3DS Replacement Shells?

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  1. teh_ryn
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    Has anyone used a replacement shell on their 3DS? What shell did you use, where did you buy it from, and how did you like the quality?

    I am seeing the same 3 replacement shells wherever I look: an aqua with a gradiented top, red with gradiented top, and a black. So it doesn't seem like there's a lot of different aftermarket manufacturers out there, yet.
     
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    Also I wonder if the 3ds is harder to switch the shell then the 3ds, I changed a ds lite shell to a orange goku one, it was nice.
     
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    I'd say it's more annoying. Have you experienced trying to connect the DS lite's top screen ribbon cable to the motherboard before? The 3DS has 3 short-length ribbon cables to connect on both sides of the board instead... Emphasis on the "short". Took me a while and extra caution when connecting them back. Suffice to say, switching the DS lite's housing is easier.

    Edit: Also, I'm wondering if there will ever be an ice white replacement shell for the 3DS. That's the only housing I'm waiting for to use on my scratched-up 3DS.
     
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    When I first bought my 3DS XL on launch day I thought it was gonna be customizable. Well it looks like you can change them without opening it.
     
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    Yea I know what your talking about, sounds like a pain.
     
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    DaggerV Archmagi of the Emerald Moon

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    I was waiting for shells to come out so I can paint my own, then I said screw it I'll get an XL and do it.




    I still don't own an XL.
     
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    Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not looking forward to shell swapping a 3DS. :) But I've acquired a few broken ones and one of them has a cracked hinge. I've shell swapped a DS Lite so I do know the pain of messing with those ribbon cables. When I saw a 3DS disassembly video and saw how many little cables there are to deal with... Well, it'll be a challenge, and in that sense I'm looking forward to it.

    But I guess no one has actually used any of the aftermarket 3DS shells yet to know how the quality is?

    I actually did find a white one, here: http://www.westingames.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=3742 However, I think you need to have a wholesale license to order from westingames. Not 100% sure on that, but I know you have to submit some info first and get approved before you can order from them. Haven't seen that white shell anywhere else yet...
     
  8. JuStYn.Leandro

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    Guys, do you have any idea where can i find a shell for a 3ds xl?
     
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    Monty Kensicle Yay!

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    I'm interested in finding one as well, I bought mine used and its case has appeared to have taken quite a beating.
     
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    I've seen the guide before.. but I just want a shell replacement, not another 3ds system... I don't have the money for that right now...