NDSPLAYER REVIEW

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Nov 3, 2008

NDSPLAYER REVIEW by omegableach at 1:48 AM (6,269 Views / 0 Likes) 37 replies

  1. omegableach
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    Thank you to SHOP.01media.com for providing the review samples. Shipping was really fast, and the prices for your flashcards are great!



    -Contents
    -Introduction
    -packaging
    -GUI

    -Performance
    -Extra Features
    -conclusion



    1.Introduction



    Ever since the famous r4 team has broken up, people have been expecting or atleast wishing for a flashcard DEV team as good as them...now the nplayer team claime that part of their DEV team is from the R4 DEV team, meaning that perhaps the NPlayer is not a clone of the R4, but rather an enhanced version!

    Advertised features:

    * Less current, play longer time (About 10 hours working time)
    * New generation storage device , high speed of entering games,Support much more game
    * Flush fitting slot-1 card,the linker with safeguard for TF card
    * Uses MicroSD and MicroSDHC card, FAT16 or 32,the biggest supports 32GB(1 gigabyte(GB)= 1 billion bytes)
    * Supports any MicroSD and MicroSDHC card speed with no lag in game
    * Supports Clean ROM, drag and drop. Works on any OS
    * Automatically detect save type
    * Save directly to MicroSD card, not to onboard chip
    * Supports Moonshell and other homebrew.Open I/O interface
    * User friendly skin interface. Touch screen or button operation
    * Supports rumble pak and memory pak
    * Supports the WiFi game, DS Rumble Pak, DS Browser
    * Supports changes of the background of Operation Interface
    * Support Skin DIY by setting background and font colors on Main Menu and Game Menu manually and automatically
    * Supports 4-scale-lightness adjustment( DS Lite only )
    * Supports the Soft Reset.
    * Supports Action Replay cheat
    * Moonshell 1.71 support Software Reset function( Press START key back to the Nplayer menu)
    * DLDI auto-patching
    * Full download play support.



    2.packaging





    <img src="http://i33.tinypic.com/19qxci.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    includes
    1x NPlayer DS Flashcard

    ...No freebies here. A free card reader would have been nice...nonetheless, no biggie <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />







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    Build quality for the Nplayer was very good, no chip sticking out or anything...but the chips on the back of the nplayer aren't protected like a normal gamecard.

    4. GUI (along with setup)
    <img src="http://www.ndsplayer.com/images/i2.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /><img src="http://www.ndsplayer.com/images/i3.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />


    The setup is rather simple, go to ndsplayer.com and download the firmware, drag and drop the extracted contents to the root of your microsd card...done!


    Once booting the DS, you're presented with 3 options...:
    Games:
    very simple, upon pressing the games button, you'll see your list of games. Some of them even have cheats. To choose cheats, press y and select them. Or just press A to load the game. you may turn soft reset on by pressing R, and adjust brightness with L

    Multimedia:
    You use Moonshell for multimedia. Its basically a very good piece of homebrew that plays music and movies and text.

    Slot 2:
    Very easy, just boot slot 2 games and flashcards by using your m3 as a passme!I don't have a slot 2, but Ive tested games and they all worked fine.

    Here's an FAQ from the website:
    The front side of TF card should be matched with the back side of Nplayer when TF card (MicroSD or MicroSDHC card) is plugged into Nplayer;
    <img src="http://www.ndsplayer.com/images/ksa.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    1) Hardware Installation
    * Connect the TF card to PC with the card reader.
    * Copy all the files to the root directory of TF card including: (a)_DS_MENU.DAT (b) _NDONE__.DAT ? _DS_MSHL.NDS (D)_system_ folder (E)moonshl folder
    2) Unload TF Card
    * After finishing ROM added, then right click the removable disk icon on the right down corner of the screen; Draw out the TF card from card reader/writer.
    3) Main Menu Operation
    * Connect the TF card to DS Slot-1 with the Nplayer, turn on the power, the GUI will display in a few seconds. You can select ROMs or Media to run by the navigating keys or touch screen, press "A" button to enter the corresponding functions.
    4) Game Menu Operation
    * - Choose the 'Game' to enter Game GUI; Press 'START' to go back to main menu. -Press the 'SELECT' key to select the display mode in game interface ("File Display", "Game Display" and "eBook Display", Default is "Game Display"), "N files", "N game" and "N eBook" display at top bar on the top screen.
    * -Please be aware that the "SHELL,MOONSHL,_SYSTEM_"directory and the "_DS_MSHL.NDS "file will be hidden under the "Show Games Only" mode; Any other directories or files with hidden attributes will also be hidden.
    * - You can choose the display model ("Display all" and "Only Display Game", default is "Only Display Game") by pressing "SELECT", and the top screen will display "N file" and "N Game".
    * Please be aware that the "SHELL,MOONSHL,_SYSTEM_"directory and the "_DS_MSHL.NDS "file will be hidden under the "Show Games Only" mode; Any other directories or files with hidden attributes will also be hidden.
    * 4-scale-lightness adjustment is available to the DS Lite console by touching the sunny icon at the top left corner of game interface. (Not available to DS console, the sunny icon will turn to be gray if it is DS console.)
    * At the right top of the touch screen it is the "Soft Reset"; Red indicator means the "Soft Reset" function is off; Green indicator means the "Soft Reset" function is on. The users may point on the touch screen or press "R" button to switch the "Soft Reset" On/Off.
    * While the "Soft Reset" function is on, pressing "L+R+A+B+X+Y" can go back and forth to the game's main menu; Please do not do this while saving, as it will lead to malfunction, It is recommended to go back to main menu before you function the "Soft Reset".
    * If the error occurs on running games, please try to turn off the "Soft Reset".
    * - The top screen displays the files under the directory, 'Up/Down' key for rolling, 'Left/Right' key for flipping. The current path and amount of the total files will show on the top, the scroll bar will show the location of the current file.
    * - The files under the directory will be sorted by file name, the directory (DIR) will display at the front. The (..) is the parent directory.
    * - The bottom screen display the details of the files and directory, the icon and title will be displayed if it is NDS/IDS game.
    * - Press 'A' button or touch screen to enter the corresponding functions or run the game, press "B" button to go back
    5) Running Game
    * - Choose the game you like in the game menu; Press 'A' button or touch screen to run.
    * - It will ask whether to create the new archive if it is the first running, press 'A' button or touch the 'Confirm' to create then run the game; Press 'B' button or touch 'Cancel' to cancel; Press 'X' button or touch 'Ignore' to omit creating archive and run the game.
    * - You can check the modified time of the archive, as it will be edited automatically while running the game.
    * - The file name of the archive is the same with the games, the extension is .SAV, can be backup or restored from PC at anytime.
    * Default.nds file runs automatically under TF directory, it maybe temporarily hidden in the main menu while pressing B key to turn DsLite on; Pressing X key to delete this file if there is unneccessary to have it run automatically.
    6) Operation of action Replay Cheat
    * Choose the corresponding game, if the official database (cheat.dat files under the _system_ folder) or the user database (usrcheat.dat files under the _system_ folder) contains the action Replay Cheat, the below screen will show the "action Replay Cheat (Y)" button, press the Y key or that button to enter the set up interface of cheat.
    * If the two databases will contain an action replay cheat to the same game, there will be two "action replay cheat" buttons. The official database is on the left, the user database is on the right.
    * On the top line of the above screen shows the game name, the top line of the below screen shows how many cheat code currently be selected and the total amount of the cheat codes can be selected, the bottom line of the below screen shows the version and created date of the current cheat database.
    * The function of the six buttons on the below screen is described separately as below:
    * "select all" press this button to select all the cheat code under the cheat opened circumstance.
    * "delete all" press this button to delete all the selected cheat code under the cheat opened circumstance.
    * "game open/close" press this button to control the cheat switch of this game, the left frame will show the current status.
    * "cheat open/close" press this button to control the entire cheat function switch, the right frame will show the current status.
    * "preserve and exit" press this button to preserve the current modification, and exit, the same function as well as press the START button.
    * "discards and exit" press this button to not preserve the current modification, and exit, the same function as well as press the SELECT button.
    * Under the cheat opened circumstance, use up and down arrow to choose each cheat code oneby one; if it's the cheat folder, press A to unfold/fold the directory.
    * Under the cheat-opened circumstance, use left and right arrow can go across 10 cheat codes.
    * If do not need the cheat function, delete the cheat.dat files under the _system_ folder.
    * When the two databases will contain an action replay cheat to the same game, users can open the action replay cheat in the database to by their needs and another one would be close (close action replay cheat by turning master switch off, closing games or do not choose any action replay cheat), kernel will automatically choose the use of opened action reply cheat (Cheats in two databases opened to one game at the same time, then it will use the one in official database).
    * efore running game, under circumstance that a cheat has already been opened, in the process of running the game cheat can be temporarily closed by L+R+START+DOWN, you may press L+R+START+UP to open cheat.
    7) Read the eBook
    * Select the eBook in the game menu, and open it by pressing 'A' key or touching the icon.
    * It will ask whether to create a bookmark if it is the first running. Pressing 'A' key or touching the 'Confirm' button will create and then open the bookmark; Pressing 'B' key or touching the 'Cancel' button will not run the process; Pressing 'X' key or touching the 'Ignore' will open the eBook without creating the bookmark (The bookmark's function is invalid).
    * Press 'START' key to exit the eBook mode and back to the main menu.
    * Click "SELECT" key to switch the character layout horizontally on dual screens, vertically on dual screens or on one screen (mostly used in Asian layout); Backlight turns off under one screen mode in order to save power.
    * Press the 'Up/Down' key can process the Row Up/ Row Down; Press the 'Left/Right' key can process the Page Up/Page Down.
    * Press 'A' key can open/close the intelligent-paragraph division function.
    * Press 'B' key to change the font (large, Medium, Small in rotation)
    * Press 'X' key to change the font color (27 color in rotation).
    * Press 'Y' key to change the row spacing (From 1-8 point space in rotation).
    * eBook support the DIY background:
    * Create 2 BMP files (256X192 pixels, 8 bit or 24 bit colors), name them to be "bckgrd_1.bmp" and "bckgrd_2.bmp", and then save to the "_system_/eBook" directory of the TF card.
    * If the bookmark has been created, the features below will work:
    * Whenever you press the 'START' key to exit, it can memorize the location where you have read automatically, and it will go to the location directly next time while you open the eBook.
    * Press 'L' key to save the bookmark (3 positions available), press 'R' key to keep the previous bookmark (No any change).
    8) Switch of the Skins
    * If the skin does not exist in the directory of _system_ in TF/microSD, it automatically uses the Skin from formal Beta Edition;
    * There are 4 pictures at the directory "system/_system": logo.bmp ? Icons.bmp ? Bckgrd_1.bm and bckgrd_2.bmp. They are the background of the Nplayer operation interface; they can be changed to fit your style.
    * logo.bmp - Background of the Top Screen of Nplayer' s startup. Icons.bmp -- Background of the Bottom Screen of Nplayer' s Startup. Bckgrd_1.bmp -- Background of the Top Screen of Nplayer' s Explorer. Bckgrd_2.bmp -- Background of the Bottom Screen of Nplayer' s Explorer.
    * Note: Do not change the picture's name; Make sure the picture is .bmp format, 8-bit/24-bit; Make sure the picture is 253*192 pixels.
    * After finishing process on the pictures, copy the "_system" folder to the root directory of the CF card.
    * If the Skin exists in the directory of _system_ in TF/microSD, it automatically enters multi Skins mode.
    * The Skins in multi Skins mode can be switched manually and automatically, it is automatically switched with the Skins by months.
    * The method of the Skin switch is: Click "SELECT" key in main menu, it switches between twelve manual modes and one auto mode, the chart is showed as below (It automatically skips if the Skin does not exist in the directory of themes):
    * If the users would like the switches of multi Skins while playing, they only need create the directory of themes in the directory of _system_.



    Here's a very quick video I made for the NDSPLAYER:

    VIDEO TO BE UPLOADED!



    5.Performance





    All games tested, includes normal, download play, and wifi, tested on a 4gb msdhc transcend.:

    Kirby Canvas Curse: pass

    Castlevania: Eclasia: pass

    Bleach2 : pass

    New SUPER MARIO BROS: pass

    Elite Beat Agents: pass

    Yoshi's Island: pass

    Kirby Squeak Squad: pass

    Bleach Blade of Fate: pass

    N+: pass

    Soma Bringer (japan) : pass

    Chibi Robo park patrol: pass

    Final Fantasy 4: pass

    Jump Ultimate Stars (JP) : pass

    Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow: pass

    Dragon Quest ROCKET SLIME : pass

    Metroid pinball : pass

    Megaman StarForce 2 : pass

    Nanostray 2 : pass

    Cooking Mamma: pass

    Mario Luigi partners in time: pass

    The world ends with you: pass

    Draglade: pass

    Super MARIO 64 DS: pass

    Warioware: TOUCH!: pass

    Resident Evil DS: pass
    Bangai O Spirits: pass

    Contra 4 : pass

    Custom Robo Arena: pass

    Geometry Wars: Galaxies: pass

    Pokemon Platinum (JP, patched with English patch): pass

    Summon Noght Twin Age: pass

    Pheonix Wright Ace Trials and tribulations: pass

    Homebrew:

    DShobro: pass

    DS organize: pass

    PokeDEX ds BETA 0.1: pass

    Super Smash Rumble 04 DEMO: pass

    SMB2 DEMO BETA ROUGH: pass

    Bunjalloo: pass



    100% compatibility, perfect! <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />



    Extra Features

    Cheats


    Press Y when scrolling upon a cheat supported game.



    The NPlayer has a built in action replay, to update the codes, you could do it manually, but it's easier to simply update the firmware to get the updated cheats <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />



    Soft Reset
    Soft reset can be performed by pressing A+B+X+Y+L+R in-game, doing this button combination will bring you back to the main menu.

    Moonshell

    Moonshell is what the Nplayer uses to play media such as music, as well as video.

    SDHC Card Support!
    The NDSplayer has support for SDHC cards. I tested this feature with a 4gb transcend sdhc microsd card.

    DLDI
    Found in most flashcards today, DLDI allows homebrew games to play without the need to patch!





    Conclusion:



    Coming from the makers of R4, I will be expecting good updates and support from the Nplayer team.

    Pros+
    +100% rom compatibility

    +Easy to use

    +From makers of R4

    +Basic extra features such as SOFT RESET AND CHEATS!

    +All the goodness of R4 but with SDHC support!
    Cons

    -No freebies <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/frown.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="frown.gif" />

    -Build quality is so so

    -Needs more extra features!



    SCORE: 9/10

    Where to buy:

    SHOP.01media.com<img src="http://i35.tinypic.com/302w2z7.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    Thanks for reading!

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    ... so its an R4 clone?
     
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    no, its made from the makers of the r4 team, and it has better build!
     
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    Really!? That's a pro? Oh my God, are you serious!?
     
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    Nice review...Did you review how the cost affects the score?
    What is the cost?
     
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    I think its too early to judge it. I mean when R4 came out it was awesome. So maybe R4 team still have some tricks up their sleeves? If this is real R4 Dev team.
     
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    I mean, if it is like the R4, and also if it ends up like the R4 did (because it [might] have the same dev team), then yes, I think we can pass judgement on it.
     
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    Do you have proof that it's not just a clone?
     
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    it seriously looks more like a clone than a new card. the whole 'top of the line' thing on the site is taken streght from the R4 site.
     
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    Lol its stated to be from the makers of the r4, so that doesnt matter [​IMG]

    Anyways, SHOP01 told me that its from the r4 team
     
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    Not a bad start for a review, but could use some more pictures, and colors. Organize the review a bit while at it.
     
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    Like how? Any critisism is appreciated [​IMG] Thanks [​IMG]
     
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    Its pretty cheap,
    they are planning to make this card cheap to make it popular.
     
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    So? I could say I was made by the R4 Team; does that make it true? On top of that, most sites will tell you whatever you want to hear to sell you a product, or in this case advertise it.

    I'm not trying to be an ass, I'm just stating that I have to believe it's a clone. You'd assume the actual R4 team would finally come up with a new line.
     
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    I think I'll wait for shaunj66's review. [​IMG]

    Lookin' good though, from what I've skimmed through and seen.
     
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    It certainly looks like an R4 clone. If the download site ever loads up for me I'll compare the loader to the clone R4 loaders in a hex editor and we'll see for sure.


    Edit: It's a clone.
     
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    Destructobot, what if they promise really hard that they're the revived R4 Team?
     
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    k thanks, I guess GBAtemp is more popular so your reaction is natural [​IMG]

    meh, it may be a clone but the team promises updates [​IMG]
     
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    They can feel free to actually update the damn thing like the R4 team used to.
     
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    That's an excellent point, so we shall wait until they make an update (the R4 team stopped making updates months ago, so maybe if the NDSplayer updates, they would have improved their os, thus making it BETTER than the R4).
     

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