System(s): Nintendo 3DS XL
Manufacturer: Waterfield Designs
I’m a fancy gamer. Or maybe a sophisticated gamer. As some people enjoy a fine glass of wine with a good novel, so do I with a good JRPG. Boxes of completed games adorn my bookshelf along with the volumes of lore I’ve read.
Because I’m sophisticated.
Part of being a sophisticated gamer is taking care of your gaming technology. There are, of course, myriad options availble for keeping your Nintendo 3DS XL scuff and scratch free, as well as safe from drops, but the one I recommend to other sophisticated gamers is Waterfield Designs’ CitySlicker.
The immediate benefit of the CitySlicker 3DS XL case is in the design. It’s not adorned with Pokémon or Helly Kitty characters, it’s merely a sophisticated black design with a black, kiwi, orange or muzetto brown leather cover flap. The review unit provided to us by Waterfield is a light brown that doesn’t seem to match any of the available options, but it looks as natural coming out of a briefcase or bag as an iPad or folio.
The second benefit you’ll discover is in the construction. Unlike your silicone or plastic 3DS cases, the CitySlick is contructed of rugged nylon and leather, with durable stitching to hold it together. The leather cover is held in place with strong snaps, not Velcro, and the stretchable back pocket (perfect for holding your headphones, although I managed to squeeze the charger in there) is held shut with a YKK zipper. These are the same materials Waterfield Designs uses in their laptop bags, and it’s great to see them not cut any corners for devices many see as children’s toys.
Perhaps my favorite feature, however, is a leather band on the interior (sitting under the cover when closed) with three openings for DS or 3DS game cartridges. With that simple addition, the CitySlicker can accommodate everything you need for a vacation or prolonged business trip, all in one handy case.
Of course, the CitySlicker won’t protect your 3DS XL when it’s in use, so I still recommend a skin to keep it safe from scuffs, scratches and fingerprints. You can see in the screenshot above here that I have a GelaSkins model on, and I’ll soon be reviewing a skin from DecalGirl. If you prefer to not use skins, you’ll be happy to see that the CitySlicker 3DS XL case has a soft interior lining to keep your device scratch and scuff free, making sure your investment doesn’t depreciate, at least while it’s not in use.
And that’s what you want, right? Because you’re sophisticated like me. And if we don’t have to worry have about protecting our gaming devices, we can focus on more important things…like whether Mario Kart 7 goes better with a merlot or pinot noir.
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