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Whenever I try to soft reset holding R + L and pressing Select or Start nothing happens. Do I have to do something to my DS or something?

I have the most recent update for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

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    possible duplicate of How can I soft reset?
    – Unionhawk
    Feb 2 '15 at 3:55
  • You can always just press Home and close the game.
    – Elise
    Feb 2 '15 at 3:58
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    @Unionhawk - sounds more like a broken button than a problem with not knowing how to soft reset
    – Robotnik
    Feb 2 '15 at 7:11
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Make sure you are holding L and R when you push Select or Start.

It's more than likely that one of your bumper buttons are broken. A hard knock such as dropping your 3DS would be enough to break the buttons.

You can test if it's the buttons by running a simple test:

Exit the Pokemon Game, and whilst on the Home menu, alternate between pressing L and R - you should see each button light up the outlines in the bottom right of the top screen (The place where it says holding both should launch the camera). If one doesn't light up, you know it's that button which is broken.

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  • "Dropping your 3DS will break the buttons" Never knew that. I thought 3DS'es are durable.
    – 54D
    Feb 2 '15 at 12:28
  • Ya but what about the select and start keys. Huh?
    – Aaron
    Feb 2 '15 at 14:31
  • @Aaron - if you can't push Start, you'll be unable to return to the homescreen from within an app
    – Robotnik
    Feb 2 '15 at 22:14
  • @ArceusMaster0493 - Not sure if sarcasm or sincere lol. Sure, the internals (screens especially) are protected by the case/clamshell, but dropping a ds straight onto one of the bumpers (which seem fairly flimsy) is bound to cause damage. Besides, dropping is only one way they can break, it could be something else that caused the problem
    – Robotnik
    Feb 2 '15 at 22:26
  • @Robotnik The comment is sincere. Is it about my tone or something? 'Cause I get asked the very same question on almost every single comment or chat message. :P
    – 54D
    Feb 2 '15 at 23:27

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