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

Tuesday, 5th 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.



  1. ManuOtaku

    If one can charge this controller like the PS3 one, then i dont see any qualms, i charge my dualshock while iam playing games, i hope is the same here.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. FrankieDF

    … I hadn’t thought about the controller charge time before, but I’m not surprised with the screen and all.
    I am disappointed though since I’m pretty used to my rechargeable controllers lasting me about 8-10 hours.
    You know, so I don’t have to plug them in 2-3x as much

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    A pound in weight? Like a bag of sugar? Sounds fairly hefty… Or am I off? How much does a dualshock weigh?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. FrankieDF

    @4 192 grams, so 0.42 pounds.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^ So close to nearly twice and a half in weight to a dualshock? And people complained the original Xbox first controller was beefy!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    #4 the 360 controller is also 281grams or 9 7/8oz, the wii mote was 250 grams

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #6 i did like the xbox first controller, i did prefer it over the later liter version, but i know iam a part of a barely minority.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. The_Red

    That’s a rather decent time for a controller with screen. Why didn’t they reveal this feature during the conference? Also, what about price (Console + Tablet and only Tablet).

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    At least this puts to bed the fears that it was to be a wired controller.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. aseddon130

    3-5 hours of battery life? that’s pitiful. It may as well be a wired controller considering most are just gonna have it plugged in all the time.

    #10 3 years ago

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