March 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM ET
The new Nintendo 3DS launched in North America on Sunday and in Europe on Friday and now some early adopters are reporting that the device locks up and displays a "black screen of death."
According to several video game sites, some owners of the 3-D gaming gadget have found that a black screen appears along with instructions to hold the power button down and hard-reset the machine.
The question is, does the issue stem from the device itself or is it faulty games that are causing the problem?
According to the GoNintendo blog, the screen doesn’t appear to be associated with any one game in particular. Gamers playing the device have run into the warning screen while playing "Pilotwings Resort," "Super Monkey Ball 3D," "Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars," and others. Meanwhile, players posting to the Official Nintendo Magazine forums have run into the same issue while using the device’s own pre-loaded apps.
Certainly it's not unusual for early adopters to discover bugs and glitches in new devices. And at this point, it's difficult to tell how widespread the problem really is. Note that In-Game Editor Todd Kenreck and I have had our 3DS machines for well over a week now and haven’t had a lick of trouble with them.
I’ve contacted Nintendo to see if they can tell us anything official and will update this as soon as there’s news.
Meanwhile, are you the owner of a new Nintendo 3DS? If so, how’s the device working for you?
(Thanks to Kotaku for the heads up.)
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