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Nintendo 3DS Protector

by Hori
Platform : Nintendo 3DS
3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • 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)
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Officially licensed by Nintendo. Protector comes in two pieces; one for the top half and one for the bottom half to protect your Nintendo 3DS from dirt and scratches. Designed so that you can use the camera, change Nintendo 3DS/DS game cards, insert and remove stylus, attach and detach headphones, attach wrist strap, recharge, adjust volume and more while attached. This product does not include the Nintendo 3DS system.

Product Details

  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004K6LQ9Y
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 8 inches ; 2.9 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,887 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
First off, the case I received is 100% clear; not smoke, not black. The black in the photo is a paper insert to show what the 3DS would look like in the case. As I own a blue 3DS, this is exactly what I wanted--a clear case.

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.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
If you, like me, are considering both the silicone and the clear plastic protectors from this brand, this review is for you. I was given both for review and will focus on comparing them.

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.
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I got this because I wanted something to keep my 3DS from getting scratched up, and it serves this purpose well. It's easy to install or remove, and adds very little bulk to the 3DS. The 3DS still fits in a case with this on which is a plus. (It will not fit in the charging dock but that should be obvious) If you're comfortable with the 3DS stock size or just want something to protect from scratches without adding any bulk this is perfect.
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.
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