I was kind of afraid of this. Smash Bros. can get pretty intense and I don’t think the 3DS has the sturdiness to be able to stand up to the kind of exertion that regular players are going to be putting on the buttons and analog pad. I’m expecting to hear more of this when the game comes to the West in October.
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.
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.