Question for 3DS owners on its sturdiness

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#1 Posted by Nocall (386 posts) -

With the upcoming price drop, I've started playing with the idea of picking up a 3DS. However, when I first messed around with it at Best Buy it felt and looked kinda cheaply made--particularly the hinge. So I'm wondering if owners have actually had any issues with physical 3DS breakages.

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#2 Posted by phantomzxro (1613 posts) -

Well I have a launch one and i hear people say the hinges are loose which they are a little, and it give it a small amount of wobble. On the flipside people say it protects it from breakages. But for me i have not had a problem with it breaking or feeling like it will break.  But it still to soon to tell if long time use will make the looseness worse or not.
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#3 Posted by ckeats (496 posts) -

I've dropped mine on a concrete sidewalk and it's still fine. The hinge has a bit of wobble, but no more than any previous version of the DS

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#4 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (8012 posts) -

Hope you don't mind me hijacking the thread, OP, but does anyone have any problems with the shoulder buttons? My current DS developed problems with its right shoulder button, and eventually it ended up getting jammed into place, meaning any game that uses that shoulder button became unplayable. If I buy a 3DS, it won't be for a while yet, but I figure since I'm thinking about it, I'd ask.

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#5 Posted by Nocall (386 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw: Nah, it's fine. I'm interested to hear about your problem as well. 
So far it looks like its sturdy enough for everyday use--thanks for the responses, peoples.
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#6 Posted by ATrevelan (618 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw: While I wouldn't say the shoulder buttons are "bad," they are a bit small for my fingers. Granted, I have abnormally large hands for a person of my size, but it's really the only annoyance I have with the system. 
The hinge is at its wobbliest when you're opening and closing it--it's rather easy to "slam" shut, in a sense. I haven't had any trouble with it flopping around when it's fully closed or fully open. Just be sure not to force it open more than it should. A friend of mine did that and nearly snapped it in half. 
If you're going to pick it up, I'd also invest in some good dust cloths, unless you have some for your computer already. Both screens get a bit dirty and the upper screen in particular can get some nasty streaks should you inadvertently sneeze on it. They wipe clean very easily, though.
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#7 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2539 posts) -

I like the part where the bottom screen digs into the top screen and scratches it.

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#8 Posted by Vexxan (4634 posts) -

Tried the 3DS at GameStop and to me it felt easily breakable too. Might just be me being used to my massive DSi XL.

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#9 Posted by AlisterCat (7492 posts) -

Feels a lot sturdier than my DSLite, which has a broken hinge.

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#10 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -
@yoshimitz707 said:

I like the part where the bottom screen digs into the top screen and scratches it.

This, its fucking horrible.
Its pretty sturdy beyond that tho, I already dropped it like a million times and everything is still fine.

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