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Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Replacement

This guide will take you step by step through the process of replacing the circle pad joystick.

So you managed to break your circle pad and can't play your favorite games? Don't fear, the circle pad can be replaced!

Passo 1 Circle Pad Joystick  ¶ 

Using tweezers pull out the rubber bumpers that are located at the top of the device on either side of the game cartridge compartment. Using tweezers pull out the rubber bumpers that are located at the top of the device on either side of the game cartridge compartment.

Passo 1 Circle Pad Joystick  ¶ 

  • Using tweezers pull out the rubber bumpers that are located at the top of the device on either side of the game cartridge compartment.

Passo 2  ¶ 

Remove the six 6.2 mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver Remove the six 6.2 mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver

Passo 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the six 6.2 mm screws using a Phillips #00 screwdriver

Passo 3  ¶ 

Remove the 2.3 mm screw located above the game cartridge slot with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

Passo 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the 2.3 mm screw located above the game cartridge slot with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

Passo 4  ¶ 

Make sure the SD card has been removed. With a plastic opening tool pry off the lower case starting at the bottom edge and working around the perimeter. Two ribbon cables connect the case to the circuit board. Be careful to not pull the case too hard and rip the ribbon cables. Two ribbon cables connect the case to the circuit board. Be careful to not pull the case too hard and rip the ribbon cables.

Passo 4  ¶ 

  • Make sure the SD card has been removed. With a plastic opening tool pry off the lower case starting at the bottom edge and working around the perimeter.

  • Two ribbon cables connect the case to the circuit board. Be careful to not pull the case too hard and rip the ribbon cables.

Passo 5  ¶ 

Remove the ribbon cables located underneath the left and right bumpers by prying up the base of the cables with a plastic opening tool. Completely remove the lower case from the rest of the device and set aside. Completely remove the lower case from the rest of the device and set aside.

Passo 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the ribbon cables located underneath the left and right bumpers by prying up the base of the cables with a plastic opening tool.

  • Completely remove the lower case from the rest of the device and set aside.

Passo 6  ¶ 

Position the device such that the game cartridge slot is located at the top. Locate the circle pad on the right side of the device.

Passo 6  ¶ 

  • Position the device such that the game cartridge slot is located at the top.

  • Locate the circle pad on the right side of the device.

  • Remove the two 7.5 mm screws on the upper left and the bottom right corners.

Passo 7  ¶ 

Using a plastic opening tool pop off the circle pad joystick. Do not use excessive force with the plastic opening tool. There is a ribbon attaching the circle pad joystick to the motherboard that will remain attached.

Passo 7  ¶ 

  • Using a plastic opening tool pop off the circle pad joystick.

  • Do not use excessive force with the plastic opening tool. There is a ribbon attaching the circle pad joystick to the motherboard that will remain attached.

  • There is a loose washer located in between the circle pad joystick and the circle pad. Use caution and do not lose this piece.

Passo 8  ¶ 

Using the flat head side of the spudger carefully lift up the retaining flap that attaches the circle pad ribbon to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon and circle pad joystick.

Passo 8  ¶ 

  • Using the flat head side of the spudger carefully lift up the retaining flap that attaches the circle pad ribbon to the motherboard.

  • Remove the ribbon and circle pad joystick.