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Trademark for 'Circle Pad Pro' suggests new 3DS Expansion Slide Pad name

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A Japanese trademark uncovered by Siliconera offers a clue as to what Nintendo may call the 3DS Expansion Slide Pad outside of Japan -- even though the peripheral has yet to be announced for release outside of Japan. The fact that there even is such a name suggests that a western release is likely (and unsurprising).

The trademark refers to the "Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro," a name reminiscent of the "Classic Controller Pro." That makes sense, as the peripherals are similar: they're both controllers with comfortable grips, and designed almost exclusively for use with a Monster Hunter game.