3DS Circle Pad Attachment Detailed
While it didn't make an appearance at last night's conference, Nintendo did officially reveal and detail it on their website.
It was expected that Nintendo would detail the new 3DS Circle Pad Attachment peripheral during their press conference last night. It was also speculated that the peripheral would be something Monster Hunter specific, designed and created by Capcom. Neither held true when Nintendo revealed the peripheral after the conference online last night. Retailing at ¥1,500, the peripheral will be an officially supported add-on and will be available later this year on December 10, alongside the release of Monster Hunter 3 G, which will include support for the peripheral.
Like the system itself, the peripheral will require its own battery to run; however, it will not include an integrated battery. Instead, one AAA battery will power the device and Nintendo will be including one in the package to get players going.
Being that the peripheral is an official Nintendo peripheral, it has already started to receive support from other upcoming games. Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors VS, and Kingdom Hearts 3D will all feature support for the second circle pad.
While we reported earlier that the second circle pad seemed to be smaller than the one on the 3DS, official artwork seems to indicate that both circle pads are identical in size. Nintendo has still yet to reveal a system redesign, as hinted by 01.net, but the official and third party support of this peripheral does seem to indicate that an eventual redesign is inevitable.