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DSi XL Hand Grip

by CTA Digital See the Amazon Page for this brand
Nintendo DS
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Easy to place DSi XL in and out of grip
  • Integrated Stand
  • Stores 2 game cartridges in controller grip
  • Full accessibility to buttons
  • Easy To Place In Dsi Xl & Remove
  • Comfortable Design
  • Lightweight

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DSi XL Hand Grip + DSi XL Jumbo Touch Pen Set - Black/White/Wine Red + dreamGEAR Nintendo 3DS XL Comfort Grip
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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003QWYX2A
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.6 x 2.2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 10, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,933 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

CTA Digitals DSi XL Controller grip with integrated game storage keeps your hands for cramping while playing the DSi XL. With extended use, Having a more traditional controller grip on a handheld system prolongs your gaming sessions. The controller grip for the DSi XL solves this problem. Racing cars, flying an airplane, riding a motorcycle, or playing your favorite platform game on your DSi XL can be a much more comfortable experience. With added comfort you can maneuver your way through games with precision. This controller grip gives the feel of using a console gaming controller as you use the DSi XL. When you need to rest your hands from all the intense gaming, you can prop up the grip to stand by using the integrated stand. Now you are ready game comfortably for longer.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grips failed my expectations August 24, 2010
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I have grips on my PSP (Nyko with battery) and DS Lite Stereo Grips (Dream Gear). I was overall satisfied with those previous grips. I pre-ordered these grips and have been disappointed.

They do feel a little better than holding the DSi XL by itself, but not much. They do hold the DS securely enough. They don't balance the DSi XL well in your hands. When the DS is open, if feels like the weight is pulling down slightly from the top. I would have liked for the handles to extend a bit lower as well for comfort.

The two slots for holding DS games are not good. They are too loose and I have had DS cartridges slide out of them. I no longer use those slots because I fear I won't notice that a game has come loose and it will be lost.

My final complaint is my biggest one. I almost always use headphones when I play my DS. For some strange reason, these grips were designed in a way that covers up the headphone jack on the DSi XL. It makes using headphones impossible. I had to use some tools to cut a good chunk of plastic away and file it down to make it usable. You can get the stylus, volume controls, and SD slot without a problem, which is nice, but covering up the headphone jack is a huge no-no in my opinion.

I would not recommend these grips for the reasons above. Hopefully they will come out with an improved version in the future.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good design but has flaws October 10, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Before buying the product I did read the reviews to get an idea of what the product was like. The overall design concept is great. You have two handles that allow the user a comfortable grip. The leg on the back come down making a tripod so you get a great viewing angle, which I love to use when I am using a cooking game. There are two card slots on the back for two spare cartridges, and they are very loose. If you turn the grip upside-down and give it a quick jolt they do fall out. All the ports and functions are still accessible with the exception of the headphone jack, it is completely covered. To solve both issues I did some minor modifications. The card slots I heated with a hair dryer and pushed the center in slightly and added a small piece of felt tape. Now I can shake the grip violently and the cartridges don't budge. As for the headphone jack, I had to cut and melt the grip to get it just right. I would give this product 5 stars if not for the extra work on my part.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just ordered a second one! November 10, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My wife made me a temporary loan of hers. After twenty minutes of use, I ordered another one for her. My dear wife failed to define "temporary". Oops! She's reading over my shoulder. I just can't wait for mine to get here.

We are retired. Neither of us has noticed the extra weight or a balance problem. If you only use your XL a few minutes at a time, you probably don't need one of these. If, though, you plan to only play for a few minutes and check the clock and see that an hour has passed, then one of these might be quite helpful.

The rounded grip part is large enough to keep our hands from cramping. If you are using a stylus for play the other hand is much more comfortable holding the entire unit. If you are using the control pad, the palms of your hands and fingers are more relaxed while your thumbs are playing.

We haven't found a use for the stand (at least yet). The only negative is that the grip does cover the headphone port. Others have pointed out that some judicious carving can remedy that. We don't use headphones anyway.

Well made, decently priced, comfortable to use - give it a try. We soon will have two in use.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Accessory for the DSi XL July 26, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I usually don't buy these types of things (grips of any sort for Nintendo hand helds), but this accessory has made holding the DSi XL for long periods of time ( 3 hours a pop) much easier. The XL can get pretty heavy after a while and the console-controller like grips feel great. Plus, the "kick stand" in the back works good too. The accessory itself is pretty light so it doesn't really add to weight.

It attaches very snuggly with no wiggle, and (bonus!) it does not block the stylus port! Or the SD card slot or the volume controls for that matter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone blockage fixed April 7, 2011
By Troa11
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't use headphones on my DS, so the previously written reviews mentioning the blockage of the headphone port didn't bother me in the slightest or stop me from buying this. Imagine my surprise when I popped my XL into the handles and found the headphone jack completely free and accessible. It seems the problem has been corrected, so consider that when reading any review that subtracted points for that problem. Can't comment on the DS cart storage slots, don't intend to use them. Handles fit snug and feel great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This thing helped a lot! July 29, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I ordered one of these a few months ago and it has made a huge difference in how I play games on my DSi XL. The console itself is thin, making it hard to hold, especially when you need to pull do anything more than basic left/right/up/down button presses. My hands used to get cramps pretty quickly from having to support the weight of the system with the outer muscles of each hand. Since I got this grip, it has made a huge difference and it makes the system feel like you're using a full blown controller. Now I can't stand to use my system without the grip. Also, several of the reviews, which are very old, have stated the grip covers the headphone jack. The grip I received must be a newer revision, as the headphone jack is completely exposed and I have no problems plugging in my headphones with a larger connector. The back of the grip has two slots to hold two DS games, but they don't work very well at all and I do not recommend using them. If you put a game in the correct way, it will easily pop up. If you put the game in backwards, you basically have to take the grip apart (uses phillips screws) to get the game back out. Another feature that I found I use a lot more than I ever though I would is the stand that folds out. If sitting at a desk or table, you can rest the grip on the table just like in the picture and still fairly easily wrap your hands around the system. This probably works better with RPG's, but it's just a nice feature in general.

This is the first time I've ever felt the need to write a product review. It really is that good. If you own a DSi XL, you need to buy this. It makes the system much, much more ergonomic and less painful to hold for extended periods of time. No more hand cramps for me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was excellent. Thank you, ggulley10
Published 2 months ago by Gabriella
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy for the stand
The DSi XL Hand Grip is made of a smooth plastic... not sure what I think about that. I like the shape and placement of the grip handle though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by turner_family
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product !!
Published 4 months ago by A. Richard Armando
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by edgar simon
5.0 out of 5 stars GET ONE.... RIGHT NOW
If you are a DS lover than this is almost a must have. Holds DS XL perfectly and makes playing simple and easy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ren H
1.0 out of 5 stars This grip damaged my DSi XL
My (formerly) mint condition burgundy DSi XL was damaged the very first time I used this thing. I have a similar grip for my 3DS and I was thinking that it would latch onto the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charles Laine
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this hand grip!
I do not use my DS without it. It makes holding my DS easier and the option to set it up on a table and play hands free is great.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Doman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you have children who use a dsi this is essential. It allows the dsi to stand on its own so hands to become tired.
Published 10 months ago by Racer x
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have item for all 3DS owners.
This grip makes it so much easier to play games without your hands cramping. I personally like grips on handhelds because I find it hard to use all the controls holding just the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Garmia
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Worth The Money
I easily made it fit the 3DS XL with a few scotch mounting squares. It definitely makes the system more comfortable but it could be much larger.
Published 13 months ago by Buyer
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