Jun 27 2016

Getting a Stylus Unstuck From a 3DS Slot (Tips)

Having trouble getting a stylus unstuck from a 3DS slot? Me too! Not my 3DS, my kid’s. I don’t have a 3DS.

You know what? I did it! It’s a grand day in DaddyLand. How did I do it? Read on, true believer.

English: Two examples of styli that work with ...

English: Two examples of styli that work with the Nintendo DS Lite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So. Something is stuck in the stylus slot of a 3DS, DSi, or any device that uses a stylus. (I would say Palm Pilot but then you would think I was old. Oh wait…)

I was having no luck using a bent paperclip.

paperclip no

This did not work

However! After deciding that my methods (which also included a pliers, screwdriver and a strange tool from my computer fixing kit) were insufficient, I turned to the Interwebs. There I found a post on the site fixya that suggested… a screw.


screw yes

The screw worked!


Here’s what I did that worked: I gently (VERY GENTLY, the opposite of writing in all caps) inserted the screw into the slot (oh, behave) and twisted, again, very, very gently. The goal is to get whatever is stuck unstuck, not break the device. That would be bad. After a bit of twisting and a bit of pulling — all very gentle — I managed to get the thing out of the slot.


Hopefully this tip helps any parents stuck (pun intended) trying to get a stylus or other foreign object out of their child’s Nintendo device.

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thank you to the fixya users at this post

Jul 11 2009

Lego Battles for Nintendo DS

Lego Battles for Nintendo DSThe various Lego video games have a very mixed track record.

Lego Star Wars is excellent, and was a success on multiple platforms. We own it for PS2 and DS, and my son has played it on the Wii as well. (He asked for a Wii copy but I said no. Two versions of the same game is enough. Really.)

Lego Batman is so-so. Not great, not terrible.

Lego Indiana Jones seems to have been a big ol’ flopperoo. Haven’t played it but on my own personal “kids my kid knows meter” it rates a zero. I may be completely wrong about this, because they have announced a Lego Indiana Jones 2. Still, I don’t know of a single person who plays this game. Not that I know everyone. But I know a lot of people. (Aside: the Indiana Jones Wii game where you get to use the Wii Remote as a whip has potential. Although this Gamespot review says otherwise.)

So Lego Battles for Nintendo DS could be a hit. Or it could be a steaming pile of monkey poop. As the great Kent Brockman would say, only time will tell. Well, time, and my son deciding that he must have this game.

Here’s the trailer for Lego Battles: Read more »