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Nintendo to give 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro treatment

updated 08:38 am EDT, Thu June 28, 2012

Nintendo Circle Pad Pro coming for 3DS later this year

Following the 3DS XL unveiling last week, a number of commentators were quick to criticize the console for omitting a second analog stick. A report emanating from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Nintendo will release a Circle Pad Pro for the larger console as it did for the original 3DS. Although only a handful of gaming titles support the second analog stick, its inclusion opens up the potential for more complex gaming.

One of the long-standing criticisms of the original Sony PSP was its lack of a second analog joystick. This made FPS and third-person shooters awkward affairs for games interested in playing those genres on the go. The PS Vita, a direct competitor with the Nintendo 3DS has incorporated in the main design of the device and coupled with its graphics capabilities makes FPS and third-person shooters on the go a reality.

Although Nintendo addresses a somewhat different gaming market to the PS Vita, the addition of the odd-looking accessory for the 3DS is something of an admission that it should have incorporated one from the beginning. A similar accessory on the larger 3DS XL is likely to make the accessory something that only adults will be capable of holding. [via Kotaku]

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