R4 Now 50USD at RHS

Discussion in 'R4 DS' started by TheWingless, Apr 1, 2008.

Apr 1, 2008

R4 Now 50USD at RHS by TheWingless at 2:18 PM (7,443 Views / 0 Likes) 43 replies

  1. TheWingless
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    Wow: http://www.realhotstuff.com/r4ds-c-56.html
    I can say I'm not getting one of those if mine broke. Maybe a Cyclo for 53USD or Supercard.
     


  2. sk3tch

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    Wow. Exactly why I picked up an R4 last month. It may not be the "best" but it is the most popular. The price has been going up steadily for quite some time now. Everyone that wants to run homebrew (or ROMs) thinks R4. Those in the know think anything else but the R4.
     
  3. ojsinnerz.

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    50 bucks for R4 isn't such a great investment......
     
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    Great thing i bought it 4 months before =]
     
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    Member xalphax Internet killed the Ponystar.

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    pffff....

    some shops are charging $75 for the r4 here in germany.

    and people who dont have a clue are paying....
     
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    Yes it is- 30 $30 games on a 2gB card plus homebrew costs a lot more than $50.
     
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    Wow $64 at gamersection and $45 at gameyeeeah. I'm glad I bought it when it was $35. So is the only reason they are bumping the price is b/c more ppl know about it????
     
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    No
    the price to buy this product from R4 has gone up heaps in the last 2 weeks
     
  9. arsehat

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    Damn. That's not sustainable, and it doesn't appear rational. It's almost as if they *want* to kill it off, to make way for their clones.

    My prediction? Well, two competing ones actually.

    The first is that they'll re-position the R4 in the marketplace in a month or three after another "shortage" (so as not to burn resellers), going head-to-head with the likes of the EZ-V (another mature product, also lacks SDHC, but the R4 has better DL play support). There's a good solid niche for this card, but not at the prices most places are having to sell them at.

    The alternative is that they'll drop the product entirely once sales drop significantly, using the cloners as an excuse.
     
  10. Rayder

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    You know, back when I bought the R4, it WAS the best choice for a DS flashcart. I still enjoy my R4 very much for what I can do with it (playing my DS games for free instead of paying for them) and it has served me very well.

    BUT

    Nowadays, there are better choices for a DS flashcart than the R4. If my R4 died tomorrow, I would NOT buy another R4....at any price. I would buy one of the more evolved carts that are available now. The CycloDS seems, to me, to be the one to get, but I would still thoroughly investigate ALL the current lineup of carts before I would just blindly choose one for purchase. Especially considering all the choices we have now for our DS pirating needs.

    There are two main features I consider very important for today's flashcarts, neither of which the R4 has; real-time-save and SDHC compatibility. I know there are other features of newer flashcarts that the R4 doesn't have that I'm not even considering, but those two features alone seem the most important to me. All the R4's popularity can't give it those features either. (You're either an idiot or a noob to the "scene" to not know why, but I'm not going to explain why here)

    You see, popularity in a pirate cart is a funny thing. While it will certainly generate lots of sales for the creators, it's also is the FIRST target of attack when the "war on piracy" ramps up. The R4 has had a great run and has become the icon of DS piracy. So much so that Nintendo has even organized a task force to cripple its availability trying to eliminate it altogether.
    Do you really want to buy into a flashcart this late in the game that has been around so long that it is now the target of those who it's screwing? Do you really want to buy a flashcart based solely on its popularity without considering the features it's lacking, which CAN be gotten in other flashcarts? Do you really want to buy into an antiquated cart and starve yourself of those features....even if you don't think you'll ever need them? Why would you intentionally do that to yourself?

    Let's look at it another way......would you buy a single core CPU today just because it's popular and everyone had, or has, one now? Or would you buy one of the new quad-core super fast processors instead? I think the choice is pretty damn obvious. It's the same with the R4 as compared to newer flashcarts.

    Many keep singing the praises of the R4, but its time has come and gone. Sure, the R4 team has shown great loyalty to their creation, but let's face it, the R4 has nothing further to offer in terms of features. If it did, don't you think the R4 team would have added them by now? At this point, some will say, "But it plays ALL the games and THAT'S what really matters." This is a true statement...to a certain extent. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of having to remove games I enjoy from my R4 to make room for a new one that comes out. SDHC capability would alleviate that. I'd really love to be able to save a game to play later when I want to, not just when the game says you can. Real-time-save can solve that. The R4 can do neither of those things.

    Now they're jacking up the price of the R4. They "say" it's because of the weaker US dollar.....yeah, right. The R4 team has decided it's time to milk the R4 for all it's worth before they are either shut down by Nintendo or people start migrating to the newer, better carts that are available now.

    Did any of that sink in to anyone's head? Can you understand what I'm saying? Did anyone even bother to read it all and even attempt to understand? Probably not. [​IMG] sigh....
     
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    That's expensive.

    By the way, is R4 the only slot-1 card without chip protruding?
     
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    I think the Acekard RPG and TTDS also don't have the chip sticking out.
     
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    Acekard RPG has a window that allow the microSD slot to stick out.

    DSTT...I'm not really sure. YYJoy says there's a bump in the front, but I don't know if there's a window opening.
     
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    I bought R4 at www.itechextreme.com, this website offer free world shipping, and no tax, the website offer R4+2gb original kingston micro sd just 72.99, it's the cheapest price in the world.
     
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    Depends on the version of the TTDS, and what you mean by "sticking out".

    Early versions of the TTDS had a chip on each side of the board (as shown in the pictures with the review here) - the one on the label side was under an indentation in the case, resulting in a "bump" rather than a chip protruding through the case. Mine has an "epoxy blob" and a BGA surface-mount chip on the same side of the board, but the case still has an indentation to accomodate a chip on the label side of the board.

    Whether they'll persist with the epoxy-blob construction, I don't know... R4 went from chip to epoxy-blob and back to chip, and it's unclear whether that would have been due to cost or reliability.
     
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    You've got four posts here, all saying the same thing. That looks a little *too* enthusiastic for a normal happy customer. Interesting.

    What else is interesting is the email address listed under the whois info for itechextreme.com - thorn0124@[major freemail provider - the one that sounds like a yell].ca

    That all ties in nicely with the info for Sunny Parade Company at http://www.alibaba.com/member/rickyleung123/contactinfo.html too.

    You wouldn't be forum-spamming now, would you Ricky? [​IMG]
     
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    i still love how everyone bitches about the cost of a flash kit. i don't think paying $200 is much for a kit that lets me play thousands of games for free. my frist gba kit was $140 before shipping and i still consider it a good investment.

    it is funny that people complain about the feature list of the r4. the r4 plays roms and it plays them well. real time saves?? i don't cheat so i don't get the point of saving when i want. and sdhc? i can pick up 3 2gb msd cards for the price of 1 4gb sdhc.

    -aw
     
  18. Man18

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    Wow... thats...hmmmm.
    Sig worthy.
     
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    I got my R4 and Sandisk 2GB MicroSD at DealExtreme for 60$ in January, free worldwide shipping. Not a bad deal I guess.
     
  20. Rayder

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    I'm not saying the R4 sucks. It doesn't. It's just that there are newer, better, more robust carts out now.

    Analogy:
    Why buy a single-core CPU that barely suffices when you could get a quad-core and have it all?
     

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