Activision Publishing lead Eric Hirshberg recently spoke with IndustryGamers about Nintendo’s freshly announced 3DS add-on, the Slidepad. The handheld’s upcoming accessory has currently only been made official in Japan. With a December 10th release date, the Slidepad will cost roughly $20 and be (eventually) usable by six games so far.
IndustryGamers asked Hirshberg, specifically, if Activision would develop more shooters “since a second analog would make it more compatible with that genre and other genres that might fit better on the Sony’s PlayStation Vita.” While he did not respond with any specific games or ideas, Hirshberg was fast to commend Nintendo for their decision to develop the accessory:
“It does make the hardware more relevant and compatible to the style of games we make…
…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.”
Most console gamers (and gamers in general, really) are likely already drawing the line between Hirshberg’s commentary and games like Call of Duty. First-person shooters have become console staples with the advent of dual sticks on controllers, the Nintendo 3DS’ Slidepad accessory makes it a relevant system in that genre.
Ugly or not, Nintendo seems to be attracting a least some level of interest from third party publishers when it comes to their Slidepad. Six games have already been revealed to support the device in Japan, and Hirshberg’s comments are definitely ones Nintendo likes hearing.
The Slidepad has not yet been confirmed or announced for a worldwide release. However, we assume that its future failure or success will dictate whether or not Nintnedo elects to make this add-on a Japan only device.
Honestly, it’s ugly, but if it makes more, better, diverse games playable on the Nintendo 3DS, I’m sold. How about you?