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Can you play other games on your system? If so, it's likely a problem with the cartridge. DS cartridges can be easily damaged and your system may not be reading it, even if the cartridge looks fine. The only option there is to replace the game.
If your DS isn't reading any of your games though, it's the DS's fault. You might have a bad DS.
There is most likely a problem with the connectors in the DS or the cartridge. Try putting rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and cleaning the DS Card's connectors (don't drench it). Let it dry completely before putting the cartridge back in.
Don't know if you found an answer to your problem. This has happened twice to my grandson's DS. The problem is most likely a buildup of dirt, on the contacts of the game console itself or the game cartridges.
What you need to do is to purchase some good contact cleaner at an electronics store (Radio Shack) and a small wire brush. make sure the cleaner says "Non-conducting".
Spray the contact cleaner liberally on the gold contacts of the game cartridges and gently brush down. You need to repeat this a few times because the cleaner evaporates very quickly.
After doing that, use the small nozzle and spray some directly in the game slot on to the contacts. Then quickly take a game cartridge and insert it about 10 to 15 times. You may also have to repeat this once or twice. After that insert the game and turn on the DS.
I just finished doing about 8 games for my grandson. It takes a little time but it does work.
Note: Do not attempt to insert the brush inside the game console. You may damage the contacts. Only use the brush on the game cartridges.
Step 1: An ancient Nintendo trick, Blow on the connection places to loosen the dust, and see if that Fixes the problem, If not proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Make sure that your DS works, and is not broken, If it's working, do you have a Friend with another DS? If you do, Does the game work in theirs? If so, Then your DS has a problem that will need to be fixed by nintendo. Link to Nintendo Support
The slot 1 on the board is faulty replace it look down where the cartridge goes in good light and see if the pins are bent look hard they are hard to see sometimes you can straighten them (sometimes) also look at the cartridge and tru and clean the copper pins (extra hard toothbrush)