The difference between the two controllers is clear in the image comparison below. The top one is the new Wii U Gamepad controller, while the bottom one is the original version, unveiled at E3 2011.
The Wii U GamePad will support accessories such as the included stylus, the Wii U Zapper, and more. Check out for the full list. Third party accessory makers will offer their own hardware for the Wii U and controller, ranging from stylus pens, to cradles, charging stations, and more.
Battery Capacity: 2550mAh / 9.2 Wh (offers up to 8 hours of use, compared to 3–5 hours with standard Wii U GamePad Battery) Battery Voltage: 3.6V
Battery duration is an approximation. It can vary according to the use of the Wii U GamePad, usage of wireless communications, the ambient temperature, and the brightness setting of the screen.
Illustration of the Wii U GamePad
|Type||Video game controller|
|Display||6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 854x480 (FWVGA) 16:9 @ 158 ppi|
|Sound||Stereo speakers, Headphones|
|Camera||1.3 MP Front-facing camera|
|Touchpad||Single-touch LCD display|
|Connectivity||Proprietary wireless based on IEEE 802.11n NFC, Infrared|
|Power||LiPo 3.7 V DC 1500 mAh (WUP-012; 3-5 hours use)
LiPo 3.6 V DC 2550 mAh (upgrade WUP-013; 8 hours use)
|Dimensions||5.3 in × 0.9 in × 10.2 in (13.5 cm × 2.3 cm × 25.9 cm)|