Behold: Nintendo’s Most Pointless Peripheral In Years

Behold: Nintendo’s Most Pointless Peripheral In Years

I possess an official stand for my Nintendo 3DS.


That’s like bragging that you’ve got a Wii Speak for your Wii or a propellor for your telephone.

The Nintendo 3DS Stand (first seen in Japan) is free with every copy of this month’s Kid Icarus: Uprising, and it theoretically makes the game more comfortable to play.

Except… the game’s weird control scheme isn’t the kind of thing that a stand would appear to be capable of improving, unless this stand has a secret section that magically enables the game to be controlled as a twin-stick shooter (it doesn’t; and the Circle Pad Pro peripheral doesn’t, either).

This stand is just a stand. For a portable gaming system! You know, the kind of gaming system that one would not normally play while sitting at a table.

Nintendo has packed in some weird peripherals with their games. At least they’re not charging extra for this one. But… why?

Check out the video above to see more of this lovely thing and to enjoy the surprise twist when I show you a wonderful surprise that is part of every Kid Icarus box.

Even people who dislike Kid Icarus: Uprising would probably say the game is better than the stand. Me? I like the game. Just not this waste of plastic. Kind of nullifies the eco-friendly box, now doesn’t it?


  • In the video, you had to adjust your grip when moving to and from the stand thus changing the forces that were being impacted upon you. Therefore it is not pointless…it is just plain stupid.

  • You get it for free, why the heck are you complaining? If you don’t like it then don’t use it. At least Nintendo offers other ways to play , which is more than I can say for Sony and Microsoft. Besides, this actually might reduce people getting numb fingers and hands when playing too long.

    • Ah the age old “don’t like it, then don’t use it” argument. Never heard that on a blog comment before. Bravo sir.

  • HAHAHAHA! I’m funny, I pointed out the silly warnings that are printed on plenty of products for legal reasons…I’m so clever…

    Oh and me waving the stylus around without doing anything or even touching the screen because I can’t show you the gameplay itself is a perfect representation of how one will maneuver said stylus whilst playing.

    GG Stephen, you frickin’ dolt!

    Also, relying on the words of your fellow staff members at KotakuUS is like taking the braying of a donkey as a helpful contribution to a theoretical physics discussion.

    • Now I feel bad for comparing the opinions of KotakuUS staff to the braying of a donkey.

      A donkey’s bray is far more useful in every way. I sincerely apologise to all donkeys.

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