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[Unanswered] How to maintain the 3DS circle pad?
Old 04-02-2014, 03:02 PM
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Question How to maintain the 3DS circle pad?

Ok to those who have more experience with the 3DS circle pad more than I do, please tell me how to maintain the 3DS circle pad so that it does not start moving inaccurate directions or if the circle itself comes out. The only reason why I'm so worried about the 3DS is the circle pad. Out of all the things I'm least worried about(freezing, touchscreen and buttons) its the circle pad that bothers me the hell and right now its still working fine as it should.
Old 04-02-2014, 08:03 PM
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I've had my 3DS for quite some time and I've never had any issues with it.

Just basic electronic maintenance. Don't push or pull on it too hard or get food/water on it. Keep your 3DS away from small children and animals and it should be fine.

If you do need to recalibrate the circle pad, go to system settings and it will be in the "other settings" section.
Old 04-04-2014, 09:50 PM
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Do everything that Kinvara said.

TIP: Don't push on it too hard or else you'll break the circle pad in two. That happened to me.

At first I wasn't even aware that the pad had broken up. But I suddenly noticed that the controls were off. Like whenever I tried to point at something (like when shooting a weapon), the pointer wouldn't move the right way. I looked closely at the circle pad and noticed that there was a a fine line on its surface. After inspecting it closely, I realized that the plastic from the pad had broken in two.

It still worked, but not being able to perform precise actions was a big issue for me. So I had it repaired. Nintendo did it for me for free (my warranty wasn't even valid anymore).

Anyway, now I'm more careful about not pressing the pad too hard. It hasn't affected the way I play games either. In the sense that I still get things done.
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