Nintendo 3DS XL: Second circle pad MIA
With Nintendo 3DS XL coming out next month we are intrigued to know whether a second circle pad attachment will also on its way, as this handheld is said to have everything you want from a standard DS except a second hardware add-on that has been designed to make the current one more modern.
Regarding the 3DS XL as something Nintendo are doing to go after the smaller percentage of PS Vita users, this handheld involves bigger screens and better presentation than the current DS yet the hardware strategy here needs desperate attention. Digitally Downloaded ask about the requirement of another second circle pad and that this will add to the confusion of how much kit will be on sale.
Assuming that this additional hardware will also make an appearance to get the full 3DS gaming experience this is thought to be something else to confuse the casual shopper, and will this amount to an even smaller market. The visual fidelity of existing 3DS, DS, DSiWare and eShop games has been questioned as enlarging games for bigger screens doesn’t always make them look better.
With a feeling this strategy is more of a knee jerk reaction by Nintendo there is concern about their approach to obtaining a wider audience instead of addition hardware. Some feel that the interest for this will be those who prefer a bigger screen and longer battery life, although if it came with the second analog and maybe an adapter this could generate a bit more interest.
Will you be looking to get hold of the Nintendo 3DS XL? On the other hand, do you feel that this is not going to be good enough to have an affect on the PS Vita market? Maybe Nintendo should have concentrated on making the DS WITH the second circle pad then brought out the XL in the same fashion.