Please, Nintendo, No More 3DS Peripherals
A Slide Pad? A Mario Kart 7 wheel? Nintendo should quit while it's ahead.
Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed the Slide Pad for 3DS, a peripheral that attaches underneath the system and adds a second circle pad, located on the right. Those that have used both in combination say the Slide Pad is surprisingly comfortable. That's good news. At the same time, this gadget does nothing to improve the portable's appearance. If anything, it makes it look worse.
Now comes word that the big N teamed with Hori to produce a plastic Mario Kart 7 racing wheel, set to debut in Japan this December. Similar to the Slide Pad, this shell attaches to 3DS, giving users a more in depth way of experiencing the game's first person, gyroscopic mode.
To that we beg Nintendo, please stop.
One of the more annoying things about the Wii were all those cheap plastic doodads the publisher and various third parties rushed to market. Before long, players could insert remotes into tennis rackets, lightsabers and the Wii Wheel for Mario Kart Wii.
Most worked well enough, but the overwhelming amount of recyclable material quickly flooded store shelves and eventually, people's homes.
That said, Mario and Co. would be wise to shelve future peripherals. We refuse to imagine the sorts of things that could debut after the wheel.
We're just a bit concerned that other parties will see this wheel and Slide Pad, then transform 3DS into the Wii 2, where the handheld receives a plethora of garbage nobody needs.
Suffice to say, the sooner Nintendo redesigns this system to include that second circle pad, the better.