Coming back to my DS after a few years, best flashcart of my three?

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  1. shatteredhalo
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    Hey all,

    I just found my DS Lite the other day and a handful of my old accessories and stuff. I have three flashcarts:

    R4 Revolution for DS (NDSL/NDS)
    Cyclo DS Evolution
    M3 DS Real

    Are any of these still supported? Which would be the best to use of these three at this point for maximum game compatibility?

    Thanks for the tips!
     
  2. Another World

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    Like Another World said, the R4 has the highest compatibility but is limited by the lack of SDHC support.
    The CycloDS has the best feature set out of the bunch (and supports SDHC) but won't support the later games using anti-piracy. However there are patches available for those games, so if you'd like the extra features the CycloDS offers then it would still work fine given that you patch the games that need it.

    Personally I'd probably use the CycloDS. 2GB is not nearly enough space (hell some games are 512MB in size, and a lot more of them are 256MB, so you would only be able to fit a few) and that alone is a big reason not to use the R4, additionally all the extra features of the CycloDS is something I loved back when I still used it, and nowadays I love my DSTWO for much the same reason.
     
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    I still use my M3 Real as I love the look of Sakura...

    But I imagine newer game won't work
     
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    I would use the R4 and Wood firmware for the troublesome games that will not run on the CycloDS.

    And stick everything else on the CycloDS with a larger card.

    Wood firmware is awesome and you will enjoy it a lot! (will probably be your favorite firmware and you will wish it ran on more hardware lol)
     
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    Use the M3 DS Real with RetroGameFan or the R4 with Wood.
     
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    I just bought my second R4i 3DS Gold (RTS) cart from realhotstuff.com, and it got here in two days. paid the full $20 for it, but sure beats waiting 3 to 4 weeks for it just to save a few bucks. My older one was one of the bad Rev C batch, and can't be updated any further, so it's running the "hacked" 1.62 wood kernel, and being used between my DSi and DS Lite, while my new card is just for my 2DS, and rarely leaves the unit. :P
     
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    DX stopped selling DS flash cards a long time ago?

    (Just wanting to know out of curiosity, I actually went to DX to double check lol)
     
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    My bad, it was realhotstuff.com, not deal extreme. Got them mixed up.
     
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    Oh that is awesome, they still sell the M3 Simply (It's R4 by a different name and some transistor turned around or something.)

    I still use mine... lol 2GB limit be damned!!! Thanks to Wood it is still a decent card. (If your reading this YWG, I probably have thanked you a lot but again thank you!)

    Thank you JayRo too!!! I am still surfing around that page lol hmmm it may force me to dig out my CC.... lol
     
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    Oh, wow... that was a bigger response than I epected. : ) Thanks to everyone for the advice! I had totally forgotten about the 2GB limit of the R4, which is probably why I grabbed an M3 at the time. Was there never a version/clone of the R4 that supported more than 2GB?

    Question about RetroGameFan's files: If I use them on the M3, will I still be able to use the Sakura UI? I have to say I'm a little fond of it, it was what I used most in the past.
     
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    Of course now is when the spring would choose to break in the M3. :/
     
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    These three cards are all very old version cards and some of them stop update, recommend you use the r4 Revolution for DS, it is the highest compatibility ,and it can support much games...
     
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    R4s were the target of Nintendo back when they were looking for blood because they were the newest and best at that time. Their company went down pretty quickly but it is very possible that they just created another company or joined the other carts companies. I know there were quite a few claimed 'R4' carts that supported SDHC -- and later DSi -- but I think most were actually AK2/i and DSTT/i clones or very similarly designed.
     
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    RetroGameFan is a YSMenu offshoot with really good compatibility. You can skin it to look kind of like Sakura, but the UI is different. I stopped using the original M3 Real and Sakura software due to issues with compatibility.
     
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    Honestly, I don't see the problem with 2GB limit. How many games can you fully enjoy in one sitting? Unless you're going on vacation, you can always update your MicroSD card with the games you want to play, rather than have them all on at once.
     
  17. Schizoanalysis

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    Has someone made an updated Sakura?