[FAQ] The Buyer's Manual to DS Flashcarts

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Aug 14, 2008
  1. TeenDev
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    I'm here to clear up all the confusion with the n00bs who are all asking the same thing "WAI HAI! WAT FLASHCART SHUD I GAT?".
    This is mostly to tell you which cards you should check out and which ones you should avoid. It is to be used as kind of an outline and somethings you should keep in mind when buying a new flashcart. This only covers Slot-1 carts.
    Here's my guide:


    There are 5 categories. Workhouse, Budget, Others, Obsolete, and Clones/Crap.

    Workhouse Flashcarts:

    These flashcarts are the ones with lots of extra features. They tend to feature such things as Real Time Save, Multiple Saves, and other very cool features.

    • SuperCard DS One SDHC - Review - SuperCard is always a good choice. They will never fail you and they will always support their products. Supports SDHC.
    • CycloDS Evolution - Review - People really like this one. It has had some really nice features added on as of late. Supports SDHC.
    • M3 DS Real - Review - This one comes with a very full featured GUI with lots to offer feature-wise. It also comes with several Slot-2 expansion paks. Supports SDHC
    • Acekard R.P.G. - Review - Features built-in memory as well as a microSD slot. It has some nice advanced features.
    • NeoFlash MK-R6 Gold 2008 - Review - Has support for motion inside games and homebrew with the built-in DS motion. Has a few bugs in the firmware and really not super great for homebrew, but it works most of the time.
    Budget Flashcarts:

    This flashcarts are usually cheaper and don't contain a lot of advanced features, but they work well for homebrew, DS games, etc. with out a bunch of addons.

    • iTouchDS - Review - The iTouchDS is basically the budget version of the M3 DS Real. It has less features and is meant for people who just want to get right in to homebrew and games. it does have some nice features like slow-motion, favorites, and it is multilingual with 8 languages or something.
    • DSTT - Review - This is one of the cheapest flashcarts on the market and the most popular. It is very cheap (usually about $25), and it just works. Their site is really slow, though.
    • AceKard 2 - Review - This is a nice basic one that just kinda works as it should.
    • EDGE - Review - This one is a good bet. It is like R4 meets iTouch or G6.


    "Other" Flashcarts:
    These one's are mostly just "there" and you can get them if you want but there are better things out there.

    • TopToyDS
    • R6 Silver
    • EZ-Flash V

    Obsolete:


    These ones are no longer updated and their feature set is outdated.

    • R4/ M3 Simply
    • N-Card
    • G6 DS Real
    • Datel Games 'n' Music
    • DS-X
    • DS-Link
    • NinjaPass/UltraflashPass
    • NinjaDS
    • NeoMax
    • MK-2 & MK-3


    Clones/Crap (Avoid at all Costs)


    These carts are clones of either the N-Card or the R4. They should never be bought.


    • N5*
    • K6*
    • Mars TF*
    • DS-Fire*
    • ND5 or something like that*
    • R4-III*
    • R4 SDHC*

    There's my guide. I would like it moved to the FAQ Section

    EDIT: Updated for clarity and better organization.
     
  2. DeMoN

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    Awesome, except the EDGE is technically a clone card.
    And I was not aware, are TopToy DS and DSTT different?
     
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    Why is the G6DS real in the crap section? I always thought it was fairly decent.
     
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    You can't really buy a G6Real nowadays anyways so just let it stay there so that people won't have questions about it and end up finding that it's no where to be found? I suppose it was a pretty decent cart as it could Wii-DS link and had internal memory for those who like it that way.
     
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    It had many save problems and it's very expensive. And yes, it's nowhere to be found. That's why it's in the crap list.
     
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    There is no way this should be added to the FAQ section. Sorry man, but there is little to no information here.
     
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    I think that the idea itself is good. There should be a sticky in the Flashing section to help people make an informed decision(and curb unnecessary topics), but I don't think this particular effort is going to help anybody. It needs a lot of work.
     
  8. Minox

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    TTDS (TopToyDS) is just an OEM version of the DSTT distributed under the Neoflash brand so I can't see why DSTT is in the budget section while the TTDS is in the "Other Flashcarts"-section
    Edge also deserves to be in the "Budget Flashcarts"-section and not in the "Other Flashcarts"-section.
     
  9. TeenDev
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    Ok, I'm updating it, I did not really know too much about the EDGE.
     
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    This would be good as an introduction to flash carts.

    Then maybe follow it up with links to each of the reviews and maybe it would be more useful.
     
  11. TeenDev
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    Ok, I am completely re-writing it right now, check back in 5 minutes or so.
     
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    DSTT=TopToyDS
    You even linked to Gbatemp's review of DSTT and it clearly says:
    "GBAtemp.net review of the...DSTT aka: DSTopToy, TTDS, TopToyDS"
     
  13. TeenDev
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    Opium made a mistake TopToyDS is NeoFlash's Clone of DSTT
     
  14. Minox

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    If you by clone mean OEM product, then yes.
     
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    I think this deserves a spot among the FAQs if it is updated with a bit more info. And I think that the EZV deserves a spot among the budget carts, because it can be found extremely cheap at DealExtreme. I think it's actually the cheapest among decent quality carts.
     
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    but toptoy ds are by top toy and dstt are by neoteam or something?
     
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    Nope, $10. Here.
     

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