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The Nintendo 3DS XL 2015, marketed as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, was released October 11, 2014 in Japan and February 13, 2015 in North America.

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The console is not powering on


I purchased a used 3DS XL 2015 recently. I knew that it was not functioning. My plan is to repair it and have fun with it. The symptoms are the following:

  • When the device is turned on, the blue led lights up as a normal operation.
  • Neither of the displays turning on.
  • About 5-10 seconds later the bottom screen faintly flashes once, then the LED is turning off.
  • No popping sound from the speakers.

The troubleshooting that I did:

  • I checked the battery it holds the charge well. Currently it is at maximum capacity, ~4.1V.
  • I checked the fuses on the board, they’re not shorted.
  • I reconnected all ribbon cables.
  • I checked for water damage, by checking the water damage indicator stickers on the main boards.

Do you have any ideas what might be the issue? The repair guides that I could find in the internet are useless for this issue. I know iFixit has a good community.

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Hi @istvan_kreisch ,

Please check the daughterboard that has the battery terminal on it. I had to replace at least two of them.

If you have a second working console, you can try swapping the daughterboard and see if that resolves the issue.

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Hello Adam!

Thanks for the reply. Sadly I have no other consoles, just a simple 3DS XL, but as far as I know that is not compatible with the new.

Shall I re-flow the controller chip? I have the necessary equipment.

To be safe, I think I will order a new daughter board. I will get a feedback to you when I replaced the daughter board.

Best regards,



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