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

GamesRadar+ was first founded in 1999, and since then has been dedicated to delivering video game-related news, reviews, previews, features, and more. Since late 2014, the website has been the online home of Total Film, SFX, Edge, and PLAY magazines, with comics site Newsarama joining the fold in 2020. Our aim as the global GamesRadar Staff team is to take you closer to the games, movies, TV shows, and comics that you love. We want to upgrade your downtime, and help you make the most of your time, money, and skills. We always aim to entertain, inform, and inspire through our mix of content - which includes news, reviews, features, tips, buying guides, and videos.