I agree that the price is a bit much, just for a battery.
The current battery life actually works in my favor. If I ever get to playing long enough that the gamepad needs a charge, perhaps I've been playing a bit too long (This whole "being an adult" jazz has pretty much ruined any chance for any good marathon gaming sessions).
If I had local friends who came over to play often, maybe I'd go for it.
I just plug mine in. And the red light stays on for A WHILE. There is a whole "your GamePad is blinking now," and I've gone a good 10 minutes on that, too, as annoying (by design) that it is. Not sure what the total time is, but the red light usually comes on when I'm just about done anyways. No biggy for me.
No, I definitely couldn't recommend the Nyko. It's super janky... has issues charging, randomly turns the Gamepad off from time to time. It's also supposed to be like 3x capacity of the original battery, but I've seen it run out on an extended 3D World play session in less than 5 hours.
I guess they offered a replacement to owners that I missed out on because I was unaware. So the newer version might fix some issues, but I wouldn't trust it over Nintendo's.
Sometimes I'll watch Netflix on the Gamepad while I work, and then I'll find the light come on (or it won't fully charge by the time I play games later). The cord doesn't reach the couch as I have the charger on a nearby shelf.
One thing I don't get is that the Gamepad gives you the option to turn off the screen, but then it just turns back on when I press a button. A lot of times I won't want to use the Gamepad screen at all and don't want to waste the battery.
@ploot@Guillaume Guillaume is right, that screen is frickin' bright! I turned it down to the lowest brightness, and yeah, the rumble's off, if it has that. Never liked rumble, don't see the point. Also, the volume is usually turned off as well, no need to have it on when it's the same sound as the TV.
I also find that it doesn't fully charge at one time, and it'll charge a little longer if I unplug it and plug it back in.
me and my friend do mario marathons at his house and he has to play while its charging towards the end. Told him to turn down brightness just now and turn off the rumble. Don't need either of them in a brightly lit room
I may get this eventually because it does get annoying when I get near the end of a certain area in a game, and I have to put the Game pad back on the stand to charge for a little bit before coming back to the game and finishing up what I was doing. Happened a lot when playing TW101, where some of the operations are fairly lengthy. If I end up playing a Wii U game after dinner until going to bed, it's rare that the battery will last until I call it quits for the night, and even rarer when the red light doesn't turn on at all. It's not a big deal to take a short break and let it charge for a bit, but it's something I'd rather not have to do.
Yea, I always keep the gamepad plugged in. I've never had the battery last over 2.5-3 hours. Hell, its worse than the 3ds's battery life. Just another sign of Nintendo's cheapass ways. I bought a 3rd party ac adapter for the gamepad cause the bcord's length is 12 feet long, plus the cord is about 2-3 times the thickness/quality of what Nintendo packed in with the WiiU.
Since I keep it plugged in, no need for a longer lasting battery.
I don't have an outlet anywhere near where I sit (though I wish I did, that would have made life so much easier back in the day when I first set up my living room...*sigh*). The USB cable is a couple feet too short as well to really make playing plugged-in that much more viable.