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Yep, Nintendo’s Making a Bigger Circle Pad Pro

The upcoming 3DS XL will also get the still-ridiculous add-on.

LOOK AT THAT THING.

It will always feel, look, and sound ridiculous to outfit the 3DS with the Circle Pad Pro, even for games like Resident Evil: Revelations, where it legitimately enhances the experience.

Since the 3DS XL will not include a second stick, Andriasang (via Famitsu) reports Nintendo will also issue another stick add-on.

There’s no word on when it will arrive, how much it will cost, and whether it’ll remain in Japan (doubtful), but if you’re worried about upgrading and having that second stick, it’s no longer an issue.

I still do not expect Nintendo to support the Circle Pad Pro outside of how it was handled within Kid Icarus: Uprising, which made the game far easier for left-handed players.

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Posted by patrickklepek
LOOK AT THAT THING.

It will always feel, look, and sound ridiculous to outfit the 3DS with the Circle Pad Pro, even for games like Resident Evil: Revelations, where it legitimately enhances the experience.

Since the 3DS XL will not include a second stick, Andriasang (via Famitsu) reports Nintendo will also issue another stick add-on.

There’s no word on when it will arrive, how much it will cost, and whether it’ll remain in Japan (doubtful), but if you’re worried about upgrading and having that second stick, it’s no longer an issue.

I still do not expect Nintendo to support the Circle Pad Pro outside of how it was handled within Kid Icarus: Uprising, which made the game far easier for left-handed players.

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Edited by R3DT1D3

Wait why? I understand it's Nintendo and it will probably sell in Japan but it just seems so unnecessary. Looking at the picture some more, seems like it's going to be more awkward than helpful.

Edited by delorean99947

GG. I don't see why they don't just build in a second analog stick. Now the new 3DS is gonna be huge with that thing on it.

Posted by billyjack77

Go figure. It's all lies all the time!

Posted by AngelN7

Ha! april's fool right? is june that's why it's so april's fool.

Posted by HerbieBug

I WANT MORE GIANT PERIPHERALS!

Posted by psylah

Gonna need a shoulder strap to carry that thing around.

Posted by c_rakestraw

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

Posted by TheHT

Whaddaya know.

Posted by fisk0

@C_Rakestraw said:

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

NO! I hope they keep adding ridiculous things to it. Extra shoulder button + trackball expansion to add to the circle pad pro expansion.

Posted by mbr2

YES

Posted by formic12

Won't this effectively make the 3DS XL as large as the Wii U gamepad? I can't imagine carrying that around with me for portable gaming....

Posted by Springfart

jeez

Posted by FoxMulder

It'll be like carrying around one of those early portable DVD players!

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Posted by Hailinel

Cool. As a left-handed standard CPP owner, Kid Icarus is wonderful to play using it. Fuck all of the haters.

Posted by ckeats

I'm excited. I skipped out on it with my regular ass 3DS, but wanted one for Kingdom Hearts, but I'll have a XL before then. Now we call all live happily ever after.

You people are all too negative about everything.

Posted by Nadafinga

Oh Nintendo. You so crazy.

Posted by Animasta

I actually think it's MORE ridiculous now, Patrick.

Posted by hagridore

Another Nintendo innovation.

Posted by iAmJohn

Stupid.

Posted by TepidShark

Kingdom Hearts 3D will probably make good use of it (Right Stick Camera is way better then camera on the triggers) but I would probably say if you are getting Kingdom Hearts you should probably get the Circle Pad Pro, but not the other way around.

Posted by SlightConfuse

This is like a brick cell phone the opposite of portable

Posted by Hogshead

So will this make the 3DS XL about the size of an Atari Lynx?

Posted by deject

Oh Nintendo, you cray cray.

Posted by c_rakestraw

@fisk0 said:

@C_Rakestraw said:

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

NO! I hope they keep adding ridiculous things to it. Extra shoulder button + trackball expansion to add to the circle pad pro expansion.

I'd be down for a trackball...

Okay, they win -- keep at it, Nintendo!

Posted by Beaudacious

What the fuck is wrong with this company? Looks they're sticking to their guns till the ship sinks. Hopefully it sinks sooner then later, also anyone who purchases this device really needs to reflect upon his actions.

Posted by devilzrule27

if they're going to make that thing why didn't they just put the second circlepad on the device? So dumb.

Posted by bko

Oh, Nintendo.

No thanks. I'll wait for the 17-inch 3DS. Which of course will have its own 5 lb. circle pad pro attachment.

Posted by biggiedubs

You've got to fucking kidding me. A couple of days ago I was all like, 'thanks Nintendo for not putting a second analogue stick on the 3DS XL, now I don't have to buy it! Maybe you're not so dumb in thinking that it needs a second stick after all!'

Now I'm all like : what.

Posted by kollay

The tumor keeps getting bigger.

Posted by Abendlaender

@fisk0 said:

@C_Rakestraw said:

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

NO! I hope they keep adding ridiculous things to it. Extra shoulder button + trackball expansion to add to the circle pad pro expansion.

They should totally bring back the GameBoy Printer, come on Nintendo.

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish

I'm still jealous of the Japanese selection of 3DS games, but at least I don't have to buy both a circle pad pro and an ac adaptor with this new 3ds. 

Posted by Pr1mus

No thanks, i've got a big enough laptop already.

Posted by the_r0n1n_named_47

still think they should have built this in to the 3dsxl.... but hey now i have a reason to get it other than the bigger screen.... until now the only reason i didnt want to get it was the lack of circle pad

Posted by fisk0

@Abendlaender said:

@fisk0 said:

@C_Rakestraw said:

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

NO! I hope they keep adding ridiculous things to it. Extra shoulder button + trackball expansion to add to the circle pad pro expansion.

They should totally bring back the GameBoy Printer, come on Nintendo.

GOD, YES! Turn the 3DS into an unnecessarily bulky and large Polaroid camera!

Posted by glyn

Whoever came up with this idea is a f-----ing joke

Posted by UnrealDP

Are you kidding me? Oi, why you gotta be like that Nintendo?

Posted by Cloudenvy

God dang it, Nintendo.

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@Hailinel said:

Cool. As a left-handed standard CPP owner, Kid Icarus is wonderful to play using it. Fuck all of the haters.

I don't really think anyone is "hating" on it so much as being confused as to why Nintendo just didn't add a second stick to the revision. Now you have to go out and buy a secondary accessory that will make your 3DSXL even BIGGER. The fact that they're making a new CPP for the revision obviously indicates that they think a second stick is necessary.
Posted by TripMasterMunky

@fisk0 said:

@Abendlaender said:

@fisk0 said:

@C_Rakestraw said:

Nintendo, please -- if you're gonna go through the trouble of releasing this add-on, just add the damn thing to the system already.

NO! I hope they keep adding ridiculous things to it. Extra shoulder button + trackball expansion to add to the circle pad pro expansion.

They should totally bring back the GameBoy Printer, come on Nintendo.

GOD, YES! Turn the 3DS into an unnecessarily bulky and large Polaroid camera!

Well I'll just connect this game cart to the game genie, which sits next to the worm light and then over the magnifying glass and speaker rig I have attached to my game boy as well.

Suddenly 1lb device is like 10lbs.

http://www.retrosection.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/KrogrothGameBoy.jpg

Posted by Peanut

Hey, angry kids! This shit is going to get the same amount of support as the current circle pad, which is fucking zero, so stop whining and don't buy the damn thing.

Posted by Harkat

@hagridore said:

Another Nintendo innovation.

Haha

Posted by Hizang

The only game that pretty much requires is Snake Eater, but everything else is not, past and future both.

Posted by BenderUnit22

If there's one thing Nintendo is good at it's releasing half-assed hardware add-ons that are barely supported. Congrats

Posted by Shuborno

I can't believe they couldn't find the room for a second analog stick on a device that has XL in the name.

Posted by AjayRaz

has any rational person revised any of these ideas? or maybe i'm just not rational

Edited by Protonguy

Omg Nintendo, so portable! It's only 15 BILLION pounds heavier than my portable computer...

Posted by mrpandaman

So like I asked on the 3DS XL + other Nintendo stuff reveal article... Why didn't they just put the second stick on the XL?

Why continue to spend money on creating this peripheral and probably lose money on it? Because I don't think many people will buy it unless they start making a lot of games that implement this. They could've bit the bullet and said they got it wrong the first time for the 3DS design and just put it on the XL. It doesn't make sense that they wouldn't just do this. All it does is add the ability to put a wider variety of games on a handheld. Maybe some of you don't want that, but on a handheld that just last year was considered a failure (by Nintendo themselves), being able to reach a wider market is better. The 3DS games that people like won't stop being made.

Also I'm not hating or anything on Nintendo, this just puzzles me a lot.

@President_Barackbar said:

@Hailinel said:

Cool. As a left-handed standard CPP owner, Kid Icarus is wonderful to play using it. Fuck all of the haters.

I don't really think anyone is "hating" on it so much as being confused as to why Nintendo just didn't add a second stick to the revision. Now you have to go out and buy a secondary accessory that will make your 3DSXL even BIGGER. The fact that they're making a new CPP for the revision obviously indicates that they think a second stick is necessary.

Exactly. If they are still pursuing this, then I'm willing to now bet that the next revision will have the second stick on it. Perhaps this design, in their mind was too far along to put the second stick on, as crazy as that is.

Posted by Chop

@mrpandaman said:

So like I asked on the 3DS XL + other Nintendo stuff reveal article... Why didn't they just put the second stick on the XL?

Why continue to spend money on creating this peripheral and probably lose money on it? Because I don't think many people will buy it unless they start making a lot of games that implement this. They could've bit the bullet and said they got it wrong the first time for the 3DS design and just put it on the XL. It doesn't make sense that they wouldn't just do this. All it does is add the ability to put a wider variety of games on a handheld. Maybe some of you don't want that, but on a handheld that just last year was considered a failure (by Nintendo themselves), being able to reach a wider market is better. The 3DS games that people like won't stop being made.

Also I'm not hating or anything on Nintendo, this just puzzles me a lot.

@President_Barackbar said:

@Hailinel said:

Cool. As a left-handed standard CPP owner, Kid Icarus is wonderful to play using it. Fuck all of the haters.

I don't really think anyone is "hating" on it so much as being confused as to why Nintendo just didn't add a second stick to the revision. Now you have to go out and buy a secondary accessory that will make your 3DSXL even BIGGER. The fact that they're making a new CPP for the revision obviously indicates that they think a second stick is necessary.

Exactly. If they are still pursuing this, then I'm willing to now bet that the next revision will have the second stick on it. Perhaps this design, in their mind was too far along to put the second stick on, as crazy as that is.

Eh, I don't know. Throwing a second stick right on the system seems like it would alienate too many first generation 3DS owners. I just don't think they'd split up their consumer base like that.

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Posted by JackSukeru

I would buy a Nintendo handheld that had the Circle Pad Pro functionality built in.

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