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3DS XL is getting a Circle Pad Pro XL. Will probably make it the size of a laptop. First unofficial picture

Nintendo surprised everyone when it announced the 3DS XL. It surprised everyone still more when it turned out the design of the new, bigger handheld, did not incorporate the Circle Pad Pro as a second built-in analogue stick - especially as (larger battery aside) there must be plenty of hardware real estate freed up in the shell to add in the new components. But no - Nintendo has instead announced that it doesn't want to confuse customers with any more versions of the hardware, and would instead rather confuse people with two versions of the already confusing add-on. Bravo.

There aren't any official pictures of the new Circle Pad pro just yet, but we can't help but think that the new add-on will make the 3DS XL about as big as a netbook... perhaps even a full-blown laptop. So we asked Photoshop and this is what it said:

Above: An incredibly genuine picture of the new 3DS XL and add-on. Try fitting that in the back pocket of your Levi 501s

Our suspicions could be well-founded. We'll show you the actual 3DS Circle Pad Pro as soon as we can. Until then... well, regular dumbells just aren't as fun.

Source: VG247

30 comments

  • TartanSpartan01 - June 29, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    the resolution and the camera worry me for the new 3ds, the camera is f'n awful on it. im pretty sure my printer has a better camera. and it doesnt even have a camera.
  • alexandre-bret - June 28, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    Looks like I'll be waiting even more to get one
  • J-Fid - June 28, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Where do I sign up for that monster of a 3DS? Funniest thing I've seen today!
  • tehtimeisnow - June 28, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    look like nitedno messed up agian cuz they keep makeing horrable game systems that is missing majer importent things like this then they think they can rip u of with stuped new atachments like this ha ah no thanks no one will fall for this cuz they get way more beter value with iphone and ipad cuz apple gets it rite the first time they dont have to make a attachment
  • TartanSpartan01 - June 29, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    i agree apple dont 'do' attachments. just a new model every five minutes. im hanging off until xmas to get the ipad 9
  • Darkhawk - June 28, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    What a fuckup. They know the lack of second analog is stupid (hence Circle Pad), but when releasing the new version don't include it? That, or this: "announced that it doesn't want to confuse customers with any more versions of the hardware" is a lie. Hmmm...
  • shawksta - June 28, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    PFFFFT HAH, well that was enjoyable, thanks for the photoshop. In all seriousness though, this was pretty obvious, and despite how huge its gonna be, its still shows Nintendo doesnt want an iteration like the dsi, but that didnt stop them from XL which is basically meant to be bigger, and that they still dont want a second circle pad, in which devs who want to use it, will develop it with the CPP whicyh gives devs variety of choice, its retarted, but it works. Considering Aqua Blue's gonna be extinct from Japan soon, im keeping my pocket sized one, besides thye resolution's gonna be stretched and by god if it suprisingly keeps its resolution with no signs of stretching, Ill buy it, but i highly doubt it nor if will change my mind of keeping AB
  • burnsideking24 - June 28, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    There's actually a hands on video out now from a French site. Just google it. They think that it may have a filter because it apparently looks better than it did on the original 3DS
  • Matt Hughes - June 28, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Thank you for the loltastic Photoshop!
  • minigamer83 - June 28, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    Terrorist threat alert!!!!!!
  • Marcunio88 - June 28, 2012 5:44 a.m.

    Including a second circle pad on the XL would have made it the definative version, this was not Nintendo's intention. It's just meant to be another option, and it's the option I'll be taking when I get a 3DS because I find the standard model to be too small. If this isn't a problem for you then buy a regular 3DS, and if you already have one the XL shouldn't concern you since it has no additional features. This isn't meant to be an 'upgrade', it's for people who have bigger hands or want a bigger screen or don't care as much about portability. And on the subject of portablity who actually carries any hand held console in their pocket? You put it in a bag, and unless you have a pointlessly small bag you're not going to be having any trouble fitting it in there. There really is nothing to complain about.
  • MCN2011 - June 28, 2012 6:14 a.m.

    I carry my 3DS in my pocket! Who the hell carries a bag everywhere? Also, if they'd included a second slider pad, they'd also have had to include the two extra shoulder buttons. There's no way they could do that without making the thing permanently thick.
  • taokaka - June 28, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    I carry a bag everywhere!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g9WjcGdxuM
  • Marcunio88 - June 28, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    I don't take a bag everywhere, but I to carry one everywhere I'd take a 3DS. Like to and from work or on any kind of long journey on public transport.
  • Clovin64 - June 28, 2012 5:25 a.m.

    *Aussie accent* Thats not a 3DS, THIS is a 3DS!
  • DannyMB - June 28, 2012 5:20 a.m.

    Seriously, what are Nintendo doing? Its like someone has turned off their ability to listen to common sense.
  • Cyberninja - June 28, 2012 6:02 a.m.

    Common sense says they will get more crap from early adopters if they build in the second circle pad, also when has any handheld ever built in a peripheral in the next iteration? That's the one thing people keep forgetting is its an peripheral. no matter how important people think it is for some reason it will never be necessary.
  • ParagonT - June 28, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    A keyboard is needed. Just wanted to put that out there for laughs, no attack on you.
  • KnowYourPokemon - June 28, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    Peripherals usually aren't parts of a controller you'd expect on a controller. And unlike other peripherals, a second analog stick and LZ and RZ buttons could be implemented into way more games. Also to debunk the logic of your debate I present to you the Wii motion plus. By your definition the Wii Motion Plus is nothing more than a peripheral yet somehow I happen to have a Wii controller with one built into it.
  • Cyberninja - June 28, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    The 3DS is an entire handheld console, which is why I said "when has any handheld ever built in a peripheral in the next iteration?" The wiimote example doesn't debunk my logic because it is just a controller for a console not the entire console itself like the 3ds,and there are more then a few times when a controller has been updated to be more modern. Also I know that the stick and the buttons could be used in more games but that would screw over early adopters because that would make their console obsolete, which would be good reason to be angry with Nintendo.

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