3DS XL's circle pad is a bit... rough

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by badnat, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. badnat
    OP

    badnat GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    101
    7
    May 29, 2010
    United States
    I just bought an XL (yesterday) and seem to have gotten a good unit... but for the fact that the circle pad feels a little rough. Like there's too much friction I'm working against. Whereas my old 3DS's pad was smooth.

    It's not a huge problem, just slightly annoying, as I feel I don't get a completely unhindered circular motion...

    Anyone else experience the same with the XL?
     
  2. porkiewpyne

    porkiewpyne Report-er

    Global Moderator
    2,074
    1,238
    Jun 8, 2008
    Australia
    I don't have an XL, but I have tried it in stores. AFAIK, it seems pretty smooth to me. Maybe you could drop by Gamestop or something and try out their demo unit to see if there is a diff? :)
     
  3. insidexdeath

    insidexdeath .

    Member
    1,135
    463
    Apr 13, 2010
    I made the switch to an XL and the circle pad still feels the same, I'm guessing it's your 3DS XL
     
  4. Johnatton

    Johnatton Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    71
    0
    Dec 23, 2005
    My 3DS XL's circle pad feels fine. Maybe yours need some breaking in?
     
  5. badnat
    OP

    badnat GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    101
    7
    May 29, 2010
    United States
    That's sort of what I'm wondering. Whether it will improve.
     
  6. Gabelvampir

    Gabelvampir Free Mars!

    Member
    455
    48
    Mar 17, 2009
    Gambia, The
    K-Town
    As the force that centers the circle pad should come from some sort of elastic material like spings or something (I don't know the actual assembly of the circle pad atm) its force should weaken with use and possibly age. So breaking it in will work very possibly.
    My new 3DS XL circle pad feels fine, but I had no 3DS before and only played it a bit in stores and with the 3DS of my roommate, so I can't really tell if there is any difference.
     
  7. badnat
    OP

    badnat GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    101
    7
    May 29, 2010
    United States
    See it's not about the elasticity or "tendency" to return to the center or w/e that's stiffer... It's like the surface that the pad rests against isn't as smooth. Sort of like going from a smooth mouse pad to a rougher one. On the rougher surface it's easier to "catch" against versus a resistance-less glide.

    I don't know if I'm crazy or what; it's not like there's really a functionality problem at all. It's just a nearly constant annoyance right now. I wonder if it's the matte finish (which the pad also rests upon).

    I wonder if there's some sort of simple mechanical fix I can perform...
     
  8. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Member
    4,324
    1,983
    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    I have this issue too with my 3dsxl. Its pretty common but I can live with it.
     
  9. Gabelvampir

    Gabelvampir Free Mars!

    Member
    455
    48
    Mar 17, 2009
    Gambia, The
    K-Town
    Ah I understand now what you mean. I don't if there could be an easy mechanical fix, I did not open up my 3DS XL yet look at the insides. But I don't think you'll simply be able to straighten it out with usage.
    Before you try anything like this you should talk to the Nintendo customer support, if it is a fairly common issue they should be able to tell some kind of solution.
     
  10. bowser

    bowser Mwa ha ha ha!

    Member
    2,270
    776
    Sep 1, 2008
    India
    GBAtemp ↑↑↓↓← → ← →BA
    Sure you don't have some dust or a bit of packaging stuck under the pad? Try holding your XL upto a light and check if you can see anything under the pad.
     
  11. badnat
    OP

    badnat GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    101
    7
    May 29, 2010
    United States
    Well, I went back to the store and tried out the demo unit... seemed to be a lot smoother. Had them open up another XL for a potential exchange and circle pad was at least a bad as mine... came to the conclusion it's just an XL issue and may improve with use.
     
  12. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

    pip Reporter
    GBAtemp Patron
    Chary is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    4,430
    15,458
    Oct 2, 2012
    United States
    Yeah. Mine was terrible for about a week, until it finally loosened up.
     
  13. Ethevion

    Ethevion Wannabe Artist

    Member
    1,788
    806
    Sep 23, 2010
    Canada
    I never had the problem with mine, but give it some time and it may get better with use.
     
  14. Primenay13

    Primenay13 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    265
    2
    May 17, 2009
    United States
    Indiana
    Mine is fine now, but if I remember right I think mine was stiff like this and I worried just as you did. I'm pretty sure its normal don't get too worked up about it. I tend to do that alot and need to stop it lol.
     
  15. tatumanu

    tatumanu GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    463
    130
    Nov 1, 2004
    Portugal
    i did notice a difference coming from the original 3DS. The 3DS XL's circle pad felt less elastic but no friction...
    Try another unit if u get a chance...thats all i can say.
     
  16. Diego Liberal

    Diego Liberal Old School Gamer

    Newcomer
    43
    4
    Dec 7, 2012
    Brazil
    São Paulo
    Mine had this friction you mentioned, it was at 7: O'Clock direction, it were hard as F*** to make it move on that direction, it just fixed after playing with it a lot and when i was bored, keep making circles very quickly and non stop everyday for some days.

    I guess something was out of place inside it o-o
     
    irondoom likes this.
  17. irondoom

    irondoom GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    111
    12
    Feb 3, 2013
    United States
    I just bought one too about a week ago. Mine had this issue but it has loosened up quite a bit now that I no longer notice it.
     
    Diego Liberal likes this.