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Wii U GamePad high-capacity battery now available in the US

New battery retails for $32 and boosts GamePad play time to 8 hours.

Wii U gamepad batteryNintendo has officially launched the Wii U GamePad high-capacity battery in the US via the official Nintendo store.

The high-capacity battery for the GamePad controller launched in Japan this Summer, and in Europe back in October, and it’s now finally available in the US.

The new battery, weighing in at 2,550 mAh (9.2 Wh), gives gamers up to 8 hours on the Wii U GamePad. Which is quite an increase from the regular battery’s 3 to 5 hours of play time.

The new battery retails for $32, and is available now on Nintendo’s online store.

Expect the new battery pack to be available in regular retail stores soon. We’re sure that knock-off and third party high-capacity batteries will be available as well over the next few months, depending on how fast the Chinese are to copy it.

In case you’re picking up one of these new batteries, check out a handy guide on how to install it.

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  • iamserious

    Nice.

  • Shota

    i already have it. Note that you must charge it when you put it in your gamepad. don’t use the gamepad it until it fully charged. otherwise you won’t get full 8 hours from it

    • juancamiloarq

      Can’t you use the gamepad while it is connected?

      • Guest

        from experience no. let it stay off until it’s full charged

        • verymetal

          You can say that again!

      • Shota

        from experience no. just wait till fully charged.

        • Daniel

          Do you own a wii u? Lol whenever my battery starts blinking I just plug it in and I’m good to go.

          • Shota

            it’s new battery. so it need to be fully charged without first time using to get the best battery performance.

      • Daniel

        You can definitely play for as long as you want if it’s connected. I played batman arkham origins for 16 hours straight and it had no problems.

      • nexxus6

        Yes you can. Just remember that when you do, that the gamepad is “tethered” and your freedom to move about is restricted.

  • Dennis Hååg

    Knock-off batteries are already around and was so even before this battery pack was released in Europe. Better stay with original stuff as ive heard that the noname battery packs for the Wii U has a really bad runtime.

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    About time i hold off import now going buy within 2 Weeks from now

  • kevin nun—-

    So Nintendo finally made an awesome Wii U Advertisement, though it still doesn’t reach the “hardcore” audience. I send it as an article tip, but oh well.

    • verymetal

      Completing Champions Road on Super Mario 3d World is more hardcore than any audience watching this commercial.

      • Mithiragi

        That shit was crazy with no power-ups.

        • verymetal

          Try eating a sandwich at the same time, now that is crazy!

          • Mithiragi

            That’s batshit crazy.

      • NintendoNoob

        Anyone else her would’ve gotten their ass beat if they did 0:50?

        • Mithiragi

          yup

    • D.M.T

      Why should Nintendo make commercials for the so called “hardcore” audience? These people already know about the Wii U and if they don’t own a Wii U is because there’s no games on the system that they want to play. Commercials aren’t made to reach hardcore audiences because that would be a waste of money, commercials are made to reach the casuals. Yes…PS4 commercials are for casuals too believe it or not, they aren’t for “hardcore” gamers.

      • Relick

        Absolutely agree. Nintendo is doing the right thing.
        They just need advertisements in Europe now -.-

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        THANK YOU. I Just explained this on the other article

    • jrob23

      great ad. Would have been even better xmas 2012 along with Super Mario 3D World instead of NSMBU. Oh well, lost opportunity that probably cost them a couple million in sales. At least it seems like they are finally getting it. Now all they need to do is pay for this ad to play during the Super Bowl lol

      • kevin nun—-

        Just look for the “U” in the box. Lol

    • fireheartis1

      Ok what dork thumbs downed this video? It shows the casuals and parents just what the Wii U can do. The hardcore already know, now it’s time for Nintendo to get the parents to buy the Wii U for their kids. This commercial show what Wii U is all about. My question though is, why didn’t the do this a year ago?

      • Kaihaku

        Honestly, I think it’s because the Wii U didn’t have the games a year ago. It only just got a Wii Sports and a Wii Fit sequel. Plus Super Mario 3D World and Wind Waker HD.

        • Reason

          Don’t forget Wonderful 101 :)

        • lonewolf88

          and pikmin 3 :D!

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I downvoted because he bitched about tipping it, and we already have an article up about the ad. He doesnt need to post it here :P

    • val berger

      very, very good video indeed. but 4 days before christmas? wtf Nintendo. they should have posted this weeks ago, no one will now decide to buy a game console. meh, let’s hope I’m wrong.

    • bizzy gie

      Isn’t this the video I posted on an earlier article? Unless you saw it on YT and coincidentally.

      If not, thanks for spreading the vid. Way more people saw your post than those who saw mine.

      • kevin nun—-

        I send it as an article tip 3 hours after it was posted but gave up on Wii U Daily showing it lol. No problemo dude, merry christmas.

        • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

          it’s our most recent article besides this one :P

        • bizzy gie

          They showed it, but unfortunately John got his cynical hands on the tip and made a doom-and-gloom article out of it.

    • MetroidZero

      Looks like John K. got your tip. xD

  • RyuNoHadouken

    way overpriced…ill pay 20…and thats stretching it

    • Jon

      have you seen the price of batteries? Go try getting a new Battery for your phone and then tell me that this is too expensive.

      • fireheartis1

        You’ve got that right. Most of the time it’s cheaper to buy a new phone then buying a new battery for it. Why they are so dang expensive is beyond me. My guess would be too rob the consumer.

        • Relick

          Making extra batteries off of the manufacturing line is expensive.

    • nexxus6

      I love how everything is “overpriced”. If Nintendo charged $20, you would probably say that you would only pay $15. Do you have access to the figures that suggest what the breakeven price would be?

      • RyuNoHadouken

        i did an internship in Panasonic Automotive’s purchasing department…we used to order rechargeable batteries from Hong Kong…they were like 60 cents to make

        • nexxus6

          You still have no idea on the cost of production of the battery that Nintendo is marketing. I used to work at McDonalds and we sold $1 hamburgers because they used cheap ingredients. That doesn’t mean a restaurant that sells burgers for $4 should be criticized for “over charging” because they are spending more on their ingredients to produce a different type of burger. In summary, what is your point?

          • RyuNoHadouken

            no, you missed the point…smh

  • LopsidedPasta

    I don’t know how many people actually read the article, but I just wanted to say I loved the line about Chinese third party batteries. Nicely done

    • Raptok

      I thought it was slightly racist, and stereotypical. “Third party companies”- would have sufficed the outlined parameters quite easily.

      • LopsidedPasta

        It’s entirely true though. Is he saying that every Chinese person makes third party products of popular American electronics? Of course not. Stop being offended for the sake of it, and get offended at things that actually matter.

      • nexxus6

        There is nothing racist about that comment. The Chinese are notorious for stealing product specs and rushing the finished goods onto the market. Do some research and you will learn how many companies had their ideas stolen by Chinese hackers which then release the item before the originating company has a chance to. The author was spot on with his comment.

        • TheAquacharger

          yeah but a lot of the stuff is stolen from the plants where they’re manufactured not from the company. This is one of the reasons why more and more companies are switching to Mexico for manufacturing because Mexico believes in IP protecting just like the US where as China does not, and often heads of projects steal the blue prints and make cheaper knock offs.

          • Logic

            More and more companies are switching to Mexico? I thought they switched from Mexico to China. Look at all these “Made in China” items(from furniture, computer parts, i-phones, toys etc.), there’s no evidence that manufacturing is moving to Mexico. Believe me, Mexico doesn’t believe in IP protecting more then China does. Both countries are out to make some extra pocket money and will obviously rip the original product off to do so. It’s just that China does it far more frequently.

            I read an article about a Chinese-made machine capable of detecting fake cash around 4 years ago. That machine was fake too lol. I’ve heard you’ve got to a be a millionaire in China to afford something legit.

          • TheAquacharger

            Do some research before you speak. China’s minimum wage is increasing on top of higher cost to ship from U.S.to China and higher import taxes now along with free trade with Mexico makes it more profitable for companies to use Mexico.
            http://m.inc.com/?incid=48303
            http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/18/manufacturing-mexico-china/1997883/
            http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/29/business/la-fi-overseas-manufacturing-20131130

            Yes Mexico is very heavy on ip protection.

          • TheAquacharger

            https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=-Ui3UsaiJYXe2AWhvYCYBg&url=http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property_law_in_Mexico&cd=1&ved=0CC4QFjAA&usg=AFQjCNHKdrJRDgJ0DSQhfQZzB11r0qxlaA

            Mexico had ip laws unlike China who threw them out the window years ago.
            Also dvds, blurays,cds, ram, and a lot more are made in Mexico. Look around and you’ll see products made in Mexico are pretty common in the US.

          • Logic

            Lets be real. Walk in any store and Made in China overtakes Made in Mexico by a long shot. Sure they’re common, its not like I’ve never seen Made in Mexico. But believe me, the ratio between Made in China products and Made in Mexico products is like 100:10

          • Logic

            I’m not going to change this conversation into economics, though I will say this. Current economics/trade certainly don’t suggest (even my 0.1%) that manufacturing is leaving China and going into Mexico and it doesn’t foresee that in the near future.

        • Logic

          Now the context in which you just put that in may just offend some Chinese people. I don’t know what it is, though your comment feels as if it holds hatred against Chinese people. LopsidedPasta had a much more “politically correct” reply.

          • nexxus6

            I never was trying to be politically correct. Stop being so thin skinned.

          • Logic

            I didn’t even say you had to be. I just thought your previous comment expressed hatred towards Chinese people. You said more then you needed to say.

          • nexxus6

            Please illustrate how my comment expressed “hatred”. Did I say that I hated Chinese people or wish for their demise? Is it hard policing the internet for all these posts that aren’t “politically correct” and full of “hatred”? You must still be in training.

          • Logic

            Wow…you really aren’t seeing my point are you?

    • Logic

      Indeed.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

    man that’s the only thing i hate about the wii u gamepad …. the battery life sucks. it’s like 3 hrs. that’s it! i’ve never got 5 hours out of it. i’m lucky i play in my room with an outlet next to me. man what were they thinking?… the pro is awesome though… bought it like a month and a half ago and i didn’t even charge it fully. i got tired of waiting and well…. i haven’t charged it since! daaaaaammnnn!!!!!!!! that shit wild son!

    • Reason

      Gamepad almost last long as my 3ds xl and it’s for home ffs. Is it that common you play more 3 hours at one take? 0_o But if this for some insane reason is problem you can get larger battery.

      • C4

        It’s a potential advantage of rechargable batteries to not have to charge it every day. My 3DS XL lasts easily 2 or 3 sessions for me (can be = 1 day or one weeks – depends :P ), while the GamePad is almost half empty after one. Now if someone else plays for an hour and don’t charge it afterwards you have only 2 – 3 hours left.

  • wiimenonowiiu

    I wish it was out this xmas Mario 3d and ac4 would have been worth the extra time

  • Raptok

    “depending on how fast the Chinese are to copy it.” Racist comment is racist.

    • nexxus6

      I don’t agree.

    • Bob Charlie

      A stereotype, maybe. Racist though? Eh…

      • nexxus6

        http://theweek.com/article/index/224521/hacked-how-china-is-stealing-americas-business-secrets
        Lots of fact to back up this “stereotype”. This is just stolen data from US companies…wonder what the total is from global corporations???

        • Bob Charlie

          From the article:
          “Is the Chinese government involved?
          Many experts suspect so, though China denies the charges.”
          Is factual information now based off of what “experts” suspect?
          Regardless, good for China. China joined the WTO in 2001 and if the WTO doesn’t want to enforce their own regulations on China then why should China stop “stealing” data.
          If the West doesn’t mind exploiting less developed countries to make a profit then I don’t see why China’s decision to produce inferior copies of IP matters; especially if the WTO lets it happen.

          • nexxus6

            So, no matter what side you and I seem to side with, they both support the author in his statement of China’s tendency to steal data and pump out knockoff products.

    • Relick

      Racism is unnecessary discrimination for no reason other than someone’s race.

      Therefore this is not racism, as it is pointing out the FACT that many Chinese disregard the concept of IP and copy whatever they find in a factory. There is a reasoning behind the comment, it is not a blind hatred for the Chinese by the author.

    • NintenScience

      xd

  • jrob23

    one thing I hate about Nintendo..Making you pay for shit like this. I thought the same thing with the component cables and the Wii. They should have come standard in wii after a while, just like this new battery should be standard. But instead, it’s another cash grab.

    • Matt Elgie

      I know dang you Nintendo…brb going to go pay for some dlc on my ps3 that should have been in the game from the start.

      • nexxus6

        Well played, my friend.

        • jrob23

          would have been well played if his assumption about me ever paying for dlc or owning a ps3 was correct. Instead, kinda gay, like your back patting

          • nexxus6

            Just take your medicine like a big boy instead of trying to divert the shame of getting burned by Matt onto someone else.

          • jrob23

            nah, he was trying to ‘burn’ me for being the type of person that would gladly pay for dlc but complains about having to pay for battery life. Nice try sticking up for your girlfriend though, you make a good couple btw

          • nexxus6

            Again, another failed attempt to save face with the over-used gay/emasculating jokes. Sometimes it is best to just leave the conversation and preserve the last ounce of dignity that you may have, but it would take someone with character to realize that, and you good sir, haven’t demonstrated strength in that department.

          • jrob23

            as long as you’ll admit that his attempt to put me down as some kind of PS3 fanboy who gladly lops up dlc but is hypocritical about Nintendo’s battery, was off base and dead wrong, as I neither own a PS3 nor have ever paid for dlc. You see, it was your sophomoric praise of his failed attempt that got you all this attention. Why don’t YOU save face and accept that you congratulated a failed burn. You actually could have done that already but I am guessing holding onto that illusion is much more important. As for me using gay/emasculating jokes…well, I see no other reason for you to pat him on the back for a dead wrong ‘burn’ then that you are either dumb as a bowl of mice or his partner. Because..who does that?

      • jrob23

        never owned a PS3 nor would I ever pay for DLC..well, actually I plan on getting the dlc for Pikmin 3..but I get where you were going with your douchey but wrong assumption.

        • Matt Elgie

          I am not assuming anything about you. I said “I” was going to go pay for some dlc. The point was nintendo is upgrading their hardware to make your gaming experience better.

          • jrob23

            nice spin, you clearly were trying to be cute and failed. Just accept that you were wrong.

      • readypembroke

        Ahem Assassin’s Creed 2 I am looking at you……………….

    • Jon

      this will probably become the standard for the newer Wii U’s just like with the Wii where the later ones had more space on them.

      • readypembroke

        All Wii’s have 512MB of space on them. They didn’t get a single memory upgrade by Nintendo at all.

        • Jon

          well what ever it was, I remember my girlfriend having a Wii where the amount of blocks was significantly less than what I had but was later resolved by an update which stuck with the newer Wiis.

  • Superbax

    This would be great for my gamepad, but I can’t justify paying $32 for a few extra hours. Maybe if it was at $20 – 25.

  • Kaihaku

    I’ve been waiting for this. Good news. Though I wish that the Wii U had been designed to support upgradable hard drives. It would make a lot more sense and probably would have saved Nintendo money if they had allowed the consumer to buy larger capacity internal hard drives on their own dime.

    I know, I know… I have an external hard drive hooked up on usb with more than enough storage for the entire eshop. But still, it really breathes heavily and it takes up space.

    • Relick

      The Wii U is small and sleek and has a very low energy requirement. Adding a proper hard drive as opposed to the flash drive it currently has would throw all 3 of those out the window and the system would lose a large selling point.

      Having a sleek system and give the user a choice of hard drive makes more people happy than having a factory for a system and requiring them to purchase proprietary hard drives (360 anyone?).

  • Trirulian

    Sneaky nintendo… you coulda put that in from the start and you know it.

  • MetroidZero

    $32 Dollars. ._.

  • Sheiky Baby

    I’ve been waiting for this! Perfect timing.

  • ETeach

    Do want. Kinda agree with the whole ‘why didn’t they do this from the start’ thing, but hey, at least I didn’t have to pay $500 dollars for my system. $332 works for me.

  • Steve

    I find it funny how Chinese make counterfeit variants of products made in China — Wii U, smartphones, accessories, etc.

  • Bob Charlie

    My Nykon stand/battery just crapped out so this is perfect timing!
    F*ing Nintendo. I thought I was done giving them money until Feb. 21, but noooooo!

  • Screamin Mime

    Battery? How about a high capacity connection se we can take the gamepad farther than 100′ from the consule?

  • val berger

    I have this battery in use for a few weeks now and even after more than 3 hours of gameplay, the battery indicator still seems to be kinda full. It’s really, really good. I used to always put the Gamepad on the docking station so it’s fully charged when I play the next time but now, I can just have it lying around under my bead or where ever I could need it. Plus it makes the gamepad just a but heavier resulting it to feel a bit better and not as cheap as before. It’s funny, one of the first negative impressions some people used to have with the gamepad was, that it feels a bit cheap and too light (although it’s ok to be light if you’re a gamepad but well…I got the idea) and the additional weight truly makes it feel more valuable although it’s still the same plastic thing. You can check out a little overview of how easy the battery gets built in on my blog here: http://dashandmash.tumblr.com/

  • Wiiluigi

    Finally!!!!!! Been waiting for this since March

  • Rick Valenta

    Already have Nyko big battery and boost pak. My game pad never runs out of batteries. The thing must have about a 20 hour life…..

  • Logic

    [To all the people with this product] Is it worth the upgrade?

    • C4

      If you don’t mind the slightly increased weight (and the price ._. ) and want more battery life per charge then yes.

  • TCar

    Personally I like the current battery life for it helps to tell me and my kids when enough is enough!

    • Bob Charlie

      Ha! I use the red light on the Gamepad for the same thing. It helps me reduce my playing time, too!

  • Fred

    My question is, how much heavier is it? I’d love a little more life in my battery, but I don’t want a heavy GamePad

    • Bob Charlie

      I don’t own one yet but used to own Nykon’s big battery along with the Nykon power stand and the added wait isn’t too noticeable. The extended battery life is well worth the weight.

      • Fred

        That’s what I wanted to know. thanks man

    • nexxus6

      All I can say, is that you better hit the gym. Just messin’ with you. From what I have read, it isn’t noticeably different.

      • Fred

        Thanks

  • Jason

    I think they should work on an adapter to make the max distance between the system and the gamepad longer. Right now my Wii U is in my room, and remote play on the gamepad goes just of reach when I get downstairs. Would be a great value to be able to play my Wii U games from anywhere in the house.

    • I am Error.

      What a great idea! I like a signal relay or airport. Very cool idea, I’d think about buying out for sure.

  • palomino blue

    I dunno. I don’t have any issues with battery life. I wouldn’t ever need to play 8 hours straight, though I have played 8 – 10 hours total in a day and the time is spends on the dock in between plays is more than enough to keep the battery full.

  • Wighead

    Is this battery pack available in Canada? And by the way, as a Montréalais, (I live in Montréal) I think it would be best for Nintendo to open a studio in Montréal as this great city produces the best games on the market.

  • discuss

    I’m in doubt if the upgrade is worth the money.

    • PachterStation

      If it was £5, then yes. Nintendo, Micro$oft and $ony all pull these tricks to bleed money from gamers. I’d rather just keep the battery that came with it and charge it. Charge it as you play. I wouldn’t say this new battery is pointless, it’s just not worth the cost.

  • Oliver Barraza

    Just ordered mine! Anything longer than 3-4 hours will be nice for those extended weekend gaming days. I really enjoy using the game pad. I want a pro controller but I just enjoy the pad itself.

  • Agent721

    About time! It’s ordered!

  • John Madsen

    wow excellent you released a bad battery when there are 14 third party batteries on amazon one of them being 3200 mah and runs for 10 hours so to little to late nintendo besides my boost gives me 10 hours additional to the 2 hours the original battery gives