I’ve been talking about video game casesa lot lately.
Some cases are meant to hold many games atonce, like a carry case, or these UniKeep cases that I made a recent video about.
But otherwise, a game case can mean a displayand storage case for an individual game.
A DS game case for example.
As most of you know, original DS cases alsohad this extra slot that could hold a Gameboy Advance cart.
So, many collectors use these cases to shelftheir GBA games.
But the instruction manual doesn’t fit right.
There is a plastic bar here that gets in theway that needs to be modified.
Not to mention the modifications you wouldneed to make for regular Gameboy or Gameboy Color games.
That’s where Custom Game Cases dot com comesin.
They’ve created a game case to address theseissues.
I’ve mentioned them a few times in my videosin the past, so to properly show all of the kinds of cases they offer, I reached out andasked them to send me a few samples so I could show all of you.
I wouldn’t think of this as a review.
I don’t have other similar cases in my collection, so I don’t have experience with competing products to review these against.
This will be more an overview and producttest.
They did send me these samples for free, butthis isn’t paid coverage.
I am very fond of everything in the box, butI’ll point out any areas of concern at the same time.
Let’s put these cases through their paces.
To start, let’s take a look at Gameboy Advance.
Here is their case.
They predominantly sell cases to order withthe requested art insert preinstalled.
Several systems offer a choice of cover types, I’ll point some of these out over the course of the video.
The print quality here is excellent.
It’s the same dimensions as Nintendo’sofficial DS case and it’s immediately apparent that it’s roughly the same build quality, too.
The difference is on the inside.
No DS slot, but instead a combo slot for Gameboyor GBA games is front and center.
The cartridge snaps right in.
And the other side is formatted to properlyhold a GBA instruction manual.
A perfect fit.
Because of the clip design, this same casealso works with Gameboy and Gameboy Color games, so let’s take a look at that.
You might remember my Gameboy case inserts.
I have a video explaining those.
But for this use, the games have to be separatedfrom their original protective cases.
As you can see, the cartridges and manualsfit perfectly.
A few Gameboy games have a larger manual.
I’m happy to see that these fit satisfyinglywell.
Some cartridges won’t fit.
Your Gameboy Camera or rumble carts won’tfit, they’re too thick for a case this size.
And let’s check out these oddly shaped cartridges.
Obviously, Warioware Twisted won’t work.
Both Boktai and Yoshi Topsy-Turvy will fit.
Drill Dozer doesn’t quite fit in the clips, but you can still store it in the case.
It might bounce around, but it shouldn’tleave its little pen.
By that same token, you could use these forTiger game com games, if you were so inclined.
Although the manual doesn’t fit.
Neo Geo Pocket games fit very well, originalcase and all.
Not so much with WonderSwan games, unlessyou leave it upside down, or modify the case.
But we’ll come back to WonderSwan.
The cases aren’t advertised to hold thesebonus games, but the website does mention the next one.
Atari Lynx games can fit.
Both the flat cartridge.
and the curved cartsif you insert it like this.
The manual doesn’t fit, at least not thisone.
Custom Game Cases doesn’t offer non-Nintendosystem game covers for this case style, at least not yet, but you can buy this and severalother style cases with no cover at all, and for a bit less.
This way you can print your own covers.
I made a recent video with some tools andtips to print your own video game art inserts, you should check it out first.
Let’s try one more.
This is the Watara Supervision, a failed Gameboycompetitor.
It’s a little tight, but this cartridge can fit, too.
These cartridges are styled after Game Gearcarts, but just a bit smaller.
So Game Gear games can’t fit well here, they’re just a bit too big.
But don’t worry, They’ve made a case forGame Gear games as well! Let’s check those out.
Here they are.
They have covers from a few release territories.
Sonic Drift is a Japanese only release, andSonic 2 in 1 is a Euro exclusive.
You might wonder why they made a case in adifferent size instead of sticking with the DS form factor.
This case mimics the original box and is sizedto fit the game and its manual.
Just like Gameboy, it’s cartridge only, you can’t use the original protective cases.
And bonus! These cases can work for those Wonderswangames.
Neat! Custom Game Cases has an alternate color choicefor many of their cases.
For Game Gear the other color option is purple, and my goodness is it vibrant! – One small thing to note, this copy of Sonic2 is a Majesco re-issue, and its manual is like a millimeter taller than the others.
For that reason, it doesn’t fit in the caseas perfectly as my other Game Gear manuals, just so you know.
I’ll tell you what, I’m having a reallygood time digging through all of my stuff to test these cases.
Some of my things have been put away for fartoo long.
There’s still just something about cartridges.
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Next up, let’s move away from handheld gamesto look at console games, starting with the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Here is their NES game case.
Again, a very bright and good looking printedcover.
This case is sized similarly to a UniversalGame Case.
Here is a DVD sized case to get a sense ofhow this looks on your shelves.
Here’s my well-loved and well-worn copyof Super Mario 3.
Out of all of the cases thus far, this isthe first one that gives me pause.
Inside there is a sturdy set of clips to grabyour cartridges.
It’s the toughest case to get the game cartridgein and especially out of, to the point that I thought I might break the cartridge at first.
There are larger NES manuals, too.
These fit just fine.
And other NES cartridge styles? *grunt* It really has a death grip on it.
I only have one Tengen cartridge and it fitsfine as well.
I have little reason to think other US cartridgestyles wouldn’t fit.
Next up is Super Nintendo.
It’s basically the same size as the NEScase.
This one is dark grey, which I prefer.
By the way, clear and dark gray are the twocolor choices for both of these cases, stock permitting.
This cover art is in the style of the originalretail box.
But on the shelf, it’s sideways, so if youprefer, they also have a portrait version of each SNES cover you can select instead.
And you’ll have to remove your originaldust cover, it won’t work in the case.
Inside, you pretty much know what to expect.
Clips sized for the cartridge and for themanual.
Another perfect fit.
This won’t work for your Super Gameboy, but they do have a separate listing for that case, I just don’t have one here to showyou.
Moving on to Nintendo 64.
These have pretty much the same options asthe SNES.
A choice of landscape or portrait box artand choice of clear or dark gray.
Have you seen my custom mini game boxes? Click here to learn more.
Inside the case, another molded cartridgeholder and manual clips.
And there’s an extra slot up here.
This is for a Controller Pak.
It fits in fine this way, but it fits a bitbetter in there backward.
The Controller Pak slot is oversized to alsoallow third party paks to fit.
And sorry, the rumble pak and Transfer pakaren’t going to fit.
Let’s leave the world of Nintendo for amoment and go back to Sega.
Sega Genesis games originally came in a nicehard case, at least at first.
Custom Game Cases also has a Genesis case, and it’s impressively similar to the original case.
All of the design cues are present, includinga textured out sleeve rather than a smooth one.
This was also true in the Game Gear cases, making them like miniature Genesis cases.
What some might not realize is that Sega’sGenesis case is actually a continuation from their Master System cases.
They aren’t perfectly interchangeable, theyhave slight differences, but they are very similar.
In a pinch, a Genesis case can substitutefor the Master System game.
These cases are only advertised as standardGenesis case replacements, so it shouldn’t be a shock that odd cartridge sizes won’tfit naturally.
EA games don’t fit.
Nor Accolade games.
Virtua Racing is a no go.
And let’s try a 32x game.
No, it’s just a bit bigger, so it won’tfit either.
But that’s fine, that’s not what theseare meant for anyway.
As for case colors, they also have these ina nice popping red.
And look at what they sent to me.
Sonic Mania, isn’t that great? So I can store my molded cartridge from myspecial edition in here.
Very awesome! So here’s a line up of everything, but thereis one last item.
This is the most recent edition to their site, Virtual Boy.
It’s in this nice red, and they’ve takenthe same form factor of the DS style cases.
– And the cart snaps in just as you’d expect.
That’s really excellent.
They only do small manufacturing runs of these, because it’s tough to judge the demand, so I’m hoping that they’re back in stocksoon.
Having looked over all of these, there’sonly one quality issue that I noticed, and it’s on this printed cover.
If you look closely, you can sort of see theprint lines, perhaps some evidence that one of the toners was running low.
But I’m personally not really that picky.
It’s only visible on a portion of the frontof this cover.
All the rest are high quality.
So what do you think? I’m very pleased with all of these cases, but I don’t think I’ll buy cases for my console games.
I’m satisfied with just having the cartridgeson the shelf.
I’m kind of a plebeian that way.
But I’m definitely considering buying afew cases for some of the portable games I mentioned, and the Virtual Boy.
I don’t have all that many of those gamesand it would be fun to design some new covers if the Cover Project doesn’t have what Ineed.
I’d like to take a look at some other brandsof cartridge cases too, let me know what kinds you use and where I can find them.
Thanks again to Custom Game Cases.
It was a pleasure to show off the productline.
I’ve linked to them in the description.
Be aware that current global events have interruptedmanufacturing and supply from China.
I’m hoping that everything is back in stocksoon.
I hope this video helped you make informeddecisions.
Let me know your thoughts.
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