What about the 3DS's build quality?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Jerald214, Jun 17, 2010.

Jun 17, 2010
  1. Jerald214
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    Well, I'm just curious, how well-built do you think the 3DS will be? Sure hope that Nintendo has learned about the issues with the DS lite and DSi's shoulder button and hinge issues. (I've got a DS lite, R button is broken with a cracked hinge. I also have a DSi, the L button won't work properly anymore.) [​IMG]
     


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    You need to play like a normal human, I have a DS phat since its launch and its in perfect condition, DS lite since 2008 and its perfecto, DSi since this January and its also perfectly fine, I don't see any problem in their qualities. Its not the handheld, its the holder.
     
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    Good question, but I believe the quality will be way better than what came before it
     
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    Well, I AM not alone, I've seen numerous posts with the same complaints as mine from different forums and sites. [​IMG]
     
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    @SamAsh
    That may be true, but the build quality still counts. It says something when you hear a lot of stories about your device breaking in the same places all the time. I always hear about hinge issues and shoulder button problems. This is especially important when selling to children
     
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    my dsi has only been back from nintendo's service center after the right shoulder button stopped working for 3 weeks and now the left shoulder button is broken and i am sending it back tomorrow now i have my label. Dammit. I had no problems with the dsphat or dslite, but since getting my dsi i have had to send it in for shoulder button repairs 3 times already and am about to send it away again, which sucks co now i wont have a dsi for about 2 or 3 weeks, and i know when i get it back it will break again.
    I dont think it will be any better for the 3DS. It looks like the same case so same problems are likely. Also my hinge comes loose and wobbles... I really hope they solvw this... I will wait a few months after release to buy a 3ds to see what others think first.
     
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    I've had my L, then later my R, buttons stop functioning on my DSi. Sent to Nintendo both times for repair. Worth noting is that when you send your console in to Nintendo, it extends your warranty a year from when you get it back. My DSi XL hasn't had any problems yet. And none of my DS Lites had issues either. My hinge on my Phat broke however. Also, lagman had one of his shoulder buttons on his DSi also stop responding.

    So yes, good build quality, please Nintendo. But if you don't, your warranty is great so I'll just use it and have my warranty extended each time. [​IMG]
     
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    I really think the 3DS will be fine.....the hinge on the DSi seems better than the DS Lite. The shoulder buttons for whatever reasons seems to be the problem now
     
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    I only ever broke the R button on my ds lite/dsi. Probably from too much Mario Kart. I second Nintendo making sure it doesn't break.
     
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    I've actually seen several impressions saying it's considerably more sturdy feeling than any other incarnation of the DS.
     
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    I sure hope Granville is right. I'm sick of my R and L buttons breaking. Hinges too.
     
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    Same here, they say its heavier too but remember the E3 model was still a prototype.
     
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    When I got my DSphat back at launch, it came with a single dead pixel on the bottom screen. Since then, that has been the only problem with my DSphat.
     
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    This.

    Do you guys take hammers to them or something? I've had a DS Lite since launch, and it's still in perfect condition. It even looks pretty new, if I take the time to polish the fingerprints/etc. off the casing. I dunno how you're doing it, but you need to learn to treat your stuff better.
     
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    IMO, I've never seen a device as sturdy as my DS Lite. I've seen photos of the "common" spot the hinge breaks at, though I've never seen a broken DS Lite in person. If you go crazy with opening and shutting the thing enough for the hinge to break it's your own fault.

    I think the 3DS looks pretty sturdy. But I'd have to use one to have an actual opinion on it.
     
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    They do this
     
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    I saw a video earlier mentioning that it was sturdier and had more weight to it as well. I like consoles to have substance to them, and I hope the shoulder buttons will have less trouble than before.
     
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    The only thing im concerned of is the shoulder buttons... The hinge... No.
     
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    Its just from opening and closing it too much, I think. My ds lite developed a crack on the right side of the hinge a while ago, then after six months to a year, the crack broke open. I superglued it back together, and its been fine ever sense. I've had the lite for a few years.
     
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    I had a launch DS that worked perfectly. I gave it to my niece for Christmas as soon as the Black DS lite launched in USA. She broke it in less than a year.

    My black launch DS lite still works perfectly. The A and B buttons are getting a little mushy, but it still works. (I already have replacement contact pads to replace them when they die completely or become too annoying)

    It's all in the handling of the unit. Wear is one thing, but I think there may also be a difference between actually working for and buying it yourself as opposed to receiving it as a gift or whatever other way a person may have gotten it without paying for it themselves. And let's face it, many kids today are spoiled brats that don't take care of anything because they figure mommy and daddy will just buy them a new one if they break it and whine and cry when that doesn't happen.

    People carrying the DS around with them in a pocket or backpack can also put a kind of a tweaking stress on the system without ever realizing it and get lint in the shoulder buttons, and so they quit working, or the hinge or screen cracks.

    Some people can't control their anger when they die in their game and treat the unit abusively without realizing the damage they are causing.

    Finally, there are defects. It happens and can sometimes take a while to manifest itself.

    Barring defects and normal wear, it's all in how you take care of your stuff that means the most. Taking care of things is a life lesson, not an instinct.

    That said, I doubt the 3DS will be built with any better or worse quality than the current DS's on the market.
     

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