Amazingly dumb questions i have, help please

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Dec 13, 2006
  1. ZuluEdison
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    Hi, this is my first post...so i figured i'd start it off with a bang and ask a bunch of stupid questions.


    I currently have a GBA, not a ds. as in this one [​IMG] not this one [​IMG]

    I want to buy a cartridge for it and i think what i want is a flash cartridge, like this one:
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    Now my questions regarding a cartridge like that, are as follows:
    1)It has set onboard memory, correct?
    2)which means I do not use an SD (or any mini-sd, etc) card with it?

    then:

    3)If I would like to get a cartridge that uses an sd card, is that possible to do and still use it with my GBA?
    4)using a gba with any combination of flash cartridges, that will be all i need right? i won't need any of these mentioned passkey types of things?


    5)let's say i get a ds lite, is there a cartridge i can get now that i would be able to use both on my gba currently, and when i get a dslite will work on there with no other peripherals?


    YES, i know these are very [​IMG] questions, but i feel like i have looked around the site for long enough to not feel like i am majorly insulting anyone by asking. And if i am offending anyone by asking, please understand that that isn't my intention, and i love the site and the reviews, i'm just a little behind the times. [​IMG]


    -sumner [​IMG]
     
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    1) Yes
    2) Yes
    3) Yes
    4) Yes
    5) Most of the non slot 1 (DS cart slot) flashcards support GBA decently, m3, supercard, ezIV etc, but then you would be using removeable media (SD variant).
     
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    The picture itself says 1Gb...that's a gigabit of memory so yes, to question 1 and 2. To answer the rest, I suggest getting a cart compatible for DS that uses SD memory for the GBA slot (aka slot #2 on the DS). These slot 2 carts will work with both DS and GBA but you DO NEED a passme type card for slot 1 of the DS in order to play DS games (on the DS, naturally).

    So basically it sounds like you are going to upgrade to a DS eventually but want a cart that works for both GBA and DS so you won't have to get a new one when you finally do get a DS.

    I am no expert; I don't even one of these flash carts yet. I am waiting on some of the slot 1 solutions to be released before I drop my money on a flash cart. But good luck on your purchase, and I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will help you out.
     
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    thankyou very much.

    if you could clarify a little bit though one thing for me.

    what is a non slot 1 flashcard? you referenced to ezflash 4, so well actually i guess i understand. it's just "non slot" makes me think of it having no place for an sd card, but i guess there is, so thanks for all your help!
     
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    so what i guess i really want is the EZ-flash IV (http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=32250)

    but i'm just kind of bummed that it doesn't have a RTC, which would mean no pokemon for me [​IMG]
     
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    ahhhhhhhhhh, that makes much more sense now. i'm actually a bit ignorant about the DS as it seems. i just found out today that it doesn't use batterries, and that it is recharchable...and i was also unaware that it had two different slots.


    so what you are saying is that i could get a cartridge that would play gba games on the gba and would play them on the ds as well, on the gba slot? but it would not play ds games, damn i've gone and completely confused myself actually. you use a catridge like the ezflash iv for the ds, and it doesnt work unless you get a passcard for the ds slot or something?
     
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    there are 2 slots on a ds, slot 1 = for ds carts and slot 2 = for gba carts. Flashcart makers are just now dabbing into perfecting slot 1 (got ways to go still) and the slot 2 cards are still all around very dependable. And one of the biggest cons of a slot 1 card is the lack of gba support.
     
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    Yes you can run any kind of gba cart in the ds in gba mode and it'll work just like your gameboy advance. To get the flashcart to run in DS mode (to play ds games and to run DS homebrew) you need a passme device/method (like a passcard) to skip the DS' factory authenticity checks.
     
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    AHHHH, thankyou both very much.

    i think i now fully understand.

    thankyou both very much for your help.

    [​IMG]

    i'm still just bummed about the lack of rtc with ezflash iv, but i guess that isn't really that big of a deal.
     
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    pokemon is for little kids anyways...once you become a man and get that DS lite don't soil it with such games.
     
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    [​IMG] How old are you? 14?
     
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    trust me, i know how ridiculous it is that i am weighing my purchase on whether or not i can play pokemon.

    i am in fact 16. As a 16 year old, i think i am allowed to hate highschool. as such i need something to do alot of the time, and pokemon comes in handy in various classes.


    but because you guys helped me out i promise not to soil my ds with it...much.
     
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    YEAH. THE DS IS FOR MANLY GAMES.

    *Plays Nintendogs*

    YEAH. I'M RAISING REAL BEEFY DOGS...... BY RUBBING THEIR BELLY.... MANLY STYLE.
     
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    lol Zulu thats fine by me. I wasn't really serious about the comment I made.
    and lol @ Harsky
     
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    hah, no that's cool.

    i can't even think of any actual ds games right now, besides mariokart...

    what's good?
     
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    Final Fantasy III, Yoshi's Island DS, Metroid Prime Hunter, Phoenix Wright 1/2, Trauma Centre, New Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 64 DS, Star Fox Assault, Mario Hoops 3 on 3, Mega Man ZX, and the list goes on.
     
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    oh god do i want ffIII
     

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