3DS Shell Swapping

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  1. Kenneth196
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    Hello all,

    I received the Mario & Luigi Dream Team bundle as a gift recently. It came with a higher firmware than 4.5 (and I stupidly updated it as well). Im interested in changing out the shells on my 3DS and another one that is on 4.1-4.5 (I'd have to find one).

    I found this guide on IGN -

    http://www.ign.com/wikis/nintendo-3ds/3DS_XL_Shell_Swapping

    Has anyone ever done this? Doesn't look too difficult but I'd like some opinions if possible
     
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    Wow cool. I want a limited edition GW XL. I also want to do it but my mind is telling me not to. What if I mess up some cables and screws and left my XL unplayable.
     
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    I did it last week, following the same guide.

    This is not difficult for a 3DS XL with the good tools, excepting maybe to reconnect ribbons of the upper screen that are a little bit shorter.

    A good advice would be to unfold your 3DS XL when you work on the motherboard.

    https://vine.co/u/1105555666891902976
     
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    Thanks! Looks good. I work in an IT dept but I've never been a fan of anything programming related or hardware related (I'm more of a backend Network kind of guy). The IGN article looks a bit intimidating, but I did stumble across http://imgur.com/a/csmxf, which was from a reddit post. I may end up going that route, since I don't really care for what the bottom of the 3DS looks like (who looks at the bottom all the time anyway? :rolleyes:)
     
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    I want one of those!
    Anyone selling a Charizard 3DS XL for cheap? :P
     
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    I done it to my black xl i bought last black friday.. bought a blue xl from another retailer (since i saw it had 4.4 firmware) and swapped the internals, resealed the box and took it back lol
     
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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread. I currently have a silver Mario & Luigi 3ds xl, 8.1 firmware (I forgot what it came with but a lot higher than 4.5).

    I received it as a gift so I would like to keep the shell, but would like to swap the guts of a 4.5 for my silver 3ds xl. For anyone who has done this shell swap, does your internal color stay the same (I.e. if I shell swapped my all silver 3ds xl for a blue & black one, would the inside color still be silver or black?)
     
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    Thanks! I guess I should have looked at my own silver 3DS and saw that it had a black interior color lol. Thanks for the prompt reply