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DS Cases’ wasted spaces

November 7, 2006

I’m sort of tired of reading about Wii and PS3 launch news, so I thought I’d go off tangent a bit and take a look at how Nintendo wastes a lot of the space on DS cases. Here is a picture of a Nintendo DS case with Mario 64 DS in the middle and Golden Sun for GBA in the GBA slot above it. Looks nice, but look at all the empty space around it.


I’m sure this is a personal bias but I really hate wasted space that serves no function, which is why I loved the Ngage cases. For all its faults, I think Nokia did a terrific job when designing the cases for their games. The Ngage case is mor or less half the size of the DS case, but manages to create space where you can fit 6 Ngage games (ostensibly MMCs). Plus, the little plastic mmc holder at the bottom comes with the case as well, so Nokia also gives its customers a portable card holder that holds 4 games on the go.


These are tiny, almost negligible factors of course, as the N-gage’s demise will attest, But I always thought that it was cool that Nokia gave that much time and effort into these cases. They literally give you a handy game cartridge holder for free, and eliminate the need for aftermarket products of that type. With the DS, you would have to spend extra (a little extra, but still extra) to get a game holder. It’s irrational, but these little things make you feel like a company cares about you and your gaming needs, and is a nice way of building loyalty.

Nintendo could have done the same thing with The DS’ case, but well…they didn’t. I did a little Photoshop trickery (poorly done, I know) to see what a case that fully utilized its space might look like. With a little adjustment, Nintendo could easily have fit four sockets for your DS games into the case, and still have room for that GBA game that you want to carry around. Again, it may be a little pithy, but I think it’s cool that for every DS game that you buy, you instantly get a portable carrying case for your games.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. frisby permalink
    November 7, 2006 11:10 pm

    Add a stylus holster and your set.

  2. November 8, 2006 12:32 am

    oh I never thought of that but yeah, that’d be useful too.

  3. November 8, 2006 3:35 pm

    Actually, I’ve been looking for an optimized holder for all my DS games that would look just like that! It IS a big deal, believe it or not…

    I didn’t know Nokia’s cases came with that nifty plastic holder… I’ve been looking for holders like that in all stores without success. You would think something like that would be a no-brainer, but no: the plastic containers they sell for DS games are actually too big to be practical!

    My ideal DS game container would be a wallet filled with those transparent plastic Nokia envelopes.

  4. DrKillinger permalink
    November 8, 2006 8:53 pm

    A free case for your games ?? FREE? Yeah, well there’s your answer right there. Ain’t no nothing for free for no one.

  5. November 8, 2006 9:39 pm

    Especially in Nintendo’s world.

  6. November 8, 2006 9:39 pm

    course it ain’t free doc (you ARE paying for the game and case and everything), but Nokia sure gave you some bang for your buck. I’d like to see Nintendo make better use of that space is all.

  7. November 8, 2006 9:42 pm


    I know that it would cost them next to nothing just to alter that plastic so more than 1 DS card can be held. If they won’t make the cases smaller, they should at least consider not wasting that space/plastic. The environment and all that.

  8. December 4, 2006 8:43 pm

    I think that not making the cases smaller is a display space consideration, whic is also why I think they stuck to the DVD size cases with Gamecube despite GC discs being nearly twice as small as regular CDs.

    They want to hog as much visual space on the shelves as possible. Still, they relly ought to make better use of all that space.

    Christ this reply is a month late.

  9. December 5, 2006 1:25 pm

    I think Rollin’s point is that, PRECISELY because they want to keep the DS cases the same size to keep in-store marketing visibility, it would cost them nothing to add three or four more card or catridge slots inside!

    Maybe Nintendo is afraid they will get too many calls from confused buyers claiming they are missing three cards from the case?

  10. March 18, 2009 3:26 am

    I want dsi console free, where can I get it?

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