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access_time September 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM in Culture by Sean Garmer

Wii U Gamepad Has Optimal Range of 24 Feet (8 Meters)

Nintendo product marketing manager Bill Trinen confirmed a question many Wii U customers were wondering in an interview with 1UP

When asked about whether there was a limit to how far the Gamepad would work here is what he had to say.

“We tend to be more conservative, because we’re looking at it from a performance perspective. What, really, is the range where you’re going to get the best performance out of that? And you’re going to get the best performance within a range of about eight meters. That´s about 24 feet. That’s for best performance.”

24 feet is plenty of space for a lot of living rooms and at least he brings up a good reason for setting a limit on how far to have the range.


  • ubernaut September 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    looks like we’re gonna need a bigger boat.


  • Todd Vote September 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    or some more FBI guys?

  • Ramon Aranda September 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    That’s far enough; don’t need to be playing from 100 yards away or anything.

  • Andrew Kent September 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    It’s odd how 8 meters is about 24 feet. just looks weird XD

  • Justin Weinblatt September 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    If anyone needs me, I’m going to be measuring the space between my TV and my bathroom. If it’s more than 24 feet, no buy.

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