3DS circle pad peripheral has new name for the west

We already knew the Nintendo 3DS peripheral known in Japan as the Circle Pad Expansion would be coming to the US early next year.

Now, through a Nintendo of Japan trademark filing, we have learned that the circle pad will be dubbed the “Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro” in western territories such as the US and Europe.

Not much of a change, but Nintendo seems to be aiming their add-on at “hardcore” gamers by tossing a “Pro” on the end.  That’s certainly one word to describe it.