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The Circle Pad Pro is a 3DS accessory that was released in Japan on December 10, 2011. This was timed to the release of Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 (tri) G, and was sold both as a bundle with the game and as a stand-alone product. At the time of its release, it retailed for 1,500 yen. The device requires one AAA battery in order to function. The Circle Pad Pro adds functionality for a second analogue circle pad, as well as additional shoulder buttons on the back of the device.
The Circle Pad Pro launched alongside Resident Evil: Revelations in North America on February 7, 2012, in Europe on January 27th, 2012, and Australia on February 2, 2012. In the U.S., it was released exclusively through Gamestop; in Europe, the device was released in a bundle with Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations; and in the U.K., it was sold exclusively through the online retailer Zavvi.
Along their 3DS XL announcement, Nintendo also confirmed that an XL version of the Circle Pad Pro would be available for the redesigned system starting November 15, 2012 in Japan. No release for the rest of the world have been mentioned.
The Circle Pad Pro communicates with the 3DS through infrared transmission rather than a direct physical connection. The battery life of the device is said to exceed 400 hours for a single AAA (packaged in with the device). When inserted into the device, the 3DS is incapable of being seated in its charging cradle, and it must be removed from the accessory in order to swap out game cards. The device features three shoulder buttons; a standard R button that replaces the one on the unit which now becomes hard to reach due to the extended width of the system, and a set of additional trigger buttons labeled ZL and ZR, similar in nature to the triggers buttons found on the Wii's Classic Controller Pro. It also comes packaged in with a wrist strap that can be attached to the front of the device similar to Wii Remotes.