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Manhandling the Nintendo 3DS's New Second Slide Pad for the First Time [Update]

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Okay, it's ugly. We know that, but how does it feel in the hand? Today at the Tokyo Game Show, I checked out the brand new second slide pad for the Nintendo 3DS.

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It's large and bulky looking, but how does it feel?

UPDATE - Added new high-resolution pictures of the peripheral.

The "3DS Kakuchou Slide Pad" or "3DS Expansion Slide Pad" is powered by a dry cell battery. It is surprisingly light in the hand. I thought it would be heavier, but it's not.

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The add-on does feel reasonably solid. It's not a drag to hold. The backside, with numerous exposed holes for screws looks cheap.

Since I've been blogging all morning in a humid convention center, my hands are on the sweaty side. Before I even touched it, I felt compelled to wipe my hands on my jeans, as a courtesy. It's unfinished, so it could have been a bigger fingerprint monster, but make no mistake, this will pick up prints.

With all the nice materials third party peripheral makers use, a rubberized finished would have been preferable.

Using the second slide pad was easier and less awkward than I thought. It is not graceful, but seems serviceable. The response on the pad was the same as the original 3DS slide pad. If you like that, you'll like this. If you hate it, you'll hate this.

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Looking at the screen, I did have the feeling that I was peering around a corner, because your hands are not perfectly positioned behind the screen.

As previously posted, there are three buttons. They are R, ZR, and ZL. ZR and ZL are the two trigger buttons. The 3DS Expansion Slide Pad has pistol type grips that were confortable to hold, and the ZL and ZR buttons work well. They are not clicky, and might be a bit too squishy for some, but I found them responsive.

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Where things go wrong is the R button. I felt as though I had to reach up, going from the ZR button. The left side was worse, because it doesn't have an add on button. Rather, it uses the 3DS's left shoulder button. So I had to reach up and back.

All of these weaknesses should be sorted in the inevitable hardware revision.

Until then, the 3DS Expansion Slide Pad will be out on Dec. 10 for ¥1,500 (US$19).

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DISCUSSION

Not being funny here but I'm frustrated at the people deciding that there's definitely a revised 3DS on the way soon. If that was the case, don't you think Nintendo would have announced it the other day?

It seems to me that, at the moment, this Circle Pad attachment is no more than the 3DS equivalent of the Wii MotionPlus - yes, it's come a little earlier in the 3DS's life than I'm sure Nintendo would have liked, but I don't believe it's come as a reaction to the negativity - after all, these times take time to research and develop, so they must have been working on it for a few months to get to the point where they have a final working model.

For now at least, it seems to me that Nintendo are happy with the 3DS as it is - they've already said plenty of times before that they already took into account the improvements they made with the DS Lite and DSi so it's technically already a version 4.0 of sorts - so this "inevitable" hardware revision isn't as inevitable as some people would think, I'd wager.

It's not as simple as making a new system with a second circle pad - this attachment connects to the 3DS in a completely different way (through the infra-red port), so there'd need to be quite a bit of work and research into making it part of the actual system architecture rather than an add-on.

In short, all I'm saying is that this expansion doesn't instantly mean a "3DS Lite" is on the way. People have been saying one's been coming since before the 3DS even launched and with all due respect I think that's just delusional - it's people hoping for a hardware revision to fix the one or two things they maybe don't like the look of because they think that if they're not keen on it then it needs to be "fixed". The 3DS is a perfectly competent piece of hardware, and short of a new analogue slider and a new battery (things that can already be attached to the current hardware) I'm not sure what Nintendo could add to it just now.

Oh, and please don't give me the "scratched screen" and "peeling paint" stuff. Even if those were real pandemic-sized issues (which I don't think they are), they could be fixed with minor revisions of the current hardware, not a completely new, overhauled product upgrade.