When Nintendo announced the 3DS XL, one of the first realisations was that it did not feature a second thumbstick. But just like the original 3DS, Nintendo plans to release a Circle Pad Pro attachment for the handheld system. Unfortunately, the console is not compatible with the Circle Pad Pro for the regular sized 3DS, which means you will have to fork out for the XL-sized version if you want to keep both your thumbs busy.
The Circle Pad Pro for the original 3DS was released earlier this year alongside Resident Evil: Revelations. It is supported in a handful of games such as Revelations, Metal Gear Solid 3D, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy and Kid Icarus Uprising. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance supports the extra attachment, but gamers outside of Japan will have to wait until next month to try it out for themselves.
Nintendo continues to surprise with its announcements. It arguably left some of its bigger announcements out of E3, choosing to wait until Nintendo Direct to showcase the likes of the 3DS XL. Secondly, when the 3DS was released players were crying out for a second thumbstick. Nintendo eventually conceded and released the Circle Pad Pro, but have not implemented this as standard on the 3DS XL. The additional clip-on increases the size of the device and the 3DS is becoming less pocket-friendly as the days go by.
No release date has been set for the Circle Pad Pro attachment, but the 3DS XL itself will be released on July 28th in Europe and Japan, and on August 19th in North America.