The circle pad adding device for the Nintendo 3DS that was leaked in Famitsu magazine last week has been made official by Nintendo of Japan. While the Slidepad accessory did not make an appearance last night during the pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, some of the games that will support the add-on did.
The Slidepad, pictured to the right, is essentially an add-on born out of the need for extra comfort during longer play sessions. It requires one AAA battery to operate, and it provides users with extra buttons, an additional circle pad and slightly more ergonomic comfort.
But, understand that this is not a full-on hardware refresh yet. The going rumor has been that Nintendo intends to re-release the 3DS with an additional circle pad some time next year, the company would also release an accessory that would attach to the current 3DS so that it would match the next iteration.
Well, only a tiny portion of that is true so far. The Slidepad will be sold in Japan for 1,500 Yen (roughly $19.50 USD) starting December 10th. Only six games have been announced to make use of the accessory, and only Monster Hunter 3G will be available right away. The other five games:
- Biohazard Revelations (also known as Resident Evil)
- Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
- Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble
- Dynasty Warriors VS
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
As of this moment, the Slidepad has only been announced for Japan. If the device does make its way to the level of worldwide release, will you be interested in picking it up? Sure, it's ugly, but its function may outweigh its form and make it worth a purchase for those looking to game in more comfort and with stronger control options.
The add-on does, however, make fans question the initial design of the Nintendo 3DS. If a revision is coming, what will that do to the already troubled consumer base?