news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Nintendo Confirms Crappy Analog Nub for 3DS


Yesterday we reported that the pages of gaming magazine Famitsu had pretty much confirmed the dreaded second analog nub for the Nintendo 3DS. The add-on is, for all intents and purposes, not very cool. I mean, it indicates that Nintendo may have rushed the 3DS and is now releasing the rest of its handheld in parts. Not cool at all.

While yesterday's reveal was pretty official, Nintendo itself has commented on the 3DS peripheral. In case there was any doubt in your mind that this thing was legit, you can now know for sure that the 3DS analog add-on is an official, confirmed accessory. "We can confirm that Nintendo plans to release the Circle Pad attachment, but Nintendo's regional subsidiaries will make further announcements about its availability at a later date," stated a Nintendo rep to Kotaku.

The analog pad will launch in Japan to coincide with the release of Monster Hunter (Tri) 3G. No word on when it will arrive in North America. It's possible that it will launch alongside a game, or at the very least, a tech demo of some sort. Kind of like how the Wii Zapper launched with Link's Crossbow Training.

Wait a minute ... Let's hope this isn't a similar situation. I remember getting the Wii Zapper and Link's Crossbow Training and then never using that damn accessory again. OK, so I may have used it for The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return and The House of the Dead: Overkill, but that was it! Here's hoping Nintendo at least makes this add-on worthwhile if it's going to make 3DS owners buy it.

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