The ProGamers review of the Supercard DSTWO Review written by James of ProGamers on the 31st of May 2010 Last updated on the 1st of May 2010 Cart also known as: SC2, Supercard 2, DSTWO Manufactured by: Supercard Website: http://eng.supercard.sc/manual/dstwo/ This is a review of the Supercard DSTWO that I own. There have been many different batches of the Supercard DSTWO and some maybe a bit different from the one I have. I am reviewing it with the latest Supercard DSTWO EOS firmware at the time of writing this review, which was v1.02. Introduction The arrival of the Supercard DSTWO was long anticipated and came out months after being first announced to the public. It has an onboard CPU like the iPlayer and was said to have many cool features, such as common video playback, and GBA and SNES emulation built-in. However, as they were pressurised into releasing it early, there is no video playback available at the time of me writing this review. Packaging and Contents The Supercard DSTWO comes in a medium-sized cardboard box which contains a plastic tray that contains the Supercard DSTWO, a microSD reader and a short manual. The cart itself is virtually the same size as a retail DS cartridge. However the spring-loaded microSD slot isn't very good. There is a small bump on the label of the cart where the CPU sticks out. This small bump is very slight and is only an aesthetic thing. Performance Game loading time - From all the games I tested the game loading times ranged from 1-5 seconds. Commercial ROM compatibility - All commercial ROMs work perfectly fine, without the need of patches. I did not experience any lag or random freezing in games. Multiplayer, Download Play, Wii Connectivity and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support - All games can use the multiplayer functions, download play, Wii connectivity and Wi-Fi perfectly. Save Game support - It supports .sav save files. There is a multi-save function so you can have up to 4 save files at one time. Homebrew - I do not really use that many homebrew applications and games so I don't know that much about this. All of the homebrew that I tried worked perfectly. If you would like me to test one for you please PM me. Cheats - It supports usrcheat.dat files. Place then in the _dstwo folder. Operating System/Firmware The Supercard DSTWO uses the icon for Fish Tycoon in the DSi main menu in order to stop it being blocked by updates to the DSi firmware. After selecting the Fish Tycoon icon it will take about 3 seconds for the menu to load. The menu that comes up is a DSi style menu and is very good looking. From this menu you will be able to open the DS games player, the GBA emulator, Moonshell 2, DSOrganize, DSision and boot to slot 2. You can add more choises here by adding plugins. Extra Features As said earlier there are many extra features that the Supercard DSTWO offers that many others don't. A few of the features that stand out are GBA emulation, the in-game menu and common video playback (however this has not yet been completed). GBA Emulation The GBA Emulation is very good and smooth. In most games there is not much lag and most games work perfectly. Rather than listing all the games that do and don't work please PM me to ask if a given game works. The in-game menu for the GBA Emulator is very nice and offers many features like real-time save, fastforwarding, cheats and screen snapshots to name a few. In-Game Menu The in-game menu can be accessed by pressing the R+L+Start+Select buttons simultaneously. It offers you the ability to read an in-game guide (e.g walkthroughs, tips), cheats, real-time save and load, slow motion and free cheat. Conclusion As Supercards flagship flashcart, the Supercard DSTWO offers a lot more compared to many of its other competitors. The GBA Emulation, slow motion, realtime save and plugins and many other functions that not many other flashcarts offer are excellent and make this stand out in the flashcart world. The deal is sweetened even more with the promise of common video playback and many other emulators to be made for it later. With the functionality of a CycloDS and the GBA emulation, video playback and DSi compatibility of the iPlayer this is an exellent cart. Pros + DSi and DSi XL compatible + microSDHC support + 100% ROM compatibility + Exellent interface + Multi language support + Real-time save, slow motion and in-game guides + Not able to be blocked by future firmware updated from Nintendo Cons - Not so good build quality - Less than perfect spring-loaded microSD slot - A bit more expensive than other flashcarts If you want a flashcart that offers loads of excellent features then this is a must for you.