Need some beginners help with flashcarts in general

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Insilico, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Insilico

    Insilico Newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    United States
    So I plan to buy a DSi after I sell my Caanoo, and I'm obviously planning to get a Flashcart.

    The DSi has an sd card slot, correct? Should I keep the 16gb card I bought for my Caanoo? Or am I even capable of using the card for flashcart purposes?

    (It's standard SDHC, not micro)

    And the golden question, which flashcart is the most capable? Most storage capability, compatible with everything on the homebrew scene(I'm not sure what I'm talking about, but I just want something that'll do everything)

    Why is CycloDS so expensive compared to the rest? Are certain cards more "powerful"?

    Price is no issue as long as it's not insane.
  2. The Pi

    The Pi Lurker

    Mar 18, 2010
    Carts like the DSTWO have a processor inside allowing GBA emulation, playing of unconverted videos etc.
  3. Zerox8610

    Zerox8610 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 19, 2010
    United States
    Well its a matter of time before Rydian shows up with his new and improved chart.... lol

    But you need to get a cart that is DSi Compatible, If you just want to play games with no fancy features, I suggest the Acekard 2i $10-$15

    If you want the current best of the best, get the Supercard DSTWO $35

    and currently SD cards are not used in any homebrew or hacking situations.
    So you need to get a MicroSD card for your new Flashcart
  4. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    You rang?

    Note that the prices given are from chinese shops.
    If you order from a shop in another country it's more expensive.
    [*]The original R4.
    NOT "R4-III Upgrade", NOT "R4-SDHC", NOT "R4i NDSLL", NOT "R4 Red", NOT "R4 King"...

    The cheap card for somebody that just wants to play games on a DS/Lite.

    [*]R4i Gold
    The cheap card for somebody that wants to play games on a DSi with more storage.

    [*]Acekard 2i
    Mid-range card for people that want to play games on a DSi/XL with some extra features.

    [*]EZ-Flash Vi
    Higher-end card with even more features.

    [*]Supercard DSTwo
    Pretty much the ultimate card right now.
    • DS / DS Lite
      The card will work on an original (fat) DS or a DS Lite.
    • DSi / DSi XL
      The card will work on a DSi or DSi XL as well.
    • Game Updates
      Firmware updates are what let cards play newer games, these are the life-blood of the card.
    • SDHC
      SDHC refers to SD cards larger than 2GB (gigabytes). If there's no SDHC support, you can only use SD cards up to 2GB.
    • WiFi Update
      The Acekard 2i can update it's cheats (and get minor bug fixes) over WiFi without having to connect to a computer.
    • Auto Ap Bypass
      Some carts have special features to ignore AP in most games, letting you play them without having to wait for a firmware update first. The Acekard only has partial support for this right now.
    • RTS
      The Real-Time Save (Save State) function lets you save and reload your game progress at any moment you wish.
    • In-Game Guide
      You can pull up text files and images in-game, in order to check a walkthrough or map you downloaded at any time during a game.
    • Slow Motion
      The card lets you slow down the game speed as you wish.
    • In-Game Cheats
      The card lets you create and modify cheats while the game is running.
    • Special Homebrew
      The card has multiple pieces of special homebrew, such as it's own GBA and SNES emulators, as well as text/PDF reader and video player.
    • Battery Life
      Unfortunately the DSTwo's extra CPU and RAM (which give it the special features) eat into the battery life a bit.
  5. Insilico

    Insilico Newbie

    Mar 21, 2009
    United States
    Awesome responses guys, thanks to all.
  6. Evo.lve

    Evo.lve All that you could be.

    Oct 11, 2010
    Away from you.
    If I may elaborate:

    1. Yes the DSi has the SD card slot, but it cannot be used for three reasons:
    • A restriction of the DSi is that nothing can be booted from the SD slot after you've launched Slot-1
    • Even if you could, no one has hacked the DSi sufficiently to enable this
    • They're so big, they haven't been used in flashcarts since ~2006
    2. Currently the god of flashcarts is the Supercard DS2. Refer to Rydian's chart for its specs etc. But for some (semi-)pointless information:
    • A 360MHz ARM9 and I believe a 400MHz DP-S processors (I may be wrong on the DP-S)
    • The fact that it features onboard processors will significantly drain battery life
    If you can't afford the demi-insane $35, try the iSmart MM, which is an OEM purchase of the iPlayer, the predecessor to the DS2.

    3. It's their fucked up business strategy. Relax, we think it's as retarded as you do.