Retailers Claim Wii U Pro Controller Uses An 80-Hour Battery

By Jonathan Charles | Oct 18, 2012 10:09 AM EDT

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Wii U's Pro Controller is the third controller offering to the console, appealing to hardcore audiences and its battery could last for 80 hours, claim retailers.

"According to both Gamestop and Amazon, the Wii U Pro Controller is said to have a battery life of around 80 hours for a single charge. This is a drastic increase compared to the Wii U Gamepad controller, and for comparison, most PS3 controllers tend to last 20-25 hours," reported Nintendolife.

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Amazon and Gamestop quoted the figure in the product description of the controller on the respective Web sites. The Xbox 360 "Play and Charge Kit," allowing wireless controllers to be charged, offers 25-30 hours of life for comparison, the controller drawing comparisons with the Pro Controller. The two consoles' controllers look identical apart from the right analog stick and buttons swapping places. Considering Microsoft's console is considered by experts as the best of this generation, that may not be a bad idea.

Though a fourth controller is available, if the listings are true. Wii games will require the Classic Controller if Wii Remote/and Nuchuck is not used. Wii U also offers the GamePad, the tablet-esque controller with a second screen, bundled with the console.

"Designed for accessibility and extended gameplay comfort, the Wii U Pro Controller features the dual analogue sticks and ergonomic button layout that you've come to expect, as well as a rechargeable battery that can last up to 80 hours on a single charge," reads Amazon's and Gamestop's product description. The charge time is unconfirmed to allow the battery to last for 80 hours. Both physical and digital eShop Wii U games support Pro controllers. The rear of packaging will show if the controller is supported.

Wii U is the first next-generation console, ahead of Microsoft and Sony's expected 2013 announcements. While Nintendo was always unlikely to reach Wii's level of sales, the market has changed since 2006. The rise of tablets, particularly from Apple, provides the form factor with cheaper software. Wii U's physical releases have a recommended retail price of $60.

The Wii U Pro controller launches separately from the Basic and Deluxe/Premium Wii U bundles for $49.99 in black and white on Nov. 18 in the U.S. Wii U releases Nov. 18 in the U.S., and Nov. 30 in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

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