Hi, I'm completely new to 3DS hacking and don't even have one yet but recently stumbled across this wonderful guide, read a few threads here and on Reddit and now I'm seriously considering getting a N3DSXL. But before I pull the trigger I got a few questions... From what I understood, with a CFW like Luma3DS I will be able to play any 3DS roms as well as any kind of games that are supported by VC like GB/GBC/GBA/NES/SNES without the need of a Flashcart. Even games that aren't officially on VC by converting any roms from those consoles to CIA files, is that correct? Is this arm9loaderhax method really safe to use? Because I saw a few people here bricked their device... which is quite scary if this may happen to a new console I just bought. But it's also important to me to be able to play normal DS games and from what I've read I still need a Flashcart for that. Now I couldn't really find what the general consensus is about which one to get if you have a N3DSXL with a CFW like Luma. People seem to be suggesting the following ones, among some others: R4i GOLD 3DS RTS R4i-SDHC 3DS RTS R4-SDHC DSTT Acekard 2i I'm a bit lost here because there are so many different variations and everyone suggests something different and mentions good and bad experiences with any of them... I've read that some may give you problems like draining the battery or even stop working after a while. On your Wiki here it's also mentioned that some "clones" can brick my system. What is the best one I can get in my situation? I don't mind spending a bit more if it gets me a reliable and stable Flashcart without any risk or other issues like battery problems. Also, I don't care about fancy emulator-like stuff like cheats or savestates.. I just want to play the games the way I would play the original ones without issues. And how exactly does this Flashcart method work? Would I need to store my DS games on another microSD which I put into the Flashcart, or can I store them together with the 3DS games and the rest on my regular one? I thought about getting a 64 GB card for everything but in case I need two, maybe I could simply use the 4 GB one that comes with the 3DS for regular DS games? I'd really appreciate any help and sorry if I asked noobie questions but I'm new to all this and I already tried to gather as much information as I could.