R4i Savedongle Review

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Jan 16, 2012

R4i Savedongle Review by someonewhodied at 7:03 PM (3,210 Views / 1 Likes) 11 replies

  1. someonewhodied
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    R4i Save Dongle Review - Someonewhodied


    ---Packaging---
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    Comes in a generic Envelope

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    Upon opening the envelope, there is the R4i box

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    Inside the box, there is the savedongle

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    Flat bottom of the SaveDongle allows for it to be used on a USB port that is right on top of another one, Game fits snugly into the savedongle

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    Firmware updating is very simple. Directions also provided on-window so that users don't have to search for directions.

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    Save Extract/Restore program is very easy to use. The only problem I've experienced with this is that it occasionally crashes after extracting a save.


    ---Save Tool Results---

    --Results--
    -3ds-

    Mario Kart 7:
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Fail

    Blazblue CS2:
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Success

    Super Mario 3D Land
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Fail

    -NDS-
    Pokemon Diamond:
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Success

    Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Success

    Super Mario 64 DS:
    Backup: Success
    Restore: Success
    Restore Downloaded Saves: Success

    ---Conclusion---
    Pros:
    Backups and Restores your own saves perfectly
    Easy to use
    Easy to Upgrade

    Cons:
    Save Backup/Restore Tool Crashes a Lot (for me at least)
    Can Not Restore Downloaded 3DS Saves with New Encryption

    ---My Rating---
    8/10
    Performs functions as advertised but could be improved.
     
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    A question for you or for anyone who has this save dongle: It's known that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries had a saving issue, so once you created a save game, it couldn't be erased (Maybe for making users avoid second-hand buying this game).
    Is it possible to create a save of the game before you first use it (or maybe just when you start it) so you can restore the save if you're going to lend it / sell it to a friend?
    Sorry for my English :D
     
  3. someonewhodied
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    Yeah, its easy.

    All you have to do is extract the save, take it to a hex editor, and restore it, and then it will be "corrupted" and auto erase. You can also keep another backup on your computer if you ever want to, in a way, "unerase" it or restore it.
     
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    Somebody has also posted a blank save for it over at the save dongle website, so you could also just restore that. Restoring worksfine for pre mario games.
     
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    Thank you for your answers. I don't think I buy RE Mercenaries because I have always thought that it's a mini-game from RE 4 with a price tag on it, but this information you provided may be useful if the outcoming RE Revelations has the same issue.
     
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    Sorry , can you explain how restore the 3ds save by hex editor???
     
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    What he means is, for games that have unerasable saves, like Resident Evil, is too change 1 byte in a hex editor, then restore it onto the cart, so the game will think the save is corrupted, and wipe it so you start a new game.
     
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    So i need to delete all the code of the save in hex editor and import the empty save to the game???
     
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    So I take it, it can only play DS games correct?
    I know it's a stupid question and the answer is most probably going to be a flat out 'yes' but I'm still asking.:)
     
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    It doesn't play ANY games at all. It's a tool used to backup and restore saves on retail game carts to/from the PC.
     
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    Oh ok that makes sense.
    Thanks for clearing that up.
     
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    No. You can change one byte. The game will think that the save is corrupted and it will create a new save file.
     
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