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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]

Features

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]

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References

  1. http://nintendoeverything.com/76588/circle-pad-pro-could-be-the-final-english-name-for-the-3ds-circle-pad-attachment/
  2. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/28095
  3. http://nintendoeverything.com/79449/3ds-circle-pad-pro-is-a-gamestop-exclusive-in-north-america/
  4. http://www.vooks.net/story-20627-Resident-Evil-Revelations--the-Circle-Pad-Pro-launch-on-February-2nd-in-Australia.html
  5. http://ds.ign.com/articles/119/1192682p1.html
  6. http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/28/3ds-xl-getting-circle-pad-pro
  7. http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/28/3ds-xl-circle-pad-pro/
  8. http://andriasang.com/comz90/slide_pad_480_hours/
  9. http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=170347
  10. http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/sakurai-explains-why-circle-pad-pro-is-not-supported-for-smash-3ds#.VPZEB_nF98E
  11. http://gamersxtreme.org/2011/09/13/nintendo-3ds-circle-pad-attachment-and-games-unveiled/
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