Cheapest GBA Flashcart that's good?

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  1. Fulcaire
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    Topic title.
    What's the cheapest GBA flashcart that's good?
    Plus, where should I buy it?

    I want to buy the G6 Lite but it's too expensive. [​IMG]

    Oh ya, I want it to have internal space like I don't want to buy a memory card.

    I also want to know if its compatible with M3 DS Simply. [Slot 2]
     


  2. Propionation

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    EZ Flash's 3 in 1 expansion pack.

    GBA games and the Ram pack work for the M3 simply.

    Rumble doesn't work only for the EZ V tentatively.

    $22 at realhotstuff.com highly recommend them. Ship from New Jersey, USA.
     
  3. hevyhomie

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    another vote for ez flash 3in1(very cheap indeed for a gba type flash cart)
    however the gba writing can be somewhat tedious, so you have to be patient
    ram pack will be excellent for running emulators and you can also use the back-up for the web browser
     
  4. Destructobot

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    The 3-in-1 pack is good, I have one and I like it. It will only fit in a DS lite though; there is no replacement shell to make it fit an old style DS.

    If you want to spend twice as much and be able to have a bunch of GBA games on the cart at once, the EZ-IV is a good choice. You'll need a microSD card, but it will still be less than a G6. You can't use the EZ-IV as a ram pack for the nintendo web browser though, if that matters.

    If you really want internal memory, the G6 and the 3-in-1 are the only current carts that have it.


    p.s. If you buy anything from realhotstuff.com, use the coupon code RHS07 for 5% off.
     
  5. Fulcaire
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    Thank you everyone, I think I have made my decision.

    I got a DS Lite

    Thanks! [​IMG]

    Rumble doesn't work with M3 Simply?
     
  6. Destructobot

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    If you're not using an EZ-V, every game will need to be patched individually for the 3-in-1 rumble to work. Currently, only metroid pinball & EBA have rumble patches, and the metroid pinball rumble patch causes some sound glitches.

    If you want a rumble pack, the one made by eWin looks like the way to go.
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=46636
     
  7. Fulcaire
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    Fulcaire GBAtemp Regular

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    Thank you!
    One last question :

    How many GBA games can you approximately fit onto the 3 in 1 expansion pack?

    Plus, I looked at the quickstart guide..
    Is this thing really complicated to use?
     
  8. Destructobot

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    You can currently only have one game on the 3-in-1 at a time, but this may change in the near future. It only has 32 megabytes of flash memory, so even if it becomes possible to put more than one game on it, it won't hold very many. The upside is that once you put a game on the 3-in-1 it works exactly like a regular GBA game, and it starts up instantly.

    It's not complicated to use, but you do need to patch the GBA games with the EZ4 client to allow them to store saves.
     
  9. jalaneme

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    EZ Flash's 3 in 1 expansion pack is complete crap as it can only hold one gba game at a time and only has a small amount of memory, you can go for the EZ flash 4 mini SD but you need a memory card, i would truly say go for a G6 lite but as you said it's pretty expensive but it's worth it as it has 512MB of data to put loads of gba games and tons of homebrew, if you are still interested in getting the G6 lite the cheapest you can get it is $87 from bamboogaming or real hot stuff for $87.99.

    btw EZ Flash does not have a real time clock (for pokemon and boktai), just a warning, and i would also check out the reviews first to see if you really want the EZ flash.

    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=42399
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=34239
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=37100
    http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=32250
     
  10. Mewgia

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    jalaneme, shut up. You're a blatant G6 fanboy. The 3-in-1 is a perfectly good cart, and if I was going to spend over four times as much just for the ability to hold more games and a RTC I would want way more than 512MBs of storage.
    If you're not going for the 3-in-1 for whatever reason, I'd say buy an M3 Lite or EZflash4deluxe.
     
  11. Sinkhead

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    SuperCard SD has always worked for me. But it needs external memory.

    - Sam
     
  12. amptor

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    the words good, supercard, and gba don't belong in the same sentence.

    M3 perfect is decent, but if you want the best compatability you'll always have to go with one that has the flash memory built in. I'd suggest trying to find one that is $50 or less that has plenty of ram. I think there's some these days, but i'm not sure which is the best brand any more. I only own the old bung/visoly stuff and those work good. I'd just normally recommend getting an m3 perfect because although the compatability isn't 100%, it's still real high.
     
  13. Covarr

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    The M3 Perfect works with pretty much every major GBA release; I haven't had it fail on a single GBA game I've tested. It may have trouble with bratz or some other crap games that nobody cares about.
     
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    True true Covarr. I still have my M3L Perfect and never plan on getting rid of it. =)
     
  15. AshuraZro

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    A cart is not crap because it can hold only one game. And the small amount of memory doesn't matter if it can only hold one game. Limited, but not crap.
     
  16. jandaman

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    i should have more ezflash2/3 series kit end of the month/early next month for those wanting a GBA devkit
     
  17. Xeijin

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    Please don't make such ludicrous statements, your opinion is your own but do not use invalid excuses such as the fact it can only hold one gba game at a time. The reasons you feel make it 'complete crap' are actually the reasons it is so cheap and thus a good choice for those on a budget.

    Ignoring that, from what I've heard the cart shows alot of promise and a price such as that for a cart that can play GBA games (even if it be only one at a time), work with the opera browser, and rumble features (which I anticipate will be only a matter of time with the hardwork members such as corey are putting in) all for $22 makes it an excellent choice for those on a budget wanting the full experience.

    Edit: Also, the fact that it does not have an RTC is not as big of a problem as you would think. IPS patches are available for most games (mainly pokemon) which allow you to play regardless. Add to this the fact that an incredibly small minority of games actually use the RTC and you'll find it dosen't really matter.
     
  18. VVoltz

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    Dealextreme.com is selling the EZV 3in1 cart for 19.99 and the G6 Lite (Chinese) for 45USD.
    Best,

    Walter
     
  19. shadowme2

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    It sells (sold to be exact, right now there's no in stock) G6 3rd gen, not the Lite. Theres a big difference between them.
     
  20. 4saken

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    The G6 Lite was the 3rd gen. There is no slot 2 G6 after that (supposedly there was meant to be one similar to the M3 Pro (ie. no GBA support), but it never came out).