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Nintendo unveils Circle Pad Pro XL

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Sep 20, 2012 12:30PM PDT

We've known for a while now that Nintendo's revamp of the 3DS, the 3DS XL, would be getting its own Circle Pad Pro eventually. The company has now released an image of the upcoming add-on on, and it's about as awkward as you might expect from a peripheral that bolts a second stick on the side of a handheld.

The first look is up on Nintendo's Japanese site (via Siliconera). It offers a more curved edge than its predecessor, but otherwise looks fairly similar.

Nintendo probably had to produce such a device, since it's already been used for games like Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising. But use of the original circle pad quickly fell out of style--if it ever was in style--and we doubt offering it for the XL will bring it back.