Why do L buttons break so much?

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  1. boot2490
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    See topic. Several of my friends (And I) have either only had our L butons break or had them break first. All outside of warranty. I know it is to get you to pay nintendo for repairs, but why the L button?
     
  2. 1234turtles

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    i dont think they break. dust gets under the buttons from what i have heard.
     
  3. Waflix

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    I have the same problem. My DS Lite his L button is the only button that did break.
    I did a little research, and it seems that most of the times the cause is that dirt comes to stick underneath it inside the DS.
    Why the left button? I really have no idea.

    EDIT: D'oh! Ninja'd.
     
  4. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Psycho!

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    weird, on my gba, sp and ds lites, it usually starts with the d-pad.

    my ds's L button still works too, even though i played at least 600 hours with L=A
     
  5. tigris

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    you play too much CoD on ds; thats why
     
  6. Ziggy Zigzagoon

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    Mine only broke due to me accidentally dropping the DSiXL console on the L-button. I wish someone can repair that thing.
     
  7. Waflix

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    Here is a guide for doing that.
     
  8. johncenafan427

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    idk. i had 2 dsi's in my time, one used and one new, and on both the l button stopped working properly.
    maybe faulty design?
     
  9. zygie

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    My L button broke playing LEGO Rockband, as with all my other buttons. Lol.

    But on my new DS it's the R one that's a bit "soft" now.
     
  10. _Chaz_

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    I think it was a real design flaw on Nintendo's part. I never had any problems with the Phat, but I dropped it once too many and had to get a Lite.
     
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    Yep, seems like it was a design flaw, probably some opening somewhere near the left button where dust can come in. I never had any problems with the buttons, but I take care of my handhelds to be on the safe side (not implying you / those with broken L-buttons are careless).
     
  12. Anne Noise

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    My R-button ate shit on my DSL, but I just had to open it up and unstick it a few times. Otherwise, no broken anything on any DS - super satisfying.
     
  13. MasterPenguin

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    My R button also has broken down on my DSL.. But that's 3 years after I bought it, ontop of literally hundreds if not in the thousands of hours of use. I'd say it had a perfect run, considering how much I used it. (Then again, I did take nearly perfect care of it.. No cases or the like though.)
     
  14. ShinyJellicent12

    ShinyJellicent12 I summon giant clover-shaped meteors in the sky

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    It's so cheap that when my friend bought his DS, his L button broke a day after
    Tough bonkers!
     
  15. Maninder

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    My A Button is busted I need to press it really hard for it to work, found out in MK
     
  16. N00ByBo0

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    My status:

    DS lite: Both L and R no longer working
    DSI: L and R no longer working.
    DSIXL: Both still work perfectly (bought when L and R no longer worked on I normal)
    DS3D: Both still work perfectly
    Gameboy advance SP: Both work perfectly

    Hm.
     
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