M3 DS Real Review

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Jun 11, 2010

M3 DS Real Review by Tux' at 2:15 AM (1,771 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. Tux'
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    Hey everyone, especially to you, people who want to buy a flashcart! Today I am going to review the M3 DS Real.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    First off, the features*:

    - Nice and durable
    - Awesome Homebrew Compatibility, 100% to be exact!
    - Choices of software to use(Sakura, TouchPod, etc.)
    - You can purchase Slot-2 Expansion "Paks" for the card(GBA Expansion, DS Browser expansion)
    - The card is updated by the G6Team semi-frequently
    - Easy to use system, just drag the SYSTEM folder onto the root of the MicroSD card and play
    - Good game compatibility, most games work with it
    - Real Time Save, so you can save a game whenever you want and get back to it whenever you have time
    - Has it's own Media Player
    - AR Compatible cheat engine

    The M3 DS Real is a real close similarity to the R4, hardware wise, but is still very good build quality, except for one problem that I had; the clips on the actual game case, which has changed, but if you have a case like mine, with the six clips, they are pretty fragile and easy to break making a big con, especially if you have a habit of taking things apart, curious of what is inside, like me. The M3 DS Real does not have any plastic teeth in the bottom of the cartridge, which isn't a bad thing because if they were poorly molded plastic teeth being used as protection, it could block the actual teeth from the contact and then the cartridge won't load. One other good part of the M3 Real is that the micro SD slot is on the top of the cartridge, but that is just usually a preference to people, newer models of the M3 DS Real have the micro SD slot on the side, so if you see these ones, it doesn't mean it is fake.

    Some pics of my M3 DS Real

    The software of the M3 DS Real is very good quality, it may be slow on some updates, but at least it gets the job done. One of the big advantages is the Auto DLDI patcher, which helps when you download homebrew in a hurry and have no time to patch it, making it a good useful piece of software.

    The M3 DS Real can run two firmwares: M3 TouchPod, or M3 Sakura, which has a dual boot feature which can go into Sakura, my preferred loader, or TouchPod, which is a bit slower, but sometimes it runs things a bit better, like the GBA games if you buy the M3 Perfect bundle, which comes with the GBA Expansion pack.

    I have really put my M3 DS Real to the test, and I would like to say, it gets the job done very well. It will do all that is said in the features and is very well at running games and homebrew. This is one good cart, it even passed my tests of endurance, even though four out of the six clips are broken, it still holds together nice and firmly, and slides in and out of my ds lite with ease.

    Overall, I give the M3 DS Real a 7.5/10. I give it this mark because it has good durability, nice operating system to use, with many choices, like the Quad-Boot and many other choices, but the downside is the build quality, it may be durable, but it is still easy to break off the clips that hold it all together, but if you are looking for a DS flashcart to buy, this would be one of them to go pick up from an online store if you're looking for something that is updated semi-frequently, and is fairly cheap for a flashcart, if you look around.

    *If you want a list of all the features, visit Here
     
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    As a user of the M3 real for the past two years I have to disagree with one of your points.

    - Nice and durable
    I'm not sure where you get this thought.

    The card (the version I own, at least) is held together with plastic clips which are prone to break during everyday handling.
    Also, mine gets stuck in my DS (though after talking to a number of people, it seems this is an isolated incident)

    Otherwise I really can't complain about the cart.
    It's done absolutely everything I've asked of it for two years.

    Nice review.
     
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    mine has been fine for the last 2 years, clips are all fine
    I have the older CPE version

    the newer ones have the microsd slot on the side
     
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    Okay, then I'm using the older version.

    The broken clips are likely a result of my cart sticking and having to be forcibly removed.
     
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    When I used to own one I din't notice a quality problem. It would be on the older version around 2 years ago so I can't vouch too much for the new ones.
     
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    Well my clips have broken off, except for two of them, but it still holds nicely together and I don't see a problem with it, it did have a kind of sticking problem in my old DS Lite, but when I got a new one, it was just fine...
     
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    I like your review lappy.

    But maybe add more sections. different sections for each. like build quality, updates, compatiblity.

    etc....

    Good review other wise
     
  8. Joe88

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    I have some better quality pictures if you want to use them

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Awesome! You don't mind if I use them temporarily? I think I'm going to re-take pictures for my EZ Flash review and my M3, but could I use these ones for now? Just making sure I have your permission [​IMG]
     
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    thats why I put them up there [​IMG]
     
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    Thank you so much, I'll hopefully have those pictures up soon [​IMG]
     

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