HELP!!! Nintendo won't replace my cracked DS hinge

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by nunofgs, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. nunofgs
    OP

    Member nunofgs GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    185
    Country:
    Portugal
    First of all, I live in Portugal. I was under the impression (from articles such as this) that Nintendo of Europe was replacing DS Lites with cracked hinges.

    So anyway, last december my gf's DSL had a cracked hinge... and it WAS NOT just a cosmetic issue. Her hinge broke in a way that the DS would no longer remain closed. (i.e. if you turn it upside down, the top display part would just fall and hang there because whatever was keeping it closed is broken)

    My gf was the most careful person with her DS. I gave it to her on her birthday and she would never take it anywhere without putting it inside a DSL pouch in her purse.

    So I went to the place where I bought it and they called Concentra (the portuguese distributor of Nintendo products) and they just said that they had received a few complaints but they were not instructed by Nintendo to repair any cracked hinges and so it would cost 45€ for a replacement case!! [​IMG]
    The guy at the store was really nice and he said he'd take the DSL anyway and try his best to get it fixed but no promises. He said he'd call me once he knew more.

    Today (one month and a half later) I went by the store because they had not called me yet. I waited for almost an hour while he called Concentra again and AGAIN they refuse to fix any cracked DSL hinges and they said that it was probably misuse on my gf's part. I was furious!

    The guy at the store is now asking me for proof that Nintendo is repairing the hinges for free but for the life of me, I cannot find it. There is nowhere on Nintendo's website (or press.nintendo.com) that mentions ANYTHING about hinges.

    PLEASE guys, help me find the press release and stick that proof in their faces.
     
  2. thegame07

    Member thegame07 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,860
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    phone nintendo and ask them what to do [​IMG]
     
  3. nunofgs
    OP

    Member nunofgs GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    185
    Country:
    Portugal
    That's the problem. We don't have an official Nintendo representation in Portugal. If you check nintendo-europe.com there is no Portugal listed. The official distributor is Concentra and they don't seem to give a crap. [​IMG]
     
  4. seyfer

    Newcomer seyfer Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2007
    Messages:
    34
    Country:
    Portugal
    the problem of nintendo in portugal has a name: CONCENTRA, because of that bad distributor nintendo fame in portugal is very bad, so it doesn't surprise me if they tell they don't know of that repair part...
     
  5. thegame07

    Member thegame07 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,860
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    dam [​IMG] maybe there policy is diffrent and they dont have to replace it
     
  6. corbs132

    Member corbs132 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2004
    Messages:
    853
    Country:
    United States
    NoA won't replace mine... they'll repair it for $77.50 though! plus wait 2 moths for shipping both ways! yay!
     
  7. Akoji

    Member Akoji +5 internets to psyfira for avatar.

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    1,774
    Location:
    lachine qc. canada
    Country:
    Canada
    yeah same here because it the right part of the hinge and not the left part , they want me to pay for it.
     
  8. nunofgs
    OP

    Member nunofgs GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    185
    Country:
    Portugal
    Is there anywhere I can buy an original replacement cover? (not the SHOCK ones, they don't seem very good)
     
  9. Farami9

    Member Farami9 GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Messages:
    247
    Country:
    United States
    Hi mate (I'm an italain living in AUS) and I live in Australia and they would NOT REPLACE MINE....

    Cost me $50 / 55 (not too sure) Aus dollars (including postage and handling)

    Believe I had a vey long agrument with Nintendo about this but their agrument is that only the early US launch ds lite units have the weak hidge problem that can be covered by warranty....

    as for cases I look it up....
     
  10. TLSpartan

    Member TLSpartan Kills threads

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    Messages:
    2,053
    Country:
    Australia
    my nintendo ds lite's speakers stuffed up so i went back to my local jb hi fi and they replaced free of charge. nintendo does cost a lot thoug. why not try the store
     
  11. nintendofreak

    Member nintendofreak Around. Shoot me a PM.

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2006
    Messages:
    1,333
    Location:
    Cal Poly Pomona / (323)
    Country:
    United States
    If i were home, Id scan my invoice from NOA for the broken hinge problem.. Sorry though [​IMG] maybe someone can do it... [​IMG]
     
  12. Noobix

    Member Noobix GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2003
    Messages:
    333
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    This sucks big time!

    I was under the impression that Nintendo were replacing the cracked hinged units, since it's obviously a manufacturing defect. [​IMG]

    My white DSlite was fine for the first few months, and then BAM out of nowhere the left hinge had a hairline crack. It didn't really bother me though since it was just cosmetic, and didn't affect playing on it. (Plus I assumed Nintendo would replace it for free if I decided to send it in. )

    Then suddenly after approx 6 months the RIGHT hinge also started to crack, and in the last few weeks it's got bigger and bigger. Now the top screen just flaps around, and I thought it was time to send it in; only to read that nintendo are suddenly claiming it's not a product fault?!!

    I just want to add that although my DS has been used quite a bit, it's been in a protective case and looks absolutely immaculate apart from the cracked hinges. It's never been dropped or mishandled in any way.

    I'm gonna phone Nintendo(UK) tomorrow, and see what they have to say. [​IMG]
     
  13. nunofgs
    OP

    Member nunofgs GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    185
    Country:
    Portugal
    Noobix: that is exactly my situation. The top screen just flaps around ... it breaks my heart every time I look at the DS :/

    What pisses me off is that in some countries they are fixing the cracks for free and in others just claiming that it is misuse.

    Please let us know how your call to Nintendo turns out.
     
  14. [M]artin

    Member [M]artin .

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,658
    Country:
    United States
    This is a fuggin' travesty!!! [​IMG]
     
  15. mugenk

    Newcomer mugenk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    Messages:
    47
    Country:
    France
    i got also a problème with hinge, on the right side (opposite of the power connector). when i open the screen, the part of the plastic behind the DS open itself, the hinge plastic of the hinge crack.
    i go to the shop i buy my DS lite. the guy said me that he send a DS few days ago (he doesn't remember if it was a DS phat or lite), and he said to me that nintendo don't take it in warranty and the costumer had to pay 30€ with no repair to get back his DS.
    he said that he will get info before send mine to nintendo, if it was a ds phat or lite

    i go back to see him yesterday. he call someone, i don't know who. when he back, he exchange me the DS, and give me a new one directly.
     
  16. Noobix

    Member Noobix GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2003
    Messages:
    333
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    Hehe...well I forgot it was Friday when I posted! (Saturday now. [​IMG] )

    Anyway I just phoned and got an automated message saying they are only open Mon-Fri. [​IMG]

    Roll on Monday. [​IMG]
     
  17. Jax

    Member Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2006
    Messages:
    4,092
    Location:
    L.A.V.
    Country:
    Portugal
    Quoted for the Truth!
    If Nintendo is less popular than an incurable and contagious virus, it's because of Concentra.
    Concentra's main focus in on kiddie toys and dolls, while Nintendo support is for their free time.
    Even now, when I go to a major electronics retailer (Fnac), there's only a one space for DS and GBA games, while the PS2 has three or four spaces full of crappy games.
    And Gamecube? :'( They have only half a dozen titles, with a couple of years old, and full price!
     
  18. antwill

    Member antwill Better Than You

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,024
    Location:
    Australia
    Country:
    Australia
    That happens pretty much everywhere, all the shops stock up on sony and such as it appeals to more people. Even though Nintendo does too, it just seems more childish compared to sony, kinda sad really.
     
  19. Firon

    Member Firon GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Messages:
    116
    Country:
    United States
    My Lite's left hinge cracked, Nintendo repaired it with no problems. Unfortunately, it cracked again (same spot, same way) and I can't be arsed to send it out again and be without a Lite for a week+.
    I didn't call or anything, I just used the website to get an RMA.
     

Share This Page