Pimp my Nintendo – Kawaii Overkill Edition

For a long time, I have been contemplating to get a newer handheld device to be more mobile with gaming. There are other consoles that I share with friends and the ones I own just for my personal setup, consisting of a PS2, PS3, Nintendo Gamecube, Gameboy, Gameboy SP and a Nintendo DS Lite. These do not reflect a collection of my all time favorite consoles, but are the ones I currently own and use actively, besides the computer. Yet, with the Nintendo DS Lite being the latest model of my handhelds, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to update to a more modern option and therefore bigger range of games and connection possibilities.

My first thought went to the Nintendo Switch, but at that time the stock was completely out of control, marked by huge delivery issues due to pandemic shortages and it was still quite expensive overall. After the usual l̶e̶v̶e̶l̶h̶e̶a̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶p̶p̶r̶o̶p̶r̶i̶a̶t̶e̶ excessive and lengthy research, I opted for the Nintendo 3DS XL in white, with the plan to customize it. Besides my PS2 (silver), Gameboy (royalblue) and Nintendo DS Lite (light turquoise) every single console or hardware I own is white (hi, I have a problem), so I wanted to spice things up with a pastel pop this time.

This is the original console. I bought a used one that still was in great condition and after a long search, finally found a skin I wanted to decorate it with… which turned out a deceptive failure. The displayed color did not match at all with what was delivered – a soft peach that arrived as a bright salmon. The customer service of the distributing website was very rude about my resolvement inquiry and acted in a way that explained their poor ratings, but their brand remained the only one I could find in my country, as certain Nintendo customization products seem to be a rarity around here.

However, shortly after the replacement got in – I had just cleaned the console and my tools and accessories neatly gathered – I realised early on that the skin was not fitting, although declared for my specific model. I really didn’t want to repeat my communication experience with the company, so i decided to keep it anyways and make the best out of it. A pair of steady hands later, me and my scissors went for the suitcase look. Some parts of the adhesive got left out, others altered, to achieve a mixed white and peach aesthetic.
I never liked this color, but somehow, I at least one time wanted to have a guilty pleasure kawaii-look console and go full out on it, with japanese Korilakkuma keychains, Cinnamoroll protective bag and Mamegoma cleaning towl. The set became so sweet, it was almost hard to look at it. Perfect!

I have since replaced the bag below with a Cinnamoroll mint coffee edition one (and threw in a new teal shell to refurbish my SP for good measure), but have no possibility to take a photo of it for now.

Despite the rocky preparations, I had so much fun with this, that I can definitely see myself refurbish and customize more of my old consoles in the future. Receiving all the joy they provide me with, I guess it should be the least to give some love beyond the usual maintenance back.

Photo: Chery

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