On October 1, 2010, I purchased this case to go with my DSi XL. I paid $9.99, and the item was sold directly by Amazon. It was sophisticated, attractive, functional, and substantial—offering an aesthetic of luxury and an assurance of security.
On July 13, 2016, I purchased the case again for my New 3DS XL. I paid $12.79, and the item was again sold directly by Amazon. However, this time the case I have received is a pale imitation of the product I previously loved.
It seems like a cheap knock-off. The leather material is thin and does not hold up to the touch, making the whole case less solid. If I hold it in my hand (while containing my 3DS), it is easily squeezed. The edge stitching is now black instead of white, removing the handsome highlights of the original design. There is also an ugly imprint of CTA's company logo in the center of the case's top, which previously had been clean. See my photos for a comparison; in all of them, the new case is on the left and the old on the right.
While it's bad enough that the case is a shadow of its former self, the worst part is that you can't even know this until you open its packaging. That's right; not only does the image on the Amazon product page show the old case, but even the company's packaging has a clear image of it. It's advertising a different product than it contains.
Realistically, the new case is probably a 3-star item, but I have docked it an additional star for the deception. I will be returning it, and hopefully I can find the old one by purchasing from a different seller. If you are able to confidently acquire the original while avoiding this cheap redesign, I highly recommend it. It transformed my bronze DSi XL into a luxury item that I took pride and pleasure in carrying around. I had even been a little excited to see what the red 3DS XL would look like inside it. Seeing that case disappearing and being reduced to such mediocrity is what stings the most about this. If you can't be sure of which version you are buying, I advise you to steer clear.
- 平台: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
- 格式: 电子游戏