Is Supercard DSTwo overkill for DS Lite?

Discussion in 'Supercard' started by stickydoorknob, May 18, 2012.

  1. stickydoorknob

    stickydoorknob Newbie

    May 18, 2012
    United States
    Hi, this is sad to say but I just bought my first ever Nintendo DS Lite from a friend of mine and decided to do some research on flashcarts to buy for it since it came with no games. Since I never owned a DS Lite before, I did really little research and decided to jump on the DSTwo after hearing praise from many people. I purchased the Supercard DSTwo last night from last night and kind of have buyer's remorse after realizng that maybe the supercard is a bit overkill and I probably could of settled with a cheapo R4 card for my DS Lite. Is the Supercard DSTwo completely unnecessary and should I just cancel it and get a R4 card instead?
  2. moerik

    moerik GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 14, 2009
    Canada, Alberta
    Well, if you were looking for just DS games, and NES through emulators then the R4 will do fine, and if 2GB of storage space is not a concern.
    But keep in mind, the SCDS2 can also play GBA and SNES as well as play AVI games/files through its internal components (CPU/RAM), it can also use Micro-SD cards sized at 16GB or more.
  3. stickydoorknob

    stickydoorknob Newbie

    May 18, 2012
    United States
    Thanks. I heard that the Supercard DSTwo drains quite a bit of battery from the Nintendo DS while using it though. Is it true and is it a significant amount of battery drain?
  4. Luigi2012SM64DS

    Luigi2012SM64DS G-old member

    Aug 27, 2011
    not much unless you use the cpus
  5. EyeZ

    EyeZ GBAtemp Addict

    Dec 4, 2009
    Also if you should decide on purhasing a DSi or DSiXL at a later date, then you're already sorted with a flashcart.
  6. OSpencerO

    OSpencerO GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 28, 2005
    From Nashville, Tennessee In Knoxville, Tennessee
    I have been collecting Nintendo DS flash carts since the M3 Perfect slot 2 carts came out.
    I also have all 3 of the carts that are considered to be the best in todays world. "DSTWO, Acekard 2i 3DS & R4i Gold 3DS"
    In my opinion the R4i Gold 3DS using the Wood kernel is the best but it isn't only the best it is the lowest priced too.
    The Wood kernel by YWG "Yellow Wood Goblin" is the best kernel for any flash cart that has ever been made.
    I also think you should look into getting an EZ-Flash 3in1 Expansion Pack to go along with the R4i Gold 3DS since you have a DS Lite.


  7. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    I'd suggest an sdhc ready flash cart. 32GB micro sd cards are under $25 now. Buying a small one doesn't save much.
  8. VMM

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    Acekard 2i:
    Is cheap and very good.
    Have akaio(wich is commonly updated).
    Works on DSi and 3DS.
    Supports SDHC
    Supports Firmware Updates

    I bought mine for $13
    If you want the best buy DSTwo
    If you want something cheap but still very good, buy an Acekard 2i
  9. ChaosAngel

    ChaosAngel Advanced Member

    Feb 18, 2009
    United States
    I had a Acekard 2 before for my DS Lite, but I really wanted to emulate GBA games and pretty much cover all the bases up to the point for portables (GB - DS)
  10. stickydoorknob

    stickydoorknob Newbie

    May 18, 2012
    United States
    I was thinking about getting acekard 2i, but since I live in the US and want to have faster shipping time, I kind of limited myself to buying from US sellers. That being said, the cheapest acekard I found sold in the US is 18-21 dollars while the Supercard DSTwo is $39 plus free shipping. So I guess I'll splurge a little and buy the Supercard DSTwo.
  11. kikuo

    kikuo Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    United States
    There is no wonder dstwo was the best card,but from my own opinion,r4i gold 3ds or ak2i are more better for a new user,easy to use,price cheaper and good reputation too.Anyway,it's up to yourself. =)
  12. syfyTy

    syfyTy PhD in Thaumaturgy

    Apr 11, 2011
    United States
    Tazmily, USA
    Although I have a DS2i and swear by them I have it because I run, GBA, NES, SNES and DS games.
    There is another alternative...

    The sc DS1i, which is cheaper. The sc DS1i mini would be fine too. The difference between the DS1i and the DS1i Mini is one comes with a USB dongle that does the upgrade, therefor bypassing the need for an older Ds to upgrade with. and is about half the price of the DS2i with the same dependability (without the GBA emu)

    I personally have 1 DS2i, 1 DS1i (with dongle works fantastic) and now just buy the DS1i mini for friends.. The Mini is the exact same as the DS1i just no dongle, all other options identical. They are built well, all updates come from 1 location and one release team, not various posers..

    I have never had to wait more than a few hours for an update (after N does thier update) and be working again. The DS2i and DS1i are the 1st cards to get updates every single time I can recall within the past few years. Do research on past events. Check N's update release and compare to SC firmware update-date and you will see same dates.. Proof is in the dates.

    In the end, you do get what you pay for.


  13. pokefloote

    pokefloote GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 20, 2009
    United States
    I've had a original R4 w/wood, an acekard 2i, and currently a SCDSTWO. They all feel the same on the NDS side of things, but the DSTWO accels in emulation if you're big on gba games. That's usually the major deciding factor on whether you need a dstwo or not. There's also the ability to use a real time menu during nds games that only the supercard can do (it can edit cheats mid-game, save states, etc).

    I don't know, I think I'd keep it. You'd probably end up buying it at a later date anyway.
  14. stickydoorknob

    stickydoorknob Newbie

    May 18, 2012
    United States
    I'd like to say thank you all for helping me out today. I've read and posted on many sites such as reddit, yahoo answers, and a few nintendo forums about details on using flash carts and was bashed, downvoted, and shunned by many people immediately without any knowledge shed on my questions. You guys helped me a lot today!
  15. Themanhunt

    Themanhunt GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 11, 2011
    Good value and good features: Acekard 2i
    Great features and unique, best on market but expensive: Supercard DSTWO

    A good alternative for good value and good features would be the R4i Gold 3DS - it is very similar to the Acekard 2i but can be had for a cheaper price.