In “because we wanted more money” news, Nintendo recently announced the first accessory for its up-coming 3DS XL. The system, while 90% bigger, doesn’t feature any new buttons, such as a second analog stick. But fear not those who wanted two, Nintendo has offered this new accessory for you.
Nintendo will be offering a Circle Pad Pro accessory for the new 3DS XL model later this year. The attachment will give you that second analog as well as two additional shoulder buttons.
This definitely feels like a cop out from Nintendo. With a 90% bigger console, they could have easily built the extra buttons on the system. However, once again, we have another case a game company trying to squeeze just a little more money out of the consumer. With the 3DS XL going for $199, and the attachment going for (I assume) between $20-$50, we’re looking at $219-$249. That’s getting a little pricey, enough where a Playstation Vita isn’t that much more expensive. All this for handheld that looks to be awkward in your hands.
Good news is that Nintendo did do something right. Owners of the previous 3DS who are upgrading can transfer their data and software from their 3DS to their new 3DS XL, and the stand that worked with Kid Icarus will work on the new console.
The Nintendo 3DS XL will be released mid-July.
Source – Andriasang