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Report: 3DS Suffering From Debilitating Crashes

Jonathan Lester
Black Screen Of Death, Crash, Games news, Nintendo 3DS

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Report: 3DS Suffering From Debilitating Crashes

In our recent hardware review, we praised the 3DS for being the most advanced console that Nintendo have ever produced... but with greater complexity comes greater potential for something to go wrong. Multiple reports of recurring (and system-crunching) crash issues have been trickling onto the internet, resulting in a black death screen that's been unimaginatively titled the Black Screen Of Death. More details below.

According to reports from Digital Spy and Go Nintendo, multiple users have been experiencing full system crashes while playing the likes of Super Monkey Ball, Pilotwings Resort, Street Fighter IV 3D, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars and the Mii Maker application. The resultant Black Screen Of Death sometimes resolves by simply resetting the device, but occasionally requires a hard system reset and the reformatting of SD cards into FAT-32 in order to fix.

We've also heard that other crashes have been crippling enough to warrant a return, replacement or refund under warranty. Issues like this are often inherent with new consoles - and Nintendo will be able to release a firmware update or patch if necessary.

This problem doesn't seem to be localised to a particular region, game or repeatable action, though since many users have had to format their internal storage, it's possible that the issue may be down to a bad batch of bundled SD cards. However, this is pure conjecture at this time - and if you know differently, we'd like to hear from you.

Have you suffered from the Black Screen Of Death? If so, how did you fix it... or did you need to return it? Have your say in the comments!

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Sam  Mar. 28, 2011 at 13:12

It happened to be in Monkey Ball, but I figured it was just a bizarre one time thing and turned it on and off again.

Gunn  Mar. 28, 2011 at 13:19

Anyone would expect a few bugs/glitches to appear but this doesn't look good and so early too. hopefully they can be fixed quickly and easily.

Chris Lord  Mar. 28, 2011 at 13:36

Happened to me once while playing Puzzle Quest when I switched from 2d to 3d... Just switched off/on, was fine (except I lost the puzzle piece I was about to get :'()

I expect some bugs until they finalise the firmware (the browser isn't even there yet, for example - it clearly isn't final yet...)

Overall, the experience has been great though :)

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 28, 2011 at 13:55

Thanks Sam and Chris - I'm glad to hear that the problem rectified itself. Keep us updated if it happens again (though fingers crossed that it won't).

Anyone else had this issue?

Rhodeuk  Mar. 28, 2011 at 20:08

Yeah happened to me as well whilst playing Ghost Recon, thank fuck for the mid game save because it kept happening at the same point so I saved just before and managed to get through it.

Really odd, hope they sort it out.


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