Sony 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]