Nintendo Game Console Repair
We can fix your Nintendo Switch, Wii, GameCube, DS, or 3DS
The Nintendo Switch is the seventh major video game console developed by Nintendo. It was unveiled in October 2016 and was released worldwide on March 3, 2017. Nintendo considers the Switch a "hybrid" console: it is designed primarily as a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, it can be removed from the dock and used similarly to a tablet computer through its LCD touchscreen, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode visible to several players.
The Nintendo Switch uses the wireless Joy-Con controllers, which include standard buttons and directional analog sticks for user input, motion sensing, and high-definition tactile feedback. The Joy-Con can attach to both sides of the console to support handheld-style play, connect to a Grip accessory to provide a traditional home console gamepad form, or be used individually in the hand like the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, supporting local multiplayer modes.
The Nintendo Switch's software supports online gaming through standard Internet connectivity, as well as local wireless ad-hoc connectivity with other Switch consoles. Nintendo Switch games and software are available on both physical flash-based ROM cartridges and digital distribution via Nintendo eShop; the system does not use region locking. The Nintendo Switch competes on the console gaming market with contemporaries being Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the Wii U will go down as one of Nintendo’s great success stories (especially given that it's already been discontinued). Nearly three years after launch the console has only sold around 10 to 11 million units, putting it a very distant third behind the PS4 and Xbox One, and a long way behind the 100 million-selling Wii.
All this is true, yet there’s another way of looking at the Wii U. Throughout its life, it has delivered strange, wonderful and distinctively Nintendo titles, plus an equally enjoyable run of weird third-party offerings and indie hits. It’s also a great console for anyone exploring the rich history of gaming, thanks partly to Nintendo’s own Virtual Console store. The Wii U might be on its last legs, but what a legacy it’s built in its short time, but at this time, things like Pokemon GO take over.
Nintendo released the Wii in November of 2007. In December of 2009, it broke the record for best-selling console in a single month in the US. The Wii came with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, backward compatibility with Nintendo GameCube games (on most models), controller slots for the GameCube controllers, and wireless connectivity with the Nintendo DS. The controller for the Wii is called a Wii Remote and is slightly different than the more traditional controllers that other game consoles use. The Wii Remote is held in one hand and can be used as a pointing device. Some games require the use of the Nunchuck, which is a small handheld controller that has an analog stick and two triggers on the bottom. There is a sensor bar that sits either on top of or below the TV that picks up the signal from the Wii Remote to allow the player’s movements to control certain games.
The Nintendo GameCube was released in North America in November of 2001, discontinued in February 2007, and was succeeded by the Wii. The GameCube was the first Nintendo console that used optical discs as the primary storage system and, unlike the GameCube’s competitors PlayStation 2 and Xbox, the GameCube used mini-DVD based discs instead of full-size DVDs.
DS and 3DS
The Nintendo DS was released in November of 2004. It was Nintendo’s first handheld gaming system to have dual screens. The top screen of the DS is only an LCD screen while the bottom screen is a touchscreen. The DS also has a slot for Game Boy Advance games. In March of 2006, Nintendo released a slimmer, smaller and overall lighter version of the DS with brighter screens that they called the Nintendo DS Lite. In November of 2008, the DSi was released. The DSi has a faster CPU, more ram and instead of having a slot for Game Boy Advance games there is a slot for SD Cards. In November of 2009, Nintendo released the DSi XL which has both larger screens and is larger overall. The Nintendo DS is the best selling handheld game console to date and is the second best-selling video game console overall behind the PlayStation 2.
Nintendo released their newest version of the DS, called the 3DS in March of 2011. The 3DS has backward compatibility with Nintendo DS games, three cameras (one front facing and two outward facing cameras to take 3D pictures), and 3D capable screens (the use of 3D glasses is not required).
Repair services we offer for Nintendo game consoles
Red Light: $70.00/hour + cost of parts
A red light upon startup means that there was a “general hardware failure.” In most cases, the general hardware failure can be narrowed down to the GPU. When the GPU heats up to a certain temperature, the solder joins that hold the chip onto the PCB can become unsoldered and cause the GPU to lose connection with the PCB. The repair for the red light is called a reflow, and to fix this we need to use a lot of heat to re-solder the chip back into place. Whenever a chip operates at a very high temperature, and the cooling systems can’t keep up, it is just a matter of time before the board gets hot enough to cause parts on the circuit board to become unsoldered. If your system overheats once it is more likely to overheat again. Because it's so common, we will perform a complimentary system reflow the second time your system overheats.
Unbricking/Firmware Flash: $70.00/hour + cost of parts
Wii “unbricking” refers to flashing the firmware and is usually done when the console has experienced an issue in its firmware and has locked up. Most of the time the failure is caused by something software-related like a problem with an update or user profiles that have become corrupt.
DS Screen Repair
LCD Replacement: $70.00/hour + cost of parts
Hinge Repair: $70.00/hour + cost of parts
The most common problems that happen to Nintendo's DS is that the LCD screen will crack or the hinges holding the two screens together will wear out. If there is a problem with your DS's screen or hinges we will first figure out what model it is, find the correct replacement parts for the DS and then replace them.