Healthy Holiday Gifts
Add to: My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines
Joystiq presents

DS Daily: How's it looking?


We're pretty obsessive about our DS care, as you would imagine. We're sure all of you are as well to some extent. But, sometimes, you forget to put it in its case, or it falls, or you lend it to someone else (nooooo!) In some cases, life just adds normal wear to your device.

How is your DS holding up cosmetically? Does it still shine like the Dickens? Do people still react to its presence with a hushed awe? Has it acquired any scratches in its lifespan, either on the outer surfaces or the screens?

Right before we got the new Lite, the outer layer of the sticker on the back of our DS Phat spontaneously came off, taking some of the print off with it. Thus the unfortunate effect seen above. In terms of case and screen scratches, it's practically brand new, but that simple cosmetic effect seems to have aged the unit so much.

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)

TheCoats1

11-19-2007 @ 9:12AM

TheCoats said...

I hae had my light for about a year and a half now???......and it is always back in its case......i have never droppedit and i do not lone it to friends even if i am right there.....my brother the NES collector can use it because he understands (unlike me who accidentally dropped his copy of rad racer in the snow-sorry barrett).....there is only one small scratch that is arely noticeable on my ds and it is on the touchscreen from a combination of a Nintendo approved stylus and playing Elite Beat agents "the last hope" on hard rock......oh yeah i beat it so the unnoticeable scratch was probably worth it......ok no it wasnt.......but as for my phat......when i first got it i would just put it in my pocket unprotected (stupid me) then i wised up

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Phil2

11-19-2007 @ 9:23AM

Phil said...

My DS Lite unfortunately suffered from the mysterious hinge crack. It's also got this weird problem where the serial number on the back came off, probably because it's right where my fingers rest at; I ended up using a piece of clear scotch tape to hold the serial number sticker on.

Other than that, just the usual screen dust and such.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Silverlotus3

11-19-2007 @ 9:26AM

Silverlotus said...

I've had my DS Phat for 2 or 3 years, and it is still in excellent condition. Both screens are nearly scratch free, and the case shows only a little bit of wear on one of the corners. I am obviously very careful with it. (My Treo 650, on the other hand, is only a little over a year old and looks like it has been through a war...)

The only thing that is significantly wrong with my DS is the serial number--it has completely worn off!

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
nintendolover4

11-19-2007 @ 9:44AM

nintendolover said...

My Black and Red DS Lite is in perfect condition. Except for the scratches on the touch screen (I have screen protectors), it is in its glossy, out-of-the-box form. When I was playing it the other day, my friend knocked it out of my hands and it fell to the ground (luckily it had a case), but nothing broke. Another funny time when I dropped my DS Lite was when it was charging, and I forgot it was connected to the outlet. I pulled my DS Lite in a hurry because I was fixing to go shopping, and the DS Lite pulled back and landed on the floor. It still had the same case as it did the other day. Those were the only times I have dropped my DS Lite.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
hvnlysoldr5

11-19-2007 @ 10:35AM

hvnlysoldr said...

My Lite is in good condition. My Phat however... Well it's missing its stylus, has a couple scratches on the touchscreen, the edges look faded from their gray, and the back sticker is peeling and can no longer see the serial number.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Kayla6

11-19-2007 @ 10:37AM

Kayla said...

My Nintendo Ds lite has held up pretty good. I've had it for about a year now, theres some scratches on the bottom screen and on the inside white part (i have no idea how it got there and it drives me crazy). Also sometimes when i use the stylus and press down a little the screen moves. That might have happend when i dropped it because my cat puked on my bed(eww).

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Undead Priest7

11-19-2007 @ 10:45AM

Undead Priest said...

I still use my DS Phat, and it looks identical to the one pictured. It also has some wear and tear around the left hinge. Other than those, not a single thing wrong.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Neko8

11-19-2007 @ 10:54AM

Neko said...

I still have my launch day original DS. It's still in excellent condition. There is only one problem, though, I have difficulty with my L button. Cosmetically, I only have a few scratches on the body, and one hairline scratch on the touch screen. It's seen coutless hours of playtime, so I can say that all in all, it's still going strong.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
raindog9

11-19-2007 @ 11:00AM

raindog said...

My DS Lite looks almost as good as new, but my launch-day silver DS had a problem with the touchscreen and had to be exchanged (luckily, I exchanged it at apparently the one EB Games that had units to give me) and my Wii stopped reading discs a week and a half before its warranty ran out (just hoping to get it back from Nintendo before I leave for Thanksgiving.)

So, I'm immensely satisfied with my DS Lite, but it looks like the first units from a given generation of Nintendo hardware might have their share of problems.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
MrTyzik10

11-19-2007 @ 11:56AM

MrTyzik said...

The paint has worn off the very edges of the angled top of my DS Phat showing white where silver used to be. Other than that, it's held up fine.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
MrTyzik11

11-19-2007 @ 11:59AM

MrTyzik said...

Oh, I forgot that there is a small scratch from when our cat decided the DS should be bitten instead of rubbed against.

I'm luv'n your DS, scamming a bite...

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Zach S12

11-19-2007 @ 1:11PM

Zach S said...

My launch-week DS Phat is still in GREAT condition. The screens look fine, no scratches, the case is still in perfect condition, except for a few tiny scrapes near the back right hinge. Label on back is perfect, buttons all still click nicely. There is some residue from the screen protector I had on the top screen still there (ugh!), but other than that, it looks as good as the day I bought it!

It may not be the prettiest or most compact system, but it sure as hell is the sturdiest!!!

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
samster13

11-19-2007 @ 3:41PM

samster said...

My phat is still in pretty good condition for being 3 years old, besides a little dented circle where the ACWW continue speaking arrow thing is and also the serial number sticker just completely white from my fingers resting on it.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
ivan14

11-19-2007 @ 5:21PM

ivan said...

My DS phat no longer has a serial sticker on the bottom, the screen is scratched, there are a few gouges in the plastic, and the paint has worn off on all the corners has faded to plastic.

Other than that, it still works, and I think is in about the right shape for a 3 year old piece of well used portable gaming goodness.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Bluebreaker15

11-19-2007 @ 6:16PM

Bluebreaker said...

My DS lite is good. I got it in white to match my upcoming Wii. My mother's (which I bought as a birthday present) stylus holder is too loose to store in properly but I thought it was too much a hassle to return it (it was just wear and tear). I'm always, always worried about scratching the touch screen on some kind of games (even with screen protectors) but everything is in good order so far.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
The_Pixel_Ninja16

11-19-2007 @ 7:11PM

The_Pixel_Ninja said...

My top screen is on the verge of falling off, and the serial # is long gone. :p

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
dreamparacite17

11-19-2007 @ 7:17PM

dreamparacite said...

I've had my DS Lite for awile, and not too long after I got it, I got a nice clear armor case for it. It holds a stylus and three games, and is very handy. The DS itself is almost mind condition, except for fingerprints of course.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Roogie18

11-19-2007 @ 7:54PM

Roogie said...

I guess that serial number sticker coming off must be common. My electric blue Phat's case is worn on the edges. But you know what? It just gives it character. It's been loved.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Walruslord19

11-19-2007 @ 8:43PM

Walruslord said...

My ds lite is still shining but has some cracks in it. There is also the problem that my ds has somehow gotten crud stuck in the edges of it.

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport
Wilerson20

11-20-2007 @ 11:13AM

Wilerson said...

My (mom's) DS Phat is not at its best shape: the back label is just like the picture and combination Magnetica + Elite Beat Agents marked the touch screen badly - for some reason, I can't stand screen protectors.

My DS Lite is almost good as new, only a few scratches on its surface (and of course, the fingerprints, but they can be easily wiped off).

Reply

2 starsvote downvote upReport

Add your comments

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br> tags.

New Users

Current Users

reviewsThe DS LifeHomebrew
Features
DS Daily (289)
DS Fanboy Lite (14)
DS Fanboy poll (33)
Friday video (42)
Game Night (115)
Metareview (35)
Show and Tell (35)
The DS Life (27)
What are you playing? (63)
Bits
Accessories (73)
Downloads (48)
Fan stuff (1209)
Features (219)
GBA (103)
Hacks (69)
Homebrew (139)
How-tos (63)
Imports (481)
Interviews (107)
Meta (65)
News (2226)
Nintendo Wi-Fi (165)
Reviews (151)
Sales (93)
Screens (432)
Video (410)
Rumors (102)

RESOURCES

RSS NEWSFEEDS

Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

Tamagotchi Corner Shop 3
Flower, Sun, and Rain
StarLite
Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Sim City 2 DS
Lunar Knights
Puzzle Quest
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
Bleach: The Blade of Fate

 

Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Weblogs, Inc. Network

  • Autos
    • Autoblog
    • AutoblogGreen
    • Autoblog Spanish
    • Autoblog Chinese
    • Autoblog Simplified Chinese
  • Technology
    • Download Squad
    • Engadget
    • Engadget HD
    • Engadget Mobile
    • Engadget Chinese
    • Engadget Simplified Chinese
    • Engadget Japanese
    • Engadget Spanish
    • TUAW (Apple)
  • Lifestyle
    • AisleDash
    • DIY Life
    • Gadling
    • Green Daily
    • Luxist
    • ParentDish
    • Slashfood
    • Styledash
    • That's Fit
  • Gaming
    • Joystiq
    • DS Fanboy
    • Massively
    • Nintendo Wii Fanboy
    • PS3 Fanboy
    • PSP Fanboy
    • Second Life Insider
    • WoW Insider
    • Xbox 360 Fanboy
  • Entertainment
    • Cinematical
    • TV Squad
  • Finance
    • BloggingBuyouts
    • BloggingStocks
    • WalletPop
  • Also on AOL
    • African-American Culture
    • Autos
    • Games
    • Maps
    • Money
    • Movies
    • Music
    • News
    • Sports
    • Switched
    • Television
    • Travel

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • Microsoft may consider Blu-ray if consumers demand it
  • New Metal Gear Solid 4 footage details some of the new weaponry
  • Call of Duty 4 will get updates today, near future
  • Two new Folklore add-on packs coming to the US PSN store "soon"
  • Free Radical assures that Haze will be out before March [UPDATE]
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
WOW Insider
  • Sticking with just one character
  • Congrats to Blizzard's Slouken on a new baby!
  • The Light and How to Swing It: Year in Review
  • Shifting Perspectives: When am I outside?
  • 15 Minutes of Fame: Noor the pacifist
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
PSP Fanboy
  • Yggdra Union trailer, filled with epic 2D fights
  • PSP Fanboy review: Harvey Birdman
  • Go!Explore GPS priced for European territories
  • Welcome to Eos Cave, a new God of War level
  • Keyboard attachment announced at CES
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Joystiq
  • The Best of WoW Insider: January 1 - 8, 2008
  • Haze release still hazy, but Ubisoft says before April
  • Rumor: BioShock movie murmurs in Hollywood
  • ESRB rates Peggle, Bust-a-Move and Bliss Island for Xbox 360
  • Folklore keeps telling tales with two new DLC packs
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget Mobile
  • Nokia's CES 2008 booth tour on Engadget!
  • First iPhone Trojan horse is weak, Greeks point, laugh
  • Hands-on with Neonode's N2 in new colors and a peek at the booth
  • Hands-on with Moto's new W230 and W270 handsets
  • Sony Ericsson releases female Bluetooth headset HBH-PV712
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog Green
  • AutoblogGreen looking for new bloggers. You interested?
  • Auto-News' list of low-CO2 SUVs in Germany
  • Fiat introduces its first diesel in India today
  • Norwegian scientists confirm that transport is responsible for climate change
  • Many presidential candidates support coal-to-liquid fuel
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget
  • Nokia's CES 2008 booth tour
  • Hands-on with Samsung's BD-UP5500 HD DVD / Blu-ray combo player
  • OpenFrame: 'The iPhone of home phones'
  • Video: Samsung SP-P400 not-so Pocket Projector
  • Microsoft's CES 2008 booth tour
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  • Google Buddy brings searching to the menu bar
  • Code Collector Pro 1.1.3
  • Apple to settle EU/iTunes case
  • Gaming-specific CrossOver coming soon
  • Usable Keychain Scripting updated for Leopard
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Autoblog
  • Chilean gov't offers up desert for Dakar Rally
  • Detroit 2008: HUMMER HX Concept
  • CES 2008: Live blogging the Rick Wagoner keynote on Electric Avenue
  • Delphi concept controls your car through iPhone
  • Ford to invest $500m in India to build new small car, engines
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Gadling
  • Top 28 must-see sights (according to Smithsonian)
  • Perfect timing
  • Bite of the Real King Cake in Madrid
  • How safe is Thailand?
  • China to start making commercial airplanes
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Engadget HD
  • Think Blu-ray has it easy in 2008? NPD says not so fast
  • Hands-on with Samsung's BD-UP5500 HD DVD / Blu-ray combo player
  • Digeo announces Moxi-related partnerships, but not prices or release date
  • 3LCD manufacturers introduce Color Brightness measurement
  • Underpowered projector, meet iPod dock
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines
Download Squad
  • Comcast could receive hefty FCC fine for throttling Bit Torrent traffic
  • Pocket Informant 8 adds finger friendly PIM to Windows Mobile
  • Politweets: Politics + Twitter = Fun
  • Longest YouTube video ever is long, boring
  • YouTorrent - Torrent searches get stylish
Subscribe with My AOL, MyYahoo or Bloglines