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Sony "Shocked" By 3DS Expansion Slide Pad

Felix Kemp
Expansion Slide Pad, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita, PS Vita, Sony

Sony "Shocked" By 3DS Expansion Slide PadSony must be feeling rather optimistic right now. While the original Nintendo DS conquered all that stood before it, its successor the 3DS has failed to hit such heights, with price-points and a general lack of quality software holding back Nintendo's much-hyped portable. And with the Playstation Vita just months away now, Sony senses their greatest opponent is weak. They won't pass on a chance to kick Nintendo when they're down, either, with Sony bigwig Shu Yoshida dubbing the recently announced Expansion Slide Pad "shocking".

"It was a bit shocking to see what they came up with," Yoshida admits in an interview with Game Informer regarding the circle pad add-on Nintendo has announced for the 3DS. Yoshida has his own theories as to why Nintendo opted for such a knee-jerk peripheral. "I don't know. It's clear that they didn't believe a second analog was necessary when they designed the 3DS, so I can only guess it was requested by Capcom's side. Maybe a Capcom producer told Nintendo that to play Monster Hunter we need [two] analog sticks. That I don't know, so I can only guesstimate."

And he might be right. Nintendo has just announced Monster Hunter Tri and Monster Hunter 4 are in development for their 3D portable, and considering Capcom's sway - they're among the biggest Japanese publishers out there - it's not hard to imagine hushed words being exchanged between the pair and a resolution - the pad add-on - being met.

What do you think, Dealspwners? Is the Expansion Slide Pad as shocking as Yoshida makes it out to be? Should Nintendo have gone for the Vita route and included two analogue sticks to begin with? Tell us! [Game Informer]

Add a comment3 comments
Jerec  Sep. 20, 2011 at 10:58

But considering MH games on the 3DS will have a virtual dpad on the lower screen it seems a bit pointless to link it just to that game.

But it clearly was silly to overlook the second Analogue stick in the first place.

Late  Sep. 20, 2011 at 11:06

Nintendo omitting the second analogue pad is about as bad a mistake as Sony missing Christmas.
Two major cockups there, imho.

Personally, I'll be sticking with my old DS Lite and my android phone when it comes to hand-held gaming.

Last edited by Late, Sep. 20, 2011 at 11:07
MattGardner  Sep. 20, 2011 at 16:12

Nintendo omitting the second analogue pad is about as bad a mistake as Sony missing Christmas.
Two major cockups there, imho.



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