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Strange Nintendo 3DS Slidepad Add-On Becomes Official

Nintendo 3DS Slidepad add-on

Remember that rather dodgy-looking add-on for the Nintendo 3DS that introduced a second slide pad to the device? It first popped up in a Japanese gaming magazine earlier this month, but at a pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference in Japan today, Nintendo “let slip” that the attachment really is on its way.

Nintendo used the presser to talk about a “misty pink” version of its 3DS console that will be aimed at the ladies. It seems that the only people playing the glasses-free 3D handheld at the moment are us gents, and so Nintendo is seeking to attract a few more females to its fan base with a prettier device — and a new selection of girly games.

Nintendo 3DS in misty pink

However, Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, also mentioned the “Slidepad,” which is now being advertised on the company’s Japanese home page with a shipping date of December 10, and a price tag of ¥1,500 (approx. $19.50).

The website also reveals a list of games that will support the attachment, along with their release dates (in Japan):

  • Monster Hunter Tri G — Capcom — December 10, 2011
  • Biohazard Revelations — Capcom — early 2012
  • Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D — Konami — this winter
  • Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble — Namco Bandai — this winter
  • Dynasty Warriors VS — Tecmo Koei Games — 2012
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D — Square Enix — undecided

I’ll certainly be one of the first in the U.K. to slap one of these things on my Nintendo 3DS to add a second slide pad, but I have to say, Nintendo really didn’t spend a lot of time of making this add-on look pretty. I mean, did it really need to be that big and that ugly?

But maybe that big and bulky look is for something nice and practical? A built-in battery, for example, that will give our 3DS some (much-needed) additional battery life? Nope! The attachment is powered by a single AAA battery instead.

What do you think of the Nintendo 3DS Slidepad? Will you buy one?

[via Joystiq]


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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...


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