GameStop: Pro Controller's Power Lasts 80hrs on a Single Charge

#1 Edited by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

According to GameStop, the Pro Controller's power lasts for 80hrs on a full charge.

"Your games, your way. However you think of your gaming style - hardcore, old school, or purely nostalgic - the Wii U Pro Controller puts you in the game. Designed for accessibility and extended gameplay comfort, the Wii U Pro Controller features the dual analog 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. The Wii U Pro Controller can be used for playing a variety of games - from packaged games at retail to downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop. Look on the back of Wii U game packaging to see which games use the Wii U Pro Controller. Not compatible with the Wii system or games."
#2 Posted by Snail (8574 posts) -

Holy shit, this is like the ebook of gamepads.

#3 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -

That's pretty awesome. I really love the look of the wii u and those controllers.

#4 Posted by TooWalrus (13127 posts) -

That's cool. It's kinda disappointing that I can't use it to play any of the games made for the classic controller on the Wii, like Xenoblade, but still, nothing to scoff at. Battery life hasn't really been an issue for me in the past, though. I've got two Dualshocks 3s, I use one, and when it's empty, I swap it for the other one on the charger.

#5 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Pro Controller's Power Lasts 80hrs on a Single Charge != [...]can last up to 80 hours on a single charge.

Because accuracy is important.

#6 Posted by Snail (8574 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

Pro Controller's Power Lasts 80hrs on a Single Charge != [...]can last up to 80 hours on a single charge.

Because accuracy is important.

Seriously? Even if it is anywhere close to 80 hours - even if it last for 30 hours less than that - it's still a huge step up from the battery life of most controllers.

#7 Posted by CommanderZx2 (134 posts) -

My wireless mouse has lasted months if not years on a single set of batteries... pretty epic right?

Anyway I'm more concerned about how long the Wii U controller battery will last, you know the one with the screen.

#8 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

That's pretty awesome. I really love the look of the wii u and those controllers.

I feels great, designed for that kind of long playtime, it's light and the ergonomics are perfect. I loved the dual analogues being in alignment horizontally, I think it improves hand-eye coordination, partly because you don't lose that physical reference point when you have both thumbs on and your palm resting perfectly balanced on the sides of the controller. On a 360 pad I often find I need to shift my right thumb into the centre of the stick, it shifts out due to the way you have to cock your thumb a little, I don't think that will happen with this pad, ther' little room for that shifting to take place.

#9 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@rebgav said:

I wonder if they actually mean that it retains a full charge for that length of time, as opposed to lasting that long under constant use.

I'd imagine that it's the former. Because "up to 80 hours" is much more exciting marketing-speak than "around six hours under constant use."

#10 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

Love that d-pad. Screw them for hoarding it like they do.

#11 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2682 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

That's cool. It's kinda disappointing that I can't use it to play any of the games made for the classic controller on the Wii, like Xenoblade, but still, nothing to scoff at. Battery life hasn't really been an issue for me in the past, though. I've got two Dualshocks 3s, I use one, and when it's empty, I swap it for the other one on the charger.

Why? Do the Wii games require you don't use this controller?

#12 Posted by TooWalrus (13127 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai said:

@TooWalrus said:

That's cool. It's kinda disappointing that I can't use it to play any of the games made for the classic controller on the Wii, like Xenoblade, but still, nothing to scoff at. Battery life hasn't really been an issue for me in the past, though. I've got two Dualshocks 3s, I use one, and when it's empty, I swap it for the other one on the charger.

Why? Do the Wii games require you don't use this controller?

Well the last sentence in the description in the OP says "Not compatible with the Wii system or games."
#13 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2682 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

@TooWalrus said:

That's cool. It's kinda disappointing that I can't use it to play any of the games made for the classic controller on the Wii, like Xenoblade, but still, nothing to scoff at. Battery life hasn't really been an issue for me in the past, though. I've got two Dualshocks 3s, I use one, and when it's empty, I swap it for the other one on the charger.

Why? Do the Wii games require you don't use this controller?

Well the last sentence in the description in the OP says "Not compatible with the Wii system or games."

I took that to mean it won't work on a Wii, not that it won't work with Wii games on a Wii U, but perhaps you have a point. To me that seems like a disclaimer meant for moms saying HEY THIS IS FOR THAT NEW THING, NOT THE OLD THING YOU ALREADY HAVE.

#14 Posted by TooWalrus (13127 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai said:

@TooWalrus said:

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

@TooWalrus said:

That's cool. It's kinda disappointing that I can't use it to play any of the games made for the classic controller on the Wii, like Xenoblade, but still, nothing to scoff at. Battery life hasn't really been an issue for me in the past, though. I've got two Dualshocks 3s, I use one, and when it's empty, I swap it for the other one on the charger.

Why? Do the Wii games require you don't use this controller?

Well the last sentence in the description in the OP says "Not compatible with the Wii system or games."

I took that to mean it won't work on a Wii, not that it won't work with Wii games on a Wii U, but perhaps you have a point. To me that seems like a disclaimer meant for moms saying HEY THIS IS FOR THAT NEW THING, NOT THE OLD THING YOU ALREADY HAVE.

Hopefully that's what it means, it's definitely possible, but I just took it at face value. "Not compatible with Wii system or games."
#15 Posted by RE_Player1 (7541 posts) -

Is there rumble?

#16 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2282 posts) -

Well it's nice the controller has nice battery life. Now about the 3DS...

#17 Edited by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

Nintendo should have stuck a few of these batteries in the GamePad.... GamePad+

#18 Posted by laserbolts (5309 posts) -

I can't imagine that time is for the controller while it's not in use. I mean I can charge my 360 controller and not touch it for months and it will still be charged.

#19 Posted by Silver-Streak (1328 posts) -

@Rolyatkcinmai: From what I understand, to play Wii games or Virtual Console games, you have to boot into "Wii mode" Which only recognizes Wii accessories.

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