News Desk: Nintendo Annouces Wii U Battery Upgrade Accessory and More in Japan

Finally, an answer to those long nights hooked up to an outlet.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 05/30/2013 15:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

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The battery life of the Wii U GamePad has been one of the most prominent complaints since launch day. And with good reason. With an average battery life of merely three to five hours, the GamePad isn’t meant for marathon play sessions without a free outlet nearby.

Luckily, that seems to be an issue Nintendo is keen on addressing. In Japan, the company has officially announced a GamePad battery upgrade accessory, which will extend the controller life to an average five to eight hours. Scheduled for release on July 25, the upgrade will cost consumers an MSRP of ¥3,150 (about $30).

That isn’t the only new accessory on the way, however. Nintendo has also announced an officially licensed charging station for the Wii Remote Plus, as well as differently colored Wii Remote Plus controllers bundled along with Nintendo Land.

For those gamers disheartened by the white model Wii U having a much smaller hard drive, it appears that Japan has you covered, as well. A white model Wii U with a 32GB hard drive will be released on July 13.

While we have no official confirmation that any of these new offerings will see shores other than Japan, as always, stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll have more as it develops.

Source: IGN

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