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Wii U GamePad Life Extending High-Capacity Battery Now Available From Nintendo

by Kyle Hilliard on Dec 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

One of the complaints often levied against the Wii U, is the disappointing battery life of its GamePad. Nintendo is now offering a new longer-lasting, high-capacity battery to replace the old one.

The battery is available on Nintendo's online store for $32. It's not an accessory add-on for the GamePad, but rather a replacement battery for the internal one in the controller. You'll have to break out a screwdriver to replace it. This new battery extends the GamePad's life from the standard three to five hours, to approximately eight. You can buy the battery here.

Thanks to Alex M. for the news tip

[Source: Nintendo]


Our Take
I knew that Nintendo would find a way to increase the GamePad's battery life eventually, but I was curious if it would be possible without replacing the whole GamePad unit, or adding a bulky accessory. This seems like a pretty straightforward solution. Considering the number of times I have had to plug in the GamePad while in the middle of a game, this is something I could definitely see myself buying.