Gateway save method with only one game?

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  1. lafleche
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    Hi,

    At this moment I am playing only one game (prof. Layton) and am using the gateway method of saving.
    But is that really necessary? Is the 'go to HOME and close game' only when playing multiples games?

    rgrds
     
  2. Vengenceonu

    Vengenceonu Revenge is beneath me but accidents do happen.

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    No you have to always do it. Click home and then the "X" button to save always.
     
  3. Pong20302000

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    ??? have you been misinformed?

    the gateway saves .sav files to the SD card on the 3DS, so you use the games save feature and it does that automatically
    so you can just swap games and it will create a new save for the game
     
  4. PercentSevenC

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    No, he's right. The Gateway doesn't write the save file to the SD card until the game is closed via the home menu, so you need to do it even if you aren't changing games.
     
  5. Pong20302000

    Pong20302000 making notes on everything

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    thats strange, guess force of habit i must do that then
    but ive never had a save issue
     
  6. Pedeadstrian

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    Really? I could've sworn I forgot to home out once and my save was fine (without swapping ROMs)...
     
  7. Queno138

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    I read (somewhere on this forum) that the saves are stored temporarily on the red cart, and only transferred to your SD upon "Home > Exit".
    The gateway will first check for saves on the red cart, then it checks SD card.

    So in your case, your save was still on red cart, hence it continued to play.

    To be safe, always Home > Exit.
     
  8. saito1234

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    I've never went into Home screen to press Exit.
    I'm always just shutting down the 3DS, and never had problems with my saves, not even once.
     
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    Pedeadstrian GBAtemp's Official frill-necked lizard.

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    I assume you've only ever played one game so far, though.
     
  10. saito1234

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    Around 6-7, Gateway saves for the SD card for me, and I always turn off the console after playing, never had problem with saves...
    I'm using 1.2 if that matters!
     
  11. lafleche
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    I answered my own question.
    Played Mario Kart a while , switched of the 3ds (complete power down), switched on again, had to apply the 'profile' thing, started up mario kart .... et voila.... it remembered that I unlocked the 3rd circuit.
    So if you don't switch games the 'home+ close' seems not necessary..... it's safe of course to use it anyway.
     
  12. IronClouds

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    Just from seeing people's posts, it seems like maybe the Gateway's 1.2 update may have addressed this little issue. Which is odd because you'd think they would've mentioned that somewhere on their site/release notes.
     
  13. Zaneris

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    What you did will work 100% of the time, your current game save is always on the red cart itself, if you had switched to another game without hitting close, THEN and only then you would have lost your save.
     
  14. Arnold0

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    I heard red card have a EEPROM inside, which is used by games to save. After you do home + close it copy the EEPROM data to the SD card. So if you use only one game the gateway EEPROM will have the save from this game so it should work I belive. I still don't have to gateway to try it myself so I can't be 100% sure...
     
  15. Zaneris

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    Yes, this is exactly how it works.
     
  16. Vengenceonu

    Vengenceonu Revenge is beneath me but accidents do happen.

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    Everyone who has a gateway should do further testing to see if 1.2 actually did fix the problem. Those of you on 1.1 try saving about 5 games without pressing home + x and see what happens back to back. Those on 1.2, do the same and report back.
     
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