The motherboard houses all the internal circuitry of the Nintendo 2DS, and the utmost caution must be taken when disassembling it. Be certain not to strip any screws, as that damage my be impossible to fix.



  1. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two Phillips captive screws securing the upper rear panel.

    • The captive screws will not completely detach from the back panel.

  2. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.

  3. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge.

  4. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Rear Panel: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the ten Phillips screws attaching the rear panel.

    Can't take off the screw top left next to the battery. What type of screwdriver do I use and where can I find some?

    Little Mac - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I used a husky with changeable heads, you could probably find one on amazon

    Minecrafter Pig -

  5. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • The rear panel is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, so be careful not to lift the rear panel too far from the device.

    • Carefully pull the rear panel straight up from the device.

  6. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully flip the back panel over to locate the attached ribbon cable.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws attaching the ribbon cable to the rear panel.

    • Take the opportunity to remove the Left and Right triggers, they have hinges that may break and springs that may jump away.

    You can also detach the cable from the motherboard safely by flipping up the connector on the motherboard. Just don't forget to reattach. Some will find this tedious but may save time if you know what you're doing with said connectors.

    Blackbeard - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    pay attention: my 2ds dropped it's lens covers at this step

    Jos van Reenen - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Likewise, I used a tiny drop of glue to put the lens back in place. Take care not to dirty the lens.

    Elliot West -

    The picture you have there has the camera lens ribbon installed upside down. The ribbon needs to be pointing down when you re-attach it not up.

    Rick Parrish - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Agreed, ribbon cable looks upside down in picture

    Elliot West -

  7. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Side Panels: step 7, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Side Panels: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Hold the side panels of the device's case with your fingers and pull outward to remove them.

    • The panels should come off easily with little force required.

    When reattaching during reassembly, take great care to ensure volume slider piece is correctly aligned with potentiometer tab on motherboard, otherwise volume control cannot be changed.

    Elliot West - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The are two small metal pins in the bottom corners of the case, take care not to misplace them.

    Elliot West - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  8. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Unscrew Motherboard: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 12 brass-colored Phillips screws securing the main board.

    • Be very careful not to strip any of these screws. Stripping can occur very easily, and may make replacement of the motherboard impossible.

    ...also in this step, the pictures show the analog stick disappearing without a step to remove its two silver screws.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I was using a brand new 000 driver, and found that I needed to dull the tip of it in order to get a better grip on these tiny screws.

    marjames - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I dont know if its just me but my gold mother board screws i had a few that just didnt fit right with a ph000. Maybe my screw driver is just garbage?

    Mark Damien English - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  9. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 1 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 2 of 3 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Top Panel: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • The top panel can only be removed when the mother board is not secured.

    • There are two additional screws located on the top rail. Remove these to fully remove the buttons and top rail.

    • There are two screws holding down the joystick base that must be removed. (Be careful of the ribbon cable—it stays connected!)

    • Hold the top panel with your fingers and pull away from the device to remove it.

    • The top panel should come off easily, with very little force applied.

    There are two additional brass screws holding the top panel plastic on to the frame. They are 00 Philips and shorter than the ones securing the motherboard.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When reassembling, take care to ensure all buttons, and rubber button pads are located correctly BEFORE securing the motherboard.

    Elliot West - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  10. Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Motherboard: step 10, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 2DS Motherboard Replacement, Remove Motherboard: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Detach the 2 ribbon cables by lifting the black flip connectors that hold them.

    • Lift out the rectangular board seated in the face and lift out the white square which is the joystick motor (takes a little effort). Both stay attached to the motherboard.

    • On some models, you'll need to remove three more tiny ribbon cables at the bottom of the screen. They are secured by flip up connectors. BE GENTLE!

    • Holding the motherboard on either side, lift to remove it.

    Don't forget to disconnect the two tiny ribbon cables on the bottom of the motherboard that attach to the microphone and home button.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    What happens if I can't get the ribbons to reattach? Is the board broke irreparably?

    Laurie Hutcherson - well as the hidden 4-conductor ribbon cable on the upper right that connects to the analog stick.

    Roger - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Briana the 3 wires on bottom of board are covered under screen 2 step 10.

    goldenkenneth - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    y e e t y e e t m y d u d e s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!n ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    scoobert doobert - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The replacement board that I’ve got has not got a grey plastic flip down ribbon cable retainer! How do I swap one from my old board?

    JoeStoner - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The motherboard of my 2017(I think) 2DS is definitely laid out differently than in this guide, be careful.

    Matthew D. H. - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Cosa succede se i connettori dei 3 piccoli cavi piatti si dovessero rompere??

    00 Jumpscare - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    How do I flip up the two ribbons ( need help desperately)

    Abbigail Brogden - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.


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o meu 2ds esta com um defeito que, quando eu aperto o botão de power ele liga e apos alguns segundo desliga e faz um pequeno barulho.

thiagopereira10000 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Would a jis #000 screw driver work better? As i tried a ph +000 and the gold motherboard screws just dont fit right

Mark Damien English - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have a question. After I replaced the mother board I have been having issues with it freezing after a couple mins running. Do you know why

briana1987be - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have a similar problem. After I replaced mine it will not open any app, and it does not show the status bar. Does anyone know why?

Steve David -

Now that I've removed the motherboard, how do I fix it? The instructible is great as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough

Danielle Chester - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Fix what? You need to be more specific. I have to purchase a screen from China in order to fix mine.

goldenkenneth -

The SD slot of my 2DS is not functioning. Should I replace the complete motherboard?

Ingeborg - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have a quarter inch metal pin left over. Don’t see it in any tutorials. Anyone know where it’s from?

Mikael Daugherty - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have the same thing, It came out when I was removing the back panel. I believe it was located towards the bottom of the panel. I’m scouring forums to see where it goes. Found this on Youtube! looks like it is just a reinforcement pin for a lanyard in the bottom corners.

Kwag -

stripped all of my screws. Your screwdrivers suck $@$*. never buying again. &&^& you

Tony Son - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The picture of the camera piece being unscrewed shows it in the backwards position, which caused me some grief during reassembly.

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