3DS XL getting its own Circle Pad Pro
Fear not, disappointed dual circle pad fans, because Nintendo’s new jumbo handheld will also be getting its own giant Circle Pad Pro attachment. According to Famitsu, it will be released later this year.
The good news is that you won’t have to buy another stand to play Kid Icarus: Uprising, however, as 3DS XL will still be able to balance this rather pointless piece of plastic. Hooray?
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 get a release date
Rejoice, Pokémon fans, because the upcoming Black 2 and White 2 will be hitting American shores on October 5th 2012. European trainers will have to wait until October 12th.
But don’t forget– even though Black 2 and White 2 are both DS games, Pokémon Dream Radar, one of two new 3DS apps, will also launch simultaneously in each respective region. This app will allow you to catch rare Pokémon with the 3DS’s AR technology and transfer them to Black 2 and White 2.
The other 3DS app, the Pokédex 3D Pro, will also launch this autumn, but no release date has yet been specified.
Iwata: There was a great need for 3DS XL
Satoru Iwata has shed some light on why 3DS XL has come into existence. Speaking with investors, he said there was a great need for a bigger screen.
We’re not quite sure where that “great need” came from, but he also added that, “Games like The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Kid Icarus: Uprising really shine on those big screens which are also a perfect fit for video applications like Netflix and Nintendo Video.
“The bottom screen is bigger, too making it easier to create and share in Swapnote. Nintendo 3DS XL lets you get the most out of everything the Nintendo 3DS was made to do.”
Well, when you put it like that…
Iwata also revealed that 3DS XL will be the last hardware iteration for now, as the company feels that too many choices would be confusing to consumers. He also raised concerns about mass production efficiency. So bad news for all of you hoping you wouldn’t have to buy a giant Circle Pad Pro, because it doesn’t look like there’s going to be another 3DS redesign any time soon.