The Beginner's Guide to Nintendo DS Flashcarts

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Jan 24, 2011
  1. Ryukouki
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    <div align="center"><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo-->The Beginner's Guide to Nintendo DS Flashcarts</div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <div align="center">This guide was written as an expansion to the <a href="http://gbatemp.net/t217593-the-which-flashcart-to-get-info-thread" target="_blank">Which Flashcart to Get Info Thread</a> by DeltaBurnt. It was written with the sole purpose of helping new members just getting started with the scene to pick a flashcart based on budget and cart features. I have observed a myriad of topics full of users asking what they should buy. This thread seeks to answer those questions in the easiest way possible.</div>

    <b>Question: What the heck is a flashcart?</b>
    -A Flashcart is a cartridge that looks similar to a legitimate Nintendo DS game cartridge that can let users test their backups of ROMS and run homebrew. Such items are illegal, and are always in Nintendo's thoughts. Nintendo is always seeking to use their Nintendo DSi to block these flashcarts, but such updates get bypassed quickly.

    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>Acekard<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>
    <img src="http://www.kickgaming.com/images/ace_edge/acekard2c.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <a href="http://www.acekard.com" target="_blank">Acekard Website</a>
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>CycloDS Series<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>
    <img src="http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/6482/evocaseandcartnl1zb6.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>DSTT Series<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://www.dstt.us/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/new_tt.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>EX4 DS<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>
    <img src="http://s5.thisnext.com/media/largest_dimension/24B01F1A.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <a href="http://www.ex4ds.com" target="_blank">EX4DS Website</a>
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>EZ Flash<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://www.thendslite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ez5i.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>iSmart Series<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://www.digimartz.com/images/l/201009/12837546730.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <a href="http://www.ismartds.com" target="_blank">iSmart Premium/MM Website</a>
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>M3 Adapter Team<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://www.ps2cover.com/images/products/nintendo-ds/m3-ds-simply-contents.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <a href="http://www.m3adapter.com" target="_blank">M3 Website</a>
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>R4 Series<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://shoptemp.com/product_images/f/651/r4v2E__12214_zoom.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
    Cartridge Information


    <!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><!--coloro:blue--><span style="color:blue"><!--/coloro--><b>Supercard Series<!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>

    <img src="http://www.mygamingcard.net/19-61-large/supercard-dstwo-gbatemp-limited-collector-edition.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <a href="http://www.eng.supercard.sc" target="_blank">Supercard Website</a>
    Cartridge Information


    <div align="center"><!--sizeo:3--><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><u>Question and Answer- Have Something to Ask? I'll Answer It!</div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--></u>

    <b>Do you plan to write about 3DS Cartridges?</b>
    -As of now, I don't know. If we get a lot of them, count on it.

    <b>You suck at making guides.</b>
    -Sorry, try elsewhere then.

    <b>If I have $X, what can I buy?</b>
    -Look at the features, and the price tags on each series. Pick what you want.

    <b>Is there a best flashcart out at the moment?</b>
    -I would say the Supercard DSTwo at the time... it has a lot of good stuff with it.

    <b>What's with the R4 clone mess?</b>
    -The R4 died in 2008 because Japan ousted the official team. Now, a lot of clones are trying to earn some cash. Don't be fooled, ask if you are unsure! <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

    <b>What is a clone?</b>
    -In my eyes, a clone is something that is a replica of another. In this case, a clone is a flashcart that tries to imitate another team by using their software and modifying it to make it look like it belongs to them. In the R4 case, you get all sorts of clones. They have the R4 sticker followed by some stupid thing like ADVANCE, 3DS, etc, but they aren't that great. The quality of the software is on a lower tier compared to the actual cart made officially.

    <b>It's too long! I don't want to read!</b>
    -I found a condensed chart made by one of our members. I think it was Rydian...?
    <img src="http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/2258/cardchart.gif" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <b>Where should I buy my flashcart?! I don't know who's good anymore!!!</b>
    -There are quite a few choices. Pick and choose.
    :<a href="http://www.lightake.com" target="_blank">Lightake</a>
    :<a href="http://www.0shippingzone.com" target="_blank">0ShippingZone</a>
    :<a href="http://www.realhotstuff.com" target="_blank">Real Hot Stuff</a>
    :<a href="http://www.gameplayfun.com" target="_blank">GamePlayFun</a>
    :<a href="http://www.%5bcensored%5d.com" target="_blank">EnnDeeEss Card Sale</a>
    :<a href="http://www.gamekool.com" target="_blank">Gamekool, so Jakob95 isn't upset -.-</a>
    There's a lot more, but those are some!

    <b>How were price ranges determined?</b>
    -As I have been working with many flashcart dealers in the past few years, I have knowledge as to how much they are priced. I merely took the average of what I saw, and gave or took a few bucks.

    <b>Do you plan on going into each individual flashcart of each flashcart line? It seems way too big of a mistake and it looks confusing as well.</b>
    -Rest assured, yes I will do that. This guide is just the rough beta and after more thought and once I get more time after finals, count on it. This should hopefully quell SOME of the questions going around.

    <b>Will you be covering homebrew?</b>
    -I can try. I'm not a homebrew bookie but I'll do my best. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />


    Well guys, that's it! Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, let me know right away so I can try and answer the questions. I got this information based on my observations of each team through reviewing and lots of time on this forum. If you see an error or a typo with the guide, PM me. I'll update it as soon as I can.
     
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    i'm sensing a slight bias towards ez flash and supercard, but otherwise very nice guide

    Edit: yeah Rydian did make that

    just to clarify, you mention none of the bad aspects of either of those two cards, and the general tone seems to favor them
     
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  4. Ryukouki
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    I've seen a LOT of people here touting the two. I wrote this with the community opinion and some of mine, but I wasn't biasing any one team.
     
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    ive seen a lot more people touting the acekard 2i than i have the ez flash
     
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    Ahhh, as long as facts get out, I'll be happy. [​IMG]

    ...and maybe a sticky!
    EDIT: You certainly bring out some good points. Let me justify this. When I started writing it last week, I actually didn't know what I could possibly criticize with the EZ Flash team. I'll admit, I don't frolic at the EZ Flash boards as often, so I don't know what kind of mess goes on there, but with Supercard, I will try and make some more amends to the guide. Thanks for your insight! [​IMG]
     
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    That's actually well written. And funny.

    The first article about all this crapcards that's fun to read. Congrats!

    I don't understand the "budget" thing about Acekard. Yeah, it's not expensive. True. But it's simply the best. And it would still be the best card if i'd cost $40.

    Thanks for your work, Ryukouki.
     
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    Since this is a beginner's guide to flash cart maybe you should ad what a clone/R4 clone is.
     
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    Acknowledged. Check the Q/A section in a few minutes. [​IMG]
     
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    Did I get all the major flashcarts? It really feels like I'm missing something...
     
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    great, probably you can add something about ievo once it comes out
     
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    Maybe... I don't know what the plan is for sure yet, so if it ever comes out, I might just add a tidbit on it.
     
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    Great guide! You just missed one thing. A very important thing that all noobs are going to ask ALOT! where should I buy my flashcart?
     
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    Oh? Check again.
     
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    you forgot gamekool, jakob would be disappointed
     
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    WOOD R4i GOLD or R4iDSN
     
  17. Ryukouki
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    Amended. With more fun added. [​IMG]

    EDIT: @Rome, I plan to go far more in depth after finals. Instead of just attacking the line itself, I'll go into the individual flashcarts themselves, except for the R4 series.
     
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    The chart I use only lists what I and others consider the decent carts to get nowadays, that's why it only lists like 5. If I update it I'll try to remember to give it to you, but you can just pick the new version out of a post of mine if I forget.

    Any chance you could split the sections into spoilers? One for the list of carts, one for the FAQ and the chart, but add one at the top where you explain what a flash cart is and how it's used. Some screenshots of good homebrew like Colors! and StillAliveDS and such (also the Lone Wolf series for how well they're made) would really help make a godo impression.
     
  19. Ryukouki
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    Does this answer your question? [​IMG]
     
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    R4 official firmware updates died in 2008, not 2007.
     

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