I'm not sure if this would be the right forum, but I have a problem with two AC:WW cartridges. One is mine, which I bought new however long ago. If I am playing, and I shut my DS, the DS turns off. On all of my other games, it just goes into sleep mode.
The other cartridge belongs to my daughter. We bought that cartridge used, about a year ago. Her DS is used, too. With AC:WW, if she shuts her DS, it turns off. It goes into sleep mode with her other games, though. Also, while she is playing AC:WW, the game will just randomly freeze and she will have to shut off without saving.
Oh, and the other problem that we both have is that the DS will fail to see the AC:WW cartridge when turned on. I do not believe that I have the same problem with my other game cartridges, or else it simply doesn't occur as frequently. With my AC game, it happens often enough to be a real annoyance.
So anyway, I know that it all sounds like DS problems, but they only occur with the AC:WW cartridges. Is it a matter of age, do you think? Do they still sell the game new? I'm assuming that it will only be available used after the 3DS version comes out. I quit playing the game about a year ago (?) because I was so frustrated with these problems, and I think that the same thing happened with my daughter. Although she's pretty young and may have just lost the cartridge for awhile, lol.
I'm wondering if Nintendo would help, or if they would just say, "normal wear and tear, sorry". Anyone else with similar problems, with this or any other game cartridge? What do you do?
The same thing recently started happening with my cartridge, too. The only difference is my DS doesn't recognize other games as often as it doesn't recognize Animal Crossing. I just have to remember to turn off the DS if I i am going to put my DS in my pocket or purse and take it somewhere. The rest of the time if I am just getting up to do something quick, I leave it open in a safe place (away from the cat) and it is fine.
My older DS had what I perceived as a problem with reading the game at 'loading times'. It would play fine, but if I was inside or outside a building too long, and went to go out or in, respectively, the DS wouldn't be able to load properly. This happened with other games as well, but nowhere near as frequently. Does that sound like what your daughters game does when it freezes?
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No, my daughter's DS just seems to lock up randomly. I mean, she could be talking to an animal, and the game freezes. Or she is walking across the grass, and it freezes. It does seem to happen if she looks away from the game for a few minutes, but at other times, she can leave her DS open and ignore the game for more than 15 minutes and it doesn't freeze. I just don't get it.
I found a tip that suggested blowing canned air into the DS slot and on the cartridge connections, so I'm going to try that as soon as I find our can of air. This may help the problem with the DS failing to recognize the cartridge when powering up.
I had a similar problem with a cartridge and replaced it. No problems since. If it's used alot then I suppose it does have a limited lifetime.
In contrast though, my Auntie lost her Animal Crossing WW cartridge in a field. A week later she was back in the same field and found it! It had been raining all week, it was half buried in mud and so she took it home wiped it clean and it still worked! She's still using it today.
I went to Gamestop, but couldn't find any new games--plenty of used ones, but then we could end up with the same problems.
And believe me, we have been blowing on the cartridges and into the DS slots. But I read that they could get all spitty that way, so the person suggested using canned air.
My hubby says that all of the Nintendo game systems have had this problem and that I should just deal with it. It's just so frustrating for my daugher--reading is not yet easy for her and repeating Nook's jobs and then listening to Resetti drone on and on is hard on her patience levels.
WW is no longer making any new games.... When you go to buy a used game, ask to try it out first to make sure it functions properly. Old games tend to start doing that, as with old ds's. Hopefully, your problem lies in the card, not the ds, as it would be a lot more expensive to replace the latter.
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I think that Gamestop has a certain period of time that you can use to test a used game and still return it. I'll either try that, or maybe eBay to get to a new one.
My cartridge froze on me the other night, but then I realized that I had just barely touched the cartridge while I was playing. Maybe my daughter is doing that and not realizing it. Resetti doesn't care for either of us at this point.
Thanks for the head's up about new games not being available any more. I kind of figured, but was still a little hopeful.
It's possible that your "used" game cartridge is actually an illegal copy not made by Nintendo.
I purchased a second AC:WW game (was said to be brand new) on eBay some time ago. When I received it I immediately noticed the plastic case was slightly different, and that the booklet was thicker with blurred pages compared to my official one. It looked like someone had scanned the booklet and printed it out as a copy.
My game did freeze/shut off for no reason as well. It's possible someone also purchased a cartridge like this and cashed it in at GameStop when they started having problems, and you happened to buy it.
If you plan to buy the game at eBay please beware of vendors in Hong Kong or Taiwan and similar areas. They do carry a lot of counterfit goods including video games for all consoles. I would advise to shop from Amazon.com. Or do a Google shopping search with other online stores with good reputation that may have new copies.
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