3DS “black screen of death” error reports creep in

Monday, 28th March 2011 01:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Reports from multiple users suggest the 3DS is suffering from a recurring crash issue, across multiple titles.

Posts on NeoGaf, AVForums, and DigitalSpy are reporting instances of the freshly-christened “black screen of death” error requiring a hard reset of the system.

Super Monkey Ball, Street Fighter IV 3D, Pilotwings, Ghost Recon, Lego Star Wars, and Mii applications have all been mentioned in connection to the error.

Some users have found the issue is resolved by the reset suggested on-screen, while others have reformatted their SD cards to FAT-32 format and eliminated the problem.

Others have had less luck resolving ongoing crashes, and have resorted to returning the console to the retailer for replacement.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for official comment and more information.

Thanks, Go Nintendo.



  1. frostquake

    BSOD on the 3DS is happening here with some of my friends, mostly with Super Monkey Ball. Nice to know Nintendo wanted to be part of History with the BlackScreenOfDeath..along with other gaming devices….LOL!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt


    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Not unusual for new kit, but rather unusual for new Nintendo kit! Seems they are catching up with everyone else after all! :-D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    I’ve had no problems with mine, and i’ve been playing a lot of Ridge Racer and Rayman.

    Providing it can be fixed with a force re-start, then I imagine Nintendo will be able to fix the issue with a firmware update.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    It’s hardly a screen of Death in the RROD and YLOD sense. More like a Black Screen Of Crash. It of course depends if it is a game issue, firmware issue or underlying hardware problem. If it’s not firmware then is there functionality to patch games at all? What is the firmware update functionality of the 3DS like?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. 2plus2equals5

    If it’s not deadly there’s no real problem, but it happens with a lot of games!

    I remember the times of guru meditations! LOL

    #6 4 years ago
  7. xino

    i had this problem occur to me when I tested the 3DS, but it was in Jap letters.

    I think it happens when the 3ds is run for a long time, i dunno

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    What’s the DSWare situation like for the 3DS? Anything available at all? Planned?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crab of Thunder

    It’s pretty bad releasing the console with a problem like that lol

    #9 4 years ago

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