Activision Thinks 3DS Circle Pad Add-On A ‘Great Move’
Yesterday, Nintendo unveiled the new circle pad add-on that gives the hand held a second joystick. Yay to finally providing a control scheme that makes sense, but boo to not launching with this, and to the glut of future games that will require the second stick, thus forcing people who blew $250.00 to shell out 15 more when the add-on is available in the US.
Yes, I’m supremely annoyed by the fact that 3DS didn’t just launch with a second stick. And also, that the add-on can’t draw power from the 3DS battery. That’s just lame. But not everyone is feeling cheaped out and ripped off like me. Take Activision’s Eric Hirshberg, who yesterday spoke to Industry Gamers about their positive feelings about the
rip off useful new peripheral.
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.
Everything Hirshberg says is true. This will guarantee better 3DS games, maybe even games that aren’t just 3D retreads of classic nintendo properties! But it’s still a total rip. 3DS came out last March. That wasn’t very long ago and certainly not long enough to develop a peripheral like this on the fly. Which means it’s almost certain Nintendo anticipated the demand for it and chose to nickel and dime their ‘Ambassadors‘. Awesome. Nice job making me totally care about playing Starfox. Ass.