Also. I remember a different console drop test concerning the 6th Gen consoles that went like this:
1st Test "Sledgehammer Smash"
2nd Test "Cinderblock Falls, See Who Survives"
3rd Test "Attack of the 50ft Drop"
Slegehammer'd the PS2: Went down like a sissy.
Slegehammer'd the Xbox: Quite a few plastic pieces fly off, but it still works.
Slegehammer'd the Gamecube: Not even a scratch
Dropped a Cinderblock on the PS2: FATALITY
Dropped a Cinderblock on the Xbox: KILLING SPREE
Dropped a Cinderblock on the Gamecube: CINDERBLOCK BREAKS IN FUCKING HALF.
50ft Drop on the PS2: Instadeath
50ft Drop on the Xbox: Smashed into pieces
50ft Drop on the Gamecube: Quite a few pieces of plastic flew of here and there, but it still MOTHERFUCKING WORKED.
Seriosuly, Gamecubes were built like motherfucking PANZER TANKS.
A friend of mine accidentally scratched his Gamecube lens, so we decided to take it apart and look at the insides. We didn't have one of those special screwdrivers, so we had to break the case open. We spent about four hours trying to find a way to do that. Eventually, several consecutive 30 foot drops onto concrete cracked it enough that we could wedge a screwdriver in it and pull it apart.
I think the real question is, what about the 3DS? Will it survive the decidedly three-dimensional punishment the real world will make it suffer?!
PS: I managed to break my GBA, but I... I uh. I really had to try.
Also made a good dent in the wall prior to that.
As I said on the video game forum, the Game Boy Pocket made me a believer, next to the graphically superior but structurally inferior Game Gear. Years later it made me believe again against the graphically superior, but structurally inferior DS and PSP. The DS battery life and sound quality hasn't deteriorated like the PSP's but I think that's main due to the latter being junk, the former still lacks Nintendium as my screen has a small scratch from Metroid Prime Hunters.
The Game Boy Advance SP, is pretty tough too though. I've dropped it more times than I'd care to admit and the shoulder buttons look like chewed up gumballs, but it still plays fine.edit, though I've never dropped it when it wasn't closed. I don't know if its durability holds up if opened.