Where should I buy a Circle Pad replacement for my N3DS?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Neodigitless, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Neodigitless
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    I'm going to replace it myself, I can't risk them updating my sysNAND off of 9.2.

    The Circle Pad no longer returns all the way to the neutral position. I'm pretty sure it's just dead skin/grease, but it'd probably be simpler just to replace it. I've opened it up already and it looks like a box connected by wires that sticks into the circle pad through a few washers.

    EDIT: Clarfying: New Nintendo 3DS XL
     
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    See this thread I posted recently. It started out as wanting to buy a new console, but turned into repair how-to. I wasn't aware of small bits like the circle pad being sold third party, but I've fixed my wife's 3DS LL since posting that and it's 100% all good. Make sure you find the right pad for your console though -- I have a 'regular' sized N3DS so I'm dreading this if it happens to mine. The XL size is much more common I think.

    http://gbatemp.net/threads/pls-suggest-sites-to-purchase-j-3ds.442292/

    Search youtube for how-to vids.
     
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    If you look on the page it tells you it's a replacement, read the reviews too
     
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    i've read them now, i was on mobile y-day, site get's messy ther, but one question left, would it fit a NEW 3ds xl/ll?
     
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  8. Neodigitless
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    Turns out I can get a reasonably temporary fix by pulling the circle pad up out of the socket a little. It'll pop back in while I'm playing, but won't start sticking again for a little while longer. It's decent enough that I can even play an actiony game like Monster Hunter Generations without issue. (except for the aforementioned simple and repeated fix)

    Do I need to just put in another washer or something to keep it from sinking in too low and causing friction?
     
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    All 3DS circle pads are exactly the same size. Sometimes they just used different caps on top.