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    3DS Circle Pad add-on announced: New base gives console second circle pad

    This month's issue of the Japanese Famitsu magazine has announced a new add-on for Nintendo's latest handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS. This new add-on, dubbed the "Expansion Slide Pad" will be released by Nintendo in the near future.

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    Monster Tri G? Why haven't I heard of this before? D:

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    Time for some FPSs

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    So the rumors were true. I wonder if this add-on will be used for a future Pokemon game...

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    Never personally seen the use of a second analog stick on controllers since I originally played an N64 before getting a Wii which meant I've never actually used a controller with one, nor do I play FPS's. Yeah, SSB uses it for Smash attacks, but I'm used to standard up/down/side-A tactics.

    Though, when I did first see the 3DS, I had kind of wondered why they didn't have a second slider pad for left handers, as many games utilizing the touch screen and D-pad had a left/right hand option due to the configuration of the abxy buttons.

    I hope they release an updated 3DS before the holiday season, as the existence of this peripheral will most certainly breed rumours of an updated system being in the works, which would most certainly cause people to wait to buy the system.

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    You know, it'd make sense to box this with SuperSmashBros. 3D, since it's already been announced.

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    I won't use this and hope that NO game requires this.

    It gives me the feeling that Nintendo doesn't have faith in the device they launched in March if they're adding things that theoretically could have included before the launch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Game Maker View Post
    So the rumors were true. I wonder if this add-on will be used for a future Pokemon game...
    I doubt it honestly. I just don't see how they could, and if there is only one game this could currently be used on it seems pointless to me to have it, I mean they need to have more games out for it before they put it out on the market or be sure it can work with other games they already have on the market. Like, having it for some of the games you already have will change up the way you can play and view things. That would be interesting. Until Pokemon is in 3D (rumored i heard but not proven) I don't see this working with the game.

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    Most pointless addon I've ever seen that I'm surprised Sony hasn't done it with their PSP. Seriously, with that touch screen, which has already been showed to function much like an Analog stick in older DS games, would make the need for a 2nd analog completely pointless since the touchscreen could do pretty much everything a 2nd analog could do if not better. I personally won't even need it, since Tri G has been stated that it does NOT require it, so I see no reason to get it.
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    Oh, hello most hideous add-on I've yet seen for a Nintendo product…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiramu Kuromu View Post
    Most pointless addon I've ever seen that I'm surprised Sony hasn't done it with their PSP. Seriously, with that touch screen, which has already been showed to function much like an Analog stick in older DS games, would make the need for a 2nd analog completely pointless since the touchscreen could do pretty much everything a 2nd analog could do if not better. I personally won't even need it, since Tri G has been stated that it does NOT require it, so I see no reason to get it.
    I see it only useful for lefties who need both analog stick and touch screen controls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperTrainStationH View Post
    I won't use this and hope that NO game requires this.

    It gives me the feeling that Nintendo doesn't have faith in the device they launched in March if they're adding things that theoretically could have included before the launch.
    That's the general reaction I've seen across the web. Unfortunately, it's pretty much true. I saw an advert for the 3DS in the Daily Mirror today and what was the main feature they were advertising?

    Free Wi-Fi.

    Yes. Free Wi-Fi. Not only is that misleading (as you need an existing connection to go online), but...the DS introduced that!

    As a 3DS owner, I hate to say this but...the console heading to be a failure. Bad marketing from day one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshawott View Post

    As a 3DS owner, I hate to say this but...the console heading to be a failure. Bad marketing from day one.
    Yeah, I think the Nintendo execs were high from all the green they had leftover from their past endeavors. It's really such a shame, I see the WiiU going down the same path

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshawott View Post
    That's the general reaction I've seen across the web. Unfortunately, it's pretty much true. I saw an advert for the 3DS in the Daily Mirror today and what was the main feature they were advertising?

    Free Wi-Fi.

    Yes. Free Wi-Fi. Not only is that misleading (as you need an existing connection to go online), but...the DS introduced that!

    As a 3DS owner, I hate to say this but...the console heading to be a failure. Bad marketing from day one.
    Even as 3DS sales were being reported as disappointingly slow and well below Nintendo and retailer's expectations, the 3DS had already more than outsold the original DS at the same point in that system's lifespan, and hardware sales have been up more than 250% since the price drop, and that's not considering the fact that its most anticipated original titles of the year, Mario Kart 7, and Super Mario 3D Land, have yet to touch down.

    The original DS didn't even begin to be a sold out everywhere retail superpower until Mario Kart hit, and the boost of Brain Age and New Super Mario Bros. along with the arrival of the DS Lite made for a uniquely lucrative situation that's not likely to be easily repeated, but Nintendo and others expected that sort of success from Day One on a higher priced system with a difficult to communicate signature feature with its key games still on the horizon, and at launch in March without even its full firmware feature set.

    I think its way too early to worry about the 3DS failing to survive as a platform.
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    A second circle pad, personally I think is awesome.

    That mean FPS might get a chance of being on the 3DS.

    I mean think of some FPS, one of "sticks" controls movements but the other controls what you're seeing (so movement on one and field of vision on another). I don't know how any of you expect this to work with just one circle pad. Especially since a "control stick" is faster than anything on the touch screen, especially when the action is on the first screen.

    Any type of shooter would benefit from this greatly. And not just shooters, with a second circle pad, one can probably do more combinations in certain games (maybe like fighting games), it would definitely increase the gameplay of certain games giving a developer a whole lot more content they could add into a game. For example I don't know how Zelda Ocarina of Time works on the 3DS, but the 3DS itself lacks the c-pad that was on the N64, now correct me if I'm wrong but couldn't a circle pad also work in place of the missing c-pad?

    Now for those who don't give a rat's ass about all that. At least there's also some appeal in it just because. I mean look at the 3DS, the Circle pad is RIGHT next to the directional pad, if there was a game that required both in-use constantly, well that's going to be tricky. But by putting the circle pad on the other side of the 3DS, one can use their right hand for the right side circle pad while the left hand can worry solely about directional pad.

    I can see how this personally can enhance the 3DS's game library, it opens a lot of venues for developers to take. Though I do wonder why they didn't do this in the first place.

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