Nintendo's 3DS attachment which adds a second C-Pad to the system has finally received an official name. According to a new trademark, It is now called the Circle Pad Pro. It makes sense considering previous peripheral names such as the Classic Controlle Pro. Hopefully, new games such as Kid Icarus will add the Circle Pad Pro before they are released.
We first learned about the 3DS circle pad peripheral in September, and a new trademark has now revealed its official name.
According to a recent filing, the attachment will be known as the Circle Pad Pro in the West, and simply as a "slide pad expansion" in Japan.
The add-on is currently confirmed to be compatible with Monster Hunter 3G and Resident Evil Revelations, among others. For more on the Circle Pad Pro, be sure to read our detailed hands-on impressions from TGS.
Remember when Nintendo put out peripherals with cool names like "The NES Advantage"? Those days are long gone. Some guy from accounting names everything now. Classic Controller. Balance Board. Circle Pad Pro. For that guy, alliteration is poetry, I guess.
Considering that it's the only way to properly play some games, I'm definitely getting one... but I still don't understand why they didn't kill two birds with one stone and at least have it expand the 3DS battery life while you are using it. Look at the behemoth. They could have totally fit another battery in there.
Kinda confirms my suspicions from the beginning that the CCP is a) not being made a big deal by Nintendo, b) just another accessory that's gonna get minimal support, c) the default 3DS controls are here to stay.
I would not wait for a redesign that includes it, if I were... one of the people waiting for a redesign that includes the second circle pad.
@Guillaume I guess that raises the question of when/if Nintendo is shooting for a redesign with the 3DS. I kind of expect one next year, and since it's unlikely that they'd want it to compete with the Wii U's launch, I wouldn't be surprised to see it touching down sometime in the summer. So if that's the case, and they're not really pushing the circle pad, what's going to go into this supposed redesign?
My number one demand is a better D-pad. And some smaller things, like better Start/Select, stronger hinge and less marks from the bottom screen buttons...but are any of those things enough for Nintendo to market a new version of the 3DS?
I'm sure the advances made for 3D screens and all that will be enough to convince us to upgrade.
But I can't imagine a DS Phat -> DS Lite jump occurring. Now that was like night and day.
edit - Maybe they'll take the 3DS XL route. But I think the most likely scenario is they'll come up with a redesign that's both more attractive but also cuts down their production costs, in an attempt to bleed less money or perhaps make a profit selling the 3DS at the current price.