I just re-shelled my New 3DS XL, come take a peek. ;)

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Jayro, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. Jayro
    OP

    Jayro MediCat DVD and Mini Windows 10 Developer

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    Jayro is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    4,847
    2,583
    Jul 23, 2012
    United States
    Octo Canyon
    So I bought a Pikachu Edition shell and some white buttons for my New 3DS XL, because I'm not shelling out the $400.00 eBay prices for one. And I like how the white buttons show the colored letters really well. The only real snag I ran into was the 3 zif cables going through the hinge, and I accidentally got the pin stuck once from putting it in upside-down. (Oops)

    THE GOOD:
    I finally got a custom New 3DS system the way I want it. The shell came from Europe (German), and was only $14 with free shipping.

    THE BAD:
    It took a month to get to me. The process took me 5 hours due to the snags, and me being overly-careful not to botch a $200 handheld. I will not ever attempt this again, the process was a nightmare and working with so many zif cables freaks me out.

    AND THE UGLY:
    I flung one of the bottom feet that covers the hidden screws out of my grey bottom piece across the room while prying it out, so that's lost forever... And I also can't get the screws off the other battery cover to secure the Pikachu one to the back. Power, stylus, volume slider, Start, Select, R, L, ZR and ZL are still dark grey because the button set was only ABXY, D-pad, and Home.

    THE VERDICT:

    While the end result came out nice, I cannot recommend doing this unless you have small hands, great lighting and good tools.

    PICTURES:

    20170413_042236-768x1024.jpg
    20170413_042424-768x1024.jpg
    20170413_042213-768x1024.jpg
     
    WeedZ, HugaTheFox, Yepi69 and 21 others like this.


  2. Oschara

    Oschara GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    246
    56
    Jan 4, 2017
    United States
    I had almost done that but then i got my Galaxy N3dsxl and decided against reshelling the red one that my son is getting for his bday. Just going to decal girl it :) Looks good though!
     
    Jayro likes this.
  3. KlasseyKreations

    KlasseyKreations photon readings negative

    Member
    224
    170
    Feb 20, 2017
    Portugal
    Hyrule
    Still looks nice though :yay3ds:
     
  4. leonmagnus99

    leonmagnus99 GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,384
    582
    Apr 2, 2013
    Seinegald
    looks really nice man c:
    i have a case for mine that i am very happy with because i love the art of the series of my case. (dragon quest ,slimes everywhere on the case wooo)
     
    jamezfat likes this.
  5. Oschara

    Oschara GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    246
    56
    Jan 4, 2017
    United States
    Plus you can say that you did it yourself. No one else will have a 3ds like yours :)
     
  6. KlasseyKreations

    KlasseyKreations photon readings negative

    Member
    224
    170
    Feb 20, 2017
    Portugal
    Hyrule
    Yeah, pretty cool, right :D
     
  7. Oschara

    Oschara GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    246
    56
    Jan 4, 2017
    United States
    I dont think i have the balls to even attempt reshelling my unicorn. I hate taking the sd card out at work if i need to install a cia. haha
     
  8. proflayton123

    proflayton123 Undeclared Shitposter 2.1

    Member
    5,705
    2,109
    Jan 11, 2016
    Japan
    日本
    That's beautiful
     
  9. VashTS

    VashTS Beat it, son

    Member
    3,896
    698
    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    Upstate NY
    there is one sitting at my local toys r us for like 3 weeks now lol, i was considering boxing mine back up and returning it and exchanging for the pikachu but its just so damn yellow.

    i got a majoras mask shell but didnt come with buttons so i think im waiting until i get buttons to do the swap. red buttons on the gold majoras mask would look bad.

    taking apart any of the DS lineup of handhelds SUCKS. its a good 2 hours of work even if you have been inside many times for a novice (ive done a few top screens and shell replacements before). swapping a motherboard isn't horrible but complete disassembly is a pain.
     
  10. SonicMC

    SonicMC GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    183
    54
    Dec 6, 2007
    United States
    Congrats!
    I did some re-shells on some ds-lites once; due to hinge crack issues...
    Getting the cables through the hinge was the worst!
    So if the new 3ds xl is similar to the ds-lite then I know how you feel and give you kudos for doing it!!!
     
    Jayro likes this.
  11. Sora Takihawa

    Sora Takihawa AFF (Akiba Freedom Fighter)

    Member
    1,357
    183
    Oct 11, 2015
    Germany
    Akiba (Akihabara)
    a Senran Kagura shell would be nice
     
  12. Justin20020

    Justin20020 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    535
    105
    Jun 22, 2015
    Gambia, The
    Can you do maybe a review of it? I'm interested to do the same on my n3ds xl :)

    Looks btw really awsm:yay3ds:
     
  13. duffmmann

    duffmmann GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    3,636
    1,479
    Mar 11, 2009
    United States
    I'll be honest, I think your dark grey buttons look better with the yellow pikachu theme over the white buttons that they included. I'm curious as to what it would look like if you kept all the grey buttons. Regardless, great job, it looks great!
     
  14. Oschara

    Oschara GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    246
    56
    Jan 4, 2017
    United States
    I was going to say black buttons instead of white would look awesome.
     
  15. Jayro
    OP

    Jayro MediCat DVD and Mini Windows 10 Developer

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    Jayro is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    4,847
    2,583
    Jul 23, 2012
    United States
    Octo Canyon
    Thanks for all the support guys. I do love the outcome, but damn it was a lot of work. My hands are big and made the hinge part a nightmare, even with tweezers.
     
  16. TariqSoftDev

    TariqSoftDev ~Zexceil

    Member
    475
    108
    Sep 18, 2013
    London
    Hmmm amazing work :D ! just the screw covers but all in all amazing man, I was thinking about doing a custom hand painted shell with some NFS style vinyl and custom made buttons , just gotta ask how hard it was since my hands are like medium sized.
     
  17. eechigoo

    eechigoo GBATemp Rabbit

    Member
    360
    280
    Dec 22, 2016
    Mexico
    Hell
    looks good!

    I have yaoi hands...:mellow:
     
  18. SonicCloud

    SonicCloud 19/09/1985 - 19/09/2017...

    Member
    858
    782
    Mar 29, 2016
    Mexico
    Somewhere
    It looks so nice , i love it! :wub:
     
  19. 3than_H

    3than_H Monado Boy

    Member
    358
    50
    Jan 29, 2016
    United States
    pepe's chicken nugget land
    wow das pretty sick
    Nice job!!!!!
    looks good and looks official
     
  20. Byokugen

    Byokugen Unit_01

    Member
    1,176
    680
    May 16, 2016
    Serbia, Republic of
    Just a bit to the right, or was left...
    I love it!
    Great job! Really amazing