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Second Circle Pad Add-On

The Circle Pad Pro [1] (Known as Slide Pad Expansion in Japan) is an accessory for the Nintendo 3DS that contains a second circle pad and two additional shoulder buttons. It was released alongside Monster Hunter 3 G in Japan on December 10, 2011, and February 7, 2012 in North America, available exclusively at GameStop for a price of $19.99. [2] [3] It can be purchased in a bundle with Resident Evil: Revelations in Europe and Australia. [4]

The accessory was unveiled in an issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu, and was playable at the Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011 and subsequent Tokyo Game Show. [5] An extra-large version of the device is being sold for the Nintendo 3DS XL directly via Nintendo's own online shop. [6] [7]


The Circle Pad Pro features a second slider pad and three shoulder buttons, used to give the 3DS a more controller-like grip, and to make games such as RPGs or third person shooters more similar to those on consoles control-wise. The accessory requires one AAA battery to run, though one is only included with the original sized Circle Pad Pro. Its battery life lasts for 480 hours (20 days). [8] It is also region free, which means one can use a Circle Pad Pro from another region of the world and it will still work on their 3DS, regardless of region of the system they are using. [9]

Other Notes

It's said by many developers that some of the lack of adoption of the Circle Pad Pro was the CPU overhead required to use it (5%) an example of this is the "new" 3DS having a stronger CPU and the additional buttons and analog slider working, but the CPP not working on 3DS / 3DS XL is Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 3DS (at time of posting) [10]

Compatible Titles

Title Publisher Notes
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate [11] Capcom
Monster Hunter 4 Capcom
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Capcom
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Bandai Namco Japanese version only.
Resident Evil: Revelations Capcom
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Konami
Kid Icarus: Uprising Nintendo
Dynasty Warriors VS Koei Tecmo
Nano Assault EX
One Piece Unlimited World RED Bandai Namco
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd Koei Tecmo
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 Koei Tecmo
Steel Diver: Sub Wars Nintendo
Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Nintendo
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse WayForward
Moon Chronicles
Picross e Jupiter Corporation Japanese version only.
Galaxy Force II
After Burner II SEGA
Final Fantasy Explorers Square Enix
Kenka Bancho 6: Soul & Blood Spike Chunsoft
E.X. Troopers Capcom
Iron Fall Invasion Nintendo




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