Pros and Cons of CIA vs 3DS/Z?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Thirty3Three, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Thirty3Three

    Thirty3Three Musician Member

    Mar 22, 2013
    United States
    Wherever you want me, baby.
    I've always used 3DS files and 3DZ (with private headers) - let's say I was using CIA files... what are the pros and cons? And is it safer to go online using a CIA? Or no? Thanks!
  2. gudenau

    gudenau Largely ignored

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    You get the game on the homescreen. That is about it as far as I know.
  3. Xzi

    Xzi Virtual Bartman

    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
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    Neither has caused a ban for using online features yet. That's all we know.
  4. guitarheroknight

    guitarheroknight 1.6180339887

    Nov 9, 2014
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    As long as you don't have a NNID attached to your console you should be fine. Cia files are generally much smaller in size and do not require any kind of fiddling to go online. Oh, you can also backup/edit your saves and transfer them to another console.
  5. hbk007

    hbk007 Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    United States
    I have CFW now, but since I still have a Gateway, I want to put it to use as extra storage, if I keep Card2 games like Pokemon and Animal crossing on my Gateway, are the saves still transferable and easy to backup like .Cia versions?
  6. samiam144

    samiam144 RĂ©gulier

    Aug 19, 2007
    You revived a year-old thread lol. But to answer your question, yes, card2 savegames can be backed up and restored just like CIA files; any save game manager can do it.
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