Nintendo Confirms Analog Pad and New Monster Hunter for 3DS

Nintendo held a press conference in which the company showed all the new titles for the 3DS and Wii platforms. What was really weird about the event was the fact that the highly rumored analog stick wasn’t even mentioned as it was something most people were expecting.

Later on, the company posted an article on the Japanese official website revealing the add-on and providing some technical details about it. In any way, Nintendo still has to officially announce it. What we do know is that the peripheral will be available on December 10, 2011 for about $19.99. Additionally, six games that’ll make use of the analog pad were mentioned: Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3, Resident Evil: Revelations, Ace Combat 3D, Dynasty Warriors and of course Monster Hunter Tri G.

It was also revealed that the accessory will require a AAA battery, making it woefully inadequate. This probably represents a feature that’ll be included in future revisions of the 3DS hardware as the peripheral has made the portable console even less portable.

Additionally, the company announced some new titles like Monster Hunter Tri 3G for the 3DS, an enhanced port of Monster Hunter Tri which will include new content and will be released December 10. Monster Hunter 4 was also confirmed for the 3DS. Although this franchise isn’t really popular in America, these titles have had tremendous success in Japan, so this decision seems like a step in the right direction for Nintendo.