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3DS Grows An Unsightly Tumor For A Right Stick Attachment

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It seems that the rumors were true, Nintendo is developing an add-on for the 3DS that gives the system a much-needed right analog stick. And...oh dear lord.

That unsightly plastic cradle, with the look of a cheap knock-off peripheral, isn't just for show: it adds three important features to the system. First and foremost is the right circle pad, but that huge cradle wrapping around the 3DS also adds a second set of shoulder buttons for all of your R2 and L2 pressing needs. As for that third important feature? That would be the extra bulk, essentially doubling the system's thickness making it too large to fit in any pocket. I suppose that puts the 3DS more in line with the size and girth of a PlayStation Vita at least.

All of this info comes from a leaked scan of Famitsu Magazine in an article that links the 3DS attachment to the newly announced Monster Hunter 3G. This is all rather ironic seeing as Monster Hunter 3G is said to be an expanded port of the Wii's Monster Hunter Tri, a game that didn't have a second analog stick to begin with.

There are still several questions left unanswered about the peripheral. Release date and price are still up in the air, and it's unclear what kind of developer support the add-on will receive beyond Monster Hunter. It is also a rather transparent admission by Nintendo that a system redesign is in the works that will include a right circle pad, hopefully placed in a more reasonable location under the four face buttons, with this add-on releasing as a concession to early adopters so their system will still be compatible with future games.

Nintendo is holding a pre-Tokyo Game Show event on September 13 to discuss the future of the 3DS, at which point we'll likely learn a lot more about this add-on with an official unveiling. In the meantime, I'm left wondering where this circle pad extension will fall on the Nintendo peripheral continuum. Will it be utterly forgettable like the DS rumble pack? Fantastic, but poorly supported by developers like the Wii Motion+? Or will it become an essential part of the hardware like the Wii Nunchuck?

10 Comments

Steelo said:

Actually... This seems to make the whole thing way more comfortable to hold. My hands always hurt after using the 3DS for a few hours.

Nikademus said:

If you don't like it, just wait...Nintendo will eventually make a new version of the 3DS that will incorporate all the extra buttons and stuff. When they do, it will doubtlessly look a lot better.

Akamaru said:

WHOA, that looks ridiculous!

All this for an analog stick? Was it rocket science to move the 4 face buttons down a couple inches and add a second analog stick before launch?

I don't even play my 3DS... it's sitting on my desk in its cradle staring at me with its blue pulsing power light. Where are the games? I'm not interested in 3D versions of N64 games I have collecting dust in a box somewhere. I and many others have played Starfox 64 to death, why not make a NEW one in 3D?

WTF Nintendo? This add on had better be free. I'm not paying extra for your screw ups. Nintendo is getting sloppy. The reports of the Wii U hardware problems from developers doesn't make me feel confident these folks know what they're doing anymore.

M.B. said:

Before the release of the 3DS, wasn't there a statement made by Nintendo saying that they didn't see the need for a second slide pad? Sigh...

I personally think the second slide pad will really help games that will choose to utilize it, but... it really should've been there in the first place.

Silver Phoenix said:

There isn't a magical amount of PR bullshit that can explain how hideously designed this add-on is. Nintendo, just die in a fire.

ironmouse said:

Capcom have said Monster Hunter for 3DS is Japan only for now, so we may not see this "thing" for a long while.

Wootini said:

I feel like this is probably more like the guitar fret accessory sold with Guitar Hero for the DS. It was only ever used for that game. If Capcom couldn't figure out a control scheme that worked and really needed the second circle pad, then fine. Bundle this monstrosity in with the game for people who want to play Monster Hunter. But I don't think that Nintendo is really going to revise their hardware after it's already struggling. That would be crazy.

As long as the [probable] future third party games using this [ugly] thing are playable for us without it, then it's all good to me.

Kid Amnesiac 79 said:

Wow. Build a hideous add-on when you could have included the second analog stick in the first place. Just wow.

Congratulations Nintendo. Sarcasm off and cue golf clap...

Rod K said:

It never fails to amaze me how many people will comment in abject horror or extrapolate wildly on the basis of a scant bit of information - in this case a picture and a handful of translations.

If and when nintendo announce this second stick is likely to become the norm for future games, then get upset. That's the time for nintendo to "die in a fire".

I somehow doubt this will become the norm though. I can't imagine at no point whatsoever did the idea of a second analogue controller get discussed during the design stage, and I would assume that it wasn't added for good reason.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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