Strange as they always are, Nintendo today has thrown a curve ball, announcing a confusing peripheral for the Nintendo 3DS. Revealed over at NeoGAF, citing both Andriasang and Famitsu magazine, the peripheral is dubbed the '3DS Control Extension Pack'.
As can be seen from the mock-up images, and shown in Famitsu magazine, the peripheral attaches to the bottom of the Nintendo 3DS unit, with an extended area on the right size. This extension aims to add a second slide pad to the unit, giving it a setup akin to a classic dual analogue control pad, or Sony's PlayStation Vita. Other extras include two new triggers, L2 and R2 triggers to be precise, that will sit under the the original L1 and L2 buttons.
Though it hasn't been confirmed, many are speculating that the size of the peripheral may house extra room for a larger battery, solving one of the prime complaints about the system.
A very strange move by Nintendo with questionable benefit. We'll hear more on the 3DS Control Extension Pack at the company's conference next week.