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There have been all manner of unusual peripherals on Nintendo consoles. The Hyper Boy is the first that springs to mind, but the 3DS hasn't had as much attention lavished on it from the realm of the peculiar and cumbersome – until now.

Introducing the Cyber Arcade Stick for the 3DS XL – an enormous grip for the sides of your device that allow you to manoeuvre your D-pad with a joystick slapped on top. This is not an entirely new concept, and has been done a dozen or more times with the original Game Boy, but has modern technology progressed far enough to make it more comfortable than a colonoscopy? We may well find out when it's released.

If Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS allows using the D-pad for movement, this may be just the thing certain gamers will want, but given that such a control method is mere speculation it would be wise to wait until more details have been made public.

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This monstrosity is soon to be released in Japan for just a hair over ¥3,000 (roughly £18), with no word on a release outside the region.

Would you consider importing this product or do you consider it just another cleverly-shaped lump of plastic?

[source kotaku.com]