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A quality, retro-styled, slim-profile case.
on March 25, 2015
I am a big fan of Hori products. I have owned, and still own several cases and other products made by them. I always use their screen protectors on my Nintendo handhelds (and the Wii U Gamepad.) At this point, whenever I need an accessory for my gaming consoles, the first thing I do is see what Hori has to offer. I have found all of their products to be high quality. This case is no exception.
A few things about this case pleasantly surprised me. First of all, it is quite a bit slimmer than I expected. The Hori case that I owned for my (old) 3DS XL was significantly thicker. This case provides a great balance of protection and slimness. It is not exactly hard shell, but if you have owned other Hori cases, they have a rigidity to them that provide adequate protection, though it probably would not withstand being stepped on with full weight. Not something I'm about to test.
The other pleasant surprise was something to which I was initially reluctant: the design on the front of the case. It is not apparent from the photo, but the NES controller design actually has a really nice three-dimensional element to it. The buttons are slightly extruded and rounded, as is the D-pad, and the rectangular controller itself; much more detail than I had expected. Nothing sticks out so far to be annoying, just enough to add a noticeable coolness factor. I generally prefer a low-profile, nondescript case that tends to reveal no clue as to what is inside. In this instance I made an exception in order to rock some retro flair, and I'm quite happy I did.
A few other details worth noting: there is a flap inside which will hold six cartridges and a stylus; pretty standard for such cases. There is no mesh netting in the upper lid to hold any other items, which added to the girth of my (old) 3DS XL case. You will not be able to fit your charger into this case. Also, there is an elastic strap in the bottom half which holds the console in place. This is partially necessary due to the fact that the case does not snugly fit the bare New 3DS XL console. Using the elastic strap secures the console nicely within the case. If you forgo the elastic strap, the console will slide around ever so slightly inside the case. I can only presume the extra room is to accommodate Hori's own TPU protective shell which I do not have. If that is something you own, or you plan on putting another kind of protective shell on to your console, this case should be easily accommodate it. With my (old) 3DS XL Hori case, the console practically snapped into place, it was such a snug fit. It might also be worth mentioning that this case should be compatible with the (old) 3DS XL form factor due to the elastic strap.
Everything else is the usual quality I expect from Hori. This is one of several designs they have for what I assume to be otherwise identical cases. Ergo, this review should apply, in theory, to those cases as well. In all, I recommend this case for a slim-profile, semi-rigid case that is good for traveling, or just general protection when the console is not in use. Hori has yet to disappoint me.