Flashcart buying advice

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by milkbot, Jun 24, 2010.

Jun 24, 2010

Flashcart buying advice by milkbot at 11:55 AM (2,463 Views / 0 Likes) 25 replies

  1. milkbot
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    Now I know this sort of topic has been probably posted a hundred times before, but I did try to get onto the GBAtemp IRC to ask advice on a cart but wasn't able to connect, on either the CGI or java programs, or mIRC or Opera chat. (Though that's another problem)


    After using a DSTT for a year an a half I upgraded to an M3i about 4 months ago for the features, and I must say I was a little disappointed. The whole case feels really flimsy, it's corrupted my data once, the load times are pretty slow and froze far more often, soft reset is quite a lot harder to use, save states were difficult to get my head around and certainly not as useful as I had hoped (trying to use them in heart gold to get huge scores on the coin game met with tragic results =P).
    Although, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE INTERFACE. It is smooth, sorts alphabetically, easier to skin with, and simply visually appealing.
    Meanwhile the DSTT had extremely fast loading times, soft reset was easy to use and fast, and the casing was rigid and strong feeling, but it's interface was terrible and it's firmware had little to no official support, games were listed by the date they were loaded, skins were difficult to use and while it wasn't *quite* as klunky as touchpod, it was still pretty slow scrolling.

    So while my DSTT was great, and the M3i had an irreplaceable interface, I've decided to upgrade.

    At first I thought Supercard DSTWO, because of all the snazzy features, but reading the review to it it didn't seem too much different from the M3i in terms of a flimsy feeling card, freezing issues, features which aren't quite upto par etc etc.

    So, I just need some advice on whether to get a DSTWO and hope that the software gets better (though the hardware won't), hold out for a hardware revision, or get something else entirely. I was thinking Acekard 2, RPG or cyclo, because I had heard good things of all three.


    Please help, or direct me to a condensed fact sheet where I may find everything I need to know.



    Thanks for your time [​IMG]


    EDIT: Not to mention the M3 microsd reader crapped out on me after a month while I STILL use the one I got with my DSTT years ago, despite it going through the wash twice.
     


  2. Miser

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    Acekard 2.1 and 2i are just as flimsy (or even worse). It's pretty much a certainty that you will have contact issues. I know there'll be people in this thread going "get an acekard 2i", probably without even reasoning why.
    I don't think they sell the RPG anymore.

    One option is the original R4DS. You can get one for ~$3 from Priceangels or NDSCardsale. It has good build quality, good compatibility by using WoodR4. It won't work on the DSi and doesn't support SDHC microSDs. But pretty much the best value you can get.

    CycloDS is great as far as build quality, features and support goes. But overpriced, imo.
     
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    Yeah, with my M3i contact is another definite issue. I often have to remove the cart and put it back in to get it to load after it freezes.


    Is there something in the hardware that means they can't produce a solid cart? =P

    The Cyclo really looks like a quality product, though definitely over priced.
    the DSTWO has some really good looked features, that haven't been implemented yet, and I don't know if they're really that easy to use.
    The AK2 looks rather similar to M3i, though I don't know whether I'd like to pay for it only to discover it has the same under developed features and problems as the M3.

    Lol, thanks for your suggestions! : )
     
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    Believe me, the Acekard 2i is far, far more reliable than the M3i zero is.
    I've had both and I share your disappointment in the M3i Zero.
    Acekard is better than DSTT, the software functions fluently and updates regularly, with AKAIO firmware.
     
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    ez-flash vi they're cheap and since the new firmware update better armed against ap than most other cards. the only drawback is that updates may come a bit slow
     
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    I'd still recomend a Supercard DSTWO. The build quality is tollerable, the bugs mentioned are minor (they are mainly because they adveratise more features than they have currently), the RTS and RTG have a better interface than the M3i Zero, the RTS is less buggy than the M3i Zero's, you can have more than one RTG Guide, you can have save slots similer to the Acekard 2i's (you only get 4, though), it has a GBA emulator, it will have an SNES emulator, it will have a PDF reader, it will have video support without conversion, etc.

    The lack of features adveratised are its major downfall, and why the DSTWO's reviews up to now aren't as good as they could be.
     
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    Since when has it been certain you will have contact issues? I've brought 8 Acekard 2i's, and they all worked out of the box without contact issues. Of those one looked like it might have issues further down line, hence I raised the contacts. Even then it just takes 30 seconds to permantly fix.

    The Acekard 2.1 and Acekard 2i have completly different build constructions. You wouldn't know as you don't have either.
     
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    Proves my point.

    Still don't get why anyone would recommend the AK2i over the DSONEi, for example. Can you answer this?
     
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    Just get a Supercard Ds Two. I though it be shitty too but it pretty decent.
    Give it time and it be better.

    i consider a acekard as a advance r4.
    it nothing special.. [​IMG]
     
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    I truly recommend SCDS2
    a table i made to prove it ( i did left some feature out like gba emu, ids anti-privacy)
    [​IMG]
     
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    None of them have Dvix/Xvd support or a built in SNES emulator.
     
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    ds two will soon.
    i forgot to change "yes" to "soon" on the ds two column
     
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    i was gonna get a dstwo but didn't because of built quality,missing features,and price
    for the time being i got a ak2i
    no problems with ak2i except dma modes and other stuff
    but if u have the money get a dstwo

    im waiting for a better batch of dstwo's that fix the built quality issues, gets all of its features, and the price goes down
     
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    There are so many things wrong with that table.
     
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    yea i get u pharaoh
    but maybe in an other batch the built quality is improved
    getting now or getting later doesn't make a difference because the price wont go up, or sideways, they only way the price can go is down
    so why not wait for the features to come out and get it later
    getting it later will be better because
    1. it will have all features and gba emulation will get better
    2. built quality might be better considering all reviews are saying that the chip location is problematic and the supercard team might change the location and the problem might be solved
    3. the price cant go up or sideways so it might go down making it less expensive and affordable

    so waiting isn't killing anyone
    for the time being i got the ak2i and i will get the dstwo but not now i will get it later
     
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    another point to add to my list is that
    im not buying the dstwo because i will get getting a free dstwo
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  18. DeltaBurnt

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    So how are you going to win? Kill Shadz so he doesn't beat everyone else?

    Also the build quality is pretty decent on the DSTwo. It has a screw, contact teeth, spring loader microsd slot, and it doesn't have clips holding it together.
     
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    I don't have a acecard 2i but i'm pretty sure that they have RTS also.
     
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    You're wrong.
     

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