Lack Of Pokémon X/Y Lefty Mode Set To Bum Out 10% Of World Population

Pokémon X does not have a mode for the left-handers among us and I'm willing to bet that there's no option for my long-suffering people in Pokémon Y, either.

The basic problem is that X and Y feature some optional mini-games that can only be played with your left hand clamped onto the Nintendo 3DS' circle pad and left shoulder button while your right hand wields a stylus. As you can see in the video above, this is manageable for lefties like me, but it feels about as comfortable as, well, if you're a righty, put a pen in your left hand and let me know how awkward that feels.

Some older 3DS games simply forced left-handed players to deal with controls that required they play as if they were a righty. Others supported the Circle Pad Pro attachment that added a circle pad to the right side of the 3DS. More elegantly, other games have simply cloned the circle pad's inputs onto the A, B, X and Y buttons on the right side of the 3DS allowing for mirrored, lefty-friendly controls.

This is, for example, what the second Dillon's Rolling Western game did to make amends for the first one not having a lefty option. Perhaps a patch could add lefty support for Pokémon? Come on, Nintendo and Game Freak!

How's Miyamoto going to be able to play? Does this man not deserve a perfectly playable Pokémon experience?

We left-handed people have persevered through worse (read: those horrible blunt-edged lefty scissors some of us were supposed to use in kindergarten, as if we couldn't be trusted with pointy righty ones). Oh well.

People of GameFAQs ("Dear Gamefreak, left handed people exist.")...

Person on Giant Bomb...

I feel your minor hand pain.


    I'm a lefty and have managed to medal all the Super Secret Training modes with my right hand. I'd recommend using a bigger stylus than the default 3DS/XL one, so that your hand doesn't mega-evolve into an unrecognisable claw from holding that tiny thing. I've still got my set of pen-sized Unova starters from BW launch.

    I was playing the super training and thought "this is really awkward"

    I didn't even realise it was because I was left handed, I think I just assumed everybody was the same.

    It all makes so much sense now!

    It's a pain but I've got through all the ones I've tried so far. Hardest part for me seems to be holding the DS steady. With a 3DS XL I can work around it by hooking my right hand pinky under the DS and wedging the stylus between my middle and pointer fingers. It all works out to put everything in the right place and I control the stylus with the joint of my thumb.

    The other thing about the mini games that annoys me a little is that they don't do anything to compensate for the top screen being a different aspect ratio to the bottom. It warps out where it would have been relatively easy to make them match up.

    I'm a leftie, but I found out I was able to do it just fine with my two thumbs on the touch screen, accuracy was a little off with clunky thumbs but I was doing it well enough and thumbs could spam shoot faster.

    Stop complaining you lefties!

    This guy looks like it is very easy for him. I was doing it with my left hand earlier, it was just as easy.

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