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Broken nintendo ds lite hinge. Do I send it away for repairs or get a new console?

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  • Blackcattius Dec 15, 2008

    Thanks for response. Yes I saw them on ebay and it does seem fiddly. Found a site to send for repairs but it seemed expensive to me. Seems this is a common problem and was a manufacturing fault with the DS.

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    You know that little peice on the Nintendo DS that protects the light to show the green light and red light? That piece coming off is making my DS a bit unbalanced.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    Broken hinge(RHS) top corner peice came off.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    the right hinge on my ds is cracked. what can i do?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    Hinge had hairline crack, that got bigger then broke off. Now flip top screen has no resistance and won't stay open. Nintendo want £ 50 to fix and won't admit there is a design fault. Not buying another Nintendo product!

  • john-away Mar 30, 2009

    My right hinge is craked as well (3 mo old). Nintendo wants 50.00 + shipping & tax (67.80 CDN). I would send it in for free repair hoping the next hinge would last, but almost 70.00 for a chance. I don't think so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Nintendo will fix the hinges depending on a few things, first thing would be to determine how the hinges were broken. The hinges are tested before they leave the factory, the only way that they actually break would be because of physical damage/impact. Physical damage is not covered under the manufact warranty so you would get a discounted price depending on if your under warranty or not. Regardless giving them a call and having their techs fix them will be the best bet, not only because you know it will be fixed right and your warranty will start over the day it gets repaired.

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You can buy the hinge off ebay but ive heard it is really fiddly to do.
i would personally send it off but i would phone them first to see how much its going to cost to get repaired and go from there

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I have black base plates to repair broken hinges with, what color is your ds I may have the top plate as well. what part of the hinge is broken?
I will replace either one for $24 and get you ds running again.
be carefull not to open and close it too much because if you pinch the ribbon cable for the top screen you have to put a whole new screen in it, I have been there.

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