TGS 2011: Nintendo's 3DS slide-pad attachment is real, requires an extra battery and will cost you money

In the craziness of its pre-TGS 3DS press conference, one piece of information was completely ignored by Nintendo - the rumoured 3DS additional slide-pad attachment. Instead, its existence was confirmed when Nintendo silently posted details and pictures of the peripheral to its hardware page. Here it is in all its ugly glory:

The slide-pad add-on is scheduled to be released 10 December in Japan, priced at 1,500 Yen (about £12/$19). Alternatively, Capcom is bringing out a Monster Hunter 3G bundle pack on the same day, priced at 6,900 Yen (about £56/$89). Other titles confirmed as compatible with the attachment are Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble and Dynasty Warriors VS.

Thankfully the add-on runs on a separate AAA battery, so it won't effect the 3DS’ long-lasting battery life. No wait, that’s wrong. But still, the slide-pad add-on looks good. Wait, no it doesn’t. At least there's a wide range of 3DS games to choose from. No, that’s not right either.

No news yet on when this additional bit of bulk will be available elsewhere in the world.

Sept 13, 2011


  • ycsm570 - September 13, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    Nintendo wants customers to pay to fix their system's design flaws? You've gotta be kidding me.
  • TrAnMu - September 13, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Man that is poor design though. I meant exactly how are we supposed to reach the face buttons with that hulking mass in the way? Oh and apparently "you atemizil" according to recaptcha
  • D0CCON - September 13, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I was hopeful when I heard it requires an extra battery since I thought that would be a bigger, rechargable battery and that it was being used with the system to kill two birds with one stone, but apparently not. Nintendo really wants me to choose between nicer controls and double battery life (unless a third party makes one of these that's compatible with my 3rd party battery). Even without my battery, I'm not thrilled with this at all.
  • TrAnMu - September 13, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    On top of that its not gonna fit in the cradle any more...
  • Cyberninja - September 13, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    honestly i don't see why everyone needlessly rants and doesn't use common sense if Nintendo just announced a new color for the 3ds they are not going to do a redesign for an OPTIONAL ADD-ON that is not even necessary to play the new games. also you guys seem to forget it adds extra shoulder buttons. now that i am finshed typing this i will go play my DS with the rumble pak bulit in o wait it doesnt exist because nintendo wont redesign a system just for an add on.
  • mockraven - September 13, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Remember limited edition DSi from 2010 4th quarter? I believe it came out November last year, then 3DS came out March this year. That's 4 months between new, special edition color and new model of handheld. Just an observation.
  • Cyberninja - September 13, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    that's true but in that case we had already know about the 3ds since E3 so its not like 3ds was out of the blue if you bought the new dsi special edition you would still know the 3ds was being released and would be arguably better. in this scenario its people speculating about something that may or may exist that would phase out old models like a ds phat to lite situation.
  • Conservative_Gamer - September 13, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    So, let me get this straight. This add-on increases the size of the 3ds by about 30%, doesn't have a built-in battery to extend the current battery life, and it actually requires a separate battery that isn't rechargeable? I really hope that nintendo knows what they are doing and that this device delivers on every promise they make on it. I would buy it in a heartbeat if there is a saints row or grand theft auto game for this device. Until then, I'll just patiently wait for nintendo to make up their mind on their future hardware.
  • lilbuddha - September 13, 2011 3:09 p.m.

    GEE I wonder what the 3ds XL will look like.
  • Errrrbo - September 13, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    At this point, I don't see myself ever buying a 3DS. Even if there is a redesign with the second stick built in, the system still has issues with battery life, poor online functionality, region-locking, weak third-party support, and just being an overall inferior system to the Vita.
  • colton240 - September 13, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    That's sounds just a bit stupid. Then again, this is coming from a guy who bought an e-reader.
  • Z-man427 - September 13, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Way to potentially split your market Ninty!
  • McNeelyJ - September 13, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    This news makes me happy that i didn't buy this handheld. I have a phone anyway, but now i have a reason not to buy a 3DS until there is a redesign.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 13, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Nintendo was already sitting on a landmine with their 3DS situation, this isn't helping.
  • Fuzunga - September 13, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    If it's only $20, they should give it to us early adopters for free.
  • LordZarlon - September 13, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    I'm sure TalkRadar will call Fuzunga's opinion just another example of a gamer feeling entitled to something. Well guess what. Fuzunga is completely right! This should be given to early adopters and a redesign should be released as soon as possible. I don't own a 3DS and I still feel the add-on should be free.
  • TrAnMu - September 13, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    I agree whole-heartedly
  • samsneeze - September 13, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    So like, I think I'm going to wait until the redesign before I buy the 3DS. I wouldn't be doing that if they hadn't revealed this silly little addon. I mean really? What's the point other than to try to get a few extra features on a few games. I'll tell you the point. One quick cash grab, two, a justified redesign. Nintendo should really stop trying to push their systems out before their time and they need to learn that not all ideas on paper equal good ideas.
  • Boomaga - September 13, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    Excuse me, it appears your 3DS has a rather nasty looking tumor on one of its sides. I recommend getting that checked out immediately.
  • GraphicRogue - September 13, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    I think Nintendo is just unsure on their fledgeling systems future. Its living in the shadow of its successful predecessors that didn't have to try as hard to be popular right away. So its doing anything it can to win people over, lower price and redesigns/add-ons. The add-ons are likely going to be optional control schemes in just about every piece of software. People are criticizing nintendo for the add-on but as an owner of a Wii balance board and a Wii Zapper I can say that pointless add-ons are just part of their console puberty

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