Best Slot 2/GBA Flash Card

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by IceWolf762, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. IceWolf762

    IceWolf762 Newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    Hey guys.

    What would you say, in your opinion, is the best Slot 2/GBA flash Card? Also, if possible (and if allowed), could someone link me to a place that sells them that deliver to the UK?

    Thanks [​IMG]

  2. Vincent T

    Vincent T GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 22, 2008
    United States
    San Jose, California
    *sigh* Can you just please read the sticky topics? It's not that hard..We all all tired of hearing these topics over and over, so next time please try reading at LEAST a LITTLE. Anyways, the best flashcart is a Cyclo DS. You can buy them at So next time, try reading all the topics people put effort in for you guys who doesn't know which flashcart to buy. [​IMG]
  3. moodswinger

    moodswinger GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 6, 2008
    i think you should read a LITTLE too. he said slot 2 not 1. [​IMG]
  4. tedmg09130913

    tedmg09130913 GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    United States
  5. madpinger

    madpinger Member

    May 2, 2008
    United States
    Lost in my own anime
    Aye, M3 Perfect Lite.

    I'v had mine for over a year, and its a damn gem. Still use it to this day. [​IMG]
  6. foob

    foob GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 26, 2007
    'Best' is very subjective, IMO, because no cart is perfect. Each has their strengths and weaknesses.
    I have liked and continue to like:
    ...for the simple reason that it works and works quickly and with no fuss for the average user (as long as you don't use a PC chipset that it hates, see below).

    *Great build quality, unique box.
    *great compatibility
    *all (most?) games start quickly and easily, save quickly and simply

    *finding/downloading the software for it
    *manufacturer is not supporting it
    *I hear it doesn't work with some PC chipsets (Nvidia nForce, some SIS chipsets)
    *512megabit (ie. 64 Megabyte) storage capacity isn't the largest on the block, but that's still quite a few GBA games
    *very basic menu interface (which could be a plus for some, I guess)
    more thoughts:
    *manufacturer's website is a shambles , necessitating the need to search other sites for the software, but easily enough done.

    Put simply, this is a cart that works without any fuss if a few basic requirements are met.
    Note: this higher-capacity 'EFA' is apparently fake clone, the internets tell me:
    Probably best avoided.

    The other alternative I see is:
    EZ-Flash IV

    *Greater storage capacity with MiniSD cards (not to be confused with MicroSD)
    *Great build quality
    *Nice box
    *great compatibility

    *interface that is, by default, in Chinese, needs to be changed to English on first use (a bit of a shock to the system first time you use it if you can't read Chinese)
    *questionable (at least to me) Star Wars skin in interface (tho I hear it can be changed)
    *a game can be put in special (faster) memory on the card, but those that aren't will take longer to load. Games are saved on restart of the cart. If this is all confusing, that's part of the 'learning curve' of this thing.
    *farrrr greater learning curve
    *more expensive
    *need to buy a separate miniSD card

    At the end of the day, both of these are quality items I like for different reasons. It's up to you which you will like better. Being new to these carts when I got them, I found the EZ-Flash IV a bit of a shock to the system as far as things I needed to know to use and understand it properly. But I recovered. The storage advantages might be worth it to you, but the average GBA game is far smaller than the average DS game, so not a huge issue, I would think.

    There's also the Elink:
    ...but my experience with it was not positive on Vista (no workee). Things may have changed since then. I don't know.

    Pluses include:
    1) it's still supported by manufacturer at
    2) more pleasing interface, IMO.
    3) fast and easy loads and saves, but I personally disliked this aspect of it:
    It's 512Mbit, like the EFA, so 64 megabytes.
    Still, it's a decent choice.

    Each has strengths and weaknesses.
    Good luck!
  7. Bri

    Bri GBAtemp Psycho!

    Dec 25, 2007
    United States
    It depends on what slot 1 you have. The EZFlash 3-in-1 is probably the best choice for most people because it's supported by many slot 1 carts directly from the menu including the Acekard 2, Edge, CycloDS, and any cart running YSMenu (DSTT, SCDS1, and R4).

    You can get one from

  8. foob

    foob GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 26, 2007
    Good point, it really does depend on whether you want to use it in DS Lite, or DS Lite and older Game Boy Advance and original DS. If you want flexibility of using in older hardware, you want the regular GBA cart size devices I recommended. If you have a DS Lite, a Lite-only cart will fit flush without sticking out but will not fit in older devices like the original DS or Game Boy Advance / Game Boy Micro models.

    I can confirm the Elink, EZ-Flash IV and EFA will all work with any Game Boy Advance model natively (including Game Boy Micro) and any DS / DS Lite, too. So it's better than the DS-only Lite carts in those respects, but pretty irrelevant if you are only playing in the DS Lite.

    Whether you have a slot 1 in the DS or not, they will work just fine. If you do have a slot 1 cart, it's nice to have one that doesn't bypass the standard DS clock/calendar /Pictochat / Download Play screen.

    Cards like the:
    CycloDS Evolution

    (and others)
    ...are good examples that don't bypass this screen.