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Nintendo adds second analog stick to 3DS

by Steven Williamson on 7 September 2011, 09:17

Tags: Nintendo (TYO:7974)

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The 3DS has faced all sorts of criticism over the past few months, ranging from the poor battery life and novelty 3D visuals to the tiny touch-screen and lack of quality titles. Nintendo is at least looking at widen the appeal of the hand-held by launching a new peripheral that adds a second analog stick. It’s rumoured that this could also be a permanent feature in the next iteration of the 3DS.

Dubbed the ‘Expansion Slide Pad,’ the add-on is manufactured by Nintendo and cradles the 3DS to add dual analog support and two shoulder buttons. Early reports suggest it will also sport an earphone port and a new battery. The pad has been developed specifically for Monster Hunter to give players better control, but it could also feature in future games too if other developers decide to use it.

Nintendo has obviously been keeping an eye on Sony and its new hand-held, PlayStation Vita, which benefits immensely from the implementation of two analog sticks to deliver an intuitive, console-like gaming experience.

Source: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2011/09/07/3ds_slide_pad/

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Look like it will destroy your hands after only minimal usage.

Also, the 3DS has an earphone port anyway.
Also, the 3DS has an earphone port anyway.

Which will probably be covering the existing port by the looks of the add-on
This won't really do anything for the 3DS imo, I won't be buying it either..don't see the point.

What WILL make a difference is the release of the second 3DS game this friday - Starfox 3D :D So far we have only really had Zelda 3D as a game worth buying the 3DS for..now we can add Starfox to the list. Should boost sales significantly being another of the best games of all time.