In a rather fugly twist of events, Kid Icarus: Uprising will be the first Nintendo 3DS game to support the infamous snap-on second analog extension, the Circle Pad Pro.
Nintendo designer Masahiro Sakurai confirmed the details in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine UK. “The way we are using the Circle Pad Pro in the game is to provide support for left-handed gamers,” he said. “We’ve made it possible to use the right Circle Pad in place of the left one.”
Camera control, however, will not be supported by the extension. Camera angles will be controlled via the touchscreen.
Sakurai added, “I didn’t know the specs of the Circle Pad Pro, or what it looked like, until Monster Hunter 3G was announced, so we weren’t able to do anything big with it in the time we had. Even if we had known about it from the start, I don’t know whether we would have used both Circle Pads in that way. This would end up being just the same as controls on other platforms and I think the quick aiming possible with the touch panel suits the game best.”
Kid Icarus: Uprising is set to release on March 22 and 23 for Japan and North America respectively, with Europe getting the game sometime in March.