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What You Need to Know About Replacing a Nintendo DS LCD Screen

Originally released in 2004, the Nintendo DS was Nintendo's first venture into the touch-screen market. The touch-screen mechanic brought new life to classic Nintendo video game franchises such as "Super Mario Bros." and "Pokemon." This design later went on to be represented in Nintendo's 3DS and Wii U console designs.

Are all Nintendo DS models the same?

The DS is one of Nintendo's most successful handheld gaming consoles and targeted new gamers from multiple untapped markets by producing easy-to-access games. While the library of Nintendo DS games is compatible among the brand's line of products, there are numerous different DS models of varying sizes and functions. Before purchasing a replacement screen, make sure that you are purchasing the right replacement part for your particular product. Nintendo released the following DS models:

  • Nintendo DS
  • DS Lite
  • DSi and DSi XL
  • 3DS and 3DS XL
Are the top and bottom screens interchangeable?

The top screen of your console is typically unresponsive, or in the case of 3DS models, can display a simulated 3D image. It does not feature any touch-screen capabilities. The bottom screen is touch sensitive and is what you will use to interact with games, controls, and other gaming features. Make sure that you are replacing only the affected LCD screen, or your games may not play correctly.

What tools and materials are needed to replace an LCD?

While the touch-screen mechanics were innovative and introduced a new element to overall game play, a damaged LCD screen may render Mario immobile and can mean the difference between catching that rare pokemon or not. Luckily you can repair your DS LCD screen with a replacement part and get back to playing your favorite games in no time.

Before attempting a replacement, remove any game cartridges from the console and remove the battery component cover first, then remove the battery from the unit. This repair requires the removal of several key components of your Nintendo DS, which could ultimately render your unit inoperable or unable to play some games as intended. It is recommended that you only perform this replacement after receiving proper training or under supervision of a trained professional. Because this repair requires access in small places, you will need the following materials:

  • Phillips 00 screwdriver
  • Tri-Wing screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Plastic spudger and pry-bar
  • Plastic probe and pick set
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