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on 18 September 2016
If you have yet to buy a 3DS... stop what you're doing and purchase the 'New 3DS' as it now comes with a 'C-Stick' which makes this product redundant... alternatively you could even wait a couple months as were very close to the Nintendo NX release.

If you have a 3DS XL lying around and want to gain use of a second analog then this is the product for you. Yes it adds bulk, but you knew that coming in.

As a product, it fits well and seemed to work with ease. It looks a tad ugly but again, a retrofit product like this is hardly going to look sleek.

My biggest suprise was the sheer lack of compatibility, honestly there are very few games that actually support this product so if you're not looking to play Resident Evil, Monster Hunter or Majora's Mask i'd probably save the cash and put it towards a Nintendo NX or New 3DSXL
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on 20 November 2013
I bought this more to help with holding the 3DS XL which is top heavy, than to use it for its designed purpose as so few games support the second analog nub. It seemed silly to spend less on a grip when this has extra functionality should a future game I like use it.,

Unfortunately, as is always the case for Nintendo products, its clearly designed for tiny hands. Its more comfortable than the 3DS XL on its own, but its still far from ideal for adult hands.

It also feels a bit odd that the right shoulder button is completely replaced but the left one is just exposed, so they are a different shape and size. It would have made a lot more sense to make the pad taller and have both buttons with matching replacements. It also sucks that none of the circle pad pro buttons work on games without support for it, including the shoulder buttons. So if, like me, you are using it for comfort you have to stretch to the original R with your finger if using an incompatible game, which is 99% of the games.

Its such a shame, the L and R buttons are much nicer than the 3DS XL default ones, but wasted when hardly any games support them. The fact the right analog nub is far more loose than the one in my 3DS XL also cheapens the feel of the whole thing. Such a shame that Nintendo did not make more effort with this pad as it could have been superb.

If it had been a little taller they could have had the L and R buttons mechanically press the 3DS XL L and R buttons, so that they worked in ALL games. They could also have made it more ergonomic then too, as its restricted right now by trying not to be much taller than the 3DS XL itself. Instead, its a pretty mediocre package which is a shame, especially for the price.
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on 20 April 2013
This Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro provides the user with an additional analogue stick, for games where you need to move the character and camera together. When attached, the 3DS XL looks rather frankenstein-esque, however, this accessory add-on is comfortable to use and the analogue stick provides good movement and is smooth. When attached to the console, the circle pad pro still gives you access to volume controls, the ability to charge the 3DS XL and access the headphone jack.

Do note that not all games work with the Circle Pad Pro. I have been using it with 'Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D', and the game is far easier to play using the additional analogue stick, than having to use the 'Y, 'X', 'A' and 'B' buttons previously. The Circle Pad Pro uses one AAA size battery and one is supplied in the box. Highly recommended for players who want a more comfortable control method, when playing games on the 3DS XL.
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on 12 November 2014
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 feels so good...its unfortunate that only a limited number of games use its functions though and its a "MUST BUY" for any monster hunter...the only downside i have personally found in it, is that because i love the size and curve of it so much, i have it clipped on for every game which mean s i have to unclip the 3ds from the circle pad pro every time i wish to change the game, with fear that doing it so much, one day it'll break because of it... a simple hole cut out around where the cartridge goes in would of made this perfect in every way... a great (and cheap) product that i just can't do without.
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on 17 October 2014
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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on 2 October 2014
Only took 6 days to deliver but I wasn't there to get it so I got it the next day from the Depo.The add on adds some comfort even for games that don't support the circle pad pro.It's only a little difficult to reach the R button on the 3DS XL itself for those games but I can't rate it bad for something it wasn't designed to do.Works perfectly well.If only there were more games for it.Well Nintendo is going to release a new 3DS with a built in second circlepad and extra shoulder buttons and improved screen etc.I like the comfort aspect of the add on.
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on 24 February 2015
A good product for monster hunter 4, I bought a second-hand one due to stock not being available but it came pretty much like a brand new one apart from the battery wasn't supplied but that was easily solved.

The overall product is nice and tidy, easy to use and I tried it a few times with MH4 and the response from the pad is great. The only downfall is the weight, it feels too light which might sound strange. The 3DS XL is not a light product, but I put up with it fine, when I attached this to it every time I use the right-hand stick I can feel the lightness of the pad, it's hard to put into words what I mean but it doesn't feel right when using it. I think they could of put a bit more weight into the pad to add a bit more strength to it.

Apart from that it's great, it does what it says, it makes games like MH4 easier to play and I can't really fault it apart from the weight.
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on 4 January 2016
It works great for games that have two axes of camera movement. Games like Monster Hunter 4 benefit highly from this.

I'm not sure if the normal 3DS feels different but this one for the 3DS XL feels great in your hands. I am contemplating having it attached whenever I use my 3DS XL just because of the ergonomics of it. Holding a 3DS/3DSXL normally can get uncomfortable after a while just due to its shape not really being optimised for its purpose. The Circle Pad Pro offers a nice curvature on its right side, allowing your hand to grip it comfortably.
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on 8 January 2015
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 battery in it. I play it with Steel Diver: Sub Wars and it makes a load of difference making a good game great. Just a shame more use hasn't been made out of it. Maybe when the New 3DS and games come the Circle pad will be a vital bit of kit.
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on 8 June 2013
Before the Circle Pad Pro, certain games were cumbersome and horrible to control. I have died many times in games because of the controls, such as in Resident Evil Revelations because you cannot move and shoot at the same time. Cheap deaths. Now, with this, I can walk and shoot, and all of a sudden I cannot go back to the old ways. This device also feels great in your hands, making the 3DS XL more ergonomically, I highly recommend it.
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