Nintendo’s Wii U Gamepad controller was recently unveiled at the E3 and now the recent news is that it will last anywhere between 3-5 hours on a full charge before it runs out of battery, the company has confirmed, paying a runtime penalty for its 6.2-inch touchscreen. The distinctive tablet controller is the all-singing, all-dancing hub of Nintendo’s next-gen console strategy – not only allowing for primary game control, but independent use and even replacing your TV remote – but the limitations of battery technology mean gamers can’t expect to go wireless all day.
Apart from it Nintendo hasn’t confirmed battery life times until now, having revealed the slightly redesigned Wii U Gamepad earlier this week at E3 2012, but the main important thing is that how long does it takes to get fully charged and the company says that it will take somewhere around 2.5hrs to juice back up to full power. If this figure goes wrong then it will be problem for nintendo because first of all the battery is not that surprising it should have been 5-6 hours of backup.
Still then gaming can continue over a wired connection. The Wii U supports a direct, cable hook-up between console and tablet, at the cost of some flexibility but meaning players will still at least be able to use their systems while they wait, also the gamepad also supports reading and writing of data via NFC, and measures in at 41mm x 255.4mm x 133.4mm. It weighs roughly 500g. Nintendo has reconfirmed that it’s due to hit shelves in time for the holidays, though pricing is unknown.