A page in the latest issue of Famitsu has revealed that Nintendo will release a hardware expansion for the 3DS. Named “The Expansion Slide Pad,” it will add another circle pad to a 3DS. The 3DS system will fit into the expansion like a dock, making the system quite a bit more bulky, adding a few centimeters of thickness in every direction. No other features have been announced, but there is certainly a possibility for more features to be added. No price or release date has been announced.
This is a great way for Nintendo to avoid the age old criticism of the PSP that First person shooters do not work well because there is only one analog stick. Hopefully, this will be either affordable or packaged in with the 3DS so as to not limit the games that certain owners can purchase.