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Re: ds game cartridges
Just an idea: That might be bad electrical contact between the cartridge slot and the old worn games because the new ones are not worn so a bit thicker than the old ones.
If that so then the cartridge slot pins are elevated to the new games contact position.
Best thing you can do is to clean the old games electrical contacts with high concentrated alcohol or other electric contact cleaner (not plastic reactive), and some cottom or cloth to improve the contact.
In the case the games dont work yet, you can try to paste a thin piece of cardboard (like bublegum one), with and easy removable adhesive tape, below the contacts to make the cartridge thicker so improve the contact with the slot.
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i have had the same thing happen, it happens with some games. just like the old game with the original Nintendo the game cartridges get dirty and some times don't touch the reader pins in the hand held system.
all you can do, is turn the system off, take the game out and reinsert it and try again. some times that all it take's. if it doesn't work after that, you may need to buy a NEW copy of the same game.
this problem happens mostly in used games that are not cleaned.
Where did you buy this game? Is it from a reliable source? There's been known fake DS games that don't work. And usually the case is the game shows a message "can not access saved data. please turn of power and re-insert game". This is actually my first time with a case where it can't erase the data. Try contacting the previous owner.
The problem is that over time the console pins that contact the game catridge gold contacts bend and no longer contact the catridge. DSi has solved this problem by adding a spring that will push the catridge firmly against the pins. So Nintendo must have recognized the problem (a serious design flaw worthy of a class law suit since 4 DS lite at home had a similar problem. I fix the problem in one of the old "broken" consoles by adding a "bumper" made of folded paper on the catridge, opposite to the contacts. This rudimentary added pressure on the pins fixes the game freezing and all the games work now. I feel chated by Nintendo after spending over $600 to replace broken consoles. They usually break after about a year.