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  • News You Can Now Buy A Replacement Wii U GamePad On Its Own

    In Japan, at least

    Eagle eyed Pokémon Master and Nintendo Life contributor Joe Merrick has spotted that Nintendo are now selling a solo GamePad for the first time in Japan. While we've come to accept that the Wii U will probably never support two GamePads at the same time in future games, it's nice at least to have the option to replace your...

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  • News GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in North America

    From the Nintendo Store

    Earlier this year Nintendo finally released an official high capacity Wii U GamePad battery, which promises to boost a typical charge from around 3-5 hours of playtime to roughly eight hours. Aside from the case of the most dedicated marathon gamers, the battery can potentially make the blinking red light of doom a thing of...

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  • News Nintendo Spells Out Why You Should Pick Wii U In Promotional Flyer

    Desperate times call for desperate measures?

    We've all been there. At some point over the past few months we've all had one person (or perhaps several) ask "What's the difference between the Wii U and the Wii, and why on earth should I get one?" Many seem to think it's associated with the original Wii, instead of an entirely new console altogether...

  • News Miyamoto: Harnessing NFC On Wii U Is Our Priority Right Now

    Nintendo's Senior Managing Director also talks dual GamePad support

    Super Mario creator and Nintendo Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed a little more about his company's plans for the Wii U console, and NFC features quite heavily. Speaking with Polygon, Miyamoto stressed that NFC is going to happen in a big way on the Wii U:...

  • News Does The JXD GamePad 2 Remind You Of Anything?

    Certainly rings a bell

    Last year we were graced with the Droid X360, a Chinese-made clone of the PS Vita which runs Google's Android operating system. This year, we've got another copycat device which shares more than a few similarities with the Wii U GamePad - it even has the same name. The JXD S7300 GamePad 2 has a 7-inch capacitive screen, a...

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  • News Your Wii U GamePad May Be More Responsive Than Your HDTV

    Latency tests show that Nintendo's streaming tech is rock solid

    One of the first things many people will question when picking up the Wii U GamePad for the first time is the quality of the streaming. With no wired connection between the console and controller, many make the assumption that the delay must be greater than when playing on a standard...

  • News Nintendo's Recommended Range For GamePad Use Is Conservative

    Playing it safe

    Ever since the GamePad was revealed people have wondered just how far away from your TV you can go with it. Can you get to the next room? The kitchen? The bathroom? The garden shed? So far Nintendo have only confirmed that you can definitely play it within the same room and the official Wii U specs declare a maximum range of up to 26...

  • News Rest Easy, You Can Replace The Wii U GamePad Battery Yourself

    Thank The Maker

    Anyone who has owned an Apple product will know that the company doesn't believe in user-serviceable power cells. Apple's reasoning is that by the time your iPod or iPhone's battery stops holding a charge, you'll be considering an replacement, or will have made the upgrade already. If you do insist on getting a new battery, you have...

October2012

  • News Pitchford: Wii U GamePad is Nintendo's "Best Controller" for Hardcore Games

    GamePad link is "direct, fast and immediate"

    Aliens: Colonial Marines, from Gearbox Software, is a high-profile multi-platform title on the list of those making their way to Wii U, with confirmation that it's due in the "launch window" — up to 31st March — which means that it may hit Nintendo's console around the same time as its February...

  • News Wii U GamePad Wireless Range is "Fine Within The Same Space"

    If your walls are thin, the bathroom may be an option

    The Wii U GamePad is Nintendo's next big home console innovation and the main selling point of the system. A big part of that appeal is the fact that it wirelessly streams the game, whether it's a match for the TV images or alternative features, from the console to the controller. We all know...

  • News Two Tribes: Old Wii U GamePad Design "Was Like a Toy"

    Developer is pleased with revised model

    As with any consumer product, the Wii U has gone through revisions since it leapt off the drawing boards at Nintendo's Kyoto HQ. One of the features that has undergone the most change is the GamePad itself; as you will no doubt recall, the first publicly-announced model had slider pads like the one seen on...

June2012

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime Plays it Cool Over Wii U GamePad Battery

    Does share good news on Miiverse moderation

    As those who follow the company know, Nintendo doesn't enthusiastically reveal the detailed technical specifications of its consoles and handhelds, beyond basics. One issue on that front that came out of E3 was the Wii U GamePad's battery life — a feature that dominated the early days of 3DS — and in...

  • News Peter Molyneux 'Not Really Decided' on Wii U GamePad

    One screen too many, perhaps

    There have been plenty of opinions about Wii U since E3 attendees have had a chance to try it on the show floor, and one participant who's unsure about the console and its GamePad controller is well-known game designer Peter Molyneux. Much debate around Wii U has focused on the games lineup or technical specifications,...

  • News Ubisoft Manager Says Wii U Only Supports One GamePad

    Hopes take a knock

    We're all hoping Nintendo will confirm Wii U supports two GamePads during its E3 conference, but don't get your expectations up too high — Ubisoft France manager Xavier Poix has told VentureBeat the machine only supports one GamePad. GamesBeat: How many players can you get on the Wii U at once? Is it four or is it two…?...

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