Gear Review: SNES Classic Edition Collectors Carrying Case

So you were fortunate enough to score an elusive SNES Classic Edition console at launch, eh? How about a deluxe case to go with it? PDP’s got just the thing with a collector’s edition storage and carrying case, which hits the market today starting at $29.99.

Playing on the heartstrings of us older gamers who grew up during the era of the original console, the case marries the color scheme and design aesthetic of the SNES–the purple strips on the front replicate the power and reset buttons, while a long, skinny groove sort of gives the look of a cartridge slot–with a form factor reminiscent of a children’s lunchbox. Adding to the super-powered nostalgia is a clear plastic faceplate door panel, which serves as a display window for a set of three double-sided cardboard placards depicting the box art of six games, including F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, StarFox2, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, and Super Metroid. Only one piece of artwork can be displayed, but the remaining cards stack neatly inside the compartment, underneath the chosen top card, keeping them organized and ready to swap in and out as desired.

The case measures approximately 10 inches tall and wide and close to 4 inches deep. It’s made of a hard plastic (not that cheap clicky plastic) that feels solid and sturdy. I’d be somewhat worried about the faceplate window being prone to scratches or possibly breaking off if smashed into hard enough, but the case shell holds up tough for toting around and taking the small bumps and bruises that tend to occur on the go. The latches that lock the front window and the case itself hold tight and secure, negating the need to worry about the case accidentally flopping open and spilling out its contents. The latches also give a pretty loud “click!” when snapped into place, so you would know if one didn’t lock all the way.

Popping the case open reveals an interior storage space specifically compartmentalized to house the SNES Classic and its components. On the bottom side of the clamshell box is a soft foam insert with openings cut out in the shapes of the system (in the center), two controllers (one on either side), and the AC adapter plug (above the system). The most common way to store an SNES controller is to spool the cord around the center area, and the shape of the foam cutout takes this tendency into account. There’s even a little square hole below each controller to insert the plug end so it’s not just dangling around lose in the box. Of course, the foam insert is also removable, which means the case can always be used for storing other objects.

The foam insert is thick enough to keep everything safe and snug while the case is shut, but not tight enough that the system and accessories will stay put if you hold the case upside down while open. I tried just for kicks (over a cushion of course), and everything but the AC plug immediately fell out.

The interior of the lid side is lined with a thin layer of foam, a square cubby hatch positioned in the middle, hovering directly over where the system rests when the case is closed up, to serve as a cushioned roof. This is where the HDMI and USB cables included with the SNES Classic can be stored. Unfortunately, the compartment is a bit too small. Even winding up the cables as tight as they will go, it’s a fight to get both to fit together inside. And even when they are squeezed in, the door holding them put, though it latches into place and remains closed, bulges out as if it’s ready to burst open. If you bought any controller extension cables, good luck finding extra room to store them.

The outer bottom of the case is emblazoned with an SNES logo, surrounded on the perimeter by four rubber footpads that prevent the box from sliding when placed on a flat surface. While in its upright position, the bottom hinges function as a stand to allow the case to be more visibly shown off on a shelf or tabletop. The case is a little wobbly standing up, but it’s secure enough to stay in place, unless you accidentally bump into it or intentionally push at it to try to topple it over.

One small detail I noticed is how the lid and base don’t quite seal up all the way with a perfect seam. In certain spots there are tiny gaps like the two sides aren’t properly aligned. This doesn’t compromise the integrity of the case’s protection, but aesthetically it may displease especially nitpicky collectors.

Certain aspects of PDP’s SNES Classic deluxe carrying case design could’ve been thought through a little better, but overall it’s a sturdy, well-made unit that performs its central duty of holding the system and all of its out-of-the-box components for storage and transport. Yes, it’s a struggle to smush in the HDMI and USB cables, but ultimately they do fit. Obviously if you bought additional cables or accessories, this case won’t be able to accommodate them. The personalization offered by the swappable box art placards adds to the childhood nostalgia and collector’s appeal. The case just launched today, but sadly it appears to already be out of stock. Hopefully that doesn’t mean supply will be as tight as the console itself. I’m told by PDP that more stock should be coming to Amazon in a week or two, so definitely keep browsing around and be ready to snatch one up when the opportunity presents itself.

Buy From: The SNES Classic Edition Collectors Carrying Case is available on Amazon for $29.99.

Disclosure: Product sample for the SNES Classic Edition Collectors Carrying Case was provided to VGBlogger.com for review purposes by PDP.

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