Adding a second analogue stick would make the 3DSXL too big

Nintendo decided a little while ago that they would do what they did with the DS, make it bigger and supposedly better. However, what everyone wanted, a second analogue stick, will not be added.Nintendo president Saturu Iwata has told the Independent that the 3DS would be too big if they added a second analogue stick.

“When we looked at the design of the 3DS XL we had to look at various factors, one was battery life, one was the overall size of the unit, and we had to make some trade-offs,” explained Iwata. “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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“What we wanted to do was have a bigger screen in comparison with the overall size of the system, so had various discussions and had to make trade-offs and this is the outcome.”

He added: “Attaching a second analogue stick is possible but it would have made the system even bigger and, though it perhaps puts a burden on people that really want that second stick, it’s a call we had to make and these people will have to live with it.”

Nintendo have announced that they will be releasing an attachment that will add another analogue stick to the controller.

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