When Circle Pad Pros Attack
- February 25th, 2012
- By MogKnight
I’ll admit, it really bugs me when I can’t play a game proper and not being able to put a review up. With the release of Resident Evil: Revelations (or Revelaitons) and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, I have been having a really hard time trying to find a Circle Pad Pro and it’s mainly because they only sell it at GameStop. I’ve only recently found out that they also sell it at the Nintendo Online Store and while I bought myself one, I can’t help but feel a bit frustrated about this whole thing.
Nintendo made this attachment in limited supply in the US and I do not understand why. Maybe they had exclusivity with GameStop just like what they have with Xenoblade Chronicles. Maybe they don’t feel confident about the whole thing. All I know is that releasing it in such short quantities is stupid. There’s clearly a demand and with Resident Evil and MGS being fairly popular games for this system and with many more games supporting this second analog pad, it’s just silly to not put this out towards more offline retailers.
I’ve had an awful experience with RE: Revelations just solely on the controls. I know deep down it shouldn’t bug me but with whole thought of “this experience could be WAY better with another analog pad” just irritates me. It’s a game that I want to love and enjoy but the awful controls were a huge turn off. I’m hoping to pick it back up once my Circle Pad Pro arrives.
MGS 3D is something I can tolerate to an extent thankfully. I don’t feel like I lose anything like shortcut controls or not being able to strafe proper and this control setup has been used in a game that I’ve played almost religiously back then which was MGS: Peace Walker. With MGS HD Collection, Peace Walker finally has a second analog stick and that made it much more enjoyable. Coming back to MGS 3D with only one analog stick felt like walking around with a leg missing.
Maybe this is all for the inevitable 3DS “Lite” or whatever they want to call the next iteration as. I think there are enough 3DS sales here and potential future support to at least make this more available and not restrict it to an online store and one B&M outlet.
What do you guys think about this? Am I wrong to think that Nintendo is handling this badly or is there a very good reason behind all of this?