I always thought that the DS Lite was one of the best looking handhelds ever made. The white version looked more like something Apple would make, which was a HUGE improvement over the original fat silver DS.
However, once I discovered that you can buy different colored shells for the DS Lite, I just had to try and design my own! Besides, my white DS Lite was one of the unlucky ones that had a broken hinge. It wasn’t a big problem, but it bugged me knowing that it was there. I started shopping around and I came up with an idea for a design. I would design my DS Lite off of a popular gaming icon. See if you can figure it out 😀
Here’s a link to the shell I used:
I took these pictures over a year ago just for my reference. I had no idea they would be on a blog someday, so pardon the blurryness!
One other thing I got for the DS Lite was a set of flash cards, since they were getting harder to find. I managed to get an acekard 2 with 16GB of storage for my (legally owned) DS, GameBoy Advance, Game Gear, and GameBoy games to be copied to. To this day, my DS Lite has my entire handheld library stored on it. No more cartridge swapping!
The ezflash V allows GameBoy Advance games to be copied to the front card, then played like a normal GBA game would on a DS. It also works as a rumble pack for some games!
Everything seems good right? Right???
Nope! After a day of use I noticed the colors on the top screen weren’t quite right. It was like some of the colors were missing. By moving the hinge back and forth, I noticed the colors would sometimes become more vivid (like they should be) but then go back to being weird.
I was afraid it was the notorious ribbon cable, so I took it partially apart to see if I could find why the colors weren’t right.
I did find the smallest tear in one part of the ribbon cable that went to the top screen. It was so tiny I would have thought it insignificant, but by messing with it I could tell that the tear was the reason for the missing colors. I learned my lesson: never underestimate ribbon cables. They will turn on you the first chance they get!
The good news is, they do make replacement screens for DS, and they’re relatively cheap. So I ordered this exact model here:
HDE Replacement LCD Screen for Nintendo DS Lite – Top Screen
I installed the screen, and then it was like new!
So here are some brand new pics of the DS Lite as it looks today!
So, any guesses as to what popular gaming icon the shell was based off of?
And as a sidenote, I would love to do this to a 3DS. Maybe someday…