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Leaked images reveal an official Nintendo add-on with a second analogue pad...
True to rumours that emerged around a couple of weeks ago, Nintendo has a new attachment in the offing for its 3DS that will add a second analogue thumbpad to the handheld's existing design.
The news comes from leaked scans of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu (thanks, Kotaku), which clearly show how the add-on attaches itself as a cradle to Nintendo's current 3DS model. As well as a second thumpad, the attachment will also introduce a trigger button to the right shoulder of the 3DS control suite.
Andriasang broke the news originally, reporting that the first game to utilise this underslung peripheral will be Monster Hunter 3G (a 3DS version of the Wii's Monster Hunter 3).
Nintendo's stock rose last month when investors learnt of a pre-TGS announcement that's set to take place on September 13th, so presumably that's when the company plans to drop all of this news.
More as we get it but, in the meantime, check out this neat list on Kotaku of the attachments that Nintendo's released for its various consoles over the years.
Update: Nintendo has now officially confirmed the 3DS attachment, telling Kotaku, "We can confirm that Nintendo plans to release the Circle Pad attachment, but Nintendo's regional subsidiaries will make further announcements about its availability at a later date."
You can bet good money that this "later date" will be next Tuesday, September 13th...
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