Analog Stick Add-On Pushes 3DS XL to XXL

Analog Stick Add-On Pushes 3DS XL to XXL

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The XL version of the Circle Pad Pro looks a lot like the original 3DS iteration - and yes, it will make your 3DS XL even bigger.

Several months ago, Nintendo announced that its Circle Pad Pro, which adds an additional thumb-stick to the 3DS, would be released for the 3DS XL as well. Today, the first image of the reworked peripheral surfaced on Nintendo's Japanese website. In the end, it doesn't look very dissimilar from the 3DS version of the Circle Pad Pro.

Details are still scant on the pricing of the peripheral or, for that matter, when it will actually be released. In fact, they haven't even explicitly stated that it will be released outside of Japan, but given that the original Circle Pad Pro made its way across the Pacific, it's probably a safe bet that we'll see it in stores here soon enough.

The desire for dual-analog controls on the 3DS is understandable, but with a peripheral, developers need to support it too. And some developers don't: Take Kid Icarus Uprising developer Masahiro Sakurai, who said that "Providing support for independent analog control was something that was technically impossible." It does make you wonder just how useful a peripheral like this might be.

But on the other hand, you get to make your 3DS XL take up even more space!

Source and Image: Nintendo

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Ya know, after looking at that thing, I'm having a hard time taking the 3DS seriously, and I own one.

That big beast does remind me of the Sega handheld though.

Remember when handhelds were supposed to be just that?

I'm happy to see Nintendo is continuing Sega's tradition of making a portable game system that you can use to either defend yourself from an attack or use as a brick substitute should a riot break out suddenly and you're unprepared.

I was really hoping that they'd go in a different direction with the 3ds like they did with the ds lite. Sometimes bigger just isn't better. :-(

Looks like you need a carry strap round your neck just to hold the damn thing now!

oh come on the new 3dsxl isn't that big, look at all these happy gamers

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This would only be of interest to circle jerks

I just have to say, sure it sacrifices portability, but personally, I think that looks awesome. It looks like the perfect size for my hands and looks like the heft would feel great.

It's less of a 3DS XL now and more of a Wii U Slim.

You know what? I always looked at my DS and thought 'I wish this were the size of my Wii instead of being conveniently small, I hate carrying it in my pocket when I travel places'

snekadid:
I'm happy to see Nintendo is continuing Sega's tradition of making a portable game system that you can use to either defend yourself from an attack or use as a brick substitute should a riot break out suddenly and you're unprepared.

LMAO that's funny.

Nintendo trying to make up for a poor design flaw now because they rushed the 3DS is absurd, if I'm going to carry around this thing I might as well carry around my laptop.

...

That's it! I can't Nintendo seriously anymore! Say whatever you want, big N fanboys. I just can't. I give up! I'm out! That's it!

*drops mic*

Oh wow. That's absolutely ridiculous. Look at all that unused space below the XYAB keys! And they go for this in stead. Oh Nintendo, do you WANT me to laugh at you? Because I'm laughing at you right now!

Ignorants

Ignorants everywhere.

There's a reason why Nintendo hasn't release the 3DS XL with the second analog stick.

Well, it is just an add-on right? Hopefully games won't be designed around it so that it can remain an optional peripheral. Until developers build games around this thing, I wouldn't give it so much flak.

Anoni Mus:
Ignorants

Ignorants everywhere.

There's a reason why Nintendo hasn't release the 3DS XL with the second analog stick.

They really couldn't even if they wanted to. If they released a model with a second stick it would mean they'd have to completely change the architecture of the 3DS which would change how people program for it. It would create a situation where certain 3DS games were unplayable on the older versions since they'd be missing a key input device. Basically saying "get the new edition or GTFO."

This is really just showing lack of fore-sight or common sense for Nintendo. If they wanted a console with two sticks, they should have made one. Also we should have developers making games that can work with what's provided, not what they wish was there.

Why is it not on that giant bit of landscape under the face buttons?

Game Gear flashbacks are coming... at least this thing doesn't need 6 AA batteries that lasted for 3 hours or less.

Yeah no. I'll just stick with my 3DS that I got before it's price drop, thank you very much Nintendo. That thing just looks too big!

"Say, did you just buy a Nintendo Handheld, or are you just happy to see me?"

Quoting Dr. Frankenstein: "It's alive!!"

Reminds me a bit of the 32x add on, hideous to the eyes...

That thing reminds me of the Sega Nomad, that monolith that straight-up took Genesis (Mega Drive) cartridges. I'm 6'4 and have giant hands, so it's probably a lot more comfortable with less cramping, but it really makes me question the point of having a handheld and the core idea of portability and ease-of-travel.

Nintendo should be old enough to remember the 32X, and other peripherals that modify older hardware. If it's necessary, include it in the machine, super attachments like this rarely work out. Major lack of foresight here.

it is missing a keyboard

It's hard to shake the feeling that Nintendo's hardware designers all took halfbricks to their skulls right after making the DS Lite. If my information is correct (I don't own a 3DS LX, so I can't measure one), it's already over 6 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. And now they want to tack more onto it? I'll stick to my handhelds not designed by concussion victims, thank you very much.

For god's sake Nintendo: THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE ON THE 3DSXL FOR YOU TO PUT A SECOND ANALOGUE STICK IN WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANOTHER PART THAT MAKES THE 3DSXL EVEN LARGER! JUST BUILD THE SECOND STICK INTO THE 3DSXL!

Why does it look like it went through some form of mutation?

doggie015:
For god's sake Nintendo: THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE ON THE 3DSXL FOR YOU TO PUT A SECOND ANALOGUE STICK IN WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANOTHER PART THAT MAKES THE 3DSXL EVEN LARGER! JUST BUILD THE SECOND STICK INTO THE 3DSXL!

Because there is isn't anything underneath that spot like complicated circuitry or anything.Nope just empty space so it'll be pretty easy to just slap it on there and make it work.

Evil Smurf:
it is missing a keyboard

there's a game for that:
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werewolfsfury:

doggie015:
For god's sake Nintendo: THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE ON THE 3DSXL FOR YOU TO PUT A SECOND ANALOGUE STICK IN WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANOTHER PART THAT MAKES THE 3DSXL EVEN LARGER! JUST BUILD THE SECOND STICK INTO THE 3DSXL!

Because there is isn't anything underneath that spot like complicated circuitry or anything.Nope just empty space so it'll be pretty easy to just slap it on there and make it work.

It would be easy to adapt the circuitry to support the second analogue stick in that space. Remember how the DS lite had a smaller circuit board than the original DS? Heck, you could even have some components UNDER the sensing mechanism for the second stick. AFAIK the 3DS analogue sticks function similar to the pointing sticks of old laptops and in some ultrabooks where there is not enough room for a touchpad so there should be more than enough room to fit one in...

VanQQisH:
Oh wow. That's absolutely ridiculous. Look at all that unused space below the XYAB keys! And they go for this in stead. Oh Nintendo, do you WANT me to laugh at you? Because I'm laughing at you right now!

Because there are components inside the system as well as outside it perhaps?

Ghonzor:
Remember when handhelds were supposed to be just that?

I don't know what you mean. It's the perfect handheld size!

If you happen to be 6'5". Which I happen to be.

...Everyone else is probably screwed, though.

doggie015:
Remember how the DS lite had a smaller circuit board than the original DS?

And they still didn't have enough space to properly house the GBA "expansion slot."

The 3DS and 3DS XL circuit boards both have a large cutaway where the analogue stick is. So despite your AFIK, there's no reason to believe that they could just slap a second one on top of the circuit board and roll with it. The analogue stick has some depth to it.

They would need another cutaway.

Yopaz:

VanQQisH:
Oh wow. That's absolutely ridiculous. Look at all that unused space below the XYAB keys! And they go for this in stead. Oh Nintendo, do you WANT me to laugh at you? Because I'm laughing at you right now!

Because there are components inside the system as well as outside it perhaps?

Madness. Why, just the other day, I drew an analogue stick onto my 3DSXL and it works just fine. This leads me to believe the CPP is nothing but an elaborate money-grubbing scheme.

and I'd already used the "DS American Edition" for the fatter 3DS XL :P

 

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