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That Horrible 3DS Analog Stick Rumor Is Coming True

Bizarre, awkward looking add-on being developed in conjunction with Monster Hunter 3G.

I didn't report on the rumors Nintendo would be releasing an add-on for the 3DS that would provide the handheld with a second analog stick for two reasons. One, I couldn't verify them. In almost every case, if I'm unable to come up with secondary confirmation of a rumor, you won't read about it here. It's not my style. Two, it sounded ridiculous, a move that would make more sense--if any at all--for a re-design. Even if you entertained the idea of it coming prior to a re-design, why split users?

Turns out, it's looking to be true.

The add-on, which reportedly acts as a cradle for the handheld and simultaneously adds several shoulder buttons (there are conflicting reports on this specific fact, hope to have clarity in the morning), has appeared in the newest issue of Famitsu. It's being released in conjunction with Monster Hunter 3G, apparently scheduled before the end of the year, at least in Japan.

What's this monstrosity look like? Your wish is my command, courtesy of Twitter user @south1996.

No, you haven't lost your mind! This isn't some crazy dream!

Granted, much could change; we're getting the very first details on this translated from a magazine reveal. Nintendo has a press conference ahead of the Tokyo Game Show this month, currently scheduled for September 13. We should see more about this add-on there. I'm especially interested in finding out whether Nintendo has the balls to charge for this.

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Posted by SMTDante89

Could have been much worse, I guess.

Posted by Sanj

Wow. Guess I'll be waiting for the inevitable 3DS redesign.

Posted by TooWalrus

Oh God no Christ no what ugh.That's just about the worst thing ever. I'm glad I held off buying a 3DS, maybe an eventual re-design will add that 2nd analog stick onto the system itself, because there's no way I'm using that thing. However... I still want Luigi's Mansion 2. Oh Nintendo! You fucked up, big time... but at least you know it.

Posted by Kato

Aeathletically, it's a shit-show, but if it adds extra battery life and launches alongside a re-design which includes the extra stick, battery power, and shoulder buttons...then I think it could save the 3DS. I'd totally buy one of these if I already was an owner of a first-gen 3DS (and it extended battery life...which IMHO, it has to).

Posted by Ronald

It nice that in their "SECRET SCOOP" they made sure to mention "MH3(tri-)G" so we would know what this was for. With this addition and the Vita coming with two analogues the claw will be a thing of the past, which means we'll have people telling them young kids how easy they have it being able to control the camera with an analogue stick. "Back in my day..."

Posted by GoofyGoober
@captain_clayman: That outrage comment goes so well with Mr Krabs. I guess Mr Krabs can indeed feel it.
Edited by ervonymous

Now THAT's portable.

Edited by Thor_Molecules

The 3DS is becoming more of a joke every single day. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Posted by MideonNViscera

Oh no. Wonder how much GameStop'll buy a 3DS for.

Posted by Cazamalos

Nintendo is willing to do everything it takes to stop monster hunter being psp/vita exclusive 
being that aggressive takes some balls 
now i have more reasons to patiently wait for a 3DS redesign and a robust games library

Posted by Vigorousjammer

*sigh* and my DSi just broke... so I figured i'd buy a 3DS.

At $169 it seemed like a no-brainer.... now i'm not so sure.

Posted by VicRattlehead

man the things companys do to get monster hunter on there system...

lets be honest though nintendo got some great games coming up on the 3DS

Posted by kagato

It looks horrific...but i really really like Monster Hunter! If it comes packed in then its a no brainer, i really didnt think this rumour was going to be true...

Posted by TehFlan

What? Seriously?

Posted by catbusstop

The idea of "patching" hardware is both hilarious and terrifying in equal measures.

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Posted by blaakmawf

Looks like I won't be buying a 3DS any time soon.

Posted by Altersparck

Looks like 3D wasn't the knockout gimmick Nintendo thought it would be. Although, the Sega 32X-esque approach to hardware is... disheartening.

Posted by Benny

And so the wait begins for the 3DS lite with better battery life and built in second analog stick

Posted by Dany

this is all dumb

Posted by outerabiz

im calling it now. The Wii-U console will come with a handle. 

Posted by Azteck

@outerabiz said:

im calling it now. The Wii-U console will come with a handle.

For when you desperately want to have a Wii-U-LAN!

Posted by Robot_Sneakers

I'm not sure how I feel about this, I love Monster Hunter but that looks ridiculous and unwieldy. 

Posted by rjayb89

They should hire Steve Jobs and get to workin' their design mantra because that thing is uggggg-lehh.

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Posted by TzarStefan

Typical Nintendo with crappy addons...

Posted by Kung_Fu_Viking

That is quite ugly.

Posted by Beforet

It looks dumb, but, on the other hand, I have very large hands that cramp whenever I try to play the tiny 3DS. If this width-increasing addon relieves that in any way, I am all for this.

Posted by Afroman269

Well, at least it wasn't a complete revision, but this is still really, really stupid. The thing I don't get is how people can defend this. All of this shit has happened in the same year of its original launch. It's ridiculous. You can say that it's optional but if nintendo really wanted this thing to take off, that second stick should have been built in. It's just looking more and more apparent that the damn thing was rushed to market out of sheer arrogance or stupidity.

Posted by Deckard

It reminds me of my old "Handy Boy" for the Game Boy. Only this thing is first-party. Yuck.

Posted by sirdesmond

Wow, this just looks horrendous. If you are going to have some stupid add-on at least make it out of similar plastic to the unit itself so there is some equal appearance level (and level of quality).

I honestly won't really mind this if it is a pack-in with Monster Hunter 3G (which I'm pretty excited about now that I know it's a thing), but if they are charging and it is anything very high, this is going to kill the 3DS.

It looks like something out of the Genesis - Sega CD - Sega 32x days.

Posted by coaxmetal

~secret scoop~

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Edited by SerHulse

God, I hope this is just some add-on limited to Monster Hunter, like those DS Paddle add-ons that never made it out of Japan, that thing looks ugly as sin.

Posted by Kyle

At first I thought this was a ridiculous idea. Then I saw "Monster Hunter" and realized it would sell a million units regardless. So... sure, why not?

Posted by nintendoeats

Well, it does look reasonably comfortable. It will also probably sell in Japan, what with Monster Hunter being what it is.

Posted by apoptosis61

sry nintendo , 3ds was the last thing i bought from you 
 
sony here i come

Posted by AlisterCat

This doesn't really bother me at all.

Posted by PenguinDust

Nintendo seems to be run by old Sega execs... 

Edited by AuthenticM

This is so fucking stupid. Holy shit Nintendo, you don't seem to know what the hell you're doing these days. You release a system with no games at all, months later you slash the price and then announce an addon that should have been there integrated with the system in the first place? That's fucked. The 3DS is here to stay for a while, and game developpers will be forever forced to make their games in mind with people not owning this thing. They are dooming it to failure. And no, I'm not buying this piece of shit hardware, because Fuck You Nintendo.

Posted by Hector

What the....

Posted by leejunfan83

SuperFail

Posted by FacestabMan

Turns out it has been confirmed by Nintendo.

As a Nintendo fan, I raise my middle finger to them. What the hell are they thinking? They experimented, badly, with the price of the 3DS. Then they lowered it with an apology. And now they experiment again? Is like they're testing waters all over the place. This is not working, for fucks sake. They're making so many changes, if next year I see a new revision that's it, they can go fuck themselves.

Posted by sonicrift

The 3DS does not need a second stick. This is stupid. I'm really hoping this is a Capcom thing and not a Nintendo product. I don't want this. 

Posted by rmanthorp

@patrickklepek said:

@Jimster said:

First!

Nope.

HAHAH! Man this is just depressing for the the 3DS...

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Edited by Rekt_Hed

I litterally dont know what to think about this.....er......yup.....litterally other than the fact that it looks like it crept out of the 90s during the gameboy colour era!

Posted by PositivelyGreg

I'm personally disappointed they didn't put on a third analog stick. Just to screw with people.

Posted by RuneseekerMireille

That device is aesthetically terrible. I hope it's just a prototype, and they'll make it look a lot better.

...But let's look on the bright side! A new Monster Hunter game announced! I'll just wait for the inevitable Vita release. 3DS does not seem like it will give a good Monster Hunter experience, in my opinion.

Posted by craigums

Nintendont.

Posted by BeautifulSpaceCowboy

I just, umm, no?

Posted by noibn
Posted by sonicrift

If this isn't a Nintendo peripheral, Nintendo needs to speak up.