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Finding the Right Replacement Housing For the 3DS

Whether you want to repair a damaged games console or just change the way it looks, a replacement housing can give your 3DS a new lease of life. Choosing a new cover can be tricky, though, because there are lots to choose from.

Which Parts Do I Need for a Complete 3DS Housing?

  • The Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL both have multi-part housings due to the hinged design. The primary components of the housing are the front and rear shells, which cover the top and bottom halves of the handheld's back. The rear shell also acts as a battery cover.
  • The inner housing of the 3DS and 3DS XL is made up of two other parts. The upper half has a cutout for the upper LCD screen, while the lower half of the inner shell has cutouts for the lower screen, the buttons, and the D-pad.
  • You may also need some replacement Phillips screws and a Phillips screwdriver. The original shell includes its own, but if you lose any of them you won't be able to put the housing back together properly.

Why Choose a Replacement 3DS Housing?

  • Nintendo released a lot of different 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds in a lot of different colors, but not every color was released worldwide. Picking out a replacement shell gives you access to all the colors that were released around the world, so you have a much bigger selection to pick from. There are even limited edition models that launched alongside some major game releases.
  • Some manufacturers also make custom shells and other compatible parts. Replacing the shell of your 3DS XL with an unusual model can give you a unique handheld device that no-one else has, especially if you also replace other components too.
  • Handheld covers often get damaged and scuffed over time. Cosmetic damage won't necessarily stop you from playing games, but it does make your 3DS XL look less good. Repairing it with a replacement shell can make it look as good as new again.

What Should I Know Before Replacing My 3DS Shell?

  • Installing a new back cover is fairly simple, but swapping out the full shell of a 3DS is a fairly involved process that means dismantling your console. Making a mistake can cause serious damage. Before attempting to install a new housing, plan the process carefully, make sure you have all the right tools and replacement parts, and decide whether or not it is within your technical abilities.
  • If you just want to make your handheld look different, you can find skins for it that you can apply without disassembling it. This gives you easy access to a lot of new colors and designs.

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