The Man Who Already Broke His Brand New Nintendo 3DS

The Man Who Already Broke His Brand New Nintendo 3DS

Over the weekend, the Nintendo 3DS finally went on sale in the West. Kotaku reader Alastair saved for months to get his own Aqua Blue 3DS. Then, he totally ruined it.

“Within a couple of hours of opening the box I managed to spill metal polish on the desk on which the new handheld was sitting,” Alastair tells Kotaku. “It got in to the upper screen and has damaged the LCD and jammed the 3D depth slider.”

Nintendo UK is closed until later today, meaning that Alastair had to spend the whole weekend wondering how to get his 3DS fixed.

Adds Alastair, “It took me a couple of months to save for it, so I’m imagining that after waiting months for the release I’m now going to wait months to get enough money to replace it and I still haven’t played any games!”

Let this be a lesson to all: Keep metal polish FAR AWAY from your gaming electronics.


  • Poor guy if they can’t fix it.

    Whenever I have a shiny new electronic I always handle it like some sort of highly fragile gold trimmed ancient relic. Keeping it away from water, direct sunlight and never feeding it after midnight.

  • Some people even sleep beside their new device, the same way kids do with their new toys.

    Just imagine how many people slept with their ipad2’s within arms reach last Friday… along with those that will be sleeping with their 3ds’s this Friday.

  • Remember people, accidental damage insurance for your contents can be a pretty good thing.

    (This comment does not take in to account your personal circumstances. Always consult the PDS before making your decision or speak to your financial advisor. This disclaimer will self descrtuct in…)

  • Anyone else develop a desire to purchase Microsoft Azure even though they can’t program?

    What would make them advertise a specialised product like that on a gaming website?

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