3DS XL D-Pad is loose...

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Thirty3Three, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Thirty3Three
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    The title pretty much sums it up... I bought it, new, etc. Played it for the first time, and the d-pad is loose, jiggles, and makes an annoying sounds when I TOUCH the d-pad. Like, you can HEAR the loose-ness of it; if that makes sense... Sorry for the vagueness.

    Is this normal? Will it get better with use?
     
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    That's normal, don't worry.
    All the 3DS XL have ''loose'' D-pads and it makes sounds when you shake ur 3DS.
    And yeah touching it too makes those sounds.
     
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    Thanks so much, yet again! That really helped me feel better about the issue, thanks dude!
     
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    pretty sure its the Gyro senor that is under it

    funny how anal people get about any sound
     
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    Thanks!

    And yeah, I get incredibly OCD about the simplest things like that
     
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    It IS annoying, but believe it or not, the loose shaky bullshit is MUCH worse with the normal old 3DS. You would think with over 2 decades of d-pads under their belts, they could get it right for the 3DS.
     
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    In my limited experience (a red/black and a pikachu), not all the 3DS XLs d-pads are created equal.

    The d-pad on my red/black, while not as firm as on my DSi XL, was stiff enough for me not to notice the issue at all.

    The d-pad on my pikachu is so loose it's ridicolous, my OCD make me "play" with it and constantly notice the looseness and the stupid sound.

    F.U. Nintendo for not getting a d-pad right on your dedicated gaming handhelds.
     
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    It IS normal, and it IS bullshit. Nintendo has decades of d-pads under their belt, and they absolutely throw it all out the window with the 3DS. And the original 3DS (at least mine) was much worse with the incredibly loose d-pad (I mean the god damn thing sticks to your THUMB, it is NOT optimal for precise gaming AT ALL.)

    Like GBA rocks says, perhaps the d-pad quality varies between systems. But even that is a joke, there should obviously be a uniform NINTENDO quality d-pad. What a shame.
     
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    I wonder if this could be fixed somehow by disassembling the console and "tinkering" with the d-pad or swapping it altogether.
    Unfortunately reaching the d-pad from below is a mess and I am not comfortable doing it just to give it a look..
     
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    I damn near want to do it, if someone gives me some good ideas how to go about it
     
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    The best d-pad I have ever used is the one on my ds phat and my nes controller's.