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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable & Useful, April 5, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: CTA Digital Nintendo 3Ds Cartridge Storage Solution Box (Video Game)
Nintendo's new 3DS Cartridges have a new "tab" that protrudes out the top right of the cartridge. This was done to prevent 3DS games from being placed in older DS systems. Unfortunately, this means that many of the DS accessories for games will not work for 3DS games. This cartridge case is a great way to switch over to the new 3DS cartridges.

One of the first things you'll notice about this case is that it really is a $5 piece of plastic. You certainly get what you pay for. The case does feel a bit flimsy, and mine arrived with a scratch (read: gouge) on the back cover. But it still performs its intended function. It holds 22 games, 2 SD cards, and 2 styluses. I also keep my AR cards in it (including the "pouch" they came in). It's approximately the same size as the 3DS (wider, not as long as the 3DS), and does feel like an accessory for it. The transparency of the plastic is near-perfect. It's opaque enough to make it feel like a box rather than a showcase, but clear enough to see the games inside if needed.

This case definitely fulfills its intended purpose (and at only $5!), and would get 4.5 stars from me if Amazon had that rating. But there's two flaws that could make or break your purchase decision, and they are what caused me to give this a 4 star review instead of 5.

The case does have a death grip on your cartridges. It's very easy to place them into the case, and they're kept snug and secure. But pulling them out feels like digging a precious gem out of the side of a mountain. The plastic notches that hold the cartridge in place could be sanded down to make it easier to remove them, if the death grip becomes a problem.

One more thing that was slightly confusing and possibly annoying to the obsessive is that the inner sides of the two pages seem to be upside down. The result is that the space where the 3DS cartridge "tab" should be is not the top right of the cartridge slot. It's in the bottom left. You need to flip the 3DS cartridge and place it in the slot upside down. The pictures here on Amazon have disguised that fact, but my point is made more clear by looking at the styluses in the two pics. When looking at the front of the case closed, the stylus points to the top of the cartridge. The opened "clam-shell" view has the stylus pointing down at the bottom of the cartridge. They've flipped the case upside down to correct the orientation of the cartridges in the clam-shell picture. It's not a big deal to me, I simply place my old DS games in the middle pages (They fit "upside down" in the slot, which makes them right-side up). The tab placement is correct on the front and back pages, so I keep my 3DS games there. It also makes them the ones visible from the outside.

Overall, despite the two major issues that might be deal breakers for some, I still give this case 4 stars. It's simple, does what it's supposed to, and it's only $5.
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