“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.”
That’s far more than the 20-25 hours worth of battery life in wireless PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. While the Wii U GamePad is by far the most interesting feature of the new console, Nintendo recently revealed that it will last for 3-5 hours, so the Pro controller may be a decent substitute depending on the game.
With the great convenience or wireless controllers this generation came the pain of switching and charging batteries regularly, so 80 hours of play sounds very generous. Provided I’m playing a game where I’m not missing out on touch or tilt gameplay that only the GamePad can provide, this seems like an tempting purchase.