Earlier this year, Nintendo stated in an online customer survey it was exploring the possibility of releasing an official Wii Remote Plus fast battery charger to give gamers a bit more juice when playing for prolonged periods.

The company has now decided to release one and Nintendo of America has started selling the official Wii Remote Rapid Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery on its online store.

Offering an approximate 13 hours of play time with a 90 minute charge, the set comes with a Wii Remote Rapid Charging Cradle and a Wii Remote Rechargeable Battery Pack, along with an integrated Battery Cover, Wii Remote Jacket, Wii Remote Wrist Strap and an A/C Adapter.

The whole package can be bought for $40.00, with orders from the US and Canada only. The Rapid Charging Cradle and Rechargeable Battery are only available in black. It's important to note that the Wii Remote itself is not included.

With this new rechargeable battery pack people no longer need to have a haul of AA batteries at the ready when playing their favourite Wii and Wii U titles with a Wii Remote.

Will you be picking one of these up, or are you happy using your batteries? Let us know in the comment section below.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip!

[source store.nintendo.com]