Plenty of people expected the next 3DS revision to come with a second circle pad, but when Nintendo announced the 3DS XL, people were surprised at the omission. We finally have an answer now thanks to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.
“Attaching a second analogue stick is possible but it would have made the system even bigger,” Iwata told UK site Independent. “It perhaps puts a burden on people that really want that second stick, [but] it’s a call we had to make and these people will have to live with it. ”
“When we looked at the design of the 3DS XL we had to look at various factors,” Iwata said, explaining the XL’s design further. “One was battery life, one was the overall size of the unit, and we had to make some trade-offs. The choice, if we were going to include the second analogue stick, was to reduce the size of the battery or make the unit much bigger. ”
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