DS Battery - Long Term Availability?

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by Rafinesque, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Rafinesque
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    I still have several Game Boy and Game Boy Color systems from 10-20 years ago (yes I'm the original owner), all of which still work great. AA and AAA batteries aren't difficult to come by.

    Has anyone thought about what will happen to the NDS in 5-10 years? The rechargeable batteries in the newer consoles will not last forever, and I doubt Nintendo will keep making them after the console itself isn't sold anymore.

    Will we still be able to use our NDS systems in 10 years? With the huge ROM collections that some people have, not being able to use them would be something to think about.

    I'm curious if anyone has thought about this, or knows what Nintendo's plans are for the batteries, since they are custom for each console.
     
  2. twiztidsinz

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    DS batteries are already 'running out'. My DS 'phat' I got during the Christmas when DSLite came out is down to about 90 minutes of life, and from what I'm to understand the battery in the DSLite and DSi/XL are different. I know that there are 3rd party batteries, but the DS 'phat' ones seem rather difficult to find.

    I wish I could avoid things with proprietary batteries, but it's big business. Look at Apple with the iPods, not sure if they changed the design, but replacing the battery voided your warranty, so if something happened you pretty much had to buy a new device.
    Admittedly, the battery on the DS' seem to be accessible without actually opening the device, but Nintendo could say that the 3rd party battery cause the problem and they won't fix it because it wasn't authorized. The battery should last longer than the DS' warranty, so it might be a moot point.
     
  3. teleska

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    With the amount of sells that the DS lite has produced. Finding batteries after it's death should not be a hard thing.
     
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    You've always got Nintendo's Online Store to get parts from.

    http://store.nintendo.com

    They've got parts for all the DSes. Batteries for the DS Phat as well, $15.00.

    And an e-Reader, around $40.
     
  5. twiztidsinz

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    Problem is finding fresh batteries as even in storage the batteries lose their charge capacity (though at a lower rate than ones in use), though it's good to know that Nintendo still sells batteries.
     
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    I'm sure by the time the DS becomes a retro device, someone will figure out how to afroengineer a battery.
     
  7. Rafinesque
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    Electronics companies need to get together and create some new modern battery standards to replace AA, AAA, C, D, etc. How many decades have those been around? They are pretty much obsolete now...
     
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    Just checked the Nintendo site. They are still selling GBA SP batteries.... NDS batteries should be available for a while, not forever, though.