Numerous gaming websites have gone hands-on with the recently announced second Circle Pad attachment for the Nintendo 3DS. Whilst the publications all say it’s rather big and bulky, the device is apparently quite comfortable to hold. Here’s some opinions:
“It feels as big as it looks in pictures and it’s very light…
I’ve heard people compare it to the Game Gear, and I don’t think that’s accurate – it’s much more ergonomic and comfortable to hold.
“Despite feeling hollow, the attachment isn’t wobbly in the least, so it doesn’t rattle when you play with it, and the shoulder buttons are comfortable to reach and well built. Basically, it feels like one bigger unit rather than two pieces stuck together.”
“It is surprisingly light in the hand,” said their reporter. “I thought it would be heavier, but it’s not.”
As for the Circle Pad itself, Kotaku’s reviewer had this to say: “Using the second slide pad was easier and less awkward than I thought… The response on the pad was the same as the original 3DS slide pad.”
However, they weren’t as positive about the R button. “Where things go wrong is the R button. I felt as though I had to reach up, going from the ZR button. The left side was worse, because it doesn’t have an add on button. Rather, it uses the 3DS’s left shoulder button. So I had to reach up and back.”
The Circle Pad itself is identical to the already existing Circle Pad on the left side of the 3DS. More interestingly, the attachment also adds triggers and bolsters already existing shoulder buttons, giving the entire console more of an actual controller feel.
“No doubt about it, the Slidepad is bulky and, for sure, kind of silly looking, but it also makes the portable feel more substantial in terms of control.”