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Nintendo 3DS Problems: Black Screen Of Death Crashing Error Messages

We have some worrying news to report to those of you who are planning on getting a Nintendo 3DS console, as we are hearing that the glasses-free 3D handheld is suffering from a ‘black screen of death’ issue, which causes the Nintendo 3DS to constantly keep crashing.

The issue involves a message which pops up on screen mid game, advising you to hold down the power button and reboot your console. You can see the message in full in the image below, as reported from vg247:

It appears that this problem is pretty widespread too, as you can see user complaints over at NeoGaf, Digital Spy and AVForums for further information. Aside from turning off the power like Nintendo recommends, it has also been mentioned that you could format the SD card to 32-FAT format to also fix the crashing problem.

If these black screen of death reports keep coming in, it’s going to be a major headache for Nintendo, just hours after the company launched the 3DS in the US and a few days after the handheld went on sale in the UK.

Firstly, what are your thoughts on this issue? If you have already picked up a Nintendo 3DS, let us know if you have received this message whilst in a game or not. If so, how often does it happen to you?

We’ll update this when we receive more information.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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