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Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro (Nintendo 3DS)

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Nintendo 3DS
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system's right side.
  • The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers.
  • It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00B3TXJ14
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 5.5 cm
  • Release Date: 22 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS XL system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system's right side.

The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers.

It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary for Monster Hunter 10 Jun. 2013
By EpicDom
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I bought this solely for Monster Hunter. I personally didn't feel like I completely needed this as I had got use to using the touch screen for the camera. However, I think when the battles became more difficult and intense, I can't quite imagine not using this. The extra circle pad was helpful for changing the camera in a smoother and slick way. This was not the only benefit of the circle pad pro xl though as the extra shoulder buttons are definitely useful. I mapped these to also help move the position of the camera gradually left and right. This is more helpful when you need your thumb for performing attacks and you can't change the camera position with the extra circle pad at the same time. So in some cases, the extra buttons may be more helpful for camera changes for that reason.

I thought the downside would be the battery life since I'd prefer being able to charge the circle pad pro rather than replace with batteries but I've been playing Monster Hunter for at least 80 hours and the battery life of the circle pad pro is still seemingly going strong. My boyfriend absolutely refuses to play Monster Hunter without the circle pad pro so initially I have to give my one to him and ended up buying another one for myself again. For him this is compulsory for the game. The only downside I can think of is that it is slightly bulky for me but apart from that I can't really fault it. Battery life is great (my boyfriend has been playing Monster Hunter at least 10 more hours than I have and the battery on his one has not ran out yet) and I'm glad there's extra buttons along with the extra circle pad.

I'd recommend this for people who want to play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Resident Evil Revelations and Metal Gear Solid.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great that we have it, but needs more support! 24 Mar. 2013
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I pre-ordered this so I could play Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and it makes the game MUCH more enjoyable with the extra circle pad! :)

The Circle Pad Pro XL makes the 3DS much more comfortable to hold, it almost makes it feel like i'm playing the xbox 360 but have the portability of well... the 3DS. It's a much nicer experience, especially at home! However i'd prefer if ALL games on the 3DS were made to support this optional accessory. I feel that games like Zelda Ocarina of time would benefit from this accessory despite the automated camera functionality in the game being excellent.

So really, more game support would be beneficial and extra features like added battery life would have been nice for the price of this.

But overall i'm happy with my purchase and hope future 3DS games take advantage of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful 25 May 2013
By Berge
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I bought it for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and it is definitely a must have for this game (especially for underwater hunting).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Works well, but very limited. 17 Oct. 2014
By Scott
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If you own Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate or Resident Evil Revelations chances are you probably already own this, if you're looking to get one of these for those games than it's a pretty good deal, but if you're wanting to get it for more games I highly suggest you do some research before purchasing.

The device feels surprisingly comfortable despite the extra bulk it adds to the system, I never felt my hands getting cramped nor did I have no troubles pressing the shoulder buttons or any buttons while playing, the circle pad feels more 'light' compared to the circle pad on the actual device.

Sadly, despite the device's comfort, the amount of games this accessory works for is very limited, the total number being eleven games, ten when you consider that one of the games only has support for the circle pad in it's Japanese version only.

The fact that the device also requires it's own AAA battery which has to be replaced is quite stupid, I'm a little confused why Nintendo didn't give the device a chargeable battery or just designed it so it ran on the battery of the 3DS.

It does what it's meant to, but I really don't see a reason for getting one, especially with the New 3DS/3DS XL models on the way. If you really need that extra camera control for Resident Evil Revelations and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate then this is a okay purchase, but if you're looking for something more out of it, I'd consider passing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kid Icarus Uprising 8 Sept. 2014
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For those who don't know me I am left handed and I have trouble with most games my worst offender is in fact Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo 3DS) because I tried to play this game right handed (left hand on the circle pad and stylus on my right) and I have to admit that that was really uncomfortable that I traded in Kid Icarus one of my regrets that I have corrected.

So when I changed the controls around to being left handed (stylus on my left to aim and the ABXY buttons on my right to move Pit) which felt right for me but didn't feel right so this is where the Circle Pad Pro comes in and playing Kid Icarus has now been really comfortable.

Other titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising that are compatible with the Circle Pad Pro are... Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS), Resident Evil: Revelations (Nintendo 3DS), Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] (Nintendo 3DS), Metal Gear Solid - Snake Eater (Nintendo 3DS) There are a few others too but I don't know them very well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for big hands
Great for big hands. This makes a really difference to the comfort of the 3DS XL and is great for long play sessions with a battery life that lasts so long you'll forget it has a... Read more
Published 20 days ago by .I.D.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must!
Happy with the purchase. Hubby can't stop monster hunting because of it.
Published 27 days ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT ITEM
FANTASTIC PRODUCT WHICH MY SON LOVES, IT HOLDS THE NINTENDO CONSOLE REALLY SECURELY MAKING PLAYING THE GAMES A LOT MORE EASIER.

Well worth the money I paid for it
Published 28 days ago by Deirdre cuthill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Took a bit longer than it expected but the product works perfectly and no damage on the box
Published 1 month ago by Tiago Batista
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is good. But a little big
Published 1 month ago by Wei Meng
5.0 out of 5 stars the size and curve it adds to the console just feels so good..
having the original circle pad pro for the original 3ds and loving it, when i upgraded to the xl, i just had to have one for it, the size and curve it adds to the console just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sniper mantis
2.0 out of 5 stars Well made , not compatible with most games
Pretty useless accessory - I so so want to enjoy using this, but it hardly works with any games and the 3ds xl is probably big enough already without the hassle of this ginormous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. J. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
works perfectle my son is over the moon with it
Published 2 months ago by Schellens Alois
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely brilliant would recomend
Published 2 months ago by Jill Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the 3ds xl especially for monster hunter
An excellent addition to the 3ds xl especially for monster hunter. Shame it didnt work with a lot more titles. Read more
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