Unexpectedly creepy

Here's a question for you: would you release an accessory for a console that wasn't available? Probably not, and chances are the folks at iMP Gaming wouldn't either, which makes the launch of their 3DS cases across Europe and North America in February an interesting proposition.

Designed to maximise the excitement around Nintendogs + Cats, the cases show off a doggy or moggie depending on your pet preference, with each coming in individually tailored packaging: the dog comes with a kennel, and the cat case is held by a travel box that all cats know and love.

The cases will be available in February, whether the 3DS is on shop shelves or not. Here's a press release with some puns to make you proud.

New Beagle Pup and Tabby Kitten Cases for 3DS from iMP Gaming.

These stylish and cute new cases from iMP are available to coincide with the launch of the new 3DS console and the latest incarnation of popular furry franchise, Nintendog’s + Cats.

Available in two lovable designs, the iMP Cases come in a cute Beagle Puppy design and also, a cuddly Tabby Kitty design.

Featuring high quality materials, these great looking cases will no doubt be a hit with any animal loving gamer. Both designs store the 3DS console providing protection from dust and scratches and also includes pockets to store up to 3 games or SD cards. The secure snap stud closure ensures your console stays safe and snug in the case.
The designs have been lovingly embellished with the iMP metal badge and tag for the perfect finishing touch.

To ensure your new pet is transported home safely, the Beagle Pup case comes in his own kennel packaging and the Tabby Kitty in its own travel basket packaging.

The Beagle Case will be in high demand – make no bones about it and the Tabby Kitty will have gamers everywhere clawing to get their hands on one!

Dean Harvey, iMP Managing Director said “Given the successes of our previous case designs, gamers understand iMP cases are synonymous with high quality. These cute and stylish designs will be a welcome addition for 3DS, DSi and DS Lite gamers everywhere.”

iMP Beagle Pup Case for 3DS, DSi and DS Lite
Available: February 2011 from leading games retailers and e-tailers.
SRP: £12.99/€14.99/$19.99

iMP Tabby Kitty Case for 3DS, DSi and DS Lite
Available: February 2011 from leading games retailers and e-tailers.
SRP: £12.99/€14.99/$19.99