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Nintendo Ds Lite Gets a Chrome Case

by Paul Strauss

Nintendo recently released a silver version of the DS Lite in Japan, but it still really looks more like plastic than metal to me. If you really want your DS to look like metal how about some real chrome?

Chrome Case Replacement for Nintendo DS

The Shock! Magnum Chrome replacement shell gives your DS Lite gaming system a shiny metallic finish. By using copper-nickel-chrome electroplating, the exterior of the case really looks like metal, and is supposed to resist scratches too (although fingerprints are a different story.)

The chrome outer shell is available from ConsoleShop for $39.95 and can be replaced in about 10 or 15 minutes if you have the right tools and follow the directions properly. If you really want to complete the effect, the makers of the case offer a variety of color interior replacements (like the matte black one pictured above) which cost another $29.95 and add quite a bit of complexity to the delicate operation.

Comments (7):

  1. chauncey says:

    okay i wish these people would actually buy a product use it then review it but whatever. I actually have one of these and heres the deal. its great looks fancy but theres complications first the chrome shorts the screen, the headphone jack and possibly other things. to fix this i applied masking tape to the inside chrome panel that goes to the screen and applied white out to the entire bottom chrome piece. also when you put your ds back together consider that the power switch is really cheap and breaks really easliy. best of luck to anyone trying this.

  2. technabob says:

    Sorry to hear that you had problems with this. That’s a bummer about the chrome causing shorts. I would think the manufacturer would have thought of that possibility and put some sort of non-conductive interior in the case.

  3. AdrianM says:

    I put one of these on my sons ds lite a couple of months ago. The screen did short out intially but I just opened it up again and reseated it properly (flatwire seemed to be my problem) and that seemed to sort it out.

    But 10-15 minutes? Maybe if you have done it 100 times! Give yourself a couple of hours, follow the instructions from the NDS website and make sure you have the right tools. No techie skills required, just common sense and patience.

  4. scuzzy5005 says:

    three words…..finger print magnet

  5. froodle says:

    this is not an official nintendo product neither is it endorsed by nintendo

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