L-Button Blues: (sung to the tune of Bell-Bottom Blues)
ShadowLink's handheld troubles got me thinking. The stupid L-Button (or R-Button) has crapped out on almost every DS product that I have owned. I'm afraid to carry my new 3DS XL (and new DSiXL) around. At this point, I just hope the shoulder button(s) goes before the warranty. Sucking/blowing on the button only goes so far. Plus, it's weird.
I pretty much baby my handhelds, but I do carry them around. My theory is that the shoulder buttons still smash against my jacket pocket while I'm moving. Which is exacerbated by constantly running through the city to catch trains, and shit. So now I cradle my jacket pocket while running or I sort of glide/powerwalk down the street while keeping my hips completely level and immobile. Either way, I look like a freak.
More like a freak. And powerwalking is really tiring on the calves.
So is it just me and ShadowLink? Or is the L-Button the silent DS-killer? What are the experiences of the other handheld gamers at NW?
From my anecdotal perspective, it's weird that Nintendo doesn't get taken to task for this issue more often, especially since their pre-DS Lite handhelds were virtually indestructible. You know, if I were a conspiracy-minded fellow, I might think the whole thing had to do with planned obsolescence. I mean, it is one of the main reasons that I'm always so quick to upgrade to the newer model...
I've never had the L button crap out on me but I've also never carried a handheld in my pockets very much until the 3DS. Of both 3DS systems I've owned, the worse I've had with the L button is that it becomes very squeaky but I blame that more on the countless hours of Kid Icarus than I do carrying around. I can't even possibly carry my XL around in my jean pockets so I won't have that issue I suppose
I never carry stuff in my shirt/pants/shorts, anyway. The sensation of feeling something weighing down my clothes is very unpleasant to me. But that's neither here nor there, I guess. The XLs DO fit into my summer jacket pocket, but they require a lot more care around the zipper area.
I've never had the shoulder buttons go out on one of my DS products and I carry mine around a lot. I got the dreaded screen scratch on my original 3DS and the line does appear on my 3DS XL but I have got screen protectors in place this time. I didn't even know the shoulder buttons crapping out was a common problem.
Haven't had any problems -yet-, but I am annoyed that accidentally hitting the L or R button starts the camera on the home screen. Is there any way to turn that feature off? I do it quite often when opening up the 3DS, because I naturally put my fingers around the shoulders to lift the screen open. D'oh.
I had the L-button crap out on my DS Lite, and only after 2-3 years of owning it. It would also randomly decide not to read the game card that was in the system, which was frustrating as hell. (Fortunately it gave me an excuse to buy a shiny new DSi.) The DS Lite is the only system it's happened to me on though.
Oh god, I never even thought of that. My 3DS LIVES in my jacket pocket. And invariably it's the L-Button that's on the bottom. Whilst in sleep mode.
Could I really be putting unwanted strain on it causing it to conk out? But why now? It lasted for a year without issues and died soon after I got Kid Icarus. And now again 4 months after being repaired (which included 3 weeks of non-use.)
I dunno, the whole thing is very odd. On the plus side, Nintendo have the record of the previous repairs, and said they should do it for free again assuming there's not something else wrong with the system.
So annoyed. Apart from the N64's flawed control stick, I've never had an issue with a Nintendo product, ever.
My 3DS' L button is on the verge of crapping out but it's entirely because of Kid Icarus.
But yeah, the shoulder buttons definitely bump stuff while you're walking. Once I was listening to music on my DSi - I had it in a case attached to my hip, walking along, and there was a semi-frequent stream of cat meows and dog barks due to the stupid shoulder button presses. And for that matter, who thought it was a good idea to keep that functionality intact while the system is closed?
If you're worried about it in your pocket, why not get one of those thin, thin cases that just kind of clamp right around the system? I can't think of one to recommend off hand but I know I've seen them in stores.....
Just curious, has anyone here had shoulder button problems and they haven't been carrying the system around in one of their pockets? I don't carry mine in a pocket so I'm wondering if this is an issue I have to worry about.