Wii U GamePad

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Illustration of the Wii U GamePad. To recognize: the blue glowing home button.
A black Wii U GamePad
White Wii U GamePad (left) with Wii U (right)

The Wii U GamePad is the primary gamepad for the Wii U and was produced and marketed by Nintendo . The integrated touchscreen is the main difference to the controllers or consoles of the competition ( PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ). Depending on the Wii U Bundle, the housing of the Wii U GamePad is either white ( Basic Pack ) or black ( Premium Pack ). An alternative game controller to the Wii U GamePad is the Wii U Pro Controller . The predecessor of the Wii U GamePad is the Wii Remote or the Wii Classic Controller . The successors of the Wii U GamePad are the Joy-Con and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller of the Nintendo Switch . The Wii U GamePad also has a home button, the transparent border of which lights up blue when receiving calls in Wii U Chat or receiving news, for example .

Technical specifications

Original design that did not go into series production (illustration). This design can still be seen, for example, in an early trailer for the Wii U.
Original Wii U GamePad (E3 2011)


The touchscreen is resistive and has a resolution of 854 × 480 pixels (FWVGA), which corresponds to the 480p standard and a pixel density of 158 ppi. The size is 6.2 inches or 15.75 cm diagonally. It can display content stereoscopically using 3D glasses , for example that is supported by the game Assassin's Creed III . It is operated using an input pen or with your fingers, whereby only one touch is recognized at a time.


The sound is two built-in housing stereo - speakers or headphones via 3.5mm jack output.


In addition to the A, B, X and Y buttons , the controller has two analog sticks and four shoulder buttons as well as a directional pad . The home button, the power switch and the TV button are relevant for the system .


The Wii U GamePad has a variety of sensors , some of which were already used in the Wiimotes of the previous Wii system . The controller has a motion sensor , gyro sensor , gyroscope and a magnetometer . Finally, a vibration motor is also integrated.


The NFC chip is located below the control pad , which can be used to connect Amiibo to the system, for example.


In the sensor bar there is a camera that has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels and can be used as a facecam for games or applications such as B. Wii U Chat is used.

battery pack

The built-in battery can be recharged using the charger included in the scope of delivery via a Nintendo connection . According to the official website, the battery life is three to five hours with a charging time of two and a half hours. The battery can be changed. Due to the relatively short battery life compared to previous Nintendo controllers, Nintendo initially offered a battery with a higher capacity of 2550 mAh exclusively in Japan.


The dimensions are 13.5 cm × 2.3 cm × 25.9 cm with a weight of 491 g .


Golem.de criticized the processing of the Wii U GamePad. It is "[...] pleasantly light [...]" despite its size and "[...] can be used for several hours without the player showing signs of fatigue [...]".

Individual evidence and note

  1. It was the first presentation trailer for the Wii U, which was shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in 2011. In the trailer you can see the GamePad without analog sticks . Instead, there are sliders, similar to those on the Nintendo 3DS , in the places where analog sticks should later be located . IGN uploaded the trailer to the YouTube video platform ( click here to watch).
  2. Wii U: GamePad only 3-5 hours of battery life with a charging time of around 2.5 hours. June 7, 2012, accessed February 28, 2020 .
  3. Wii U: Battery details for the tablet controller - 3 to 5 hours runtime with two and a half hours charging time. June 6, 2012, accessed February 28, 2020 .
  4. Wii U: Battery details for the tablet controller - 3 to 5 hours runtime with two and a half hours charging time. June 6, 2012, accessed February 28, 2020 .
  5. Nintendo Support: How to Remove, Reseat, or Replace the Battery in a Wii U GamePad. Retrieved February 28, 2020 .
  6. Wii U: Nintendo offers a more powerful battery for the GamePad. May 30, 2013, accessed February 28, 2020 .
  7. Check out Nintendo's new #WiiU console and games! Wii U GamePad. In: Nintendo of Europe GmbH. Accessed January 27, 2016 (German).
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