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New 3DS C-Stick can be replaced with a PSP analog stick

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

For the longest time gaming handhelds did not have a second analog stick, making certain games a pain to control (shooters) and 3D camera control not easy
. Sony decided to fix this on the PS Vita by adding a second stick. Nintendo dragged its feet a lot longer, but eventually came up with the C-Stick, which is a nub, not a stick.

Not everyone likes the C-Stick on the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. It doesn’t allow for much movement, can become uncomfortable to use during extended play, and apparently oils can build up in it making it more difficult to use. But
, there’s a surprising solution to the problem, and it comes in the form of the analog stick cap found on a PSP-1000.


The realization this works came via an experiment by Ryan Hirsch who detailed the installation on Reddit. The C-Stick nub just pops out using the tip of a screwdriver. Then the PSP analog stick cap can be placed over the hole and with a bit of pressure pops into place. It in fact
sits a little lower than the C-Stick nub, so causes no issues when the 3DS is closed.

Here’s Ryan’s original video showing you how he installed the stick:

He in addition
did a follow-up video showing the PSP stick being utilized
for camera movement in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. It looks very smooth and comfortable to use.

A second New 3DS XL owner known as Jason on YouTube has done an installation and demo video, which again shows you how easy this is to do.

Obviously, there’s a risk you could damage your 3DS by attempting this, but it looks easy adequate
. If you are
not happy with the C-Stick then why not, right? Replacement PSP stick caps can be picked up for a couple of dollars, and I’ve seen replacement C-Stick caps for $10. So it’s not exactly an expensive experiment to conduct.

Anyone tempted?

H/T Tiny Cartridge

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