It’s a bit of a nightmarish scenario: your perfectly good and operational handheld game system takes a swan dive into the toilet. The video embedded below is YouTuber My Mate Vince trying to fix a Nintendo 3DS XL that’s…definitely made one such dip, and it’s mesmerizing to watch. I dunno about you but my technical ability to fix electronics starts and stops with “turn it off and on.” Yet My Mate Vince makes it looks effortless to resolder contact points, check for corrosion, clean and replace an AC adapter port and more. It’s a bit of a zen experience to watch him work.
The concept between a large portion of Vince’s “Trying To Fix” series involves him buying or receiving broken/faulty game systems/games on eBay and cracking them open, seeing what’s wrong and attempting to get them back up to operational shape. I won’t spoil what ends up happening with this particular 3DS—it’s worth watching on its own.