Pros: sturdy, durable, protects the system extremely well
Cons: can't remove it. ever. limited color choices.
The Bottom Line: If you have a kid and a Nintendo DS, you should also own this case.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that we have been through three Nintendo DS Lite systems in not even two years in my house. This is partially attributed to the fact that it is owned by a five year old. A very typical scenario plays out sort of like this:
Kid: “Mom? Where’s my DS?” Me: “I saw it in your room earlier” (sound of running feet, followed by a distinctive crunching sound) Kid: “Ummmm….. I found it….”
Thank heaven for extended warranties.
So, the most recent time we replaced my son’s Nintendo DS, I was well determined that this would be very last time, barring some freakish act of nature. Ideally, the best way to protect any fragile electronic is with a good, sturdy case, and I found that in the NERF Nintendo DS carry case by Performance Designed Products, otherwise known as PDP.
As I mentioned in my review of the NERF Wii Steering Wheel, PDP makes a variety of video gaming accessories, and if you're familiar with gaming products you may know them by their division of Pelican branded accessories. They make cases, controllers, quirky add-ons such as this wheel and more. NERF is a thick yet soft foam rubber that is known for making potentially hazardous toys relatively safe for play for all ages. So, when you combine the two, you have a gaming accessory made by a company who has been in the business for years, combined with a material known for standing up to even the roughest kids. This case is no exception.
The NERF Nintendo DS case is a fairly simple design. There is a hard plastic case base that snaps around the top and bottom halves of the system. Then, on top of that, is a thick layer of NERF material, approximately half an inch thick. If you drop the system while it’s in this case, it practically bounces from all the cushioning. Once it is snapped onto the system, it is very secure and will not slip off. It is designed so that it protects but does not impede the hinge that allows the system to open and shut. The case leaves a small access point around the power switch, as well as the charger and headphone ports, so that once you put the case on you will never need to remove it again. Of course, this is ideal as the biggest problem with kids is getting them to remember to put their things back into the cases when finished.
Well, we have had this case securely attached to my son’s Nintendo DS for going on nine months now, and there have been no problems at all. It has been dropped, in the case, more times than I would care to count and still is like brand new. So as far as protection goes, this case really gets the job done. NERF is easy to clean with just a little soap and water on a cloth, so it still looks like the day we bought it, even after countless encounters with dirt or peanut-butter covered little hands.
My only complaint is that once the case is on, it is next to impossible to take it off, even by an adult. I had wanted to remove it to just clean around the edges between the case and the system, and I couldn’t find any way to remove it short of having to break the case in half. In some ways, this is good, as I know my son won’t be able to take the case off, but it is kind of a pain when the parent wants to remove it.
We purchased this case in black with red accents, to match my son’s red and black Nintendo DS, but I also saw it offered in black with white accents and baby blue with white accents. I haven’t seen it in any other color assortment so far.
Overall, this was a more than worthwhile investment. The case retails for about $15, which I believe is well worth the peace of mind that your $130 electronic won’t be broken. They also make this case for the newer Nintendo Dsi, which has a small flap in the top to allow access to the camera. Anyone with kids that own a DS should definitely make the small investment in this case.
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Tina Duncan (bunniesnbuggies)
Always super busy mom to a very energetic kid and a very devilish cat. Forever starting new hobbies and working on old ones. In my spare time I enjoy reading, video games, World Of Warcraft … more
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