Slider Pad the official English name for controversial 3DS add-on?

When we heard for the first time about the 3DS getting a bulky add-on that gives the system a second analog stick, we were less than enthused. What would it mean for future 3DS games? Is this the prologue to a big system revision? When we got a chance to play with the new toy during Tokyo Game Show we calmed down some, as it didn’t feel as obtrusive as it looked. Today there was a new development in the drama as Nintendo’s UK division seems to have confirmed the add-on’s official English title: the Slider Pad.

According to the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine in the press release announcing the release date for Resident Evil Revelations it was mentioned that the game would be compatible with the just announced 3DS Slider Pad. This is the first time a Nintendo representative outside of Japan has really talked about the attachment, let alone using any type of official name. Though no date or price were announced (and we’re waiting for Nintendo’s US side to back up this statement), it seems that this isn’t just some one-off addition for a single market. It’s the future, so you better get used to it.

Oct 4, 2011




  • RedOutlive10 - October 5, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    It just reeks of incompetence on Nintendo's part to not have added this, I think they just shat a portable to make money and now they're trying to improve it. Yeah pay for our wrong design decisions! No thank you.
  • Mezolitik - October 5, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    It looks like a Gamegear... To say that it only adds a analogue stick, it's massive. It's like, 20% larger than the DS. And Slider Pad?! Seriously?
  • Mezolitik - October 5, 2011 2:23 a.m.

  • jennyleezy - October 4, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    It's long, but please read :D You know what they should do? Allow people to bring their 3DS to a Nintendo store (or HQ of the country), with their ID and what not. They should then give this for free, with the person's ID recorded and some sort of seal onto the 3DS (laser engraving anyone?) itself to indicate that this 3DS is now supported by the add-on. Then, they can create their speculated 3DS redesign with the second analog pad. This way, developers will know that everyone has a second pad and hence can develop games with this second pad. It's a lot more work on Ninty's part, but it'll really pay off I'm sure. After all some people (myself included) have bought the 3DS on day one and can't help but feel scammed. Price drop, and now this new add-on.
  • BlueScorpion91 - October 5, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    Agreed fella, agreed.
  • Mezolitik - October 5, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    Buying items on release day is quickly becoming a gaming faux pas. If it's not broken (New Vegas, Dead Island), the price plummets very quickly (Portal 2). It wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo intentionally released the analog stick separately, to capitalise on players' cravings. Then, they release a new DS with the stick built in, et voila - profit x 9,000. They could potentially sell three items at full price (DS, Slider Pad, New DS), before the DS actually becomes how it should have been on release date.
  • codystovall - October 5, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    Just pay $10, itll teach you a lesson about buying something day one without much known about it. Im tired of ambassadors feeling like they deserve more just cause they have buyers remorse. Price dropped, so what, you shouldve waited.
  • Mexiflan - October 4, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    If this thing somehow added battery life to the 3DS,i'd get it on day one.
  • metroid2099400 - October 5, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    My thought exactly! It's not as though there wouldn't be enough space to fit another rechargable in there, anyway. Here's hoping that someone at Nintendo is as smart as us, eh?
  • Z-man427 - October 4, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    I can deal with it if it's cheap (like $20 or less) and improves gameplay in future titles. But the lack of a second stick on the 3DS is kind of a non-issue, currently.
  • EnigmaSpirit - October 4, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    You know, this thing doesn't seem nearly the bad idea as when I first saw it. The indented back seems like it would feel good in your hands, and I can see how it would come in handy...
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 4, 2011 4:43 p.m. thanks, dawg.

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