Nintendo 3DS: Completely disassembled
Thanks to its standard (aleit small) Phillips screws, the Nintendo 3DS isn't too difficult to open. Unfortunatley once you're inside, things get a bit more complicated.
The 3DS contains many small ribbon cables and connectors. You could easily break one of them during the cracking open process. I actually knocked the lock off one of the tiny ribbon cable connectors, and then spent the next 20 minutes reattaching it. At least the battery is easy to change.
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