Wii U GamePad
|Wii U GamePad|
The Wii U GamePad is the primary controller for the Wii U console, featuring a large touch screen. It runs on a rechargeable battery, and has a stylus within it.
One Wii U GamePad is included with every console. Despite Nintendo announcing its intention to release standalone Wii U GamePads, they did not follow up on this until November 24, 2015, when the GamePad was released as a standalone product in Japan, costing 12,800 yen and only available directly from Nintendo.
The Wii U GamePad's main feature is the 6.2 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio and 480p resolution touchscreen, which can be used for additional gameplay features, or can display or replicate the video feed on the television screen for "Off-TV Play". The GamePad communicates with the console via an adapted Wi-Fi signal, and receives video from the console through a custom protocol and H.264 video codec.
The controller features most of the same buttons as the Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro, including the two analog control sticks at the top of the controller, which can now be clicked in, A/B/X/Y buttons and d-pad underneath the sticks, and the digital shoulder and trigger buttons on the back. On the right side of the bottom of the controller is a power button, which can power on both the console and the Wii U GamePad, and on the center bottom is a Home button to display the Home Menu. On the top of the controller is a 3.5mm headphone port next to the charging port, and on the other side is a volume slider and a storage area for the stylus.
The AC Adapter (WUP-011) uses a standard wall plug with a power adapter in the middle of the cable, while the charging port itself is wider than what would be on a Nintendo handheld console. The Wii U GamePad uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (WUP-012) which lasts for three to five hours. However, Nintendo have since released a "High-Capacity Battery" (WUP-013) which lasts for up to eight hours. The High-Capacity Battery was released in Japan in summer 2013, in Europe in October 2013, and in North America in December 2013.
The controller also has a camera built into it, facing the player during gameplay. It also has a built-in gyroscope, which can be used for motion control in certain games or features in games. Underneath the D-pad is an near-field communication sensor, which can recognise specific objects placed above it, such as credit cards or products like amiibo. Pressing the TV button, next to the power button, allows users to use the Wii U GamePad as a television remote, using the touchscreen to display the various television inputs; the controller can be configured to the television in System Settings. Like the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U GamePad also has a microphone built into it, which can record the user's voice, as well as an input on the underside for an external microphone, and on the top front is a camera. The controller has a built-in infrared sensor which emulates the Wii Sensor Bar.
Wii U Deluxe Sets come with both a normal stand for the Wii U GamePad (WUP-016) and a charging cradle (WUP-014).
- Before the release of the Wii U, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that two Wii U GamePads could theoretically be used in games being played on a single Wii U console.
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