Resident Evil: Revelations 3DS demo works with the Circle Pad Pro

The first ever 3DS game demo went live today for fans in the US and UK, and once you got past the easy proof of age (you better have been honest), you could download a small taste of Resident Evil: Revelations. The demo is playable to anyone, but if you happen to have the 3DS Circle Pad Pro, you can use it on the demo as well. How do we know? We imported one from Japan and tested it out.

Above: Why yes, we would...

RE: Revelations will be the first game released outside of Japan compatible with the add-on, though the Circle Pad Pro won’t US/UK hit stores until the same day Revelations comes out. Still, proving our theory that the Circle Pad is region-free, we put our 3DS into the cradle and finally got to see what the game is like with the extra thumb pad.

Though we’d enjoyed Revelations without it when playing before, now that we have more direct camera with the right pad it feels more in-line with the franchise’s spirit. Just like in previous releases, once we changed the control settings we were quickly pulling off the standard LT+RT shooting combo against the evil residents. Additionally, the button to interact with objects was mapped to the new second right trigger, making for smoother interactions throughout the stage. And once we grabbed the in-game scanner, searching for items in first person were much simpler with the new interface.

We’re not sure how it will feel stretched over an entire game, but we’re enjoying how the Circle Pad Pro works with Revelations so far. We’ll give you more insight when the game launches February 7.


  • marioman50 - January 20, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    Played the demo, but when I left it on pause for a while, the demo just restarted itself! Be careful, it appears to be a timed demo. Of course I can see it working better with the CPP, but it controlled fine on its own. I finished it, and I like what I've played so far. I changed the aiming to 3rd-person (1st-person seemed too unfamiliar when compared to RE4 + 5, so I'm glad there was an option).
  • Joco84 - January 20, 2012 12:47 a.m.

    Personally, I felt the controls without the pad worked well. By the end of the demo, I was very used to the controls and didn't find them awkward. Having said that, I am getting the game with the circle pad included, as it was cheaper than buying the game solus and I think I will need it for future games like Kingdom Hearts and Monster Hunter. Demo was ace overall, can't wait for the full game!
  • Ravenbom - January 19, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Well, I might have to get that stupid thing now. If Resident Evil Revelations is any good when it comes out, that is.
  • badgraphix1 - January 19, 2012 6:09 p.m.

    You probably will. From what I've played the controls are pretty awkward without it.
  • Z-man427 - January 19, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    Played the demo. Are Regenerators the only enemies?
  • t-mixx - January 19, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    There are other enemies as the game progresses, including invisible beasts and monstrous fish from the videos I've seen. I like to think of those grey walking blob creeps as the zubats of the RE: R games

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