Iwata Explains Why The 3DS XL Doesn't Have A Second Circle Pad

When I first laid googly eyes on the 3DS XL my reaction was mixed. I love the idea of a bigger screen for the 3DS, and I think the new design is leaps and bounds beyond the creaky old original. But no additional Circle Pad? What gives? In an interview with The Independent in the UK, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata explains why.

According to Iwata, the reason the 3DS XL doesn't have a second circle pad is purely a design issue.

"When we looked at the design of the 3DS XL we had to look at various factors, one was battery life, one was the overall size of the unit, and we had to make some trade-offs," he said. "The choice, if we were going to include the second analogue stick, was to reduce the size of the batters or make the unit much bigger.

I like to imagine Iwata wearing a pair of 'deal with it' sunglasses as he delivers this statement.

"Attaching a second analogue stick is possible but it would have made the system even bigger and, though it perhaps puts a burden on people that really want that second stick, it’s a call we had to make and these people will have to live with it."

Well, there you have it. I guess we're just going to have to "live with it".

[Iwata laughs]

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    So instead people have to buy an attachment which makes it even bigger

      An optional attachment as opposed to a compulsory size increase, I think it makes the device more accessible for those who don't need the second pad

    This is actually stopping me from buying a 3DS. I already have a handheld device with mediocre controls - its my phone, and I don't play games on it already.

      3DS controls as they are are LEAGUES better than phone controls, as I'm sure anyone would agree..

        I'm not saying they are equally bad. I am saying neither is good enough for me want to bother with it.

      Hahaha sorry but you don't even know what you are missing! Phone and game are 2 words that should be kept quite separate. 3DS does not need the 2nd stick...anyone who says it does need it, is missing the Bigger non FPS picture.

    Iwata knows nothing of console design.

      Indeed. After decades of actually /doing/ the trade, the poor guy can't get a clue. Or at least not as much as you, random genious of the Internet who has learnt everything he knows from a couple articles and page after page of youtube rants. I'd ask you to share the brilliance of your talent with the world and design your own console but I know that you willingly withhold your gifts lest all this good people at Nintendo, Sony and MS lose their jobs.


    Shouldve asked why 3DS games are do damn expensive. Its what stops me from being much of a handheld gamer

    So a screen size increase no one really asked for in favour of a second stick that was in such demand that it was financially viable for a third party to make an add on.

    Way to go, Nintendo.

      I asked for a larger screen & no 2nd analogue stick, does this make me a bad person? D=

        Im with you mate, i didnt buy a 3DS cos it was too small. and a second Stick doesnt really bother me.

      Sorry I asked for the larger screens.. Its exactly what I wanted in my 3DS! There isnt enough games out there to worry me about the 2nd anolgoue stick, so couldnt give a rats arse about it *until* I need it.

    There aren't a lot of games that are compatible with the second circle pad. So really, why bother?

    That pic lol... he's so happy dissapointing people.. real proud..

    "Ahhh yes... fuck you all"

    I do not understand why people want it so badly. I mean, there are an amazing 4 games that actually use it in the entire library, so why have something that isn't needed for everything included and alienate us 'early adopters'?

    The frankenstick also adds an extra shoulder button doesn't it? They'd have had to include that too.

    ^^ Iwata's "Deal with it", as per the article.

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