Review: SuperCard DSTwo (Hardware)
The SuperCard DSTwo is the SuperCard's team lastest cart, an update from their previous cart DSOnei. It packs many new features and is considered by many king among DS flashcarts for its superb support both by the SC team for supplying updates to bypass new firmware blocks and by the game support as well as rich and plentiful features including an onboard CPU that allowes users to create special DSTwo only homebrew that can use advantage of this CPU such as emulators. How well do these features work and is it better then other cheaper carts on the market? Read the review below to find out.
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Packaging and Contents
[ The DSTwo comes in a simple cardboard box like many other flashcarts, a booklet, a grey fuzz covered plastic tray which hold both a DSTwo cart and a USB 2.0 MicroSDHC reader. The many features of the cart are written on the back of the packaging which include Real Time functions including Real Time Save, Real Time Cheat, and Real Time Guide. Other advertised features are Multi-Save, GBA Emulator, Free Cheat, Slow Motion, Multi-Language Support, File Management, ebook Support, Anti-Piracy bypass functions, and popular video and audio format support without need of the files being converted first.
The card reader is just a cheap generic USB reader that many carts come with. It support USB 2.0 and MicroSDHC, and has a red light on the front. Removing and inserting the MicroSD card isnt as smooth as it could be, it feels as if the reader is scratching the card and or contacts. Upon usage of the reader, it failed to read the cart a few times requiring me to insert it again a few more time before it was recognized. It did end up corrupting the MicroSD card when writing data to it requiring a format. Ive gone through plenty of these cheap chinese adapters and they all eventually fail and its just not worth it to risk. I suggest just using a SD adapter or buy a quality reader instead.
Setup and Usage
The game guide feature is a pretty unique feature, it lets you bring up a txt file while in game. I went to gamefaqs and download a tx file for Professor Layton and opened it as shown. I would have liked more options as currently it is bare bones compared to the iReader plugin which I will go over later in the review. Files also must be placed in the same directory as the roms and must have the same name as the rom file rather then a simple file explorer.
Another neat feature is that cheats can activated and deactivated during game play, this might be useful in some games, maybe getting past a hard part with cheats then turning them off after.
The RTS feature is another great thing. You are allotted four different slots to save and load from, I tested it a few times and in different games and it always worked fine, no lockups or crashes.
The slow motion function lets you slow the game down by certain percentages, I have never found a proper use for this feature yet however it did work fine in the games I tested it in.
And finally the free cheat option which lets you create your own cheats if for example cheats for a certain game were in the cheat database or you wanted to create a new cheat. I used the example on their with New Super Mario Bros and modifying the coin values. It worked exactly as shown however like the slow motion feature I feel I wouldnt have a use for it. It is a nice extra regardless.
Finally we can perform a soft-reset function to return back to the main menu of the cart.
Another feature of the DSTwo is you can add plugins to the main cart menu. Think of them like applications designed specifically for the DSTwo. I have installed various plugins including, iReader, iMovie, TempGBA, SLOT2 NDS, and SLOT2 GBA. The SLOT2 plugins just let you boot GBA flash cards that wouldn't normally boot without a passcard. I will be going over the first three in detail.
[plug setting] icon=fat1:/_dstwoplug/GW_INSTALLER.bmp name=GATEWAY
The SuperCard DSTwo is the best DS cart I have used to date. The feature set is amazing and maybe a little over whelming to some users. The price point for this cart is fair in my opinion considering the SuperCard team developed their own software for the cart rather then relying on somebody else to do it for them. While some users will see R4i clones that are cheaper and simply buy for that reason alone, will most likely end up have to purchase yet another "upgraded" version of the cart because it was blocked by a firmware update and the hardware can no longer be updated. They rely on WOOD R4 for firmware updates rather then making their own software and it comes mainly bare bones as far as features go. Or the semi-recent issue were R4i Gold users had to cut a connection on the inside of their cart to the make the cart work again. This would never happen with a DSTwo. In the end the extra money for the DSTwo is worth it considering all these factors. There are a few minor kinks that need to be worked out, mostly software issues. Build quality needs to be improved for the price the user is paying they should receive a very solid feeling cart. Beyond those issues I will agree this cart is king amount DS carts and the excellent team support behind it will keep bringing it updates to support future 3DS firmware updates.
+ Will run just about every retail rom
+ AP bypass
+ Real Time Menu
+ Real Time Save with four slots
+ Real Time Cheat including Free Cheat
+ Real Time Guide
+ Built in CPU allows for special homebrew including various emulators
+ Plugin support
+ Only DS cart that has been updated to bypass every 3DS firmware without needing new hardware
+ Fast and reliable team support
- Poor build quality
- Long game and file names are cut off
- Built in CPU drains battery in sleep mode
- Rom explorer menu feels clunky
out of 10