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3DS Circle Pad Pro XL coming to the UK next month

See how big it looks in Shibata's hands!

Nintendo have announced the UK release date of the 3DS Circle Pad Pro XL. The 3DS peripheral will be released on 22 March, the same day as Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate.

You may remember that the Circle Pad Pro was designed with Capcom for the release of Monster Hunter 3G in Japan in 2011. Since then, we have been able to use the Circle Pad Pro with games such as Kid Icarus: Uprising, Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid: The Snake Eater 3D have all used the peripheral which adds an extra Circle Pad to your 3DS.

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However, you can't use a Circle Pad Pro with 3DS XL so it's good news that a larger version is one the way, especially for left-handed Kid Icarus fans!

Unveiling the Circle Pad Pro XL, Satoru Shibata said the the Circle Pad Pro XL is a good alternative for those who prefer to play with two analogue sticks.

Will you buy the Circle Pad Pro XL?


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  1. metalgario Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 09:57

    I'm a lefty that hasn't really got into Kid Icarus because of the difficult play style. I've held off getting a 3DS circle pad as I want to upgrade to a 3DS XL, so this is good news for me!

  2. TheRexFactor Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 10:00

    Doesn't seem to actually add much width at all, which is nice.

    Not sure about depth though... But I digress. If I had a game that supported it I'd probably get it

  3. lrwr14 Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 10:56

    I was actually hoping they would announce this lol.

  4. igsey Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 11:00

    If this doesn't double as a battery extender, then they've missed a trick...

  5. adamatsu Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 11:11

    great news, i can finally play kid icarus!! lefties 4 eva

  6. Rufan Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 11:26

    I tried to play my Brothers Kid Icarus and I was glad I hadn't bought it myself, the controls were way to hard to work, but if I had the adapter controller I'd give it another shot I'd have to wait a little bit though because I traded my 3DS for the XL because of my eyesight, I never regretted that.

  7. imbusydoctorwho Friday 15th Feb 2013 at 13:25

    Nice to see they're releasing it.

  8. liveswired Saturday 16th Feb 2013 at 08:34


    I was looking at my 3DS original the other day and I was admiring just how terrible it really looks - it's simply an initial prototype that made it to mass production - this was Nintendo at their height of cockiness - who cares because it will sell?

    I could just imagine their stingy boardroom refusing second analogues and multitouch and any kind of modern advancement.

    I won't go XL because the pixel density is far too low and horrible looking. Even the ancient touch screen on the normal 3DS is FAR too blurry.


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