Nintendo revealed the first image of the 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro back in September, but failed to give us information as to when the peripheral would be released. We can now announce that the 3DS XL's bulky buddy will hit Japanese shores on 15th November at a price tag of 1,500 Yen, which approximately works out at £12/€15.

There hasn't been any word of a Western release just yet, however with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate making its way to Europe in 2013, no doubt it will make its way here. Bear in mind this is just speculation, but without a second analogue stick you wouldn't be able to use the claw item in the game, so its arrival seems inevitable.

In our review of the original 3DS Circle Pad Pro, we said it made the handheld "look like it's fallen from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down". Does that actually matter, and do you plan to pick one of these up to give your 3DS XL that treasured second Circle Pad?