Nintendo unveils another silly peripheral to improve the 3DS in case you didn't like the last silly peripheral

First, we had the 3DS. It was very much based on the DS, because the DS had worked and did pretty much everything it was supposed to do. The 3DS had a d-pad, an analogue stick, and a versatile touchscreen to handle camera control and anything else it might ever need to. And then Nintendo panicked and decided that the touchscreen was crap, and made a second plug-in analogue stick. Oh how we laughed.

And now it seems to have panicked again, and decided that the plug-in stick is actually the thing that is crap, and made a special stand to stick your 3DS on in case you do want to use the touch-screen after all.

Christ Nintendo, stop being so f*cking apologetically needy of our approval. The way you're behaving like you've just punched my gran in the boob, not bestowed upon me a basically excellent handheld fun-machine.

But whatever Nintendo's insecurities, this is the thing:

Above: Rhyme unintentional. But you're right, it would make an amazing advertising slogan for this thing

It's designed so that you can more comfortably use the analogue stick and the touch-screen at the same time during Kid Icarus: Uprising's on-foot sections. It's alright, I suppose, but the elevated sitting position for the console makes it look potentially a bit unstable. And the idea of a 3D portable Nintendo console requiring a stand for comfortable use of course summons up uncomfortable memories of the Virtual Boy, like some eldritch seething netherdemon rising from the very stinking bowels of beyond.

Also, can you imagine using the Circle Pad Pro and this stand together? Heed this warning from history Nintendo. It's a slippery slope you're on.

Still, I suppose it's great for all of those poor unfortunates who really want to enjoy the 3DS but can't due to their incredibly weak wrists.

Zombies then, basically. And babies.

Babies are rubbish at stuff.


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  • fault3 - February 1, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    nintendo is a company that wants to make money. so they release things like this. plain and simple.has nothing to do with anything else. for extended reading: super mario games 1-25
  • festerblatz82 - January 13, 2012 5:23 a.m.

    I don't, but other people might use their 3ds as a netflix player. It could be useful for that I suppose.
  • AuthorityFigure - January 13, 2012 3:41 a.m.

    Reading 'rubbish' as an adjective seems so stilted. But I know that the English use it like that.
  • D0CCON - January 12, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    Wow, really? What is the market for this? Seriously. I'm either using my 3DS on the go and won't be able to use the stand or I am at home laying down on a couch to play it. I can not imagine having to play the thing off of a table. Also, I just started playing TWEWY and I have no issues in using the dpad or circle pad while using the touchscreen. I can't imagine many games that would require you to use both simultaneously to the extent TWEWY does.
  • Cyberninja - January 12, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    lets see this is japan only and is free, the circle pad pro is used only for leftys in this game and this could be good for people recording on the 3ds so i honestly dont see the need for hate especially when demos are mounted on stands anyway which can help some people.
  • talleyXIV - January 12, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    Gamesradar I know this is silly, but the trashing/loving of the 3DS is really quite annoying. I have one and I love it. It seems you guys need to decide whether you think it is good or not.
  • ThePrivateer - January 12, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    It's really just Dave. He takes things way too far, and ends up just voicing his own opinion. I think this is a perfectly fine accessory - it's not like Nintendo is saying this is mandatory.
  • Phoenix_is_Wright - January 12, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Ahem, I mean, excellent handheld? that's debatable. Btw not being able to delete your comments is lame! :P
  • Phoenix_is_Wright - January 12, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    Fun machine? That's debatable. :P
  • darkraichu34 - January 12, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    What's that thing on top of the 32X in the Sega photo?
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 12, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Are yall SERIOUS?! Why must you guys always trash Nintendo?! GR would other wise be a great site... yall give them hell on every little thing AND you have GOTY a 9... that's it. I dub thee,
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 12, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    you gave GOTY*
  • angelusdlion - January 12, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Chill out dude, seriously. Your fanboy is showing.
  • Jesse1066 - January 12, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    The link doesn't work.
  • Theminimanx - January 12, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    That sega tower of power reminds me a lot of sonic 3cd & knuckles & knuckles. OT: Why on earth would I want to place a handheld on a table. It makes sense with an ipad or something because it's so huge, but a handheld, really?
  • Will.E 304 - January 12, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    This is stupid! At least the circle pad pro added something new to the 3DS. Not to mention that anyone (and i mean anyone) can make something like this at home if they want to
  • Arobadope - January 12, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    I think you have a bit of the facts wrong. Nintendo isn't releasing the peripherals because they feel they need to apologize. They are releasing because idiotic publications like G4TV believe that, somehow in someway, the system not "hardcore" or "complete" without a second analogue stick, or whatever else they pull out of the @$$hat of theirs. Despite the DS being fantastic and a great system, despite the fact that the DS did shooters and every other game perfectly fine without even ONE analogue stick, people still say the 3DS is terrible because it doesn't have a second analogue stick. The day people look at gameplay, art, and general fun in a game over graphics, fore, and how much bewbz are being flashed is the same day the general population (read mainstream media) stops looking at video games as child's play and the same day that gamers can finally grow up and stop being looked at as fat, milk smelling, basement dwelling, nerds.
  • ParagonT - January 12, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    I believe that through many years of game console and hardware development, there is a new standard that must be met every so often. So I do believe that Nintendo 3DS was not all that it could have been. If what you say about the analogue stick is correct, then they would not have made the new peripheral for it. It's the consumers that make these standards. You can say that the 3DS was indeed "complete" and have just as much as a valid argument as others, but sales figures talk, and they're more believable. In the end it's the masses that makes innovation or holds development back. Your just as right as people of the opposing spectrum.
  • talleyXIV - January 12, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    Sales figures, oh you mean the figures that say that the 3DS has sold 4,000,000 units? Yeah that is a lot. Your comment loses.
  • Arobadope - January 13, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    What you said honestly doesn't make sense because the DS sold MILLIONS without an analogue stick, so that suddenly means the 3DS needs one? If you want to go by sales figures then honestly Nintendo didn't even need to release another handheld. Again if consumers wanted an analogue stick for their handheld, then why did the PSP basically tank compared to the DS?

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