3DS Slide Pad add-on to be called Circle Pad Pro in US?

In the couple months or so we’ve gone through so many emotions over the 3DS’s upcoming second analogue pad attachment. We doubted that it could actually exist, we were afraid it meant the end of the current system, we were angry Nintendo handled the announcement so poorly and once we got our hands on it at Tokyo Game Show we gave it begrudging acceptance. But Nintendo has still left many consumers in the dark over when it will be released outside of Japan, though a recent trademark filing implies it at least has an official English title: Circle Pad Pro.

Accord to Siliconera a recent trademark document suggests the English name will be Circle Pad Pro. In the same Japanese filing for the attachment, it’s clearly written out in English as “Circle Pad Pro.” And though Nintendo has been silent on any US release date, apparently at New York Comic Con a couple weeks back a Capcom rep suggested that the add-on would be out in time for the early February western release of Resident Evil Revelations. Revelations is just one of several announced games that can use the extra slide pad, along with Metal Gear Solid 3D and Kingdom Hearts 3D.

Though it’s quite possible Nintendo of America is staying quiet on the Circle Pad to focus on its holiday games, if it’s coming out as early as the rumors suggest, the publisher really needs to pick up the pace with this add-on.

Oct 25, 2011

Source: Siliconera




  • patissier - October 31, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    not sure how I feel about this. I do not like how big it makes the system its why I never purchased the DSiXL. If it helps with Monster Hunter should it come out then I have no choice to pick it up.
  • Person5 - October 25, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    I think this is a little unnecessary, the only games people want on the 3DS (as far as I can tell) are new games in classic franchises, none of those have ever required a second stick (see NES, SNES, N64, GC, Wii) the addition is just because Sony is making such a big deal of theirs IMO
  • R-ape - October 25, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Think I'll wait for a 3DS hardware update instead. Or the Vita instead, depending on what the update looks like.
  • BigWillis - October 25, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    You know what, pretty much every 3DS article might as well just come bundled with this:
  • Ultimadrago - October 25, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    What Big Willis has said.
  • ninjaemperor - October 25, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Hmmmmmmmm, a Capcom rep at NYCC...
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 25, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Maybe it's just me, but having the word "Pro" added to this thing makes it sound even more belittling...and it still makes the 3DS look so lopsided.
  • Redeater - October 25, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Jesus. I just gets worse....
  • colz10 - October 25, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    ... but it's "PRO"! lol, yea, there's no justifying this. even if there were games to convince me to buy this, the button layout is terrible. AND it needs a separate battery!?
  • rob619 - October 25, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    How is it getting worse? The 3DS is getting better. Will be dual stick enabled and as gamesradar has said about the Circle Pad Pro in their user views that it is good. I will definately get this to play games with dual controls :). When is the UK Release date Nintendo?!!
  • badgraphix1 - October 25, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    It's getting worse because they're handling everything so poorly. They should've had a circle pad from the beginning as now people are going to be hesitent of buying a 3DS thinking that a revision will be out soon.
  • Redeater - October 25, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    I thought my comment was pretty self explanatory. But yes, everything badgraphix1 said and more. Seriously, if you don't find it silly that they added "pro" in the title....I'm guessing you also enjoy anything with the word xtreme!!!!!! in it.

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