GBA game capability with DSi.

Discussion in 'Other Flashing Hardware & Software' started by Mnemosyne, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne Newbie

    Apr 11, 2009
    United States
    Here's the situation: I'm deciding to whether or not to buy a DSi in the near future, so I've been looking around today. I'm a fan of the old GB/GBA games, so I'm wondering what the compatibility situation is like with the Acekard 2. I've read a couple of reviews and such, and none explicitly state the how (and if) I would load and play these games.

    Being a newb in this generation of handheld gaming, it'd be appreciated if any responses were kept to simple, layman's terms. Thanks in advance.
  2. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

    Jan 7, 2009
    This planet
    DSi -> no slot2 -> no slot2 gba expansion -> how play gba games with flashcart?
  3. LivingToDie

    LivingToDie Banned

    Jun 11, 2008
    The world that never was
  4. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    If you want guaranteed GBA compatibility the DSi is not for you.

    If you are a homebrew developer then please try, otherwise pray and wait.
  5. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    Even if the DSi can be made to play GBA games, you will be limited to only what Ninty decides to release as DSiWare......or they'll start making GBA ports to the DSi as a DSi cart. Either way you'd be forced to pay for those old GBA games all over again.

    But if you got a DSlite, you would only need to buy a flashcart for slot1 and slot2 (once) and then you can download/dump all the DS/GBA games you can stand and play them all for free without any limitations or extra cost.

    The choice is obvious.
  6. Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne Newbie

    Apr 11, 2009
    United States
    Perhaps it was wishful thinking, but I was hoping some form of GBA emulation on the DSi would be possible. If only the Acekard could read .gba as well...I'll probably still end up getting the DSi anyway.

    Thanks for the replies, guys.
  7. how_do_i_do_that

    how_do_i_do_that Blue Wizard is about to die.

    May 16, 2008
    You have insufficient posts to view user location.
    The noob trap strikes again, people confusing integrated support with emulation.
  8. killajackson

    killajackson Advanced Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Well is there a GBA emulator for DS/DSi? I don't believe there is, but it would be cool.
  9. KamuiX

    KamuiX GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 6, 2007
    There isn't because DS/DSL doesn't need it. It has slot2

    Dsi needs it and maybe we will see somrthing in future. As i said in other post. DSi/DS/DSL has almost the same hardware, 2 arm processors. So maybe Dsi supports by nature gba games (through some kind of loader). Maybe i'm not sure at all
  10. thephich

    thephich Newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    (not trying to be a a** here) but althought it still has only the 2 arm processors (ARM 7 & 9) it has 12 MB of RAM 4x as much as the lite, meaning no need for the RAM expantion. just sayin, dont mean to be that douche who tries to prove ppl wrong, just wanted to point out [​IMG]
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