Pacific Design, well known for producing iPod cases and laptop bags, has DS and PSP game cases available for purchase. While these cases are definitely not the most functional, they are quite stylish.
In terms of DS storage, Pacific Design offers two types, the Street Case and Street Pack. The “Case” contains a larger top flap complete with a carabineer clip while the “Pack” uses a magnetic strap to keep the unit closed. Unfortunately, both DS storage units can be considered bulky and not as functional, especially when compared to the official Nintendo DS case. The Street Pack does contain an extra compartment to store an A/C adapter, earbuds, or any other accessories, but only can contain four extra game cards (the official Nintendo brand can hold up to 8 games, can store your A/C Adapter with earbuds, straps your system down tight via an elastic band, and has a handle to easily carry). The Lite Street Case has room to store your DS Lite and only two game cards.
What these cases lose in functionally, they gain in style. If you are looking to store your system as a show-off piece, then these cases will definitely fit that bill. With multiple colors and patterns to choose from, users should have no problem finding the case that fits their personally, male or female.
The DS Lite Street Pack sells for $19.95 and the DS Lite Street Case sells for $10.95. These prices are little bit more on the heavy side considering other cases on the market are a lot more functional, less bulky, and cost less. If I am going on a long trip, I am going to store my system in my Nintendo branded case, but if I wanted a case to showoff to my friends, I would bring one of these Pacific Design cases.
The PSP Pacific Design case also falls into this category. While not as functional as other game cases on the market, it can make a statement with its cosmetic personality. This PSP case features open-end design, meaning you still use the case even when you are using the system. This allows you to press all the buttons, use the power cord, and plug in your earbuds, all without removing the case. But even though this case always stays on, I still ran into some inconveniences when trying to use the analog nub and D-pad as part of the case clips onto the side.
A magnetic-closure locks the case into place and has one extra slot to house one extra UMD disc. But with the higher price of $14.95, users might want to look elsewhere for functionality. Other PSP cases can house your system, protect your screen, and store your UMDs for the same, or even cheaper cost. However, the bold colors of the racing stripe bring a lot of visual appeal to the unit.
While every DS and PSP buyer should purchase some type of “gear” to protect their investment, I cannot justify the purchase of these Pacific Design cases due to high price and less functionality. In my eyes, I would rather have a functional case than a pretty one. However, if functionally takes a backseat to cosmetics, then Pacific Design will definitely help you achieve that goal. If you are looking for a more functional DS case, stick with the official Nintendo branded case. In terms of PSP, there are many other hard-shelled cases and screen protectors that will provide a little more bang for your buck.
To learn more or to purchase your Pacific Design cases, visit www.pacificdesign.com.