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Review: Waterfield Designs’ CitySlicker Nintendo 3DS XL case

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Price: $49
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.

Waterfield Designs CitySlicker Nintendo 3DS XL case

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.

Waterfield Designs CitySlicker Nintendo 3DS XL case

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.

Waterfield Designs CitySlicker Nintendo 3DS XL 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.

Waterfield Designs CitySlicker Nintendo 3DS XL case

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.

Review: CitySlicker 3DS XL case

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  • http://www.sfbags.com Heidi

    Hey Kirk –

    Thanks for the great review. Very glad you are enjoying the case. As for the leather on yours, we call it Nubok and it is now available on the Cozmo, the VertiGo and on other CitySlicker cases (for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Nexus 7 & 10, etc.)

    Thanks again,
    Heidi

  • http://www.kirkhiner.com Kirk Hiner

    Thanks for the clarification, Heidi. It’s a good color (darker than how it appears in these photos), but I do think muzetto is the way to go.

  • http://www.sfbags.com Heidi

    For your next review, Muzetto brown it is! :)

  • http://www.kirkhiner.com Kirk Hiner

    It’s all good, I just meant buyers will be happy with the “brown” choice available.

  • Sheena

    Fantastic review! Trying to find something sophisticated looking, durable, compact & practical for my new 3DS XL. Can you comment on the approximate weight once the case is completely full (including the charger).

    • http://www.kirkhiner.com Kirk Hiner

      The case doesn’t add much to the overall weight, as the materials are quite light. It’s more of a bulk issue, as the charger protrudes quite a bit through the back pocket. Without the charger, though, it’s quite compact for carrying the system and up to four games (three in pockets, one in the 3DS), and is comfortable to hold. Durable, too.

  • Mono

    Looks awesome. Would a 3ds xl with a tou type case fit in it?

    • http://www.kirkhiner.com Kirk Hiner

      Not sure I understand the question. Tou type case?

  • Mono

    Sigh. Sorry, was writing from my iPad. TPU type case. i.e. http://www.reddit.com/r/3DS/comments/1dvpbl/hori_tpu_plastic_cases_for_3ds_xl/

    Thanks

  • http://www.kirkhiner.com Kirk Hiner

    That looks pretty thin, so I don’t think fit will be an issue (I have a skin on my 3DS XL). However, I do wonder if the material would stick to the lining of the CitySlicker when moving it in and out.