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Does the job but doesn't feel as good as the built-in nub or in adult hands
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.