CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Nintendo 3DS Protector
- Officially licensed by Nintendo
- Total protection for your Nintendo 3DS from dirt and scratches
- Comes in two separate pieces to protect the top half and bottom half of your Nintendo 3DS
- Clear cover keeps the look of the Nintendo 3DS in place
- Can be stored into HORI's Nintendo 3DS compatible Hard Pouch or Compact Case while the protector is attached (sold separately)
Top Customer Reviews
Also, this case is made specifically for the 3DS and will not fit on a DSi or DS Lite, so be sure of which system you're buying this for.
This is a fitted, rigid, snap-on case molded to fit the 3DS. There are no hinges, which helps keep the size down. My 3DS usually travels in a pouch in my daily bag, so I just needed something to protect it from the occasional scratch or ding, without adding too much bulk. This case fits perfectly and blends right in to the body of the unit and seems fairly sturdy.
If anything, I only have one con: Because the case is a smooth, clear plastic, dust and particles gather between the lid and the case, which can leave ugly blotches or gunk. This probably won't bother most, but it can be an issue for some. I also don't think the particles stuck in there will scratch the lid, though because I hate fingerprints and smudges, this is something that'll drive me batty, no doubt.
Finally, I won't list this as a negative, because it's the nature of this type of case, but this is not meant for impact-resistance. If you drop your 3DS, you'll still likely break your unit and all this case will do is pop off. It's made of a rigid plastic, not something soft, like silicone. Again, it's something I was aware of and am fine with. Still, if you want something that'll take a short drop, look elsewhere.
Overall, I think this is a great case to protect my 3DS while it sits in my bag, looking for people to meet on Street Pass. I like that it doesn't add to the bulk of the unit and can still fit in the small carrying pouch I bought. I'd have preferred that it be translucent instead of perfectly clear, so that dust and smudges wouldn't be so noticeable, but it fits my needs nicely.
The clear protector is made of thin plastic that comes in a top and bottom piece which snap on and off easily (no damage). While it looks dark in some pictures, it is transparent. Some have commented on the little spots of condensation under the protector, which don't bother me at all. I imagine these occur with any protector, but are evident in the clear ones. In terms of protection, the plastic is not going to protect against major impacts. Rather, it will prevent scratches from normal use.
The black silicone case comes in one piece and slips on and off very easily -- important because it blocks the SD card slot. It looks just like a silicone case for a phone, which is good or bad, depending on preference. I think the clear case looks better. The silicone has a nice feel, but it makes the system more difficult to slip into my pocket for Streetpass action. The silicone also covers the shoulder (top) buttons, which makes them a bit harder to push, but is good protection. These buttons are exposed with the clear protector. As with the clear protector, it only offers scratch, not impact, protection.
While both products are thin, they have enough thickness to prevent using the charging dock. I really dislike this, and it could have been remedied by including a larger dock. I can't imagine this would cost them much, since the docks are just plastic with contact pins. The clear protector can even balance precariously in the dock and work.Read more ›
Now lets get to the cons. The first thing I noticed soon after getting my 3DS is that it is not very comfortable during extended play for those of us with larger hands. This case doesn't alleviate this problem, and to make matters worse there were several sharp edges that actually started cutting into my fingers. This was especially an issue around the Left shoulder button. I spent some time with a fingernail file and rounded off all the sharp edges and it was much better, but I still found it uncomfortable to hold, with or without this shell.
My solution... I decided I should try a grip, and there are several for sale on here but I wanted something fast so I went local. I went to several stores but I couldn't find a grip anywhere. What I did find was the Nerf Armor for the 3DS at a game specialty store that I decided to stop at, and decided to give that a shot. It is by no means perfect but it adds some bulk to the system, it's lightweight, and best of all it fixes the 3DS floppy screen issue. At this point it seems to be the best option for adding grip and protection to the 3DS, though I still want to try some of the other grips that are on the market.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this 3DS clear protector. It def helps to prevent any scratches and does not whatsoever interfere with comfort while gripping device.Published on August 11, 2013 by Reaper_2099
I received this product today from VZGamez. When I opened the package, the product was already opened. I bought this from new for $13.99. What a scam. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by @HIRO
This is a clear plastic case that snaps onto the 3DS very easily and provides great scratch resistance for the exterior of your unit while letting its color show through; so if you... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Alison RN
I got the Zelda edition 3DS and wanted a nice clear case to show off the design of the 3DS. I really wanted to like this case but it doesn't quite fit my 3DS. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Raylon
If you're going to the expense of buying a 3DS, I highly recommend a protective cover. A no brainer, right? This one, from Nintendo, will do the trick. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Basil MacDougal
I think for a grippy, minor bit of protection, this is a good option. For smaller children (or anyone looking to protect their DS from a drop) it's not quite enough protection. Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by N. Berry
I don't know that I will keep this on the 3DS. It snaps on ok, but don't think it would protect my 3DS if dropped. It also seems to collect dust between the case. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by JBizzle
Other than working out the moisture bubbles, fulfills its purpose from scratches and other damage to the 3DS. Highly recommended to any 3DS owner!Published on August 6, 2011 by sercain