3. TTBOMK there are 2 3DS games that support 2 sticks in the west and only 1 on the horizon. The frankenstick/CPP XL will be just another footnote in the list of Nintendo peripherals that didn't get a lot of support after release. Do you struggle with pattern recognition in daily life? Help is available.
* Metal Gear doesn't just support the Circle Pad Pro attachment, it virtually requires it.
* Resident Evil Revelations gets a nice, but not essential, boost from having the accessory.
* Kid Icarus Uprising uses it, but I don't even know how.
I don't know about you, but that list makes up three of the top four games on the system in my opinion.
More importantly, Capcom's Monster Hunter games are being designed specifically for the Circle Pad Pro and optimized with the extra slide pad and triggers. Those games are almost certain to jump to the top of my list, and are a huge part of why I purchased a 3DS in the first place.
Maybe you don't care about Circle Pad Pro support and are happy to make smug remarks, but I do care. Seeing them built-in on the 3DS XL would've made the system an "instant buy" for me. Instead Nintendo took the ridiculous route of creating an absurdly over-sized accessory that kills any interest I have in upgrading. Not a big deal because I'm no worse off... but disappointing that they don't seem to care about the gaming experiences I am interested in.
Also, people need to drop this "Triggers!" crap. It would be possible to add an extra set of triggers to the already over-sized 3DS XL design if Nintendo deemed the change worthwhile, the trick is that Nintendo doesn't care about doing anything or helping anything that isn't going to immediately benefit them.