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About the product
- Officially licensed by Nintendo
- Uses TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material; TPU is a special material that provides durability and flexibility
- Comes with top and bottom pieces, both in blue
- Provides additional grip during gameplay
- Compatible with only the Nintendo 3DS XL (not included)
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Officially licensed by Nintendo. HORI's Duraflexi protector is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material which is a special material that provides durability and flexibility. The top and bottom of your Nintendo 3DS XL system is protected from dirt, scratches and wear, and the Duraflexi material provides additional grip during game play. Nintendo 3DS XL system not included.
Top customer reviews
I was wondering if the case would "dull" the design on the front of my 3DS XL - after all, you don't get a 3DS XL special edition to hide the design, right? :) No problem, though - the case doesn't make the 3DS XL look dull at all, just protected. I liked this case so much, and was so impressed after just one day with it that I bought a second one for my husband's Yoshi Limited Edition 3DS XL- an early birthday present.
So go ahead, grab one of these cases and keep your 3DS XL safe and sound. Easy to install, nice materials and doesn't dull the beauty of your 3DS XL one bit. It's absolutely worth the money.
It comes in two pieces, one for the top half and one for the bottom half. I have the Mario special 3DS XL, so I wanted something that would protect but not cover up the special design. So far, I love it. I feel like I can hold the system better as I'm playing games with this on.
I added a couple photos to show what the case looks like on and partially off the system. It's clear, but of course it's going to add a little "haze" to the colour of the system. That's ok with me, as long as I can preserve the look of my system as best as I can.
Hori is my number-one manufacturer for Japanese console-related products, so I knew they wouldn't disappoint when I ordered supplements for my 3DS XL. With this and their bubble-less screen protector, my limited edition XL was ready to hit the road.
What I like most about this protective cover set is that there's a little bit of flex. I knew that would mean it's not completely transparent, but that's fine for me. Honestly, considering the fact that it has some flex, I'm actually surprised by how transparent it is; I get to see the lovely touches of my Zelda XL edition in all its glory.
After a couple of years of having it, however, I have noticed a slight yellow tint appear on the bottom cover. I imagine that's from the many times I've had to remove it to charge the system, but it doesn't bother me as I can easily replace the set.
With the new 3DS XL, I wanted to keep it in this travel case below. Even though it is listed as for the DSi, it fits the 3DS XL just fine.
Official Nintendo Travel Case DSi DS
The Duraflexi protector is made from TPU material, part of the reason I chose this is from my previous experience with TPU cover for smartphones. The material surface is in between a smooth surface like polycarbonate (slippery) and silicone (high grip). Perfect because you don't lose the grip easily AND it doesn't feel like silicone, where it's hard to put in and take out of pockets/purses/bags and collects lint/hair. It is also in between as far as flexibility, not stiff like polycarbonate and not limp like silicone. Very easy to slip on the 3DS XL and it doesn't fall off once on. It's also low profile, it does not protrude out much like some other protectors.
Perfect type of protector for our family. We mainly wanted some protection from a slight drop (low height), protection from dirty/oils from hands, and protection from scratches. This fits the check list. It does NOT protect the two buttons on the corners so if you need/want full protection, do not buy this one. I can recommend this to someone who maintains their gadgets gently, mainly uses it sitting, etc. If you are rather abusive in handling things, frequently on the move with the 3DS XL, or have active children, I recommend something else, like the NERF protector, for example.
I knew I wouldn't be able to use a similar clear polycarbonate cover AND fit it into the travel case because polycarbonate had a hinge. This Duraflexi protector doesn't and it appears to be pretty slim. I ordered and I can say I am pleasantly pleased that I can still use both the cover and the case. It is a tight squeeze and the way I put it in the travel case is upside down with the buttons towards me. I reviewed the DSi travel case as well separately.
UPDATE 11/3/13: It's still holding well, very easy to hold and slim, one small minor issue is the edge of the corners for the bottom portion 'may' be a little annoying to some users. It is very minor but I will explain; it is right where your left and right thumb areas are, I find it more so for the right thumb. The right thumb hovers over the X/Y/A/B buttons and the A button is very close to the right edge of the protector.
Sometimes when I play, I feel my thumb 'pulling/rubbing/stretching' against the right edge of the protector. Over time, can this cause the right corner bend slightly outwards? It hasn't yet and I do recall touching that edge near the very beginning of owning the protector. I don't recall it much now, maybe I got used to it or it was certain games played.
*** Please see the comment left in this review by another member, that member provides some good information regarding this and other types of protectors.
[...], it will encourage me to continue writing and updating my reviews, and leave a comment if you have any questions, I will be more than happy to answer if I can be of help.
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