Prototype MotionPlus accessory drains batteries

By Spencer . July 16, 2008 . 6:42am

I believe the Wii manual states a fresh set of alkaline AAs last around 30 hours. The number is a rough estimate since the amount of time the batteries last fluctuates depending on how you use the remote. I asked a Nintendo representative how the 1:1 the newly announced Wii MotionPlus accessory will affect the battery life and was informed you only get 9 hours of battery life when you use it. He stressed this accessory is still a prototype and they are working on improving the battery life when the completed hardware comes out in the spring.


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  • jeffx

    That’s insane, but thanks for asking my question. I should really invest in a recharge station.

  • Kai

    Why is battery life important? For instance, 9 hours is far longer than the recharging time it takes for AA’s. Granted, it does cost a bit more to buy rechargeable batteries and a recharger, but that one time cost is far less than the repeated cost of buying disposable batteries over years of console use (even sporadic console use). I’m no hippie, but I even feel bad about throwing away that much heavy metal.

  • Aoshi00

    Why doesn’t Nintendo come up w/ 1st party rechargeable batteries alrdy.. I’ve been holding off to get the Nyko one since I am not sure how good they are.

  • Daizyujin


    I have the Nyko one and it is fine. The only real problem is that you usually have to take the back off when putting it in the zapper or wheel since it is a little bit bigger. Other than that though it works very well. I have had mine for about a year and really like it.

  • Aoshi00

    @Daizyujin – Thanks for the recommendation, I heard mostly good things about it too. I was just waiting for Nintendo to come around making their own for the above issue, figure 1st party would make the back fit snugly w/o the need of taking it off, guess it’s only a minor inconvenience. I don’t know why they would refuse or wait this long making one though, if you look at the 360 and PS3 controllers both having recharageable in different forms.. I would go ahead to get the Nyko especially w/ the Motion Plus now being a battery drainer. I don’t like changing packs of AAs either, feels like a Gameboy.. not to mention environmentally unsafe..

  • SteveJ

    They should also stop selling the current Wiimote and start selling one with motion-plus built-in, and it might as well be rechargeable too. Of course they’ll have to get their production costs down so the price isn’t higher. They should also stop selling the current Wii console and sell one with such a motion-plus remote in the box instead of the old one. If they don’t do that I don’t think you’re going to see many games supporting motion-plus, especially when people find out that it kills battery life with the current remote.

  • Daizyujin


    It don’t surprise me that Nintendo isn’t bothering. They seem to be missing a lot of common sense things like the expanded memory. Regardless they have actually said they have no plan to make one. I will just use this one till the batteries die on it and then I will go to rechargable AAs.

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