Nintendo has formalized plans to bring its Circle Pad Pro accessory for the 3DS in North America, though it will only be available at one outlet: major video game retailer GameStop.
The Circle Pad Pro attaches to the 3DS and provides a second analog stick for those games that support it. The company hasn't explained why the peripheral won't see a wider release, and tells Gamasutra that there are no current plans to make it available elsewhere in the future.
Nintendo of America has previously put out first-party games with limited appeal, such as Electroplankton and Chibi-Robo! Park Patrol for DS, through limited distribution deals with retailers like GameStop and Wal-Mart.
Since the Circle Pad Pro's unveiling in September, many gamers and analysts were skeptical of the accessory, questioning why its features -- a second analog pad and additional shoulder buttons -- weren't built into the 3DS when it launched.
Nintendo hasn't announced retailer-exclusive releases for the Circle Pad Pro in other territories, and in fact bundled it with Capcom's Monster Hunter Tri-G in Japan and Resident Evil: Revelations in Europe (where Nintendo is distributing the game).
Resident Evil: Revelations will ship in North America on the same day as the Circle Pad Pro, February. Other upcoming 3DS titles including Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Kingdom Hearts 3D will feature support for optional Circle Pad Pro controls.