Shopping for a DS flash cart for the first time

Discussion in 'NDS - Emulation and Homebrew' started by zarion, Aug 9, 2010.

Aug 9, 2010
  1. zarion
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    Newcomer zarion Newbie

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    Hi, I'm shopping for a DS flash cart for the first time in my life and would like to know the following:
    >Which flash cart is the best in your opinion
    >Which one would you recommend?
    >Are there DS flash carts that can emulate GBA or N64 games?
    >Legit sites for buying the hardware

    Price is not an issue

    Also, I've heard many good things about the R4, but there are so many fakes out there...
     
  2. Hakoda

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    The original R4 is good and cheap when loaded with the correct firmware.

    But since you're looking to emulate GBA games then my pick for you would the Supercard DS 2 as it can emulate GBA and SNES without a slot-2 card. I don't believe any card does N64. A legit site to buy it from would be GBATemp's own Shoptemp.net.
     
  3. Delta517

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    Hi and welcome to GBAtemp (Im from Norway too [​IMG] ).

    1.The flashcard best in my opinion must be the newly released DSTWO that everybody talks about. [​IMG]
    2. Since you said price was not a issue, I would recommend either the DSTWO or the Acekard.
    3. The DSTWO can play GBA games and somebody is working on a N64 emulator too (I dont think its going to be so very playable though.)
    4. In Norway there is Modnet.no (bought from there many times without problems [​IMG] ) and Kemboland.no.

    There is no DSTWO available on Modnet, but there are one on kemboland.no:

    http://kemboland.no/index.php?main_page=ad...amp;x=0&y=0
     
  4. zarion
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    A friend of mine says the Cyclo DS is one of the best and that it can emulate N64.
    Is this true?
     
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    I am the proud owner of a CycloDS Evolution and I can say...


    No, tell your friend to shut up.
     
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    No, nothing can emulate N64 on the DS. It isn't powerful enough.
     
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    No, None of the flashcarts can play N64 games, the DS just is just not powerful enough. The PSP can just barely cut it, though Playing through SSB on the PSP was not very pleasant without any sound, and the framerate was somewhat glitchy for me. If this is your first time buying a flashcart, a simple R4 would be your choice if you aren't good with those kind of things, unless you want to play newer games. I started out with an R4 clone, and it did the job right.

    A legit site for flashcarts is definately, Shoptemp. I have never bought anything from there, but I did have a friend on GBAtemp to buy me a Micro SD adapter, and it works great.
     
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    If price isn't an issue, just get the DSTWO as it pretty much does everything any other cart does.

    The DSTWO has an additional processor built into the cart and memory which it uses for emulation. While it does GBA emulation, it isn't quite as good as the real thing. There is is some button lag/ frame skipping in a few games, but on the whole people seem happy with it. If you have a DS Lite, you can always use a Slot-2 Expansion such as the EZ-Flash 3-in-1 which does a better job and will work with the DSTWO/ Acekard/ R4.

    N64 on a DS? unlikely to ever happen with decent frame rates.

    As Jon has said, the R4 is decent with the Wood firmware but doesn't work with SDHC MicroSD cards. You just have to make sure you get one which is a 1:1 clone, as the R4 is no longer produced by teh original team and also no longer supported. The ShopTemp R4's which work with Wood are here. Wood R4 gives the R4 compatibility with the latest releases, it only works on the original R4 or 1:1 clones. It will not work on any R4i or R4 SDHC.

    ShopTemp are affilated with this site, so will normally be recommended and are legit. They ship from HK, which may be a good thing given the recent UK/ Dutch court cases. I've no idea of any retailers in Norway. The DSTWO is $35, which at current exchange rates is 208.5 Norwegian Krone.
     
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    so i guess from the above u could decide... if u have a DSi then Supercard DSTWO would be great but if u want more community help, R4 on DS lite is best and your norwegian brother just gave u some sites and i also recommend shoptemp ( u can totally be secure and sure of it)
     
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    Newcomer zarion Newbie

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    OK, thanks for the help so far, guys.

    I'm thinking of getting one of these
    #1
    #2

    Which would be best?
     
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    Of those two, Acekard 2i by a mile.
     
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    As i've said, don't touch the R4i's with a barge pole. They are normally unsupported pieces of crap.

    The Acekard 2i is good, but that site wants 225,00 ink. mva (VAT?) ($37) for one. They are robbing you blind.

    If you have a DSi, you will not be able to play GBA roms at all on either cart.
     
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    $37!?!?!? That's ridiculous. Get it from ShopTemp (which happens to be down at the writing of this post; how convenient....)

    EDIT: nevermind, its back up. Mods are fast.
     
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    But the other one wants 449 NOK ink frakt for a DSTWO.
     
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    Do you not have a PayPal account?
     
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    Newcomer zarion Newbie

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    I do, but it usually takes 2-5 days from the moment i make the deposit until it appears in my paypal balance.
    Also, I prefer regular transactions.

    EDIT: Is the DSTWO really that much better than the other options?
    Shipping will take a long time if I order it from shoptemp.


    Thinking back on the money issue I don't want to spend more than 50-70 usd on my card.
     
  17. tk_saturn

    Member tk_saturn GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Shipping from ShopTemp will normally take 1-2 weeks to the UK. I'm guessing it should be similar for Norway.

    The reason people are saying the DSTWO is so much better, is because you meantioned GBA and i'm guessing you have a DSi as you linked to 2 DSi carts. If you have a DSi and want to play GBA games, it's your only real option. If you can live without GBA support, then the Acekard is fine.
     
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    k, thanks for all the feedback, guys.
    I'm getting the DSTWO from shoptemp
     

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