It didn’t seem it could get much worse, yet Nintendo unleashed another bombshell last night at their TGS press conference – the 3DS “Slide Pad” attachment will cost consumers around $20 and require a AAA battery to work. It will also only be used for games specifically compatible with the peripheral.
After Nintendo’s last major 3DS error, it would seem to even the least business-savvy individual that more bad news should be given a significant berth of time before being dropped on an already angry consumer base. Nintendo has once again defied logic, and to get the full experience out of important third-party games like Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations, Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, Dynasty Warriors VS and Kingdom Hearts 3D, gamers will need a stockpile of batteries and an extra $20 bill lying around.
Unsurprisingly, despite this information dump revealing the specifics of the attachment immediately afterward, Nintendo neglected to show the Slide Pad even once during their press conference. It might be because they ran out of time while showing off treasures such as Bravely Default or the fact that the last half of the conference was dedicated to Monster Hunter 3G. The more likely explanation? Investors do not want to see a bulky box with nothing but a stick on it attached to the console they have invested heavily in.
Nintendo is taking a huge risk by asking their fans to struggle through yet another trial-by-fire console development. Nintendo fans were happy to pick up a DS Lite or DSi because they were given time between updates, and the Nintendo DS was such a solid system with strong first- and third-party support. Nintendo assured their audience that the 3DS would not be the prototype for an updated, more expensive model, but if these are the consequences of that promise, portable gamers may want to start checking the App Store more often.
How do you feel about the Slide Pad? Do you think Nintendo is making the right decision to release the attachment so soon after dropping the price of the 3DS? Let us know in the comments below.
The 3DS Slide Pad releases for ¥1,500 ($20) on December 10 in Japan, alongside Monster Hunter 3G.
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