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This gaming accessory has trade-offs, but you probably don't need it anyway

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Essentially, the decision on whether or not to get the Slide Pad or its Western twin, the Circle Pad Pro, boils down to personal preference. If you plan on primarily playing games like Super Mario 3D Land or Mario Kart 7, then your gaming life will be just peachy even without the peripheral. But if you're planning to invest a ton of time on compatible games like Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising or Kingdom Hearts 3D, then it's worth a look so long as you can live with the trade-offs. We still recommend playing those games first, though, just to make sure you even need it.

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6.0
Engadget Feb 2, 2012

If you're planning to invest a ton of time on compatible games like Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising or Kingdom Hearts 3D, then the peripheral is worth a look if you can live with its drawbacks.

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7.0
CNET Mar 15, 2012

As ugly and cumbersome as it makes the 3DS, the Circle Pad Pro is actually a great-performing accessory that improves the control range of games that it's compatible with.

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7.0
Eurogamer Jan 27, 2012

You need only play Resident Evil: Revelations with (and for comparison's sake, without) the Circle Pad Pro to appreciate just how essential that second analogue slider is. In that regard, this is a purchase that every 3DS owner is advised to make.

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7.0
1UP Feb 8, 2012

I enjoy using it, despite niggling issues and having to carry it everywhere. I swear when this thing was announced I though it would be a disaster, but it works a lot better than I thought.

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7.0
CVG Jan 25, 2012

Circle Pad Pro is an inexpensive, optional extra that - while undoubtedly affecting the portability of your 3DS - does exactly what it sets out to do by offering a quick fix solution and the best possible gameplay experience for games that support it.

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6.0
About Mar 22, 2012

Buying a Circle Pad Pro will largely depend on how much you plan to play compatible games. If you know you’ll be sinking plenty of time on those and can live with the device’s drawbacks, then the Circle Pad Pro is certainly worth a look.

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