The launch of any new console isn’t normally without hiccups, but Nintendo machines are normally super-reliable. So, it’s with a dash of concern that my brand new 3DS has crashed twice (both times over the weekend) with a nasty black screen, adorned with white text to the effect of “An Error Has Occurred” requiring a reset of the system, losing any progress made in whatever game was running.
Those games? The first time was Rayman 3D, half way through The Fairy Glade, meaning I had to do the level again. The second time was during the first world of Super Monkey Ball 3D as I went for a high score. Totally unrelated, and absolutely isolated in dozens of hours play since launch, but annoying all the same.
A quick search on Twitter suggests I’m not alone – others have cited Rayman as the constant, a forum thread discusses issues with Monkey Ball, one person has Tweeted that their’s crashed on another game and one told me his 3DS crashed on a normal DS game.
Nintendo have already been quick with a system update that added a nice little demo video, perhaps if this is a more widespread issue then they’ll be able to roll out a fix fairly quickly to make the lovely little handheld even more appealing. As it is, I’m loving the 3DS, but these admittedly occasional crashes are just making me a bit nervous with my game saves.
Has your 3DS crashed? If it has, let us know which game you were playing and any other variables you can think of – internet on, number of friends etc, to see if there’s a common thread that might be useful in fixing the issue.
We’ll ping Nintendo to see if they’re aware of the issue.