Published on November 30th, 2012 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Nyko Launches New Line of Wii U Accessories
The Nintendo Wii U GamePad doesn’t hold the longest battery life. Playing on a full charge may deliver 4-5 hours of playtime. Turning the display dimmer down a ways can prolong its use, but there has to be another way. Once again, Nyko Technologies is introducing yet another savior to recharge your gaming experience.
“We are incredibly excited for the Wii U launch and the plethora of new gameplay techniques the GamePad and Pro Controller bring to gamers this holiday season,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “We are releasing a series of charging solutions designed to give gamers the convenience of multiple options to power their Wii U controllers so they are fully charged and ready to go at all times.”
First on that list is the UBoost. As mentioned before, the battery on the GamePad is approximately 4-5 hours depending what you are playing. The Uboost gives you up to 10 hours of gameplay. This is done by a simple clip on that can also be charged with the dock that is included with the Wii U Deluxe Set. It also has a built in stand to pop up for display purposes. It will have a SRP $19.99
The next is for the traditional gamer. The Charge Base Pro has built in magnetic strips to keep your controllers at bay while they charge. Throwing the controller on the AC adapter charges them faster than the USB. There are indicator lights that notify you when the charge cycle is complete. The Charge Base Pro will SRP for $29.99.
Another recharger comes in the form of the Power Stand. This stand comes in both black and white and can hold the Wii U GamePad while recharging. Much like the UBoost, it is fixed with a stand to both charge and display videos while this occurs. The included charge cable for the Wii U can power the stand, so no other accessory is needed. The Power Stand has a SRP of $14.99.
Lastly, the Charge Adapter and Charge Link provide gamers with “extra-long” cords to get the job done. The Charge Adapter can be plugged into any wall, whereas the Charge Link is a USB powered cord. Both can be beneficial to owners who don’t have an outlet near, or want to plug the pad into a USB charge station. Both cables will see a SRP of $14.99.
I’m actually really excited about the use of these accessories, particularly the possibility of extending the battery life of the GamePad. Stay tuned for future news on the line.