Friend on O3ds 9.4.0-21E, just wants to play games, best solution?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Xaniled, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. Xaniled

    Xaniled Advanced Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    is he best to downgrade to 9.2 and get a gateway or is there another solution/another emunand? and if so whats the best thing to do
  2. uribemaster

    uribemaster GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 9, 2010
    United States
    If your friend just wants to play games offline, get a sky3ds, no need to downgrade firmware. This is the easiest solution but not the cheapest!
    Last edited by uribemaster, Apr 18, 2016
  3. Margen67

    Margen67 Dirty entited pirate

    Nov 3, 2014
    United States
  4. TheKawaiiDesu

    TheKawaiiDesu Ball of Kawaiiness

    Aug 23, 2015
    Korea, North
    Downgrading to 9.2 from 9.4 > Basically no risk (except if you're an idiot), free
    Sky3DS > Need to use private headers in order to not be banned online, 90$

    Like Margen67 said, follow the Plailect guide. If you do exactly what it says, you won't have any problems.
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  5. CrispyYoshi

    CrispyYoshi GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Mar 20, 2010
    United States
    I agree with both posts, actually. If you are willing to spend 3-5 hours moving files around to get a permanent+free hack solution, then guide in the second post is for you

    Otherwise, spend $70ish on a Sky3DS flashcart and use it on latest firm, which is probably less tedious (but still just as easy) to set up.

    You'll want an SD card 8GB or higher. Preferably a large one like a 16gb-64gb if you intend to put games on. For the record, N3DS is microSD only if your friend ever feels like upgrading.
    Last edited by CrispyYoshi, Apr 18, 2016
  6. deishido

    deishido Texture Modder

    Jul 8, 2009
    United States
    Downgrade to 9.2 and use a custom firmware. There are debates on whats better, but they all perform well enoigh if you just want to play games. There are various threads already about how to do the entire process, give the forum a quick look and see what tutorial thread would be the best for your friend to use/understand based on their skill level.

    I personally use rxtools for my o3ds. My emunand is fw 10.6 iirc and my system nand is 9.2. Theres a whole thread about nightlies and stable versions. Mines a bit older, but it works well.

    My husbands n3ds is running reinand. Similar setup process, theres quite a few dedicated help threads as well. Again, 10.6 emunand and 9.2 sysnand.

    Always use emunand. If youre really worried about accidentally updating, maybe try out that new thing, arm9hax something or another. I havent done it myself since I have no issues with my current set up, but its appearently really safe if you follow a guide, and it can save you from soft bricks if theres any problems in the future.

    I personally have homemenu hax set up to launch at boot directly into my emunand with my own custom splash screen. I set it so that I cant accidentally get into my system nand and update. It requires a very specific button combo to get in, lol.

    Good luck! I wish I could give you links to tutorials but im on mobile. Thankfully, the guides are all super easy to find here, and downgrade information is easy to find on "that iso site" please be sure you grab the right update pack for your console and region. The only bricks I have seen have been user error; So its safe so long as you're following a guide. Ive done this to 5 different systems now, so I can vouch for its safety and simplicity.

    Edit: if your friend has money and doesnt mind waiting, sky3ds appearently works without downgrading
    Last edited by deishido, Apr 18, 2016
  7. Xaniled

    Xaniled Advanced Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    thanks for the help guys, im on o3dsxl 9.2 and use gateway since it was available to use on 9.2 so i know nothing else lol