The 3DS XL is a great console in many respects, but its lack of a second circle pad caused us no end of aggravation. Not least because playing the likes of Snake Eater 3D and Resident Evil Revelations is now a complete hassle. However, the first image of the 3DS XL's Circle Pad Pro attachment has hit the net courtesy of Nintendo Japan's product listing - and demonstrates that Nintendo aren't exactly thinking outside the box for this one. It's basically exactly the same as its predecessor... but big.
Considering that the 3DS XL is already 15.6cm wide and rivals home console controllers, we don't know exactly how comfortable this is going to be. We'll let you know when Nintendo announce a price and release date for the optional peripheral, which we had seriously mixed feelings about.
Here's hoping that they at least add a stylus slot...
Nintendo has confirmed that a Circle Pad Pro peripheral is headed to the 3DS XL, which was officially announced last week. Considering the sheer monstrous size of the upcoming Nintendo handheld, we can safely assume that the extra cradle will turn it into a desktop replacement when it releases later this year. We're still not entirely sure why a second thumbstick wasn't included as standard, but we suspect that Nintendo would like some extra money. Who wouldn't?
According to Famitsu [via Andriasang], players will be able to transfer data between their 3DS and 3DS XL, as you can currently do between existing 3DS consoles.
Have you ever heard of Occam's Razor? This familiar figure of speech suggests that 'the simplest solution to a problem is usually the best,' (if you paraphrase massively) and Nintendo certainly found themselves in a bit of a pickle. The 3DS' single circle pad simply wasn't capable of supporting the increasingly complex titles that third party publishers like Capcom and Namco wanted to release, so after being subjected to what we can assume to be some serious pressure behind closed doors, Ninty applied Occam's Razor with all the foresight, wit and grace of a Diplodocus.
Our console needs two thumbsticks. So let's slap another one on the side. Job's a good'un.
The result is the Circle Pad Pro: a cradle that locks the 3DS in its plastic embrace while providing an extra thumbstick, triggers and all the other features it otherwise smothers. It's a strange beast to be sure - good, bad and ugly in equal measure - so whether it works and whether you should actually buy one are two very different arguments.
The Circle Pad Pro packs a fair bit of functionality into its chunky, asymmetrical design. As well as the second analogue slider pad, the peripheral also features an extra right shoulder button to accommodate for the increased depth on the right hand side, along with two brand new digital triggers that bring the handheld in line with traditional console controllers. An IR bar on the rear of the unit communicates wirelessly with the 3DS and will function from a few centimetres away.Click here to read more...
Nintendo has finally announced a European release date for the controvesial Circle Pad Pro 3DS attachment. The new peripheral, which cradles your 3DS console while adding an extra thumbstick, will launch on 27th January 2012 as a standalone extra or as part of a Resident Evil: Revelations bundle. Prices TBA.
We're still not sure what to think about the Circle Pad Pro. In many ways, it's a tacit admission that third party publishers (Capcom chief among them) are dubious about whether the 3DS can support their wares - and a divisive move that Nintendo really doesn't need in the midst of a consumer confidence crisis. What do you make of it - and more importantly, how much would you pay for it?
Nintendo's somewhat clumsy attempt at adding a second thumbstick to their 3DS handheld now has a name; the Circle Pad Pro. Not exactly catchy. However, it has support in the shape of Japanese mega-publisher, Capcom, who claim playing the upcoming Resident Evil 3DS adventure, Revelations, with the Circle Pad Pro is the "right way".Click here to read more...