Nintendo finally revealed details about the 3DS Slide Pad. From what we were able to gather, I think it’s still largely unanimous that the analog nub add-on is pretty ridiculous. And for a lot of gamers, it speaks volumes of Nintendo’s rash decision to ship out the platform unfinished.
Not everyone feels the same, though. In a statement to IndustryGamers, Activision Publishing head Eric Hirshberg gave his thoughts on the analog cradle. Apparently, he’s all for it, and it’s a good direction for Nintendo to go in with its dual screen portable.
“It does make the hardware more relevant and compatible to the style of games we make,” said Hirshberg. “I don’t have anything to announce in relation to that, but I think it was a great move, and it opens up that platform to more styles of games.”
So Activision approves of the Slide Pad. Now, it may seem as if I’m complaining a lot about the darn nub, but the fact of the matter is that I understand that a second analog component is a good thing. I just really wish Nintendo would have included it as part of the first model for its latest handheld. And given the low number of quality titles on the horizon for the 3DS, there’s really no reason to rush out and get the current model, when an inevitable dual-nubbed revision will make its way to store shelves in the future.