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Wii U battery life: Reggie speaks

How long will the Wii U battery last for?

Nintendo's US boss Reggie Fils-Aime has refused to be drawn on how long the Wii U GamePad's battery will last for.

In Nintendo's latest Wii U specs, it was revealed that the Wii U GamePad would be powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. There has been talk of the battery life lasting between 3-5 hours but no mention of this was made in the spec sheet we were supplied.

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Now Reggie is reticent to reveal the exact figure. Speaking with Kotaku, he said: "I have to say that, as a company, we are amazingly conservative when it comes to giving guidance on things like battery life. If you go back to the 3DS discussion on battery life, the numbers we gave before launch vs. the reality of launch were very different. So what I would tell you is that Nintendo is absolutely committed to making sure that the battery life for the Wii U will not get in the way of the gaming experience."

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Of course, you can charge your Wii U GamePad while you're playing by attaching a power-unit to the bottom of the controller so it shouldn't be an issue as, unlike 3DS, you can't play Wii U games out of the house.

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  1. Redfish20 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:14

    As it's rechargeable and a home console it shouldn't really be an issue as long as it's not horrendous.

  2. shadow.x Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:15

    So basically what they are BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA, the battery life is rubbish :|

  3. BOWIEtheHERO Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:16

    A lot of people on GT went nuts over this... But let's be serious

    3-5 hours is a good amount. When you get older it's harder to put more than 4 hours in one day into gaming. Plus there's a lot more tech working in it than a DS3 or 360 controller. It lasts about as long as the 3DS, and that's fine with me.

    And as it's a home console, when it needs charging... plug it in and continue playing...
    If it was a handheld that lasted 2 - 3 hours max, THAT would be a problem, but it's not, so it's all good.

  4. sonicka Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:42

    Is the WiiU Gamepad a portable games console? No. It's just a wireless games controller. So the battery life issue is incredibly redundant. Especially when you can 'plug and play'.

    My PS3/360 controllers barely last more than 5-6 hours at a time anyway, so if Nintendo can make it up to 5 hours with a screen and the works going on inside as well, go them.

  5. NOM is NOM Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:49

    With what the controller does, and the fact that it's in the home. The rumoured battery life isn't bad at all! Just be thankful we have a rechargeable controller. Duracell's profits must have sky-rocketed when Skyward Sword came out, because I got through a fair few packs! The main complaint that came up when the 3DS' battery life was being discussed was that people go on longer car journeys than the battery life, but there's no situation where the Wii U GamePad will be far away from being charged.

  6. shy guy 64 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:50

    seems a bit short, but oh well

  7. danbish Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 11:56

    I know 3-5 hours for a battery life is fairly bad these days and I was a bit disappointed hearing it just like I was when Nintendo gave the same quote for the 3DS before launch. But when you think about it properly, what WiiU GamePad does will demand a huge amount of power from the battery from all the features they offer. The motion controls the GamePad has, the screen that's showing in HD, the cameras for vid chat, the sensor bar etc will all demand a lot of power so really, it doesn't seem that bad. And like Tom said, it's not like you'll be playing this on long journeys. The same goes for the 3DS too, thats very taxing on battery life as it has to work extra hard to generate 3D effects.

    I'd still like them to release a higher capacity battery for them both in the future though as there's nothing more annoying than a red battery light mid game.

  8. imbusydoctorwho Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 12:22

    3-5 is hours is pretty decent.
    Lets just hope it isn't a pain in the backside to charge.

  9. mercury9 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 12:34

    So basically what they are BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA, the battery life is rubbish :|

    Since you can play while it's charging what's the problem? This is not a handheld console. :shock:

    Even streaming a game to the Gamepad while away from a TV isn't a problem because unless you plan to buy a steam powered Wii U, you'll be near plug sockets to charge your Gamepad up. :roll:

    The Pro pad is always an option and presumably has much better battery power and providing it can be used as an alternative to it's brother's screen then everyone will be happy! :D

  10. ninjafox Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 13:03

    I am not really bothered about the battery life as like people have already said it is a home console so it doesn't matter. You can always use the Wii U pro controller when the Wii U gamepad is charging anway.

  11. NintyHippo Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 14:07

    As it's rechargeable and a home console it shouldn't really be an issue as long as it's not horrendous.

    I agree.

  12. scouserfuller9 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 14:09

    For those of you who think a battery life of 3-5 hours isn't good enough for a home console, you seriously need to get out more!

  13. hamzahdsi Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 14:55

    Its not that bad

  14. Herbert_Rarr Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 14:58

    I think 5 hours constant play would be fine. It's not as if you're going to be in a position of being in the middle of a game when the battery runs out and you can do absolutely nothing about it. How long will it take you to pick up the charger, plug it in and turn it on - a few seconds?
    Yes it may ruin a Mario Kart race, but that's not something that you can't make up for. As long as they make the cable long enough to reach from the plug to where you're sitting, and as long as they have a little light that changes colour like the 3DS does to tell you how much charge is left, then it'll be fine.

  15. Commandervideo Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:20

    Any less than 5 hours would be abit rubbish really.

  16. Pyron12 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:23

    3-5 hours hasn't been confirmed yet so it could be up to 8 hours!
    You could get 5 hours on a 3DS depending on various factors (wi-fi on/off, power-saving mode, brightness etc)

  17. Accelgor7 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:35

    Basically, :cry: for me, one day of play........

  18. Dalekbuster523 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:37

    If only someone could invent a battery that never needs to be charged.

  19. Xenobladeperson Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:38

    The Wii had 10-20 hours of battery life. (I didn't count, it's a guess) Unless I use terrible quality, 1 for 100 batteries, they only last an hour. :evil:

    The charger should be the console itself. Consoles before the wireless age never had any problem at all. Just plug the gamepad into the console and :D.

    But 3-5 hours is awful for a home console. The 3DS lasts 3 hours and it drives be insane.

  20. IPecksU Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 15:49

    Surely it won't be that much of an issue since you can just charge and play at the same time like with the PS3 controller

  21. sonicka Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 16:11

    Wow. This actually bothers people? XD

    This very issue has existed with wireless controllers FOR YEARS. It's taken Nintendo 1 whole console generation to include 'plug & play'. That in itself is a godsend on money.

  22. mercury9 Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 16:29

    But 3-5 hours is awful for a home console.

    Are you planning to buy the battery powered Wii U model instead of the electric version? :shock:

    The Gamepad is not a console. It's the Wii U's chargable controller. It's battery life is almost irrelevant because it's chargeable and because of the existence of the Pro pad. Once again, it's not a handheld console. :roll:

  23. dannyyyy Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 17:53

    That's pretty bad, but seeing as how I'll only have the recharging cable a few feet away, I'm not too bothered.

  24. Tazer_Silverscar Wednesday 13th Jun 2012 at 20:57

    The Wii had 10-20 hours of battery life. (I didn't count, it's a guess) Unless I use terrible quality, 1 for 100 batteries, they only last an hour. :evil:

    The charger should be the console itself. Consoles before the wireless age never had any problem at all. Just plug the gamepad into the console and :D.

    But 3-5 hours is awful for a home console. The 3DS lasts 3 hours and it drives be insane.

    Why is the battery life on yours so short? Mine's lasted for a good 6-8 hours, with 3D on full >.>

    If only someone could invent a battery that never needs to be charged.


    It's called an Arc Reactor =D

    Given playing a game more than 3 hours in one sitting can potentially wreck your eyes, I don't see the problem.

    3-5 hours should really be enough.

  25. taximadish Thursday 14th Jun 2012 at 05:09

    People complaining about the battery life should bear in mind that they could have just stuck a long wire on it.
    But instead of doing this, they've used an incredible piece of modern technology. Sort of an optional wire.
    It's called a charging lead.

  26. CyberGW Thursday 14th Jun 2012 at 15:20

    It's a home console. So I don't really see why the battery would matter as long as it's over 2-3 hours. Every time you've finished with it you'll probably put it on charge, and if it starts running out, plug it in! No big deal.
    I'm happy with that.

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