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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/12/2011

Nintendo confirms right thumbstick coming to 3DS

The 3DS launched in a new color Friday, and Nintendo confirmed that the handheld is getting a new peripheral somewhere down the line. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/BLOOMBERG)
Nintendo acknowledged that the 3DS is getting a right-side thumbstick through a cradle attachment, though it didn’t say when, where or why gamers will get the additional control stick.

CNET received e-mail confirmation of the peripheral from the gaming company, though Nintendo didn’t provide any further details about it. A scan of a magazine article talking about the new peripheral popped up on Twitter, after August reports speculated that the handheld would see a revamp in the near future.

Nintendo has been hard at work drumming up interest in the 3DS, recently slashing the price from $249.99 to $169.99. According to the company, the price cut boosted sales 260 percent as compared to the same period in July. The company said that it sold 185,000 units after the reduction.

This past Friday, Nintendo also launched the 3DS in a new color — Flame Red — to coincide with the launch of StarFox 64 3D.

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