One thing I noticed when we talked about the upcoming larger 3DS was that, for some reason, everybody says the XL needs a second stick. There are two big problems with this:
1- The obvious one is that most 3DS games aren't designed for the second stick. The Circle Pad Pro is just an add-on for specific titles, and making a built-in stick would just cause compatibility problems between the standard 3DS (as an accessory) and the XL (as built-in hardware), since the CPP plugs into the IR port and you have to actually toggle CPP functionality in the games you play.
2- Nintendo is absolutely notorious for coming out with add-ons that they use for a handful of titles (or in most cases, only one title) and then dropping them. There were plenty for the original DS: the "Official Nintendo DS Headset" only worked with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Memory Expansion Pak only ended up being used for the web browser nobody used, and in recent console add-ons, Wii Speak was only compatible with Animal Crossing: City Folk.
That being said, Nintendo is releasing a jumbo-sized Circle Pad Pro for the 3DS XL set for release at an unspecified date later this year.
Damn thing's almost as big as a Vita now.
I dunno, I'm still not sold on this. I didn't need the Circle Pad Pro for Resident Evil: Revelations, I didn't need it for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, and I certainly won't need it for Fire Emblem: Awakening. I'll still sit this out until I find a 3DS game that absolutely needs it, even though you know I'm buying a 3DS XL. What about you?