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What do the lights on the Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS mean?

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Whether you’re using a Nintendo 2DS or 3DS, the popular Nintendo handheld console has the same four lights. But what are they trying to tell you?

On the Nintendo 3DS, the notification LED is found on the hinge of the device. The remaining 3 lights are all found along the bottom edge of the console.

On the Nintendo 2DS, the notification LED is in the top-right of the front of the console. The Wireless LED is on the right-hand side, and the remaining pair of LEDs are in the bottom right of the front.

Notification LED

Blue – you’ve received a SpotPass notification

Green – you’ve received a StreetPass communication

Orange – a friend you’ve previously connected with on the Nintendo Network has appeared online

Flashing red – the battery level is very low

Wireless LED

Solid orange – your 3DS is connected to the internet

Flashing orange – data is being sent or received

Recharge LED

Solid orange – the device is being charged

Power LED

Solid blue – the console is in use and the battery level is good

Pulsing blue – your 3DS is in sleep mode

Red – the battery level is low

Flashing red – the battery level is very low

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David Artiss

Currently working for a technology company based in San Francisco, David has worked in IT for nearly 30 years. He is a keen gamer and happily admits to being a gadget nerd too.

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