1. JJ1013

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    Howdy!

    I'd like to know how can I replace my New Nintendo 3DS XL's annoying clicky buttons to soft buttons, just like they feel on a Nintendo DS Lite.

    Apparently some people like clicky buttons. For me, those are annoying. It makes me get tired way too easily. Especially when we're talking about the Directional Pad. The fatigue's more pronounced when using the Directional Pad.

    Does somebody know how can I replace those buttons, and with what materials? Or maybe someone that has a guide on that?

    Thanks!
     
  2. emcintosh

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    I'm not sure how much of the activation force is from the switch itself and how much is from the rubber membrane (I suspect it's mostly the switch - see https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nintendo+3DS+XL+2015+Teardown/36346). But if it's from the membrane, you could soften its effect by snipping out part of the rubber, as in point 8 of http://www.oneswitch.org.uk/art.php?id=76

    You can get replacements for the metal pads, and it's possible you could get ones that flex more easily. The d-pad is its own separate board (though you need to remove a lot of components to reach it… whereas the board with the c-stick, ABXY, start and select is easier to get at but has more buttons
    Green Joy-Con D-Pad Shells for Nintendo Switch
    ), So you might want to buy a replacement d-pad board and peel off the metal pads to see what's underneath. If it looks like the contacts on a DS lite https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Nintendo+DS+Lite+Disassembly/86279 or 2DS https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71kH87ayUWL._SX342_.jpg, you *might* be able to fit the rubber+carbon membrane from one of those on instead of putting on new metal pads. Then the restoring force would be from the rubber, not metal.

    Yay, someone has a photo! https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/272348/My+down+Dpad+button+is+hard+to+press shows that the contacts being bridged by the metal pad are concentric. I'm not sure whether the DS lite carbon pads are wide enough to touch the outer ring as well as the middle. - you might need to get wider pads for SNES, NES or original DMG Game Boy. But then they might not fit in the space. Or you could look for the carbon dots separately and glue them to the existing rubber.
     
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  3. JJ1013

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    Seems like a good tutorial. Thanks!

    I can't waste too much money (Venezuela happened), so I think when I get another case I will try snipping the rubber, just to not mess up badly.
     
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