The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro is now being sold in North America. The device is priced at $19.99, adds a second Circle Pad and an extra set of shoulder buttons to the handheld console. For now, the only way to purchase the device is through Nintendo’s online store, as the company confirmed to Joystiq that it currently has no plans to sell the Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro at retail.
“There are no plans to sell this accessory at other retail locations at this time.”
Video game accessories manufacturer Nyko was planning to release its iteration of Nintendo’s Circle Pad Pro, the Power Grip Pro, which was going to add a second Circle Pad and provide extended battery life to a Nintendo 3DS. Nyko recently confirmed it canceled the device.
The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro launches November 15th in Japan and will cost 1,500 yen, which is roughly $19. For those who don’t know, the Circle Pad Pro adds two shoulder buttons and a second Circle Pad, which makes playing games like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate more comfortable. Nintendo has yet to announce the release date of the add-on in regions outside Japan.
Japanese publication the Nikkei has posted a number of high-resolution images of the Circle Pad Pro for the Nintendo 3DS XL. We already mentioned earlier that Kotaku writer Brian Ashcraft gave the peripheral the thumbs up, and said that it’s comfortable and not too big. You can view all the images here.
Nintendo released the first image of the Nintendo 3DS XL’s Circle Pad Pro, which adds a second circle pad and two buttons to the handheld. In the picture above, the handheld on the left is the Nintendo 3DS XL, and the one on the right is the original Nintendo 3DS. Both Circle Pad Pros are similar in design, and they look nothing like Nyko’s sleek Power Grip Pro.
Yesterday it was announced that Nano Assault, which was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS as a retail title last December, and is now being re-released in digital form on the eShop in both Europe and North America, will support the Circle Pad Pro. The new version is apparently “based on the original release but with new game modes & options.”
“We will have a bigger announcement in September where we will detail all the new stuff.” – Manfred Linzner, co-founder of Shin’en Multimedia
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe released a trailer for Resistance: Buring Skies, which is an FPS (first-person shooter) PlayStation Vita game that holds a score of a 59/100 on Metacritic. According to ManPac, the trailer – shown above – targets the Nintendo 3DS for not having built-in dual analogue sticks for FPSs. There is text that reads, toward the beginning of the trailer, “with only one thumb, it’s only half the console FPS experience.” Should handheld gaming deliver the “console experience” in the first place?
The forthcoming Nintendo 3DS XL does not have a built-in second circle pad and, according to Famitsu, Nintendo has revealed that there will be a Circle Pad Pro for the upgraded 3DS, which will be released this year in Japan. There are no pictures of the 3DS XL’s Circle Pad Pro but expect it to look similar to the original Circle Pad Pro, only bigger.
Since Nintendo announced that they are not working on a revised Nintendo 3DS, perhaps it’s time to invest in a Circle Pad Pro. Nyko revealed their version of the Circle Pad Pro, which is called the Power Grip Pro. Not only is the Power Grip Pro more appealing than Nintendo’s Circle Pad Pro, it fully protects the Nintendo 3DS and provides an extended battery that promises longer play time. Nyko’s Power Grip Pro will be $30, while Nintendo’s Circle Pad Pro is $20.
Play with expanded controls and an expanded battery with Nyko’s Power Grip Pro for Nintendo 3DS. The Power Grip Pro adds an additional analog control pad to your 3DS, compatible with all games made for the Circle Pad Pro™. In addition to the added analog control, the Power Grip Pro works in conjunction with the existing 3DS battery providing up to 3x the play time making it perfect for long road trips, cross country flights or marathon gaming sessions at home.
Kid Icarus Uprising project leader Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed to the Official Nintendo Magazine that Kid Icarus Uprising will fully support the Circle Pad Pro peripheral. Sakurai told the publication that the Circle Pad Pro will be useful for left-handed players who may find it tricky to play the game with the stylus in their right hand. The game is still fully playable without the Circle Pad Pro.
“The way we are using the Circle Pad Pro in the game is to provide support for left-handed gamers. We’ve made it possible to use the right Circle Pad in place of the left one.”