New 3DS product and Monster Hunter 3DS leaked?

Famitsu unveil first-party peripheral along with ‘Monster Hunter 3G’

Following rumours that began circulating last month, it has been confirmed that Nintendo is set to introduce a second circle pad to the 3DS.

The addition will not be introduced via a new 3DS model, but rather as a attachable peripheral.

It was revealed yesterday that Nintendo would be hosting a “3DS new product announcement conference” on September 13 ahead of the Tokyo Game Show.

It would appear that this conference will host the official announcement of the first-party peripheral.

A Nintendo UK spokesperson has reportedly confirmed the announcement to Edge magazine, stating: “We can confirm that Nintendo does plan to release the attachment but that any further announcements on the attachment will be made at some later time by Nintendo.”

The peripheral itself, dubbed “Kakuchou Slide Pad” or “Expansion Slide Pad”, is similar in size to a 3DS charging cradle and will incorporate shoulder buttons for the device, in addition to the second circle pad.

Judging by a scan of the Famitsu article, it appears the peripheral will considerably increase the size of the 3DS, adding around an inch to the rear for shoulder buttons and extending each side of the device, with the second circle pad sitting to the right of the face buttons.

Famitsu are set to reveal the first-party peripheral in their upcoming issue, which will be joined by a first look at Monster Hunter 3G, also for the 3DS.

It will be the latest game in the Monster Hunter series and will be the first time the game has featured on a handheld device other than the PSP.

Many already had suspicions for the announcement after Capcom CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto hinted back in January that the franchise’s next release could be on the 3DS.

Andriasang have reported the game is tipped for release at the end of the year.

[Source: Andriasang]

Greg Lockley

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