Friday, 5 August 2016

REVIEW: - ̗̀New ̖́- Nintendo 3DS/XL PSP C-Stick Mod

Hey, everyone! Firstly, I'd like to apologise for not posting anything in so long. I've just been so busy and I kind of forgot about my website (oops!). I've been updating it with reviews that I've been writing for The Daily Star, but it's been so long since I've actually written anything of substance here. So yeah, sorry!

I was playing Monster Hunter Generations the other day and my thumb started to cramp and ache because of the placement of the C-Stick on my New Nintendo 3DS XL. It's something that had been happening almost every time I played a game with the C-Stick function for prolonged periods and I'd had enough. So I figured I'd try to find out if there was any way I could make it more comfortable to use so I opened up trusty old Google and I stumbled across a Reddit thread where somebody had replaced their New 3DS's rubber "nipple" with a PSP thumbstick cap. This supposedly made an instant difference and with a lot of people backing up the claim, I decided to try it out for myself and bought a PSP 1000 cap from eBay for a couple of pounds [here].
 The front and back of the cap, next to a penny for size comparison!

The instructions on the thread said to simply pull out the "nipple" with tweezers and snip away the bands securing it to the inside of the system with scissors, which honestly terrified me because I didn't want to cause any irreversible damage to my beautiful Majora's Mask edition console. However, after finding out that it was easy to pop the C-Stick back in if you don't like the PSP mod, I thought "f*ck it" and just did it. It is possible to take the back of the New 3DS apart and unhook the bands but I'm incredibly lazy so I just cut it out. I've kept the C-Stick safe in the packet that the PSP cap came in just in case I want to switch back to it one day.
The process of pulling the C-Stick out & what it looks like afterwards. (Not my New 3DS - my fiancé wanted me to do his too after seeing mine and I forgot to take photos the first time!)

Putting the PSP cap on was easier than I thought it was going to be. You just push it on until it snaps into place and then calibrate your Circle Pad Pro settings in whatever game you're going to be using the C-Stick in – Monster Hunter Generations for me. It did take a few tries to get the cap in place properly as the C-Stick controls would steer to the left occasionally but I found out that my cap had some excess plastic on the inside which was causing the movement so I just filed it away with a screwdriver and voila! No problems since.
The finished look & how my New 3DS XL looks like when it's closed.

Fears I had about this mod (apart from the obvious "oh sh*t, it doesn't work") was that my New 3DS XL wouldn't be able to close properly or that the cap might damage the top screen in some way but it fits perfectly and controlling the C-Stick works like a dream. The extra surface area and grip really work amazingly and you barely need to apply any touch or pressure at all. I no longer get any aches or cramps when playing either. After showing my fiancé how great the mod is and how well it works, he asked me to do the same to his New 3DS XL and he's just as pleased as I am with it!
A little GIF showing you the mod in action. :3

If you've seen this and you're now thinking about modding your New 3DS/XL, make sure you buy the cap for the PSP 1000 model and not the 2000 or 3000 models otherwise it won't fit! I'd really recommend doing the mod if, like me, you're not a fan of the rubber "nipple" or it causes you discomfort after a while because it really does make a lot of difference and there's no way I'm ever changing back if I can help it!

Attempt this mod at your own risk – I will not be held responsible for any irreparable or irreversible damage you cause to your New 3DS/XL. More detailed instructions on how to perform the mod correctly can be found on the Reddit thread linked [here]. :-)

All credit for this mod goes to Reddit user spentthedayonreddit.

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