AC adaptor is plugged in, however.

The Wii U GamePad’s screen size has been confirmed at a size of 6.2 inches with a 16:9 ratio and weighs 500 grams.

Here’s the full bit of text from Nintendo:

“The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. It incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks.

“Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button.

“The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality.

“It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).

“In addition to the 6.2-inch touch screen and dual analog sticks, the Wii U GamePad also includes traditional buttons for gaming and the ability to function as a TV remote.

“Users can change channels or adjust the sound, whether they are playing games or just watching TV. The GamePad is tied to the console and TV, providing a perfectly integrated experience, no matter how it’s being used.

“Players can move games from the TV to the GamePad. Different players can enjoy different experiences in the same game, depending on which controller they opt to use.”

Wii U launches this holiday season. Get more details on it from this evening’s Nintendo press conference here.