TGS 2011: Hands-on with the 3DS Slide Pad

When we were first introduced to the 3DS peripheral known as the Slide Pad, we were understandably incredulous. Details were slim at first but eventually we learned how the attachment ships with an upcoming Monster Hunter game in Japan, needs a battery, and costs around $20 separately when it launches in Japan. However, as helpful as that information was, we were dying for an opportunity to get our hands on the device, something our trip to Tokyo Game Show afforded us. So now, straight from the TGS show floor, our first hands-on impressions of the controversial Slide Pad.

By the Monster Hunter corner of Capcom’s huge booth, a couple lovely ladies were standing around with models of the system and the attached Slide Pad. When we first held it our immediate impression was of how much lighter it felt than we expected. The weight was basically the same as the standard 3DS and we got a better grip of it thanks to the curved back.

The pad moved around identically to the circle pad on the left side, with similar give and resistance. As for the new shoulder buttons, they felt mostly natural in hand, though it was a strange sensation at first to press the extra triggers as Nintendo portables have ingrained in us the need to worry about one button per side. Though the size of the peripheral with the system is really going to impact the portability, the newly added space on the right side at least gave our hands more room on the back.

After seeing it in person, we feel a little more positive about it than when it was first revealed, and having played several of the games it’s compatible with (Metal Gear Solid 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D), we’d much prefer using that pad to turn the in-game camera as opposed to the shoulder triggers in the normal versions. We’re not saying it isn’t clunky, but after holding it in our hands, we think this yet-to-be-announced for the US attachment isn’t as ridiculous as we thought.

Sep 16, 2011


  • Estacado - September 20, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    who's the girl? she looks more interesting than the 3DS
  • slimjim441 - September 20, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Move the 3DS, I can't see. XD
  • ChiChiRocket - September 20, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I'll definitely get one of these if they make a Monster Hunter 3D. I've been hankering for some more Monster Hunter since I played MHTri, but since I don't believe in owning two different portable systems, the only way I'm going to be able to play more is if they make more console versions or put something on the 3DS.
  • electrofreeze - September 20, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Well that was a distracting set of photos... I'm both stunned by the beauty of that spokesmodel and by the bizarre mutated looks of that peripheral. It's sort of like watching a beautiful white tiger eating an antelope. So much beauty and horror all at once! recaptcha: 9,9198 panyths (???)
  • IREPMINNEAPOLIS - September 19, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    That is one sexy belly button.
  • UsernameLoser - September 18, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Not buying hunk of $hit, because its incompatible with this: I'll wait until it comes built-into the system. Screw you, Nintendo.
  • SOLAMON77 - September 19, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Hate to burst your bubble, but I'm sure the redesigned system will also be incompatible with the Charge Base as well.
  • Lionx - September 18, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Good that its not as bad as it looks, but the AAA battery is gonna keep me on the "This is stupid" side of the fence. Sorry...but its not the 90s anymore.
  • LucasP - September 18, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Would you rather it leech off of the 3DS's battery instead? The AAA battery is just going to be powering 3 buttons and a circle pad, I don't think that you would have to change the AAA battery too often.
  • Lionx - September 19, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    Don't care, its just extra cost in the end that I shouldn't have to spend. Their battery should have been better, and this add-on should have either been with the original design or they should have stuck with what they had already (although dev kneejerks is a concern). The fact of the matter is, none of this should have been an issue. But it is, and I am not paying extra for that. They need to suck it up. So 3DS redesign is the only viable alternative imo.
  • SOLAMON77 - September 19, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Yeah, Nintendo always ships at least one questionable decision with almost every system. NES = Side loading N64 = cartridged based Gameboy Advance = no backlight DS Original = Very weak backlight Gamecube = Small proprietary discs Virtual Boy = Red screen Wii = No HD support, poor online support The only systems that IMO are perfect were the SNES and the Gameboy Original.
  • D0CCON - September 17, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    I'll probably end up getting one, but keeping it in a separate bag while the 3DS is in my pocket, giving it a second battery and having to stop using my life extending battery sucks. Maybe I should wait and a third party will create a second circle pad/good battery all-in-one combo (I was hoping Nintendo would combine both of those things).
  • PopeBenedictXVI - September 16, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Want! No not a 3ds, the lovely lady holding one. DAMN!
  • therawski - September 17, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    my thoughts exactly, but they could have used bigger girls to make it look smaller, on those stands it finally looks like the virtual boy, I picked up freedom unite to see what all the fuss is about, but I'm now convinced the 3ds was not intended to be a portable machine, just "affordable" 3d
  • Linktoreality - September 16, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Hm, these pics are actually pretty convincing. Anyone else notice how the curve of the underside seems similar to the Wii U's controller? Hopefully MH4 will make it to the US, and this will come with it. (Not holding my breath, of course, but I can hope!)
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 16, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    I don't even have a 3DS...this thing is still ridiculous and not like the PSVita's sticks...I'll stay on the fence for now. Besides, based on these shots, I'd much rather have the lady over that monstrosity!
  • FIVE - September 16, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Damn that chick is hot... as opposed to that monstrosity in her hands.c
  • n00b - September 16, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    i keep wanting to buy a 3ds but nintendo keeps telling me to wait for a re design
  • Thequestion 121 - September 16, 2011 7:23 p.m.

  • Errrrbo - September 16, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    It's still ugly, giant, and goes against what portable gaming is supposed to be. There's guaranteed to be a redesign with the pad built-in, so it seems early adopters continue to get screwed over.

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