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I have a new DSI XL that my grandchild has been using for about 2 months. All of a sudden, the battery will not hold a charge or at least that's what I think. We put it on charge one night and the next morning, that DSI would not turn on. When you insert the charger the yellow light will blink a few times and then do nothing. Could this be the battery and if so does the battery have to be replaced after only 2 months?

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It certainly sounds like the battery. However, if the DS is only 2 months old, your best bet would be to call nintendo; the item is likely still covered by the warranty. Dont' fix it yourself. Attempting to do so will void the warranty

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