Super Smash Bros. Is Wrecking Some People’s 3DS Handhelds

Super Smash Bros. Is Wrecking Some People’s 3DS Handhelds

Now that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is out on, well, the 3DS in Japan, people are playing it. And some of those people are reporting that the game is resulting in broken Slide Pads.

Note: This article show unlocked characters. Do not read further if you don’t want them spoiled.

The Slide Pad is a defining feature for the 3DS, and according to some Super Smash Bros. owners, it doesn’t appear strong enough to stand up to what the game dishes out.

Players, like Twitter user ZELDA96320045 (below), are even seeing their Slide Pads coming off during the demo. Last week, this was reported on Japanese internet forum 2ch. After the game went on sale this weekend, there have been further 2ch reports of this happening.

Others experienced Slide Pad destruction on the day the game was released in Japan.

Either the Slide Pad’s rubber part comes off or the plastic part underneath comes off as well. If this is widespread, it certainly looks like a problem.

Many of the busted pads appear on regular 3DS units, but there are also a few photos of XL handhelds with ruined pads floating around. Below, you can see photos of the damage Smash Bros. is apparently unleashing on some people’s portables — right after it hit Japan.

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Maybe, you think this is because Smash Bros. is such a furious game. Maybe! But then again, check out this photo from August.

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Animal Crossing is hardly a button-mashing fighting game. So, yeah, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Slide Pads come off. But if these recent Smash Bros. reports are anything to go by, get ready to see a lot more.

3DSでスマブラをプレイしている最中にスライドパッドが壊れる事案が多発! [2ch]


  • I actually said this to a mate the other week, i was totally worried about that, i destroyed 3 xbox 360 thumbsticks like this and they are made tougher than the 3DS.

    Might have to forgo the 3DS version 🙁

  • I think it would more just be people being too excessive with the slide pad. I’d imagine if it was a true problem they would’ve noticed during development that 3DS’s were being destroyed.

    • Remember smash bros has that double tap motion control on the pad to run or role etc? Or hard and fast for smash normal attacks.

  • I’ve been worried about this from the start. I’ve always thought that the circle pad pro seemed a bit flimsy… but dang. Hundreds of hours of smash have only half-destroyed my control stick, so perhaps there’s hope yet?

  • I feel like this would just be from people playing a little too furiously.

    At least, I *hope* that’s all it is…

  • This is the case even with the most sturdy of arcade sticks. People get really into it and wreck the directional parts.

    Generally a third party chinese or taiwanese company gets wise and starts selling replacement parts of equal or better quality.

    Consider yourself lucky you’re not punching in F, B, DB, D, DF, F all day long.

  • I am ALWAYS careful with my gadgets. Most of the ones that has been replaced never had any destroyed buttons whatsoever but playing the Smash Bros Demo, I am worried about my 3DS’ slide pad :C

  • hmm thanks for the heads up… can we not use the D-pad for this? (i prefer the D-Pad for fighters anyway)

  • Circle Pad.

    I might be being pedantic.

    However, if you call yourself a journalist, you should be using the correct term, as used by Nintendo.

  • Yeesh.
    To be honest, I was stunned while playing the demo that I couldn’t use the D-pad to move… In a 2-dimensional playing field. Eurgh.

  • what if this was nintendo’s plan? release the demo, people break their 3DS circle pad, hence they announced a new 3DS

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