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Nintendo 3DS gets US teardown, found tough to repair

03/03, 9:40am

Nintendo 3DS torn down by iFixit

The Japanese 3DS was given a teardown in the US on Thursday by iFixit that revealed a very intricate build. Despite having an easily swappable battery and standard Philips screws, Nintendo's system was found very difficult to fix since there were many small parts that could easily break. Ribbon cables were wrapped around the 3DS' inside by robots in a way that a human couldn't easily detach, and many of the connectors use zero insertion force (ZIF) sockets that make it hard to tell if it's plugged in until it's completely reassembled.

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Nintendo 3DS spotted at FCC?

05/17, 9:50am

Nintendo may have shown test 3DS board at FCC

Nintendo's 3DS may have been spotted in crude form through an FCC filing. A test board for the "DS CTR" doesn't show the design by itself but does show at least one widescreen display. Most of the components are hidden in the filing, submitted by wireless supplier Mitsumi, and prevent easily identifying whether it's using a new Tegra processor or other new hardware.

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