Nintendo DS: lots of fun but flawed designPosted: January 10, 2008
I have had the Nintendo DS lite for over one and a half year now and played some really fun games mostly during traveling or waiting for the train/bus to come. As a hand held console I really found it heaps of fun but what disappoints me is the build quality.
I know from cellular clamshells and notebooks that hinges are very prone to failure and should be of good quality especially if it also gets into the hands of the ‘not so careful’ kids. I know that back in the days when I was a kid and I had the old ‘grey brick’ gameboy it had to endure a lot but did not fail. The Nintendo DS however did fail in my careful adult hands. It first started a half year ago with a small crack on the right hinge which gradually grew bigger.
Then the left hinge also started to crack resulting in poor stability and screen malfunctioning during hinging.
I have to press that at no time my Nintendo DS ever hit the ground or was abused, just normal use to pass the time during my daily traveling. By the time I contacted Nintendo helpdesk about this, I was 1 month past my 1 year warranty and they could replace the unit if I’d cough up 90 euro’s (and know that a new one costs 120 euro’s in other words the damage/value ratio is way off making it a bad offer). Which really annoyed me because its clearly a flaw on their end, since the main audience is kids which are likely to be less careful then me. Anyways I’ll probably put it up on ebay, it still works fine for now, but any more hinging and the thing might come lose. A big thumb down for Nintendo on that part.