EZ-Vi or Acekard 2i

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by frazzledazzle, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. frazzledazzle

    frazzledazzle Advanced Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    I've been looking around the forums for a couple of weeks and seen loads of problems with the acekard 2i but not as many with the ez-flash vi.
    which one has better support and will have the longest lifespan on the dsi?
  2. Szyslak

    Szyslak Nudibranch Lover

    Oct 31, 2006
    United States
    I think one of the reasons there haven't been as many reports of problems on the EZVi because there haven't been nearly as many early adopters, and the ones that do buy it are probably familiar with EZ products already. Doesn't necessarily mean that it's a better card, but admittedly, the build quality may be a little better.

    It seems like most of the issues reported here with the AK2i have been resolved pretty well, and the AKAIO team have been very helpful so far.

    So I would say:

    Build quality: EZVi
    Firmware / Loader: AKAIO
    Support: AKAIO

    The issue of longest lifespan on the DSi is still very much up in the air. It completely depends on the measures Nintendo takes to block flashcarts with future firmware upgrades. No one knows what they will be, or which flashcarts will be able to adapt to them.

    In terms of future rom support, I would expect both teams to continue with good levels of support, but I would give the edge to the AKAIO team for their quick response times.

    But as far as a clear leader when it comes to DSi, I think it's just too soon to tell. M3 is reported to have an offering soon, and I wouldn't expect Team Cyclops to be too far behind.

    Just my opinions, of course. I've used the EZV in the past, but don't have an EZVi yet. I was only moderately impressed by the EZ team and it's support on the DSL. I've only had the AK2i and DSi for a week, so no real judgment on it yet. The only issue I had was resolved quickly by the AKAIO team.

    Things should start to shake out better over the next month.
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I find the key is not to look at the volume of problems but the actual problems; how many are proper software problems, hardware problems, people new to the card not having a clue, people trying to do very strange things (both carts have large numbers or people who like to tinker with things)....
    The other side of it is that the acekard is largely supported here on this site while EZ5 stuff is handled over at http://ezflash.sosuke.com/ (you will probably recognise many of the names from here though), both have quite active IRC channels as well.
    Also I am not entirely sure of how many people have what cart (both are easily in the thousands, possibly tens of thousands though, I would like to go by downloads but I know for a fact that any numbers there would be lower than the actual amount by some way) and how vocal each user base is.

    The EZTeam have been around for over 9 years now (absolutely ages in flash cart terms). They still support their older hardware (the GBA slot EZ4 got an update two weeks ago adding support for the latest and greatest, it also has a trickle down effect for the even older carts).
    As for the EZ5 they are usually very quick to get fixes out although they are quite often pipped to the post by AKAIO (if only by hours).

    Acekard. First off I have to mention AKAIO ( http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/index.php/AKAIO ), it is a third party loader with the main support forum being this site that nearly everyone uses in place of the official loader. It is widely regarded as one of the nicest loaders on all flash carts. The AKAIO team have stated they have no intention of adding real time save and in game text viewer features.

    Regarding third parties both teams have released a fair bit of source code but the Acekard teams leads the way here.

    EZ5i, the main problems right now seem to be with the inbuilt 3 in 1 support (no real use on the DSi seen as it lacks a GBA slot) and the somewhat flaky real time save and text viewer functions (although they are getting better).

    Acekard, it has some issues with languages on the DSi which is causing a few headaches (I have not been monitoring the foreign sites for a little while but I hear it is not so good, this is a hardware thing rather than a software thing from what I hear) and more importantly there seems to be a bad batch of sorts going on (the EZ5i has a few issues here but it does not seem to be on as great a scale although again I have no idea how many users each cart has).

    Longevity is a hard one, we are all looking at what Nintendo will do next for that one (many of the more knowledgeable types predict an update to block things). If it can be supported rest assured it will be, this goes for both teams.

    When it comes down to it if you want to play games, use a few cheats, the occasional soft reset then you will not regret a purchase of either one.
  4. frazzledazzle

    frazzledazzle Advanced Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    ok thanks szyslak and fast6191, i think i'll go with the acekard 2i because it is cheaper than the ez-flash on most sites.