Do you own a Nintendo 3DS? Do you plan on getting the Circle Pad Pro when it launches early next year? Lastly, do you live in North America? If you answered yes to all of three questions you will need to know this in order to purchase it (if no then I’ll allow you to stop reading). The Circle Pad Pro is an attachment for the Nintendo 3DS that adds an extra thumb stick and shoulder buttons to the console and will reportedly have limited support working with only select 3DS titles (Resident Evil: Revelations and Monster Hunter 3G are confirmed). That is its main function, but in order to buy this attachment you will have to shell the $20 asking price over to GameStop. According to a Gamasutra article I read, the Circle Pad Pro will be sold exclusively through GameStop in North America and is being done so as an initiative to reduce the amount of potential extraneous units floating around at other retailers. That same article also mentioned about how this isn’t Nintendo’s first rodeo with doing something of this sort. Nintendo also did this with Electroplankton and Chibi Robo!Park Patrol for the DS.
I think that anything Nintendo can do to reduce the risk of over manufacturing these attachments is an excellent idea. Having them at one retailer will almost guarantee that they will only produce what is either pre-ordered or requested from the retailer. I think this is a win-win for everyone and will surely keep Nintendo from dipping further into the red. What do you think of this act on behalf of Nintendo? Do you think it is a good/bad idea? Do you wish you could purchase it at your choice of retailer? Sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think. As always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.