Anyone who owns Nintendo’s latest console knows just how disappointing the Wii U GamePad’s battery life is. Thankfully, as soon as you get it in your hands you’ll notice the battery pack is easily accessible. As you can see in the photo above, Nyko is already preparing an upgrade for the tablet controller.
Dubbed UBoost, the new battery extender works in conjunction with the Wii U GamePad’s built-in battery and Nyko claims it can double overall playtime. The extended playtime is further complemented by the addition of a neat little kickstand, perfect for those times when you’re watching Netflix or Hulu while others hog the TV.
The UBoost simply clips on the back of the GamePad, meaning you won’t have to remove the existing battery or even the back cover. Charging is done using the same cable that came with your Wii U and those who bought the Wii U Deluxe set will even be able to use the standard charging cradle in conjunction with the accessory.
Best of all, the price tag Nyko has slapped on the UBoost isn’t too obscene. Two color options are available – white and black – and it’s listed on Nyko’s own website for an easy to swallow $19.99. The only concern I have at the moment is the additional weight that will come along with an extra battery. Nintendo did a great job designing the GamePad to be light and easy to hold for long gaming sessions, but that could change with an additional battery pack. I guess we’ll find out the UBoost hits shelves later this year.