Say Hello To The Black Screen Of Death
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!