Wii U High-Capacity GamePad Battery Out Now

As of December 21, Nintendo has made the official Nintendo high-capacity Wii U GamePad battery available to purchase in the United States.  This battery costs $32 and approximately doubles the battery life of the standard Wii U GamePad battery up to 8 hours, according to Nintendo.  Prior to this release, the battery was available for purchase in the United Kingdom and Japan.  The battery life is not guaranteed by Nintendo, though, as it depends on a number of factors such as brightness settings and wireless communication.

The only required tool to change the battery is a small Philips-head screwdriver.  The diagram below is provided by Nintendo to show how simple the process is.

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The Wii U GamePad has two small screws that hold the battery door closed.

The new battery is available directly from the company website.

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