Do all DS Lites have bad dpads?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by CoconutCake, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. CoconutCake

    CoconutCake GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    United States
    My DS Lite dpad is very mushy and it's hard to go diagonally in most directions. I used to have a phat DS, and the dpad was much better.

    Are all Lites like that? Mine is pretty old, so I wonder if new Lites are better?
  2. Joey90

    Joey90 Not around any more

    Apr 21, 2007
    It shouldn't be hard to go in any direction...

    If you have to push quite hard, and there is no popping feeling when you push it at all, then it is possible that the conductive pads underneath the D-Pad are degraded/broken.

    To replace them you will need to open up your DS, and swap them with new ones (can be bought from
  3. NaokiKitsuhine

    NaokiKitsuhine GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 14, 2008
    Mine have the same problem
    from 2 friends same problem too...
  4. ItsMetaKnight

    ItsMetaKnight GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 4, 2008
    yes they do all have bad ones
    but the dsi one is great!
  5. CoconutCake

    CoconutCake GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    United States
    Maybe I will get a DSi when they come to the USA.
  6. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

    May 12, 2004
    United States
    Yep, it's so much harder to swing Bowser in Super Mario 64 DS.

    Many DS Lites will also develop a faulty L button.
  7. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    My DS Lite has a bad R button, but if you blow in it, it works again.
    Overall, I've had my DS Lite for 2 years now, and nothing is really broken, so I can't really complain [​IMG]
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    And so was the DS Lite one when you bought it.
    Just cause it looks worse and costs more and you don't want to critisize your decision to buy a piece of shovelware shit.
    Its the fact that the DS i isn't as old as your lite.

    Also just to say that the D-pads and conductive pads are the exact same (as in the lite). People have already disected it.

    Just don't push the buttons really hard. It makes no difference how hard you push, only it damages it.
  9. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

    Apr 7, 2008
    Toronto, Canader!
    i guess it's just usage. my L button gets pretty bad unless u blow into it (heh), and the dpad is becoming very soft.
  10. Quanno

    Quanno GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 29, 2008
    I actually hate the ndsl d-pad. Phat's buttons were much better imo. First my L button wasn't doing anything for 2 months,
    and this is the *counting* second week my R button isn't wroking... quite bad [​IMG]
  11. DDRPenguin

    DDRPenguin GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 21, 2008
    The Transantartic Mountains
    The only reason why I got my Lite was because it was slimmer and could fit in my pocket better, and that it had nicer look screen.

    Yeah, my shoulder buttons are kind of not functional either, because I played too much L button press at "Item Storage" with Kanghaskhan in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2.
  12. sprogurt

    sprogurt GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 13, 2006
    Mine has a bad dpad from all the time i spent playin mph XD my L button can be taken out :wtf: but it can be fixed [​IMG]
  13. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    Yeh the DSi buttons and pad are MUCH better, they behave more like the phat's, nice and clicky! But not identical as they're sunk into the system more than the phat... But they're still a huge improvement over the horrible HORRIBLE Lite buttons.

    One of the very few things that's actually better with the DSi [​IMG]
  14. frantier123

    frantier123 GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 9, 2008
    Yea. I tink everyone's DS Lite's dpad will turn goofy after awhile. It become more loose. But I dun really have problem moving my characters.

    If u really wan a good dpad, DSi or the orginal DS shld do it. It has the orginal "click dpad" that was in GBA SP.
  15. CoconutCake

    CoconutCake GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    United States
    No. That's not true at all.

    In fact my Lite's dpad was terrible from the first day. Diagonals were bad from the start.

    But my old phat's dpad was perfect, and diagonals always worked. Too bad I sold it to buy my Lite, I sometimes wish I still had it for games that need reliable dpad controls.

    The DSi is supposed to have a much better dpad than the Lite and that's a good thing.