Nintendo DS Dreaming - Competition
Entry By : Francois St-Maurice [frankstm@###.com]
DS Game Card Holder
Here is my Nintendo DS Dream Accessory entry.
It can look like it's actually quite simple...but I'd be the first to jump
an an accessory like this.
Since I owned a Gameboy (1998), I've always been amazed by the size of the
cartridges. I actually bought the original Tetris twice because I lost my
cartridge, just to find it again two weeks later under my brother's bed. But
when I got my DS, I was astonished by the cartridge's size. Could they make
it any smaller?
I have the habit of carrying two or three games with me when I travel, but
with the size of those cartridges, I can't imagine putting them in my pocket
just to find out I had a hole big enough to lose one. Since I've never been
a big fan of bulky carrying cases, there has to be a secure way for me to
carry more than one of those small things securely.
So here's my dream. I would like a plastic container, big enough to fit in
two DS cartridges side by side, fixed to the back of my DS console.
I'm not good at drawing, so here is the detailed description:
Flip the DS over. You should look at it with the writings upside down. Align
two DS cartridges side by side so that the right cartridge aligns with the
right border of the CUP code and the left cartridge aligns just passed the
left side of the same CUP code. The bottom of both cartridges should align
midway to the Nintendo DS logo (just above the Slot 2 indication).
So there is enough space to align two cartridges side by side without
getting in the way of anything else right? Why not install a plastic
container that would contain both cartridges then? Sure...but it needs to be
fixed, and there's no way I'm gonna use a cheap glue to fix those precious
Take a look at the right where you aligned the cartridges, you will find a
screw for the DS battery container. Our cartridge container can reach that
hole and be screwed in along with the battery cover. For additional
security, it could also reach the upper thumb strap hole and clip in there,
providing extra tightness. Since the thumb strap will have to be removed in
order for the container to clip in there, an extra strap hole could be part
of our cartridge holding device.
Finally, there has to be a basic manual safety lock (a plastic clip on top
of case) to make sure both cartridges do not fall inadvertently.
My final sales pitch:
DS CARTRIDGE HOLDER
* Secure plastic add-on to your DS: keeps an extra 2 DS games along
with your console for a total of 4 games on the go (including the GBA game
in its slot)
* Screwed in for extra security (screwdriver and assembly required)
* Clips into the thumb strap hole. Extra thumb strap hole included
on the case.
* Secure lock keeps the games inside their case.
* Does not interfere with your gameplay
(the area below both
shoulder buttons remains totally free)
* Only 1/4 inches thick (6.5mm) (approximate expected size)
* Available in 5 different colors!
I bought my DS
to play games on the go, and I really think a game carrying system should
have come built in the device. Something similar to the memory card holders
inside the PS2 game covers, embedded on the back of the DS console would
have done the trick.
But hey...that's just my dream...
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