This post is a bit late but I wanted to make it anyway. You see, I've had my New Nintendo 3DS XL in use for a bit more than half a year now and well, the console itself has already started taking some damage. :( I don't know when exactly it started happening but the paint on one of the corners peeled off and revealed the "inner flesh". I was surprised when I first saw this because I had never experienced it on any of my other handheld gaming consoles (GBC, GBA SP, NDS, PSP).
For some reason only the right bottom corner is damaged; the rest are fine. I don't know how it happened but I guess it has something to do with acidic body fluids building up over time and, yeah... ._.
|This is what the damaged part looks like. Notice how the "peeled off" area|
is bigger/wider the closer to the corner it is, but the damage continues
to approximately mid-way.
|This shows the color change between the old black areas and the new silvery one well.|
|The paint about to go off.|
|The "paint" on my finger. It's super lightweight and thin.|
I guess you could prevent it by washing your hands often but I didn't think about it back then because yeah, it never happened on any of my other consoles – then again, the New 3DS XL does have a different surface too. I mean, I never saw my fingerprints so fucking clearly on any other console!! D:
|This bothers me so much lol. Fingerprints galore.|
Oh well, even though I dislike that it took damage so soon (not even a year has passed dammit!) it's only to accept it. :/ I've also noticed that my L and R buttons have gotten slightly worn so they don't always respond. My C-stick also seemed a bit stiff lately, especially when tilted to the right; I have to press it harder and occasionally use my nail to press it downwards before it moves the camera properly.
I guess that's all I have to say. Thanks for reading!
Shiro Samurai out.