Best Flash cart for GBA SP?

Discussion in 'GBA - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by skinnyq, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. skinnyq

    skinnyq Newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    United States
    Hi dudes, well, I have been looking for some time now for a flash cart that I can put games and homebrew games on.
    My system is GBA SP.
    On the flash cart, I want to run GBA, GBC and some GB roms (GBC and GB roms are mainly pokemon).

    What I came across by now:
    -M3 mini-SD Perfect which seems to have the best compatibility and comfortability but very pricey.
    -Supercard SD whose price is ok but heard it has some compatibility issues(?).
    -EZFlash IV, price is ok also but same as Supercard, heard it has some compatibility issues and that its developing team doesn't release updates very often.

    So, I'll be happy to hear any more suggestions and clarifications.

  2. Diosoth

    Diosoth GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 25, 2008
    United States
    The EZ-Flash IV is pretty much dead. No new GBA games are being made so there's no need for more firmware updates, and unlike DS games, GBA games don't all share the same cartridge hardware, so you're stuck trying to build the cartridge to handle whatever it can.

    The EZF4 MiniSD is the one I use and compatibility is good. Bulkier games need to be flashed to NOR and there's no RTC for Pokemon and such.

    Dedicated GBA cartridges are pretty much a dead market since the GBA itself is dead. Most manufacturers have switched to devices such as the 3-in-1, which loads all GBA ROMs off slot-1 cards instead.
  3. 8BitWalugi

    8BitWalugi Taiyohhhhhh!

    Mar 22, 2008
    Side 7
    I own an EZ IV and an EZ 3-in-1 and i havent had as many problems with the EZ IV then what i have with the EZ 3-in-1. so, from personal experience, EZ IV is better. if you want GBA games, you need to use Goomba Colour. and to get saves to work, you need to patch them with the funny tool program thing. there are the only problems that i've had compared to the EZ 3-in-1 which i've had:
    -Saving issues
    -NOR erasing issues
    -support issues
    -moving-it-to-other-hardware issues
    -and more
    personally, i recommend EZ IV and that comment about "so you're stuck trying to build the cartridge to handle whatever it can." hasn't happened to me.
  4. Diosoth

    Diosoth GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 25, 2008
    United States
    The forums here have been rather full of posts about the 3-in-1 having lots of problems, actually. It's the big reason I spent more for an EZF4. And my quote was more for the manufacturers of these devices, since many of them have only minimal onboard RAM which offers limited game support.
  5. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    May 16, 2008
    You have insufficient posts to view user location.
    you can after 100 post go and ask someone in the trading section if someone is willing to sell you a EZ3 (not 3in1) or EZ2 or G4, something that had lots of space and RTC for pokemon and support for nearly every game under the sun.