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Wii U GamePad high-capacity battery now available in the U.S.

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While the Wii U GamePad is an impressive controller that can do quite a few neat things, one of its notorious shortcomings is its meager battery life -- a full charge officially lasts only three to five hours, but it's often even less than that if you play with the screen's brightness on its maximum setting.

Thankfully, Nintendo has seen fit to address this issue with the release of a new, higher-capacity 2550mAh battery for the tablet-style controller that provides a more impressive five to eight hours of playtime. Unfortunately, while the higher-capacity battery was released in Japan and Europe in July and October, respectively, Nintendo of America has held out on releasing the battery in this territory for unexplained reasons.

Fortunately that has now finally changed, with the battery now officially available for ordering from Nintendo's online store for $32, plus an additional $5 for the cheapest shipping option. Apparently there's also quite a bit of initial demand for the higher-capacity battery, too, as it is currently listed as being backordered, with current orders shipping out during the second week of January.

Still, late is better than not at all, so if you're sick of your Wii U GamePad dying on you all too quickly, you now have an option!

No word yet on whether the Wii U GamePad's high-capacity battery will eventually be available outside of Nintendo's online store.

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