Which Flash Cart Should I Get?

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Apr 25, 2011

Which Flash Cart Should I Get? by Rydian at 3:26 AM (305,023 Views / 26 Likes) 674 replies

  1. garache

    Newcomer garache Member

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    Is it really worth to purchase a DStwo +?
     


  2. helltoast

    Newcomer helltoast Advanced Member

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    for the DSTWO/+ alone? no. R4i Gold 3DS RTS does the same thing at a fraction of the price.

    you should only get a DSTWO (or the upgraded plus version) if you're looking for a particular feature, like GBA on a DSi. in fact, you might not want a DSTWO depending on what handheld you plan on using it- on a DSL, the DSTWO provides the longest battery life (~8 hours in contrast to 4 from a R4i Gold), but the cart will drain it twice as fast when used on a DSi or 3DS because of its CPU.
     
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    Well, im in a conundrum. I only care about Snes, GBA and DS emulation. I have a DSi Xl, a 3DS Xl (that isnt hacked) and a Vita. Vita is booming right now with Henkaku and it might have in the next months the SNES and GBA emulation i crave for.

    DS on other hand is held by the necessity of owning a flashcart. Given this, what is the best flashcart i should pick?

    I could always buy DS Two Plus and have everything on the go, but given the recent circunstances, i feel like its a bad investment.
     
  4. helltoast

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    it is. unless you have some other reason to get a DSTWO/+, I'd wait for Retroarch and emulate SNES and GBA on the PSV.

    I have a DSTWO and it's great. great build quality, great plugins, great compatibility. but if you're just looking for something 'that works', the price tag doesn't justify it. get a R4i Gold 3DS RTS for DS and pair it with your Vita for the rest. think of the battery, too. the DSTWO is gonna drain it really fast.

    or you could just hack your 3DS and have everything in one place. plus quasi-native VC emulation, except for stuff like Star Fox.
     
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    Newcomer garache Member

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    Well, i still need a cart for the DS emulation, right? Is the R4i Gold 3DS RTS the best when it comes to price and quality?
     
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    I don't know why everyone's always hating on the flash cards ability to play GBA and SNES games true it's not at full speed but it definitely has way better game compatibility than any of the emulators available at the moment so why mess around with b******* that doesn't work for many of the games when you can get something that I work for just about everything buy the scds2
     
  7. garache

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    Well, i don´t want to invest on something that won´t give me 100% of what i want.
     
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    I don't know about anyone else, but in most cases, the DStwo + modern software to use the hardware for the SNES and GBA emulation has advanced a lot. Some games here and there still don't work fully (Mario RPG on SNES is still a juggernaut), but at least every game I cared about on the GBA portion worked well.

    IF an OG DStwo could actually recognize a microSD larger than 32GB in size, I would seriously tempt making a point to put a complete rom collection of GBA and SNES and just being kind of a tester to see what games work/don't work for people. But I'm too broke for that right now.
     
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    you will, yes. the R4i Gold 3DS RTS is the best flashcart on the market right now aside form the DSTWO. build quality can be a bit iffy but on the software side it's great.

    and I don't buy into the idea that you should get a DSTWO+ because it almost works. better stick to something that actually works, like the PSV [in the coming months] or the 3DS VC.

    and even those won't work perfectly, but at least they're better than the DSTWO.
     
  10. garache

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    Is there a specific cart just for DS emulation? Something cheaper just for the DSi Xl or is the price still the same?
     
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    for the 3DS? well, yes. there are some alternatives to the R4i Gold 3DS RTS but they're only a few bucks cheaper and nowhere near as good.

    I mean, it's only $17 over at nds-card.com. those horrid R4iSDHC.com carts are 10 bucks a pop for instance.
     
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    I could be mistaken but I believe it has the same limitation as the 3ds being that the cards larger than 32 gigs happen to be in exfat format and instead need to be in FAT32 and then they should work
     
  13. garache

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    No, for the DSi Xl. Well ,its easier to throw away 10 bucks than almost 20 i guess. :D Guess ill try the R4 you mencioned.

    Thanks for the help btw, really appreacite it.
     
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    No, for the DSi Xl. Well ,its easier to throw away 10 bucks than almost 20 i guess. :D Guess ill try the R4 you mencioned.

    Thanks for the help btw, really appreacite it.
     
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    No, for the DSi Xl. Well ,its easier to throw away 10 bucks than almost 20 i guess. :D
     
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    No, for the DSi Xl. Well ,its easier to throw away 10 bucks than almost 20 i guess. :D
     
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    don't. R4iSDHC.com stuff is crap. you're gonna regret it.

    if you're really that hellbent on saving a few bucks, get this one: http://nds-card.com/ProShow.asp?ProID=146

    or, if you're absolutely sure you won't be using it on your 3DS, this one: http://nds-card.com/ProShow.asp?ProID=145
     
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    No, i was talking about the R4i Gold 3DS RTS but it seemed a waste given that i don´t care about 3DS piracy but mostly about translated gems on SNES, GBA and DS.

    That last one hit the nail. Thanks a lot.

    edit: sorry for the 2 double posts
     
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    hi people. from what I gather

    1) only buy from http://www.nds-card.com/
    2) Either buy R4i Gold 3DS RTS or DSTWO

    I have a DS Lite. Do I have to upgrate the firmware (if it exists ?) before using any of these carts ?
    What I need is NES, Sega Genesis, Mame (if possible) with ability to save a game during mid-play. I haven't in my life played any game boy games, but if it's fun, the gameboy emulation is a bonus I guess.

    since R4i Gold 3DS RTS is cheaper than DSTWO, I plan to get that one. Am I making a mistake? Any advice is greatly appreciated !
     
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    I don't usually recommend the DSTWO mainly due to battery-related issues, but they only plague the DSi and up. if you plan on using it on a DSL, then the DSTWO is the best choice by far. definitely go with one if you want emulators.

    MAME for example. on regular flascharts you won't be able to run as many games. the extra CPU really does help.

    and don't get a microSD off of them. always buy locally from known retailers.
     
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    As far as I know, there are no MAME emulators for the NDS. The DS lite has no firmware so you need not worry about that. Both have RTS but the DSTWO's RTS is better, I think.

    EDIT: The DSTWO also has exclusive emulators that work better than others due to its CPU.
     

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