Both the Wii U Basic and Deluxe Sets are packed with a Wii U GamePad AC adapter, which means you’ll need to plug in the controller into an AC outlet for it to charge. The new console features four USB 2.0 connectors, but Nintendo hasn’t confirmed whether the new controller can be charged by connecting it, via a separate cable, to one of Wii U’s USB ports. The Wii U GamePad can, however, be charged by using a Wii U GamePad Cradle, which is included in the Deluxe Set and can be purchased as a standalone product for $19.99.
The Wii U GamePad can be charged via a cable that has to be plugged in a power outlet for it to charge the GamePad. Can the Wii U GamePad be charged using a USB port on the Wii U console, just with a separate cable; or, can it only be charged with a wall AC outlet?
“The GamePad can also be charged using the charging cradle, which comes with the Deluxe Set.”
Does the Charging Cradle require an AC outlet, or can it be plugged into a USB port on the system? The only picture of the Deluxe System items shows the cable requires an AC outlet, no cable directly for a USB port.
“We don’t have any information to share at this time.”