The Nintendo 3DS might not be marketed as a rugged gaming console, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t built to withstand accidental drops and the occasional knocks. Well, if you’re interested in finding out what sort of tests the Nintendo 3DS and DS go through during testing you’re in luck. As part of its 2012 consumer report, Nintendo released a few pictures in addition to a summary of its testing process for the Nintendo 3DS. Nothing extraordinary is revealed here – the DS has to pass the keying test (durability of its buttons), compression test, vibration test, wear test, drop test, and hinge test – though there are probably more tests that aren’t mentioned here.
Nintendo also tests its product packaging to make sure that the 3DS isn’t harmed during transport, which makes sense since the console has to fly thousands of miles across the world before it reaches our hands. Anyway if you want to read up more about it, you can check out Nintendo’s Consumer Report 2012.