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Circle Pad Pro Heading to GameStop Exclusively

by Patrick Barnett - December 13, 2011, 9:49 am PST
Total comments: 21

Not every retailer is getting Nintendo's newest 3DS attachment.

In a press release detailing Nintendo's early 2012 software lineup, it was revealed that the Circle Pad Pro will be sold exclusively through GameStop.

Releasing on February 7, the Circle Pad Pro will available at both GameStop's locations and its website. It is releasing alongside Resident Evil Revelations, one of the games utilizing the device. Currently it is listed at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Nintendo Unveils Deep and Diverse Software Lineup for Early 2012

New Kid Icarus, Pokémon, Rhythm Heaven and Mario Party Games Are on the Way.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As some people hunker down for a long winter’s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS™ system and the Wii™ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.

On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses. METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus™: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.

The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western™ brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSky from Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds™ from Renegade Kid™ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Nintendo is also introducing an optional accessory that gives Nintendo 3DS owners a second analog stick to control compatible games. The Circle Pad Pro will launch in the United States on Feb. 7. It will be sold through GameStop stores and online at http://www.gamestop.com at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The Circle Pad Pro is a comfortable cradle that holds the Nintendo 3DS system while adding an analog Circle Pad on the system’s right side. The attachment also adds additional shoulder buttons to give it a feel more akin to traditional console controllers. It is designed as an optional accessory and is compatible with Resident Evil Revelations and METAL GEAR SOLID 3D Snake Eater.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven™ Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in the United States. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu™ and his Pals — Oshawott™, Snivy™ and Tepig™ — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario™ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party™ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.


Nintendo 3DS

 
Publisher  Game  Available
2K Play  Nicktoons MLB 3D  March
Capcom  Resident Evil® Revelations  Feb. 7
Konami Digital

Entertainment, Inc.

  METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater  Q1
  Pro Evolution Soccer 2012  January
NAMCO BANDAI

Games America Inc.

  TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition  February
  Tales of the Abyss®  Feb. 14
Nintendo  Kid Icarus: Uprising  March 23
Published by SEGA® of America  Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games  Feb. 14
SEGA® of America  CRUSH3D  Q1
Ubisoft  NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series)  March 6
  Horses 3D  March 6
  Funky Barn  Q1
  Rayman® Origins  Q1
    

   

Nintendo eShop

 
Publisher  Game  Available
Collecting Smiles  Colors! 3D  Q1
Nicalis  VVVVVV  Q1
  NightSky  Q1
Nintendo  Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword  Q1
  Dillon’s Rolling Western  Q1
  Kirby’s Block Ball  Q1
Renegade Kid  Mutant Mudds  Q1
Shin’en Multimedia  Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH  Q1
  Jett Rocket Super Surf  Q1
WayForward  Mighty Switch Force  Q1
Zen Studios  Zen Pinball  Q1
    
 

Wii

 
Publisher  Game  Available
2K Sports  MLB 2K12  March 6
GameMill Entertainment  Country Dance Special Edition  Feb. 1
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.  Karaoke Joysound  Q1
Nintendo  Rhythm Heaven Fever  Feb. 13
  PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond  Feb. 27
  Mario Party 9  March 11
    
 

WiiWare

    
Publisher  Game  Available
Nicalis  La Mulana  Q1
 
 

Nintendo DS Family

 
Publisher  Game  Available
2K Sports  MLB 2K12  March 6
ATLUS  Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor 2  February
GameMill Entertainment  Silverlicious  March 20
  Xia Xia  March 20
  Gogo’s Crazy Bones  March 20
Mentor Interactive  Chess for Kids  Feb. 14
  NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light  Feb. 21
  NARABA: The Mysterious Palace  Feb. 21
    
 

Nintendo DSiWare

    
Publisher  Game  Available
Cosmigo  Box Pusher  Q1
Cypronia  Cake Ninja  Q1

Talkback

BlackNMild2k1December 13, 2011

This must be part of that Xenoblade deal.

Gamestop is determined to make a profit on Nintendo while trying to earn the good will of the core Nintendo gamer.

Jet PilotDecember 13, 2011

So it's twice the anticipated price AND it can only be purchased at GameStop?  Way to go Nintendo.  Morons.

TJ SpykeDecember 13, 2011

You can't be mad at the price because they never said anything about it, there were only rumors.

Besides, it's just an optional add-on and will not be required for any game (which is why I think anybody expecting the next revision of the 3DS to include it should not get their hopes up).

CericDecember 13, 2011

20 Bucks GS Exclusive.  Um... No Thank You.

Interest in this peripheral down to near Zero.
NoA F-You Points increased by 10.

AdrockDecember 13, 2011

Even if the right slide pad remains optional for the entirety of the 3DS'sesses life, any revision will likely include it built in. Nintendo wouldn't build a different sized add-on for each revision when it would be cheaper for them to just make it part of the revision itself and leave it up to developers to support it or not.

Anyway, I'd only buy a Control Pad Pro if it came packed with a game I wanted and that was the only way I could get the game, similar to how Wii Sports Resort was originally sold. I still don't have Resort so that's probably a good indication of how acquiring a CPP is going to play out.

When Nintendo was prototyping the 3DS, they made a system with plug-in interchangeable controls. I wonder if they'd consider doing that for retail.

ejamerDecember 13, 2011


I agree with Adrock: I'll buy when it's packed in with a game that I really want and not a moment sooner. When my copy of RE:Revelations arrives I will not be running out to grab one of these peripherals, regardless of how much better it might make the game play.


However, this bears repeating:

Quote from: Ceric

20 Bucks GS Exclusive.  Um... No Thank You.

Interest in this peripheral down to near Zero.
NoA F-You Points increased by 10.

Interest in buying a Wii U at this point is also nearly zero given the consistent state of uncertainty and complete lack of customer confidence that NoA has established in 2011.  F-You Points indeed...

BlackNMild2k1December 13, 2011

So how many F-You points has NoA earned in 2011!?

well, let me count them for you....

http://i42.tinypic.com/25rmfih.jpg

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 13, 2011

Is anyone who was *excited* for the CPP actually disappointed in this news?

Scratch that - was anyone ever excited for the CPP?

SilverQuilavaDecember 13, 2011

Well THAT'S fucking lame! The nearest gamestop to me is 30 miles away!

SilverQuilavaDecember 13, 2011

..Not that I even plan to get the damn thing. That's just lame in itself. MAN I hate GameStop.

readyletsgoDecember 13, 2011

Eh, not sure if its only europe, but isnt RE:R coming packaged with the CPP?
So this could mean that the CPP is being sold in Gamestop only but all the other shops will have the RE:R with CPP included?

Anyway, wonder if NoE will do what is being said here too..


broodwarsDecember 13, 2011

Quote from: SilverQuilava

Well THAT'S fucking lame! The nearest gamestop to me is 30 miles away!

You could just order it online and have GS ship it to you in the mail.  Just saying.

Mop it upDecember 13, 2011

Interesting. GameStop must really be pursuing this exclusivity stuff. I imagine that this device will be exclusive only for a limited time, as once more games start using it I think it'll have a more wide-spread release.

Really, I think this is an indication that Nintendo doesn't intend for it to be widely used, and lends more credence to the idea that they just slapped it together because Capcom wanted it for Monster Hunter.

EDIT: Also, no one should be surprised that it costs $20. If you actually thought there was any chance it would be $10 like the rumor said you have no one to blame for your disappointment but yourself.

joshnickersonDecember 13, 2011

Quote from: broodwars

Quote from: SilverQuilava

Well THAT'S fucking lame! The nearest gamestop to me is 30 miles away!

You could just order it online and have GS ship it to you in the mail.  Just saying.

You know this is no place for that kind of logic!

UrkelDecember 13, 2011

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Really, I think this is an indication that Nintendo doesn't intend for it to be widely used, and lends more credence to the idea that they just slapped it together because Capcom wanted it for Monster Hunter


Correct. This is all the proof you need that a second slide pad wont be included whenever they end up releasing a revision. I mean, if you really believe every word of that 01.net story, Nintendo supposedly believes that the lack of a second analog stick was the reason for the lackluster 3DS sales. Does this look like they're desperate to get this addon into every 3DS owner's hands? It was made just for Monster Hunter, just like the Classic Controller Pro was made just for Monster Hunter.

Quote from: Jet

So it's twice the anticipated price AND it can only be purchased at GameStop?  Way to go Nintendo.  Morons.


It's good to see that this forum is becoming a refuge for GoHobo rejects.

Shorty McNostrilDecember 13, 2011

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

So how many F-You points has NoA earned in 2011!?

well, let me count them for you....

http://i42.tinypic.com/25rmfih.jpg

So how many is that then?

rlse9December 13, 2011

I don't own a 3DS so I don't know why I care but this just seems like Nintendo setting another product up to fail.

AdrockDecember 13, 2011

Quote from: Urkel

Correct. This is all the proof you need that a second slide pad wont be included whenever they end up releasing a revision.

As I said earlier, it's cheaper for Nintendo to include it in a revision. Otherwise, they would need to make a Circle Pad Pro Plus (or whatever it'd be called) for the revision. I doubt Nintendo is going to go out of their way and spend more money just to show people that it's only for select games. It makes more sense for Nintendo to add probably less than $1 to manufacturing costs to build it into the unit and have a lonely, unused right slide pad for most games. Done and done. And if a 3rd party was able to force Nintendo to release the peripheral, I'm sure they could convince them to have it built in future revisions.

I'm okay either way. I don't plan on buying the add-on. I'm just pointing out that there are no positives in not including it in a revision. It might as well be there. As far as I know, not a single 1st party title supports the peripheral and most games will likely not require it by having a (probably shittier) single slide pad control mode.

BlackNMild2k1December 13, 2011

Quote from: Shorty

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

So how many F-You points has NoA earned in 2011!?

well, let me count them for you....

http://i42.tinypic.com/25rmfih.jpg

So how many is that then?

I can't count that high.

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