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MadCatz Gets In There Early with 3DS Accessories

Posted by James Newton

Introducing "MicroSuede"

New consoles and accessories go together like Mario and Yoshi, so it's no surprise that MadCatz already has a range of 3DS peripherals designed, priced, named and described in intricate detail.

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the line-up includes the usual collection of screen protectors and carry cases, as well as extendable stylus pens and a MicroSuede slipcase, all officially licensed for use with 3DS.

MadCatz hasn't released any photos yet so you'll have to use your imagination, which shouldn't be too hard.

Mad Catz® Announces New Range of Licensed Accessories for Nintendo 3DSTM Video Game System

New range of Licensed Accessories Set to be Available alongside Launch of Nintendo 3DSTM Video Game System

San Diego, January 06. 2011

Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or “the Company”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, today announced a new range of Licensed accessories for use with the Nintendo 3DS™ video game system being released under the Company’s Mad Catz casual gaming brand.

Expected to arrive in time for the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, the range has been designed to offer gamers high quality, licensed products, ideal for purchase alongside their brand new Nintendo 3DS video game system.

Licensed accessories expected to ship as part of the new range are:

· Nintendo 3DS Traveller Bag
Fashionable yet durable, the Traveller Bag proves an ideal travel companion, providing storage for gamers’ Nintendo 3DS, up to 21 game cards and 2 styli, alongside spare storage compartments for accessories such as AC adapters and headphones. Fashioned in a contemporary design with protective inner lining, the case offers safe and stylish transport for gamers’ console and accessories.

MSRP: $19.99

· Nintendo 3DS Microsuede SlipCase
Discrete and refined, the officially licensed Microsuede SlipCase offers a fashionable solution for transporting gamers’ Nintendo 3DS and up to three game cards. Featuring a sleek design and protective inner lining, the plush, tactile Microsuede SlipCase ensures gamers’ console and games travel safely and in style.

MSRP: $12.99

· Nintendo 3DS Extendable Stylus 3-Pak
Mad Catz’ officially licensed Extendable Stylus 3-Pak for the Nintendo 3DS provides a trio of high-quality styli. Designed for comfort and available in multiple colors, the Extendable Styli provide an ideal replacement for the standard stylus provided with the Nintendo 3DS.

MSRP: $5.99

· Nintendo 3DS Stylus & Screen Protector Pak
Mad Catz’ officially licensed Stylus & Screen Protector Pak for the Nintendo 3DS provides gamers’ with a trio of high-quality Extendable Styli, ideal for handheld gaming needs. Designed for comfort and provided in colors which match the console, the Extendable Styli are complimented by two sets of Screen Protectors, designed to protect the Nintendo 3DS from dirt and scratches.

MSRP: $9.99

· Nintendo 3DS Screen Protector Pak
Mad Catz’ officially licensed Screen Protector Pak has been designed to help shield the screens of the Nintendo 3DS from dirt, scratches and accidental damage. Consisting of 2 sets of high-quality Screen Protectors, each set is easy to apply and remove, leaving zero residue and no distortion of the 3D effect or screen quality. Complete with bonus Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.

MSRP: $7.99

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented, “The Nintendo 3DS promises to introduce gamers to a new era of entertainment. Mad Catz is delighted to be complimenting the launch of this exciting new handheld with a range of high quality, licensed accessories which we believe enhance the gaming experience and will prove invaluable to gamers everywhere.”

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User Comments (38)



lex0plex said:

Screen protectors might be nice, but only if they don't desensitize the touch screen.



James said:

I've had screen protectors on my DSi touchscreen since day one and I've never had a single problem with them. I dread to think what the screen would look like without them on, especially after all the time I put into The World Ends With You...



WoottWinds said:

I'm waiting to hear something about anti-glare screen protectors after seeing all the videos of people playing the 3DS, the amount of reflection is just insane. Although I'm not sure if any type of screen protector would affect how you see 3D on the top screen...



J-Forest-Esq said:

Well, I've never used screen protectors or anything like that and the screen on my Dslite is fine. On the other hand my friend accuses me of the dead pixels on his ds when I borrowed it. Apparently, I was getting a touch too angry with Pokemon diamond or something. A case might be useful but the probability of me ever buying one is pretty slim.



theblackdragon said:

I absolutely destroyed a screen protector playing Elite Beat Agents... i'd hate to know what would've happened to the actual screen had that protector not been on there. i'll never play a touchscreen device without one after having seen that carnage, hahaha.



Megumi said:

The screen protectors maybe (to protect the 3D screen, lol), but I've never trusted Mad Catz since I bought some of their stuff back when the GCN came out....they didn't last long. I did have screen protectors for one of the DSes, just wished that there's a way to keep the smudges and all that off of them.



HipsterDashie said:

Screen protectors are essential, and as far as I'm concerned I will not use the touch screen without one, after what happened to my Nokia 5800.

However, the thing that bugs me about the travel cases is that they're designed to accept US/Jap chargers. The pins fold in on those so it's got a really small profile. The UK chargers have a really large footprint and they never fit in the cases.



zezhyrule said:

Yes screen protectors are great. Had some on my DSi since day one, but sadly they were "removed" when I sent it in to Nintendo to be fixed. HAven't bought any since, but probably should before I get too into EBA or get TWEWY. and of course I gotta have my carrying case

Wait... "travelling bag"? It better not be too girly to carry around D:



edhe said:

I know what it's like to have a scratched up screen, because ultimately, my DS phat ended up like that. Partly due to general WarioWare Touched gameplay, but mainly thanks to my mum and her endless bids to achieve the ultimate score in Pyoro (also on WarioWare Touched).

Fortunately, when I got round to getting my DSi, I opted to get the starter pack as well, which included styluses and various sized screen protectors.

I bought it on release date, and the first one is still serving me, although it is wearing a bit thin in places. Also, I can't really get a hold of it to remove it and apply another one...

Like TBD, I own EBA (along with Ouendan 1 & 2), and they really make me worry about the screen with all the scrubbing (particularly with the spinners).

When it comes to the 3DS, I won't be taking any chances with screen protectors, but I'll imagine the console will be bundled with the (third party) starter pack, just like my DSi was.



komicturtle said:

I have never had a Screen protector and I'm always cautious about how much pressure is on the screen. I usually use a screen cloth after use and make sure there's nothing on the screen the can scratch my DSi. And I'm going into year 2 with it

Can't say the same for my original DS. And my DSlite has a small streak on the top of the bottom screen that you can feel when you rub the stylus over it. I got that from playing Planet Puzzle League and I even HEARD the scratch as I did it. Terrible sound >_<



Minjo_Master said:

Never had a screen protector but I probably should try one, especially if I'm gonna pay $250 or so for one of these.



Spoony_Tech said:

The dsi touch screen seems to hold up better then the regular DS. I've never had one on my dsi and I let my 3 year old play it and still no scratches. With new technology the screens improve.



NESguy94 said:

I will definately get the screen protecters. I have had some on my DS Lite since 2008 and they have protected the screen very well.



cheapogamer4life said:

I used a few screen protectors on my DSi for about a 15 months until I started to notice the bottom left corner of the touch screen would bounce a little when touched. Stop using them and didn't take long to get that first scratch. Got over it real quick though when the third and fourth appeared. Honestly you'll never notice until you turn the game off and their no light coming from the screen.

Decided not to use them for the DSi Nintendo sent me after my repair a few months back. The touch screen seems to be holding up pretty well considering I've finally let the little ones get a hold of it.



DarkLloyd said:

im definitly getting the screen protecters because it can tend to get dusty in my room, well in the apartment really and i tried to get the touch screen protecter screen on the bottom screen of my dsi

but because it had a sticky base to it dust seem to have gathered upp too quickly when i tried to install it on there so i thought i had it in the air for too long so i got the last one out and quickly installed it but dust gathered too fast so i just decided to forget about it so i took it off and leave it as it is with having the top screen being successfully protected with the touch screen being wiped with the cloth that came with it

that being said glad to see the 3D effect wont have problems with the screen protecters on it.

i probably missed it but i wonder if they are making those protective clear shell cases cuz i have one for my dsi since it came with the screen protecters also?



nothankyou said:

I got a GC memory card from thems once.
It corrupted all my data.
I think I'll pass on these.



Tasuki said:

@SpriteKing: Yep same here but mine was a Playstation memory card.

I also have bought several controllers from them that fell apart or quite working after a month or so. After all the trouble I have had with their products I stopped buying them.



V8_Ninja said:

New consoles and accessories go together like Mario and Yoshi

Meaning that we ditch them just to survive that one horribly-made jump?



Hokori said:

Nope just going to get whatever Cub Nintendo Items I can for it like I did with my DSi



TingLz said:

@dragon: I played through a whole game of EBA without scratching the screen too badly. The problem with some screen protectors is that they are a lot more prone to scratches



Blue_Cat said:

^ 27 is right. I feel that my DSi screen protector is scratched fairly easily- it's probably a low-quality one, but I just feel safer playing with a screen protector.

For my brother, on the other hand, screen protectors are an absolute NECESSITY! Have you ever seen someone press down on the bottom screen SO hard, that it distorts? I have. It's quite frightening, I tell you.



RyuZebian said:

I'll just wait for the Invisible Shield is released for this! I hope America gets the 3DS before Europe so that they can start working on it earlier and I can have one soon after Europe launch!



TKOWL said:

I just want my novelty humongous stylus with a Mario Kart at the end. Though those screen protectors might seem tempting...



Phobos said:

Thank the Lord. I was waiting for accessories to be announced - a new console without 'em is pretty much point blank.



SwerdMurd said:

Awesome....MadCatz makes quality accessories.

Nintendo consoles also features great online play and Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize he got.

I'm also never sarcastic.



TrueWiiMaster said:

I got some screen protectors for my DS with it when I bought it, but never managed to put them on. Are they really worth getting? My screen is a bit scratched up from EBA and lost in blue (and probably some others) but still works great after probably 6 years of continual use. Also, can the protectors be removed? Are they sticky, or do they stick like window decals?



theblackdragon said:

@TrueWiiMaster: the screen protectors i've used aren't too sticky to be removed... one kinda stuck like a window decal, and the two others were more rigid and actually had some stick to 'em. i preferred the decal-like one, to be honest, because the sticky one caught a little bit of dust and was harder to reposition when it went on a little crooked, but all three have served their purpose, really, with problems regarding tap sensitivity or anything.



Morpheel said:

I do not quite trust mad catz products... They tend to be... not so good.

I once bought a set of (cant remember if they were madcatz, but it is likely) screen protectors for the DS Phat, the top one was rigid and had GLUED margins, as in with real glue, when i tried to remove it, it left a horrible mark on the DSs top screen.

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