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Smash 3DS Broken Circle Pads...

HannahChimes

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Lots of people are suffering different varieties of the broken circle pad.
Maybe we can compile the easiest/cheapest fixes for each different break.
For mine, just the cap broke straight off, but I know others' have broken in VERY different ways...
 
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HannahChimes

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Here's a picture showing exactly how mine broke:

I know some people's have broken differently, in some cases breaking the grey piece in half, etc...
What is the cheapest replacement for this?
I shouldn't need to replace my actual joystick inside the DS, right?
Will a joystick cap be enough? Or will I have to buy a full joystick base as well?
The only reason I'm asking is because all the tutorials on youtube show people taking the whole thing apart and replacing both.
 

WinterShorts

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Lots of people are suffering different varieties of the broken circle pad.
Maybe we can compile the easiest/cheapest fixes for each different break.
For mine, just the cap broke straight off, but I know others' have broken in VERY different ways...
Here's a picture showing exactly how mine broke:

I know some people's have broken differently, in some cases breaking the grey piece in half, etc...
What is the cheapest replacement for this?
I shouldn't need to replace my actual joystick inside the DS, right?
Will a joystick cap be enough? Or will I have to buy a full joystick base as well?
The only reason I'm asking is because all the tutorials on youtube show people taking the whole thing apart and replacing both.
This is stll an issue? I mean it's not like there's that much inputs compared to Melee right?

Well I mean your 3DS's circle pad could have had a different structure than the previous 3DS models. I mean sure my circle pad personally is probably a little worn out from playing the game a lot but not broken.

I'm honestly not sure how a problem like this can be fixed. I mean I know probably not to say superglue it back on. If it just popped rght off it's gotta mean something to fixing this right?
 

HannahChimes

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This is stll an issue? I mean it's not like there's that much inputs compared to Melee right?

Well I mean your 3DS's circle pad could have had a different structure than the previous 3DS models. I mean sure my circle pad personally is probably a little worn out from playing the game a lot but not broken.

I'm honestly not sure how a problem like this can be fixed. I mean I know probably not to say superglue it back on. If it just popped rght off it's gotta mean something to fixing this right?
I don't know about different structures, but I know the best temp fix I've found was hot glue, rather than superglue.
However, even that one falls off after ten minutes playing Smash.
It works fine for Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, though.
 

WinterShorts

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I don't know about different structures, but I know the best temp fix I've found was hot glue, rather than superglue.
However, even that one falls off after ten minutes playing Smash.
It works fine for Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, though.
I honestly think this is something Nintendo should fix. I thought there was like some sort of warranty Nintendo had for their systems.
 

Reila

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I have the game since the release and my circle pad still feel as if it was new. I must be lucky.
 

Zeriora

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I had the exact same problem, just some super glue and its fixed, been 5 months since it broke, still in good shape.
 

WindHero

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I have an Ambassador 3DS, and about a month after getting Smash, the rubber cap came off, even though I'm not particularly rough. That said, I was playing Kid Icarus Uprising before that... However, with the old 3DS, there is a smaller plastic circle shaped like the cap. It's slippery to the touch though, making it hard to use.

My solution? Super Glue. :3
Just make sure to keep your paws off the DS until at least a few hours have passed, for best results. My fix has lasted for months, somewhere around 6 or so months. Only downside is that I don't know what else to use the glue on. :p My pad feels no different than before. It also has survived 280+ hours of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

Now to see if it continues holding despite my new discovery of ATs in Smash...
 

Mizzy Moe

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im the rarer case i guess instead of the circle pad having any problems the top screen actually came outta socket and i actually ended up breaking part of the shoulder part just to put it back into place but super glued that SOB and we all good :chuckle:
 
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Mine isn't broken at all, but whenever I want to move the pad, it's painfully slow at doing so. I may need to get a New 3DS XL at some point, anyway.
 

SonicNKnux

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Eh, mine broke off maybe two months ago, but I actually play better without it since it was getting kinda oily.
 

BunniDillion

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Lets not forget it also depends on how the player uses the 3ds, some use it gently, some use it violently, I kinda give my 3ds a hard time moving the pad but luckilly its still in place and not worn out.
 

Burritotoad

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My control stick isn't broken, but the rubber part ripped off and my shoulder buttons don't work anymore (partially blaming Mario Kart) and I kinda expected that to happen, I broke three GC controllers playing Melee
 

PowerPuffPlayer

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Here's a picture showing exactly how mine broke:

I know some people's have broken differently, in some cases breaking the grey piece in half, etc...
What is the cheapest replacement for this?
I shouldn't need to replace my actual joystick inside the DS, right?
Will a joystick cap be enough? Or will I have to buy a full joystick base as well?
The only reason I'm asking is because all the tutorials on youtube show people taking the whole thing apart and replacing both.
Mine broke just like that!
And I still play Smash 3ds with that broken circle pad.
 

LRodC

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Don't use the circle pad violently. There's no reason to do so. I've played both the 3DS and Wii U version with no problems whatsoever because I'm gentle enough with the control. I'd understand if it was Street Fighter with the inputs, but Smash doesn't require such harsh treatment of the circle pad or analog sticks.
 
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Wintermelon43

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Nothing happened to me, but on the Wii U, I feel like the R button is kinda weak, due to using both the L and R buttons to shield
 

Raythegamer

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Lol today while I was playing SSB4,I saw a small crack on the plastic part of my 3DS.I was like,Oh god it's not gonna live for a long time...
 

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Lol today while I was playing SSB4,I saw a small crack on the plastic part of my 3DS.I was like,Oh god it's not gonna live for a long time...
And that's exactly how my Circle Pad broke. 145 dollars to fix that plus some other stuff. On the plus side it took literally 2 days for me to get my 3DS back after sending it in. Might be because I live an hour drive from where you have to send it though.
 

Zelduh!

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You guys must be playing pretty rough to be breaking the circle pads like OP. I've read a lot of incidents like this and it seems to be common, regarding a fix you could try investing in a circle pad pro.
 

Sünta

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This has never been a problem for me, but it dods seem like a temporary fix woulqbe glue, like everyone else has been saying. It is a bit pricey and time consuming to send it to Nintendo if you don't have the warranty.
 

Yogurt

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mine broke off and so I just crazy glued the rubber part upside down and it hasn't fallen since
 

FuzzyQuills

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My control stick isn't broken, but the rubber part ripped off and my shoulder buttons don't work anymore (partially blaming Mario Kart) and I kinda expected that to happen, I broke three GC controllers playing Melee
3 GameCube Controllers?! How did you manage that? I know Melee's fast, but bloody hell! :grin:

Anyway, that aside, I do admit my circle pad's rubber tops coming off, but it only has done it partially, and it's still stuck on. (My R button's gone too, although in my case it was Sonic: Lost World that broke it) Was that broken shot a 3DS XL?
 

FuzzyQuills

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Mine has no longer any rubber, but the plastic circle below works more than good.
So if I ripped mine off, i would still have grip? :grin: Still, at least it's usable, unlike that broken circle pad above... ;)
 

1FC0

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Does this still happen with the New 3DS?
It does happen with the New 3DS XL. My New 3DS XL's circle pad broke. After that happened I bought a metal circle pad and placed that in my New 3DS XL. Now I have a New 3DS XL with a metal circle pad that will likely stay whole for a long time to come.
 
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