Manhandling The 3DS Add-on Slide Pad Doohickey

Over the weekend, the Circle Pad Pro was released in Japan, meaning that people across the country are playing the 3DS with dual thumb circles.

Japanese website Game Watch Impress took some of the best hands-on photos I've seen of the device that should clue you regarding what it's like to hold the device as well as how it looks.

One thing that doesn't come across is how light the thing is: It's basically a battery, some screws, and air.

Read Kotaku's hands-on impressions here.

The add-on is expected for release in North America in early 2012.

3DS「拡張スライドパッド」 [Game Watch Impress]


    Man, that thing is uuuuuuuuugly

      Agreed... It will probably be more comfortable in general, but it's one ugly bastard!

    Everytime I see this thing It just screams "MASSIVE OVERSIGHT" to me.

    Pretty sure a new 3DS version will come out in the next 6 months with this build in. Right?

    I doubt a revision will come out soon unless they can make it a lot smaller. Nintendo wants portability with their handhelds, meaning you should be able to fit it in your pocket.

    The add-on isn't for every game, which means a revision with the add on isn't a sure thing.

      Yeah true, and you've just reminded me of the rumble pack the DS Lite had.
      How is this any different from that?
      Both an addon which only a few games used, both hardware that could be added in a revision, but the rumble feature did not get added in the revised DS models.
      I really don't think the slide pad adds much to the experience than using the touch screen, especially compared to the rumble pack the DS lite had. (I think it might of even been the original DS that had the rumble pack addon thing)

    does the circlepad connect wirelessly?

      Apparently it uses IR.

    misleading title, I thought this was going to be a hands-on review of the device.

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