A while ago, there was a rumor that the Nintendo 3DS would be getting a second Circle Pad via an attachment to the system. At the time, it seemed ridiculous but I posted it because the source was 01net, the French site that leaked details on Wii U before its reveal. Fast forward to today and Famitsu has begun to leak, and we now have confirmation that the rumor is true… it’s called the “Expansion Circle Pad”.
As you can see from the picture above, the attachment is a replacement for the current charging cradle for the 3DS. The second Circle Pad is to the right of the ABXY buttons and it also features R1, R2, and L2 shoulder buttons (the original R button is covered up by the attachment, but the original L button is still able to be used). No word on the price, release date, or if there will be a re-designed 3DS with the second Circle Pad built-in or not. Here are some additional images of the attachment:
Based on the additional images, there is speculation it could have an extended battery possibly, but that is of course unconfirmed. Expect more news at the upcoming Nintendo 3DS Conference on September 13th in Japan.