R4i Gold RTS Review

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Apr 19, 2013

R4i Gold RTS Review by NariIro at 7:38 PM (4,263 Views / 0 Likes) 11 replies

  1. NariIro
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    So This is my review on the R4i Gold RTS,
    Site i bought it from: http://www.nds-card.com
    Price: $15.99 (no tax either)

    First off the customer service with the company is AMAZING! They answered all of my questions quickly and all of the requests I had as well. And shipping was very quick. I purchased the cart in the beginning of april and it was shipped out a few days later. They told me the shipping time was 7-35 days. well 13 days later i recieved it.

    So the packaging i will say was better then my previous cart *cough* acekard 2i *cough cough*. It was a little cheap looking but it was still great.
    Packaging:4/5 stars

    The cart itself feels thicker compared to my acekard 2i but from what i could tell it was the same thickness. I also noticed that it clicks in (not even pushed it in to lock and it was locked in.) only half way down. Which was a little weird to me but ive gotten used to it. The one thing i was looking forward to on this cart was the anti-fake code system which it was lacking. The acekard system was great and i really hope to see other carts implament something like their system in the future. I would like to know before i get to into my cart if its a fake or not. (i still dont know if i have a fake cart or not but i am running Wood 1.57.)
    *The anti-fake code will Not affect my rating.*
    Physical Cart:5/5 stars

    Now onto software,
    So if your coming from an Acekard 2i and that was your first cart, You may get a little confused with the new UI. And since the cart doesn't come with a button guide its trial and error. Once you get them down though youll be good. As for out of the box compatibility its amazing. It plays ALOT (dont have many) of games that require the anti-anti-piracy patches WITHOUT the need for codes or ROM patching. as where the AK2i requires both the Cheat database AND the rom patched AND the AAP to be applied before you can play the newer games. Now on the AK2i the cheats option is built into the system menu option, on the R4i though its a little bit harder to find. but after some trial and error for buttons its actually found on the settings of each ROM. Its smarter this way i believe but again coming from the AK2i it was a little bit different to me. The themes section is still a bit confusing to me. As the AK2i has far less complex themes to it the R4i seems to have ALOT more requirements to it. Ive downloaded a few themes from both here and the actually r4i site and they dont seem to be formatted properly. And upon looking at the premade zips that come with the Wood kernel and the zips i downloaded there are ALOT of files missing from the themes. The load times for opening the ROMs seems to be less to none on this cart. Before id be waiting maybe 5-9 seconds to load the ROM on my AK2i on the R4 its maybe 2-5 Seconds. Now the RTS feature is a BIG mystery still to me. There is no documentation, Guide, Or button symbols on how to use this feature. I know from emulator days that there usually is a button or drop down menu option to use it. And i think with this being a option that is printed on the card there should of been a little bit more documentation on this option. The update via wifi option im glad to see in here. i loved it with my AK2i and im glad they simplified it so you didnt have to install different plugins to make it work. Moonshell is an option i see alot of users talk about and recommend but its not something i really know much about or use. But i did install it on my cart last night and can confirm that it works, Again i dont know much about it so all i really did was open it to see if it would run. Lastly a little thing i noticed about the themes. (swy this isnt with the themes part but its something i just remembered.) When changing themes i noticed that it will freeze on the loading screen after rebooting to apply the theme. The simple fix i found for this is to just go back and restart the cart by going back to the home screen. Again i dont know if its just me or an actual R4i issue.
    Software rating: 4/5

    So after everything ive noticed from this cart and everything i was able to test out my overall rating for the R4i GOld 3ds RTS (which i use this on my DSi 1.4.4u) Is

    *Drum roll here*

    5/5

    This cart to me is alot better then the AK2i. Also since the AK2i will no longer be updated due to capacity of the cart being reached it will not be able to work with updated versions of handhelds.

    I HIGHLY recommend the R4i GOLD 3DS RTS to ANYONE that is looking for a quality After Market Flash Cart for their DSi/DSi XL, 3DS/3DS XL.

    If anyone wants pictures let me know and ill upload them.
     
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    • The R4i Gold used to use the same packaging as the Ak2i.
      http://gbatemp.net/threads/r4i-gold-3ds-compatible-review.293386/

    • The clicking might cause sticking issues in certain DS models.

      This isn't really a problem, just noting what the clicking is. One of the latch parts hangs on a little too strong.

    • The only reason the Ak2i needed the anti-fake sticker was because some people managed to make an undetectable clone of it. None of the software could detect it, and it even reported the same IDs. Other carts don't bother with that because the clones are obvious.

    • Wood and AKAIO were built from the same original software, and work almost exactly alike. I don't know what the hell you were running on your Acekard, but it couldn't have been AKAIO if you found Wood confusing! They can even use eachother's skins.

    • AKAIO, the OS for the Acekard, shares a lot of code (and developer ideas) with Wood, and it plays new games just fine once updated. If you had to use AAP and codes and patches, you must not have been using AKAIO.

    • Cheats for games are in the ROM's settings on the AK2i as well. Like I said, almost the same interface. Press X/Y when highlighting a ROM to access it's properties, and there's the cheat option in both of them.

    • You found themes mismatching and images missing because you've been using the wrong downloads for flash carts, apparently. XD

    • Were you using the same MicroSD on both flash carts? Loading times on the AK2i are not nearly 5-9 seconds.

    • RTS on Wood is still in development, IIRC it's the soft-reset combo.

    • Moonshell is a homebrew media player. It'll play your MP3s, view your images, etc. It's pretty much an all-in-one for that stuff, which is why pretty much everybody has it on their flash cart.


    But yeah, the R4i Gold and Ak2i were direct competitors back when the Ak2i was still getting updated (same price range, same features, similar interface).
     
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    I was using AKAIO 1.90 and for games like pokemon Black 2 i had to do a few extra things to get it to work on my AK2i.
    Yeah im using the same Mirco SDcard as i was in My AK2i
    The themes i was getting were in the R4 section.
    And i ever had the clicking issue with the AK2i
    And i wasnt really confused too much with the UI just a few things i think were missing. Its been awhile since i used my AK2i.
     
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    AKAIO with loader updates should play B/W 2 fine, assuming they're clean.
    http://www.akaio.net/loaders/

    Oh, the R4 software is different from Wood, you need Wood/AKAIO themes.
     
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    i updated to the new loaders and tried 3 different versions of B2 and i kept getting FAT error. I had to inject a code into the cheat database to be able to get rid of that error.

    ANd damn looks like ill have to go look again for themes,.
     
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    FAT error is an SD formatting issue.
     
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    but ALL my other games worked just fine. It was just black 2 that didnt
     
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    Black 2 is a 512MB game, flash carts have historically had issues with those because of how they have to allocate the data (99% of games are 256MB and below).
     
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    ah ok. Oh well that cart is now retired since i have the R4i
     
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    Yeah my AK2i's retired too, it had a good run.
     
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    If the game size is bigger than 256MB, you need to format your tf card with sector size bigger 8KB.
     
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    Tranfeer is right, you might need to re-format your MicroSD card (better set the sector size > 8K) since the Poke Monster W/B game size is too large to run...
     

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