Cradle your 3DS in this classy cocoon of leather goodness


Photo: Rob LeFebvre, Cult of Mac
Photo: Rob LeFebvre, Cult of Mac

Of course you have the Nintendo 3DS in your bag — it’s an outstanding handheld gaming system with a bevy of first- and third-party game titles that range from the strategic to the evocative.

You know the device is capable of some brilliant gaming for adults, but good lord, Nintendo, could you maybe bypass the primary colors? Maybe offer, say, a black version? Something in gold, maybe? The sophisticated folks at Waterfield know that you’re a grownup now, so they’ve created the City Slicker, a lush cocoon of a 3DS and 3DS XL case with a proper leather flap that ages along with you.

It’s the perfect counterpart to that impeccably designed Staad leather backpack we reviewed last October, letting you ferry that bit of handheld gaming nirvana around with you with double the leather goodness.

Sliding your 3DS or 3DS XL into the City Slicker case is a delight, as the padded black ballistic nylon cradles and protects the handheld device from harm. It’s even better when you pull this bad boy out of your bag at that ultra-sophisticated cold-pour coffee shop you frequent. It will draw the gaze of all the other gaming professionals there, with its aged leather flap. The City Slicker comes in green, orange, yellow, black and natural dark brown. Get the brown one, for reals.

Whichever color you choose, you’ll get three little cartridge pockets under the front leather flap and a whole other zippered pocket on the back for an extra stylus or three.

At $50, you can’t go wrong with the City Slicker case — a dose of class to prove to yourself and everyone else what an upscale, cool and utterly hip gaming aficionado you really are.

  • Waterfield Designs

    Love the photo you took. Thanks for the review, Rob. Your readers may also like to know that there are three game pockets under the flap and a backside zippered pocket for more games and accessories. Thanks once again for the glowing review!

  • Brandon Anders

    I’ve had the same Waterfield case for my Vita for quite a while and recently bought one for my 3DSXL (brown, of course) and can say with certainty that the case ages great. I’ve manhandled that thing, and it comes out like a champ with some nice looking scuffs and scrapes that it wears proudly as battle-scars. Seriously, these are the cases to get if you want to at least look like a grown man playing video games that has taste and cares about his game system… But maybe use headphones playing Project Diva F in public. Pretty sure the classy case and beard just make that seem even stranger to passerby.

    Thanks for the awesome case by the way Gary!