Firstly I'm Sorry if I’m repeating others. I have tried Google and GBAtemp’s search function but couldn't get the exact info I want. Since its so time consuming and confusing I figured I would simply ask you guys directly instead. At the moment I’m still using an old DS Lite with a M3 simply card, however the times they are a changing and I’m interested in buying an 3DS XL and a r4i gold 3ds deluxe during the holiday season. With all the information floating about it would really help me out if a forum regular would go over some things and make sure I don’t make any costly mistakes. 1.TECH: previously with the DS lite, rom playing required a console, hack card and sd card/reader ,is more hardware needed in this new generation? I remember reading somewhere each game required separate SD card(s) is that still correct? Is it being worked on? 2.FIRMWARE: from what I have read from previous posts I gather I need a console running on firmware 4.5 or lower . I have read about “firmware spoofing” but I’m not entirely sure what it is… if anyone could explain that would be great. Can games which require firmware installations higher than this be played yet on the card I wish to buy? 3.PURCHASING: are there any reputable sellers in the UK? Would you recommend any stores in particular? (free shipping ect would be a bonus) 4.OPINIONS: is now the best time to buy? Is the available software/hardware at a point where you would consider it stable enough or should I wait it out for another few months? Is there anything better on the horizon? I would really appreciate some input guys.