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Nintendo DS message... "Unable to load data. Turn the power off and resinsert the Game Card."

Bought the game new last Christmas. Will play GBA games but all of the sudden will not play any DS games. Son does not go online or link up with other DS's. All games are legit and purchased brand new. This particular error is on Mario Kart DS but is occurring on all DS games as of today.

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Re: Nintendo DS message... "Unable to load data. Turn...

Well maybe when you turn it on, it might be on manual mode. To switch it to auto mode, Press options then press the wrench and then find auto or manual mode and then, switch it to auto mode. Save the options and then it should play the game. If it doesn't work, blow into the DS game and then the DS game slot.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007

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