The M3 Sakura FAQ

Discussion in 'M3 Adapter' started by Densetsu, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. powered_by_tux

    powered_by_tux GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 27, 2008
    Gambia, The
    I did that but the screen just stays black forever. By contrast, I copied the content of the SYSTEM folder to the root and I got a message telling me that the loader file could not be found. So obviously the firmware IS loading or trying to be to but it fails for some reason.
  2. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    Feb 2, 2008
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    Awesome! Please base your Russian translation on this English file (the same file I linked above). Don't use the one they have on their official download site because it has a lot of errors.
  3. mc_B3oWoLF

    mc_B3oWoLF GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 12, 2008
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    Of course, I will [​IMG] Thanks!))
    And by the way if it's identical to the file you've uploaded to wiki - I've translated it already))
    (I'll compare them, just in case [​IMG] )
  4. KH-Roms

    KH-Roms Advanced Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Thanks for the link, yeah now I see the differences. [​IMG]

    It seems powered_by_tux still having some problem running the firmware, I hope this is not because of the beta version.

    I still can't test it, my DS is still being repaired.
  5. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    I already posted these instructions in another thread, but I want to make sure everyone sees this so I'm posting this in again.

  6. mc_B3oWoLF

    mc_B3oWoLF GBAtemp Regular

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    So, Densetsu3000, Are your files (the one, you've uploaded to wiki and the one, you've uploaded now to filehosts) identical?)))
  7. Densetsu

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    Don't use the wiki, I've made some revisions to the file since so the wiki is old. The one I uploaded to the filehosts just now are the most updated translations.
  8. mc_B3oWoLF

    mc_B3oWoLF GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 12, 2008
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    Ok, Thanks for your work!)))
    You saved us Tons of time and nerves!)))
  9. powered_by_tux

    powered_by_tux GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 27, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Well, I got it to run finally.

    I put nothing but the firmware and some text files on the mircoSD and turned the DS on. Woot, it started! I choose the Sakura firmware, did the configuring thingy and got to the main menu. Then, I put back the games on the card, worth 1.5 GB in memory size. Now, the Sakura firmware starts even with the games on the card. [​IMG]

    Now my next question would be how do you load the old Touchpod firmware if you wanted to?
  10. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    Just hold down the A button when you boot the DS.
  11. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 27, 2007
    may of overlooked this but how do you switch between the loaders after the initial choice?!

    or is that it once chosen your stuck with it !?
  12. Densetsu

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    Yes, you sure did! [​IMG]

    Read my last post (the one right above yours).
  13. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 27, 2007

    geeeee [​IMG] ..... I think I must be BLONDE somedays [​IMG]

    *smacks head against wall for being blind!*

    edit found a glitch DON'T RUN MORNING TIMER!

    you will no longer be able to see any files system files on your mem card if you do!
  14. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    Whoa, good call! Thanks for sharing!
  15. Zerrix

    Zerrix GBAtemp Maniac

    Mar 11, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Hey Densetsu seems you're very smart [​IMG]
    Anyways, do you have a changelog for those versions? I mean 1.34 and 4.2e?
  16. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 27, 2007

    yeah confirming testing I've using a spare 1gb card even a substitution of the morning timer from the hacked loader still the same the system folder vanishes the disk space is still used so the files are still there just not visible or usable [​IMG]

    complains there's missing files then a restart complains loader is missing card needs reformatting and starting over!
  17. Densetsu

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    I guess that's why they call this "beta." So, did it destroy your MicroSD card, or do you just need to format it again? If it messed up your card permanently then that's a serious issue!
  18. cory1492

    cory1492 GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2005
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    I had the same thing happen. Hold A while it starts up, worked for me, it brought up the touchpod/sakura select screen, no problem since.
  19. Densetsu

    Densetsu Pubic Ninja

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    <a name="faq"></a><div align="center"><!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><a href="#faq">The M3 Sakura 1.12+a Archive</a></b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->

    <b>With the release of Sakura v1.34 beta, much of this information is obsolete.
    I will be moving the still-relevant parts (such as the skins, etc.) back to the front page over the next few days.</b></div><hr />

    <div align="center"><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->Demonstration Video of
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    <b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura v1.34 Details</a>
    <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura v1.34 English Screenshots</a>
    <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura v1.34 Reverse-Engineering Thread</a></b></div>

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    Excluding the <a href="" target="_blank">newly-announced M3i</a> for the DSi, <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a> is the newest in the series of Slot-1 M3 flashcarts for the Nintendo DS/DS Lite (including <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Simply</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Real</a>, <a href="http://http:" target="_blank">iTouchDS</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">etc</a>.). M3 Sakura was officially launched in Japan on May 30th, 2008. Because the M3 Sakura flashcart is essentially an M3 Real flashcart with just a different label, the loader (firmware<a href="#loader">*</a>) works on Japanese M3 Real flashcarts as well. As of now the official release is only in Japanese and is region-locked to work only on Japanese M3 Real/M3 Sakura flashcarts; however I and several other members of GBAtemp took it upon ourselves to localize the loader so that it could be enjoyed by everyone outside of Japan.

    Upon its release, there was very little English information available on M3 Sakura, and many questions were being asked, so I wrote a small FAQ on it. I eventually moved the FAQ from the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura Discussion Thread</a> into its own topic because the other thread had gotten so long that the <a href="" target="_blank">original FAQ</a> had become extremely difficult to find among the thousands of posts. That FAQ has grown into what you see here. Thanks to contributions by other GBAtemp members, the M3 Sakura FAQ is now the most comprehensive information resource on M3 Sakura available in English.

    This FAQ is written in sections, and each section is written at different times as new information becomes available, so some sections may contain old/conflicting information. I will try my best to remove any discrepancies, but if you spot any that I have missed, <a href="" target="_blank">please send me a PM</a>. Also, if you have anything to contribute to the FAQ, if I have not given credit where it is due, or if you find any dead links, just <a href="" target="_blank">let me know</a> and I'll fix it. In the PM, please provide a direct link to any file updates you want me to post, rather than just telling me that you've updated so I don't have to go looking for it in multiple M3 Sakura threads. Please keep all other questions on this thread to avoid redundant postings.

    <b><!--coloro:#FF0000--><span style="color:#FF0000"><!--/coloro-->For n00bs<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b>: If you you've never used a flashcart before and have just ordered/received an M3 Real, and you just want to start using it right away, just download the loader<a href="#loader">*</a>, then extract and copy the SYSTEM folder (and all of its contents) into the root directory of your MicroSD card and you're good to go. At the very least, check out the <a href="" target="_blank">User Guide</a>. It contains the bare minimum information you need to know. For detailed setup instructions, check out <a href="" target="_blank">this thread</a>. For further questions, refer to this FAQ and the M3 Sakura Discussion Thread.
    <div align="center"><b>This FAQ is updated regularly.</b></div>
    <hr /><a name="news"></a><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><div align="center"><b><a href="#news">News</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><ul><li><b><!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->12 January, 2009<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b> - The Japanese version of M3 Sakura 1.34 <a href="" target="_blank">is now available</a>. Here's a <a href="" target="_blank">teaser shot</a>. </li><li><b><!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->29 December, 2008<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b> - It looks like the <a href="" target="_blank">side-loading M3 Real flashcart</a> (a.k.a., "flashcart ninja stealth technology") will be coming to the Western market! And M3 Sakura has been officially announced for the first time on! It seems the official Western release of M3 Sakura is imminent. Check <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more info.</li><li><b><!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->25 December, 2008<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b> - <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura v1.34 released</a> (Asia only, excluding Japan). </li><li><b><!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->14 December, 2008<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--></b> - <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura v1.33 released</a> (Asia only, excluding Japan).</li></ul><hr /><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a name="links"></a><div align="center"><b><a href="#links">Related Links</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><ul><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal Official Thread</a></b> - Previously known as the <a href="" target="_blank">Triple Loader</a>, M3 iSakuReal allows you to boot three different loaders (M3 Sakura, M3 Real and iTouchDS) on an M3 Real flashcart. M3 Sakura has a great interface, but poor homebrew support. M3 Real and iTouch have simple, sluggish GUIs, but excellent homebrew support. This lets you run all three on your flashcart and have the best of both worlds! </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">iSakuReal Video Reviews</a></b> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Skyline969</a>) - Sort of a supplementary to the link above, these videos do a great job at explaining the basic functions of iSakuReal, and they cover all three systems (Sakura, TouchPod, iTouchDS) included in this triple loader.</li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura Homebrew Compatibility List</a></b> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Skyline969</a>) - As most Sakura users very well know, it doesn't have the best homebrew compatibility (hence the need for <a href="" target="_blank">iSakuReal</a>). This is a compilation of the homebrew titles that have been verified to work (and not work) on Sakura 1.12+1. The list is an ongoing work in progress, and your help is needed to make the list as complete as possible. <a href="" target="_blank">Go and post</a> what homebrew you currently have on your card, which ones work in Sakura and which ones you need to boot into TouchPod/iTouchDS to run! </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>M3 Sakura News Post</b></a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura Homepage Translation</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">M3 Real Review</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Sinkhead</a>) - Since the M3 Sakura loader runs on the M3 Real flashcart, a lot of the technical specs of the <i>flashcart</i> (SDHC support, etc.) can be answered here. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">M3 Real Guide</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">tguellich</a>) - The M3 Sakura FAQ is written under the assumption that the reader has some basic knowledge of the M3 Real <i>flashcart</i>. This comprehensive guide will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about it. Also, if you're running <a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal</a>, it wouldn't hurt to take a look at this if you're new to flashcarts altogether.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>Narin's Cheat Topic for NDS ROMs</b></a> - The ultimate resource for the newest cheat codes for all NDS ROMs. Over 1000 ROMs are in the cheat database and more are added almost every day!</li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>Dohclude's Cheat Topic for GBA ROMs</b></a> - Get all the cheat codes for GBA ROMs here. Efforts are being made to translate the codes from the original Chinese into English, and the cheat files are updated periodically. This is the best place on the 'Net for GBA .cht file support!</li></ul><hr /><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a name="fw"></a><div align="center"><b><a href="#fw">Firmware Downloads</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><ul><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal v1.4 (Triple Loader for M3 Real)</a> Includes: <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->M3 Sakura 1.12+a<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->TouchPod 4.2d<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> featuring <a href="" target="_blank">Real-Time Save</a> and <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->iTouchDS 2.3d<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, also with Real-Time Save</b> (created by <a href="" target="_blank">Rudolph</a>, configured to boot in English by <a href="" target="_blank">FiRsT-aNd-LaSt</a>) - The slick interface of M3 Sakura and the homebrew compatibility of M3 Real and iTouch DS combined into one package. This takes advantage of M3 Sakura's auto-boot function. Extract and copy all of the files to the root of your MicroSD card. To boot into M3 Sakura, simply turn on the DS without holding down any buttons. To boot into <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> (the original M3 Real GUI before Sakura), hold down X while turning on the DS. To boot into the iTouchDS GUI, hold down Y while powering on. You can find videos of iSakuReal in action <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal v1.4 (Triple Loader for M3 Real - Russian)</a> Includes: <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->M3 Sakura 1.12+a<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->TouchPod 4.2d<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> featuring <a href="" target="_blank">Real-Time Save</a> and <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->iTouchDS 2.3d<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, also with Real-Time Save</b> (translated by <a href="" target="_blank">mc_B3oWoLF</a>) - Whereas it took several people to create the English version of M3 Sakura, mc_B3oWoLF did all of the translating and skinning himself! Only the ROM config screens haven't been translated because they don't support Cyrillic characters. Only M3 Sakura has been translated. The other two firmwares are still in English. This is identical to the English Triple Loader, with the same versions of firmwares. Includes Russian skins <a href="" target="_blank">Default Rus</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Vista Rus</a>, also by mc_B3oWoLF. </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal (Triple Loader for M3 Real - Deutsch)</a></b> (translated by <a href="" target="_blank">Walhalla</a>) - This is the German version of the Triple Loader. The TouchPod and iTouchDS loaders are slightly outdated. </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">iBoot (Triple Loader for iTouchDS)</a> Includes: <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->M3 Sakura 1.10<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->TouchPod 3.8<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> and <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->iTouchDS 2.3b<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, with Real-Time Save</b> (configured for iTouchDS by <a href="" target="_blank">AeroHex</a>) - Same concept as M3 iSakuReal, but for the iTouchDS flashcart. It uses an old version of <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> (before RTS was implemented), and an even older version of M3 Sakura (no soft-reset). </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">Triple Loader for iTouchDS</a> Includes: <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->M3 Sakura 1.12+1<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->TouchPod 3.7X<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--> and <!--coloro:#006400--><span style="color:#006400"><!--/coloro-->iTouchDS 2.3d<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc-->, with Real-Time Save</b> (configured for iTouchDS by <a href="" target="_blank">tiagomartins</a>) - Like iBoot, but M3 Sakura has been updated with soft-reset in this release. </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.12+1 Region-Free (English)</a></b> - <a href="" target="_blank">iamanobody</a>, the one who first brought M3 Sakura 1.11X to the Western masses, <a href="" target="_blank">has again managed to hack 1.12+1</a> just hours after its release! This release is region-free and works with US, European and Chinese M3 Real flashcarts. The new ROM config menus are now in English, thanks again to <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a>. It already includes the updated setupnds.ext released by AXYPB in this <a href="" target="_blank">post</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Sakura Toolpack</a> with all readme files translated into English, and <a href="" target="_blank">Narin's</a> <a href="" target="_blank">cheat database</a> (updated 10/13/2008). </li><li><b><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.12+1 Region Free (Español)</a></b> - (traducido del inglés al español por <a href="" target="_blank">Nagaroth</a>) - Nagaroth is solely responsible for all translating and skinning in this Spanish version of the firmware. That's no small feat! It took several people with different skills to make the English version! </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.11X SP01 for US/EUR M3 Real cart (English)</a> - This unofficial loader comes from the collaborative efforts of <a href="" target="_blank">iamanobody</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Toni Plutonij</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">NeoGunKuruma</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">thedicemaster</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">myself</a>. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.11X SP01 for US/EUR M3 Real cart (Español)</a> - (traducido por <a href="" target="_blank">Nagaroth</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.11X SP01 for US/EUR M3 Real cart (Deutsch)</a> (translated by <a href="" target="_blank">HonktasT</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">DS-Scene</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.11X for Chinese M3 Real cart (Japanese)</a> (hacked by <a href="" target="_blank">iamanobody</a>) - You can convert the Japanese into English using <a href="" target="_blank">this file</a>. You will also have to apply one of the English skins (available below) for a 100% English GUI. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Unofficial M3 Sakura 1.11X for US/EUR M3 Real cart (日本語)</a> (hacked by <a href="" target="_blank">iamanobody</a>) - This is the original, untranslated Japanese release, hacked to boot on US/EUR M3 Reals.</li></ul><a name="loader"></a>*In this FAQ, the term "loader" refers to the "firmware," or "operating system" of the flashcart, but "firmware" is actually a misnomer. However the word "firmware" is so widely used in the flashcart scene that it has become accepted as a standard term for "flashcart operating system," or "loader."
    <hr /><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a name="sknen"></a><div align="center"><b><a href="#sknen">English Skin Downloads</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    Submitted skins will be linked here when they are 100% complete. If you make and complete a skin, send me a PM and I'll put it up here. Newest skins appear in the order they're submitted, with newest skins at the top. <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Wii Thiim</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">PlaySakura Portable</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Gameboy Sakura</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>) - Sound effects pack for this skin <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">VistaDX</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Aphexdash</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">SAKURAtemp</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sakura Dark Beam v.1.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Blue Fluff</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Mother/Earthbound</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Mother 3</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Pokemon Platinum Sakura</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tomboyish Mermaid</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">DD (Dawn)</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Pokemon Master</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Princess of Hoenn v.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">White DS Firmware</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Black DS Firmware</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sakura Wolf</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Midnight Flower</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metron</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Smash Bros. Brawl Sakura</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metalliguy</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Lulz Pirate</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">RyukeDragon</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Death Magnetic Sakura</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">metalliguy</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sakuratronic</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Toni Plutonij</a>) - Sakuratronic discussion topic can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sakura Clearlooks</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">area o4.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ghost in the Shell DARK</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">EeeKay</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ghost in the Shell v.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">EeeKay</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">RevenG</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">DesuChan</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Aero: Ultimate</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Aero: Fish School</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Aero: Grass</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">DS OS</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">wabsta</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Moonlight White</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Chaos45</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Chaos Black</a> (by <a href="http://Chaos45" target="_blank">Chaos45</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Paradise</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Exultation v.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Geo411m</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Vista</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">gangsterboi</a>)
       ・ <a href="" target="_blank">Vista Skin Source Files v.2</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Default v.4 - Blue</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Default v.4 - Pink</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a>)
       ・ <a href="" target="_blank">Default Skin Source Files</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a>, includes both Pink and Blue source files)</li></ul><hr /><a name="sknjp"></a><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><div align="center"><b><a href="#sknjp">Japanese Skin Downloads</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
    These are the official skins by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>. They are all in Japanese only.<ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Default</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Sakura Blue</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Dashboard</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Aqua</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Buccaneer</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">SIMPLE</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>)</li></ul><hr /><!--sizeo:4--><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a name="other"></a><div align="center"><b><a href="#other">Other Downloads</a></b></div><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec--><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>M3 Sakura English User Guide (PDF & IPK files)</b></a> (<a href="" target="_blank">original Japanese JPEG files</a> by <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) - Copy the IPK file into the "SYSTEM\m3sakura\launch" folder of your card and replace the Japanese manual. You can access it through M3 Sakura's Image Viewer (graphic designs by <a href="" target="_blank">Toni Plutonij</a>, English text typesetting by <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a>). </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>M3 Sakura Toolpack (English)</b></a> - Though most of you have already figured out how to use most of the tools included with Sakura by now, some of the readme files were in Japanese. I translated them so they're in English now. For those who don't know what this is, it's a collection of tools that can be used to create skins, IPK files (for viewing images), <a href="" target="_blank">make DPG files</a> (movies) and <a href="" target="_blank">edit sound effects</a> in Sakura. Includes <a href="" target="_blank">English skin source files</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a>. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>SD Card Formatter</b></a> - An app specially designed to format SD (and MicroSD) cards. It has been advised that you use this instead of formatting through Windows. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>BatchDPG</b></a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">i_Am_Ghost</a>) - This is another option for converting videos into the proprietary DPG format supported by M3 Sakura. The link contains other links to tutorials, so check there for support. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><b>SUPER ©</b></a> - The ultimate video converter. It converts from any video format into any other video format (including DPG), and it's free. The download link on the <a href="" target="_blank">official SUPER © homepage</a> is rather elusive, so the setup file has been hosted at <a href="" target="_blank">Sharebee</a> for your convenience. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">English Translation Files (英訳ファイルダウンロード)</a> - These were the original files I worked on with NeoGunKuruma and Toni Plutonij back when the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura beta loader</a> was released, but the translations have been updated for the official loader. The unofficial English M3 Sakura loader is based on this translation. This is NOT a skin; it's the complete Japanese text and the English translations of the skin and the internal GUI text ("messages.932" file). Refer to them when making your own skins. これはNeoGunKurumaとToni Plutonijとのコラボで、M3さくらベータファーム英語版のために作成したオリジナルファイルですが、公式ファームのために英訳ファイルをアップデートしました。このファイルはM3さくらの非公式英語版に用いられています。スキンファイルではなく、環境「messages.932」ファイルとスキンファイルのテキストの日本語も英語も含めたファイルです。英語バージョンを作るには、このファイルを参照にしてください。</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">English Config Menus</a> - Though I had the entire loader completely translated from the very beginning, some of the Japanese text couldn't be swapped out for the English translation without damaging certain files. To do so required hex editing skills, and for a while the config menus remained in Japanese. Then finally <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a> found a way to edit the necessary files. With these files, we now have a <i>complete</i> English translation of Sakura! You don't have to do anything with these files because they're already included in the loader. They are only up here for archival purposes. For anyone interested, AXYPB has written up an <a href="" target="_blank">excellent guide</a> to how he edited the files. </li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Spanish Translation Files</a> (by <a href="" target="_blank">Nagaroth</a>) - Same as the English translation files, but in Spanish.</li></ul><hr /><a name="faq"></a><div align="center"><!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b><a href="#faq">The M3 Sakura FAQ</a></b><!--sizec--></span><!--/sizec-->
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    <a name="contents"></a><b>CONTENTS</b>: <blockquote><a href="#01"><b>Q: What is M3 Sakura?!</b></a>
    <a href="#02"><b>Q: What's included in the box?</b></a>
    <a href="#03"><b>Q: How does the GUI look/feel?</b></a>
    <a href="#04"><b>Q: What's with the 100 special "Limited Edition" M3 Sakura flashcarts?</b></a>
    <a href="#05"><b>Q: Will M3 Sakura run on an English M3 Real?</b></a>
    <a href="#06"><b>Q: Are there plans to release an official English version?</b></a>
    <a href="#07a"><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura load commercial NDS ROMs?</b></a>
    <a href="#07b"><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support commercial GBA ROMs?</b></a>
    <a href="#08"><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support WiFi/Download Play/Wii connectivity?</b></a>
    <a href="#09"><b>Q: How do I adjust brightness, change skins, hide filename extensions, etc.?</b></a>
    <a href="#10"><b>Q: How do I access the cheat menu, soft-reset function, etc?</b></a>
    <a href="#11"><b>Q: What cheat file does M3 Sakura use?</b></a>
    <a href="#12"><b>Q: How do I enable cheats for GBA ROMs in Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#13"><b>Q: How do I convert GBA saves from GameShark, emulators, etc. to be compatible with M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#14"><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura run homebrew?</b></a>
    <a href="#14a"><b>Q: What emulators run on M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#15"><b>Q: Is there a workaround for ROMs and homebrew that won't run in Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#16"><b>Q: Where do I place my ROMs and homebrew on the card?</b></a>
    <a href="#17"><b>Q: What file types are supported by M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#18"><b>Q: How do I hide files/folders in M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#19"><b>Q: What's the difference between the standalone M3 Sakura loader and M3 iSakuReal? Which one should I use?</b></a>
    <a href="#20"><b>Q: I can't get M3 Sakura to boot properly! Help?!</b></a>
    <a href="#21"><b>Q: Why do I keep getting an "error" message right before I boot into Sakura? I don't seem to be having any problems.</b></a>
    <a href="#22"><b>Q: How do I boot into Slot 2 with Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#23"><b>Q: Will M3 Sakura run on any other flashcart (R4, CycloDS, Acekard 2, DSTT, EDGE, etc.)?</b></a>
    <a href="#24"><b>Q: Can M3 Sakura be hacked to work on the G6DS Real?</b></a>
    <a href="#25"><b>Q: Are the M3 Real and the M3 Sakura carts identical in terms of hardware?</b></a>
    <a href="#26"><b>Q: I want to make some of my own wallpapers for M3 Sakura. What dimensions I should use?</b></a>
    <a href="#27"><b>Q: How do I make skins?</b></a>
    <a href="#28"><b>Q: How do I make DPG videos?</b></a>
    <a href="#29"><b>Q: How do I use the "Real-Time Save" feature in Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#30"><b>Q: What is the "Auto-Boot" feature?</b></a>
    <a href="#31"><b>Q: What is the "Save File Restore" feature?</b></a>
    <a href="#32"><b>Q: Can I customize the File Launcher?</b></a>
    <a href="#33"><b>Q: I can't save on some GBA ROMs. What's wrong?</b></a>
    <a href="#34"><b>Q: How do I enable NDS-GBA Linkage in M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#35"><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support the Rumble/Rumble RAM Packs?</b></a>
    <a href="#36"><b>Q: What are the .cht, .opt and .is0 files that appear in my ROM folder?</b></a>
    <a href="#37"><b>Q: How do I convert my old M3 Real saves to be compatible with M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#38"><b>Q: What are the cons of using M3 Sakura?</b></a>
    <a href="#39"><b>Q: What has changed with 1.12+1 of the loader?</b></a>
    <a href="#40"><b>Q: I just got a new M3 Real with the M3 Sakura logo on it, but why won't the Sakura loader run on it?</b></a></blockquote>
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    <b>Q: What is <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a>?!</b><a name="01"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> It's the latest Slot-1 flashcart by the M3 team that was released in Japan on 05/30/2008 (05/29/2008 for us Westerners due to the time difference). The loader was developed by the M3 team in collaboration with <a href="" target="_blank">Infantile Paralysiser</a> (a.k.a. "Moonlight," the creator of MoonShell). The loader loads on both the M3 Sakura and the M3 Real flashcarts. The M3 Sakura <i>flashcart</i> (which is <a href="" target="_blank">basically the Japanese version of the M3 Real</a> flashcart with a different label) is currently not available for sale outside of Japan. As such, for our purposes "M3 Sakura" will refer to the M3 Sakura <i>loader</i>.

    <b>Q: What's included in the box?</b><a name="02"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> It comes with an M3 Sakura cart inside a carrying case, a CD containing the loader and various tools, a T-Flash card reader and a full-color <a href="" target="_blank">User Guide</a>. This User Guide is also accessible through M3 Sakura's image viewer.
    Box Contents 1
    Box Contents 2
    Box Front Shot
    Box Back Shot
    <b>Q: How does the GUI look/feel?</b><a name="03"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Cosmetically it's a huge improvement over the M3 Real's traditional GUI (now known as <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a>). It responds well to the tapping and sliding of the stylus. The response is much smoother than that of TouchPod. There are now several skinning options available. Links to the skins and the source files are at the top of this FAQ.

    This video review by <a href="" target="_blank">reelproductions</a> goes over the GUI of M3 Sakura as well as some of its features (NOT an official GBAtemp review).
    M3 Sakura Video Review
    <b>Q: What's with the 100 special "Limited Edition" M3 Sakura flash carts?</b><a name="04"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> There is no such thing as a "Limited Edition" M3 Sakura. Whoever started that rumor didn't read the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura homepage translation</a> carefully enough and/or used some online translating website and got a poorly-worded translation and misinterpreted it. Below is the <i>correct</i> translation:
    <!--quoteo(post=1164448:date=May 23 2008, 05:36 PM:name=Densetsu3000)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Densetsu3000 @ May 23 2008, 05:36 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=1164448"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><b><a href="" target="_blank">Special event information</a></b>
    <!--coloro:#000000--><span style="color:#000000"><!--/coloro-->M3さくら発売を記念しまして、初回限定パックを100セットご用意させて頂きました。
    To commemorate the launch of M3 Sakura, we have prepared special packages limited to the first 100 people who come.
    Each package contains an M3 Sakura cart and a Transcend brand MicroSD 1GB card, a value of <a href="" target="_blank">4,980 yen</a>.
    The MicroSD card comes pre-installed with the Sakura loader, so you may immediately try it at the venue.<!--colorc--></span><!--/colorc--><!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->The 100 "special packages" given out at the event were just normal M3 Sakuras with normal packaging, but they were bundled with a Transcend 1GB MicroSD card with the loader already pre-loaded onto it. They were "limited to the first 100 people" who showed up. Basically the guys running the event assembled these "special packages" themselves. You, too, could assemble a special package of your own if you're able and willing to import an M3 Sakura cart from Japan and get a Transcend 1GB MicroSD card (non-SDHC, no less)! But who would want to do that!? Anyway, that's about as "Limited Edition" as it gets.

    <b>Q: Will M3 Sakura run on an English M3 Real?</b><a name="05"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Yes and no. No, the official Japanese releases on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"></a> don't run on English M3 Real carts. At this point it only runs on the Japanese M3 Real and on the M3 Sakura cart. Yes, the unofficial hacked English version will run on an English M3 real cart. See more in the question below.

    <b>Q: Are there plans to release an official English version?</b><a name="06"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> The unofficial English version, which is compatible with US/EU M3 Real flashcarts, is available for download near the top of this FAQ. As for an official English release, the G6/M3 team says that they are working on one now and that it is <a href="" target="_blank">nearly ready</a>. The following image was released:
    Before we knew anything about an official English loader, several people went to work creating an English version immediately after M3 Sakura was released. We had a mostly-English, fully-working loader within a couple days of the official Japanese release, and then <a href="" target="_blank">g6team</a>, a member of the M3/G6 firmware development team, <a href="" target="_blank">posted this</a> on the M3 Sakura Discussion Thread. Due to the initial responses it drew from GBAtempers, the post was edited minutes after it was first posted, but g6team's original message has been quoted on the <a href="" target="_blank">NDSthemes forum</a>:
    QUOTE(g6team @ Jun 02 2008, 10:20 PM)
    Toni Plutonij and I have since been in contact with g6team (and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and they are indeed going to base the official English translation on our unofficial release.

    Although the M3 team is working on an official English version, they have yet to announce a release date. You can find the unofficial, complete English translation at the top of this FAQ. This should tide everyone over until the official English loader release by the M3 guys.

    The unofficial English release comes from the collaborative efforts of several GBAtemp members: <ul><li><b>Loader Hackers</b> (the <i>true</i> geniuses behind it all):
    <blockquote>・ <a href="" target="_blank">iamanobody</a> - removed the region lock from the Japanese M3 Sakura loader
    ・ <a href="" target="_blank">Rudolph</a> - created the <a href="" target="_blank">Triple Loader</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">released a DLDI version</a> of M3 Sakura that would allow it to run on other flashcarts</blockquote></li><li><b>Translators</b>:
    <blockquote>・ <a href="" target="_blank">Densetsu3000</a> - skin, GUI, <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura homepage</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">User Guide</a>, everything else related to M3 Sakura
    ・ <a href="" target="_blank">NeoGunKuruma</a> - did some of the initial skin translations
    </blockquote></li><li><b>Original English Skinners</b>:
    <blockquote>・ <a href="" target="_blank">NeoGunKuruma</a> - made the very first English skin for M3 Sakura when it was still in <a href="" target="_blank">beta testing</a>
    ・ <a href="" target="_blank">Toni Plutonij</a> - worked with NeoGunKuruma to create the <a href="" target="_blank">first unofficial English release</a>
    ・ <a href="" target="_blank">mercenary96</a> - released the source files upon which all other English skins are based</blockquote></li><li><b>File Editors</b>:
    <blockquote>・ <a href="" target="_blank">thedicemaster</a> - added English translation to the internal GUI text
    ・ <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a> - <a href="" target="_blank">added English translation</a> to the ROM config menus</blockquote></li></ul><b>Q: Does M3 Sakura load commercial NDS ROMs?</b><a name="07a"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Yes, with Sakura 1.12+1, commercial ROMs can be played. It loads NDS ROMs just fine. ROM compatibility is not 100%, but it's close.

    <b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support commercial GBA ROMs?</b><a name="07b"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Yes, when it comes to GBA ROMs, nothing matches the native support offered by M3 Real (TouchPod and Sakura). If you have the Slot-2 <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Expansion Pack</a>, you can load GBA ROMs in the same fashion as an NDS ROM. If you use a Slot-2 <a href="" target="_blank">EZFlash V 3-in-1</a>, you'll need <a href="" target="_blank">GBA ExpLoader</a>* to run GBA ROMs. Note that you can <i>not</i> run GBA ROMs without some sort of Slot-2 memory expansion cart. This holds true for all Slot-1 flashcarts.

    *With the latest <a href="" target="_blank">GBAExploader (v0.58b)</a>, support for M3 products has been blocked. Use <a href="" target="_blank">this patch</a> to remove the lock.

    <b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support WiFi/Download Play/Wii connectivity?</b><a name="08"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> WiFi connectivity and Download Play can be enabled via the NDS ROM's config menu (accessed by sliding a ROM to the left or highlighting the ROM and pressing Y). Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Download Play] icon and change it from "Normal" to "Enable." Save your settings and reboot.

    WARNING: Enabling Download Play disables cheats and prevents Soft Reset from working (thanks <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a>).

    M3 Sakura does not support Wii connectivity. Currently the only flashcarts capable of connecting to the Wii are the <a href="" target="_blank">CycloDS Evolution</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">EDGE</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">G6 DS Real</a>.

    <b>Q: How do I adjust brightness, change skins, hide filename extensions, etc.?</b><a name="09"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> The answers to these and more can be found in the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura User Guide</a>. You can also find the basic controls on the top screen of M3 Sakura's GUI when you have the default skin on.

    <b>Q: How do I access the cheat menu, soft-reset function, etc?</b><a name="10"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> These features are all in the ROM config menu. You can access the config menu by sliding a ROM to the left, or by highlighting the ROM and pressing Y. Follow the steps below to use cheats for NDS ROMs: <ol type='1'><li>Enter the NDS ROM config menu and tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Cheat Select] icon. </li><li>Enable cheats (place a check next to them) by highlighting the desired cheat and pressing A. </li><li>After you have enabled the desired cheats, press B to exit back to the config menu. </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Cheat Switch] icon and set it to "Always On" (or "Toggle" if you want to toggle cheats ON/OFF in-game; refer to the top screen of your DS for the switch button combos). </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Save] icon. The ROM will load automatically with the selected cheats enabled.</li></ol>Like any other cheat device, if you enable too many cheats or a bad combination of cheats, you may experience glitches, cheats not working, or freezing. If this happens, go back to the config menu and disable some cheats. Disabling download play and soft-reset has been reported to help with problematic cheats. A good rule of thumb is to enable only a few cheats at a time, maybe 2 or 3 at most. Common sense also goes a long way (i.e., don't enable a cheat for "Max HP" and another one for "Infinite HP" at the same time). And read the info about cheats not working below!

    <b>Q: What cheat file does M3 Sakura use?</b><a name="11"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> It uses the same cheat file as the M3 Real (<a href="" target="_blank">cheat.db</a>). Download, extract and copy the file to the SYSTEM folder (overwrite the old one if present) and you're all set! Access the cheat menu by sliding NDS ROMs to the left, or by highlighting the NDS ROM and pressing Y. You can always get the latest cheat compilation file from the <a href="" target="_blank">GBATemp Cheat Database</a>, maintained by <a href="" target="_blank">Narin</a>. Note that cheats will not work if Download Play is set to "Enable" (thanks for the tip <a href="" target="_blank">AXYPB</a>). <a href="" target="_blank">Some cheats do not work</a>, even with Download Play disabled.

    <b>Q: How do I enable cheats for GBA ROMs in Sakura?</b><a name="12"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Enabling cheats for GBA ROMs is more involved than the <a href="" target="_blank">process for NDS ROMs</a>: <ol type='1'><li>Download the GBA cheat files from <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> (BIG thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">dohclude</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">elixirdream</a> for renaming and translating the <a href="" target="_blank">original files</a>!). </li><li>Place the .cht file for your GBA ROM anywhere on your card. It is NOT advisable to dump every .cht file into a folder on your card (there are thousands of .cht files). Just copy the .cht files for the GBA ROMs with which you want to cheat. If you must have all of the .cht files on your flashcart, <a href="" target="_blank">dohclude</a> recommends creating multiple folders (for instance, with the names "0001-0050," "0051-0100," "0101-0150," etc.) and placing 50 .cht files in each folder. </li><li>Access the GBA ROM's config menu by sliding it to the left (Note: highlighting and pressing Y only works with NDS ROMs). </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Cheat File Select] icon, then browse to the folder where you placed the .cht file. </li><li>Highlight the desired .cht file and press A. You will see a dialog that says "Select this cheat file?" Press A to confirm. </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Cheat Switch] icon and turn cheats "On." Save and reboot the DS. </li><li>Load the GBA ROM as you would normally. After the "Game Boy" splash screen comes up, the "Select Cheat Code" screen will be displayed. From here you can highlight and enable/disable cheats by pressing A. Check at the bottom of this screen for more options. </li><li>After selecting the desired cheats, press START and the ROM will proceed to load with the cheats you selected.</li></ol>Note that there is very little support for GBA .cht files, and these cheats are shotty at best. A lot of the cheats are in Chinese so if you can't read Chinese, you won't know what a cheat does unless you try it. A lot of the time some of the cheats don't work, but when they do, they work quite well. Currently <a href="" target="_blank">dohclude</a> and some others are in the process of translating and testing GBA cheats, so check <a href="" target="_blank">dohclude's GBA cheat thread</a> for more information on GBA .cht files and trainers.

    <b>Q: How do I convert GBA saves from GameShark, emulators, etc. to be compatible with M3 Sakura?</b><a name="13"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> You can import saves or cheat codes into a GBA emulator for PC, save the game and import the save file into M3 Sakura. You can also use <a href="" target="_blank">GBAATM</a> to patch <a href="" target="_blank">GBA cheat codes</a> into the ROM so that they're always active, or you can add enablers/disablers to have the option of switching them on in-game (I may write up a n00b-friendly guide on how to do this in the near future if I can find the time to do it).

    The following method uses <a href="" target="_blank">VisualBoy Advance - M</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">GameShark saves</a> (.sps files), <a href="" target="_blank">GameShark codes</a> and Action Replay saves (.xps files). The numbers in parentheses in each step are just screenshots for added noob-friendliness.
    Basic Controls for VisualBoy Advance - M
    1. Importing GameShark Saves (.sps) into VBA-M
    2. Using GameShark Cheat Codes in VBA-M
    3. Converting Action Replay Saves (.xps) into M3 Real/Sakura .sav Files
    4. Transferring VBA-M .sav Files to M3 Sakura
    These methods have been tested on M3 Sakura using a <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Expansion Pack</a> and they work. It probably works with other flashcarts, but I wouldn't know because I don't own any others on which to test the cheats. After I wrote this little guide, I did more searching and found that someone else had <a href="" target="_blank">already written one</a>. It's very similar to mine, except that it uses the EZFlash V 3-in-1.

    One more thing to note is that for some reason I can't get this to work with <i>Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls</i>. It works with every other <i>Final Fantasy</i> title ever ported to GBA (<i>FFIV</i>, <i>FFV</i>, <i>FFVI</i> and <i>Tactics Advance</i>) except for <i>DoS</i>. It also works with <i>Mother 3</i>, <i>Advance Wars</i>, <i>Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising</i>, <i>Golden Sun</i> and <i>Golden Sun: The Lost Age</i>. I have not tried this method on any other ROMs besides those listed here. Still, 9 ROMs out of 10 isn't a bad success rate at all. But if someone can figure out how to get this to work on <i>DoS</i> (or at least why it doesn't work) and let me know, I would appreciate it.

    <b>Q: Does M3 Sakura run homebrew?</b><a name="14"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> The unofficial English loader does run some homebrew, but there are problems loading other homebrew. In addition, M3 Sakura will not run homebrew if it is larger than 2MB. The general consensus is that M3 Sakura has poor homebrew compatibility. <a href="" target="_blank">Here is the homebrew compatibility list for Sakura 1.12+a</a>. Please post the homebrew titles you've been using with Sakura and which ones don't work for you. Your help is needed to make the list complete!

    <b>Q: What emulators run on M3 Sakura?</b><a name="14a"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> There are emulators for NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Commodore 64 and more. You can find out all about them on <a href="" target="_blank">this thread</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Nero</a>.

    <b>Q: Is there a workaround for ROMs and homebrew that won't run in Sakura?</b><a name="15"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> You can try using <a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal</a> to boot into iTouchDS or the old M3 Real loader (<a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a>) and run your homebrew/ROMs that way, or use <a href="" target="_blank">Flashcart OS</a> (tip submitted by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>).

    <b>Q: Where do I place my ROMs and homebrew on the card?</b><a name="16"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> For starters, make sure that the SYSTEM folder is in the root of the MicroSD card. Other than that, you can place your ROMs, homebrew and other files anywhere you want. Just name and organize the folders in any way you see fit, and place your files in their respective folders. You will be able to navigate through the folders through the M3 Sakura GUI and load ROMs/homebrew no matter where they are.

    Note 1: Some homebrew require certain files to remain in the root of the MicroSD card. Check the readme files included with your homebrew for more information.

    Note 2: If you are running <a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal</a>, you should keep your NDS ROMs in a folder called "NDS" and your GBA ROMs in a folder called "GBA." Although Sakura will load ROMs no matter where you put them, the M3 Real <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> loader included with <a href="" target="_blank">iSakuReal</a> searches for GBA/NDS ROMs in the GBA/NDS folders. Check the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Real Guide</a> for more information.

    <b>Q: What file types are supported by M3 Sakura?</b><a name="17"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Aside from the obvious GBA and NDS files, below is a list of other files that are natively supported by M3 Sakura's loader: <ul><li>Images: JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, IPK (proprietary)</li><li>Audio: MP3, WAV, OGG, TTA</li><li>Video: DPG (proprietary)</li><li>Other: SKN (skin file), TXT, Word DOC (possibly more?)</li></ul><b>Q: How do I hide files/folders in M3 Sakura?</b><a name="18"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> M3 Sakura supports hidden files and folders. If you use your PC to hide a file or folder on your MicroSD card, it will be invisible in M3 Sakura. There is no way to make them visible from within the M3 Sakura GUI; hiding and un-hiding files must be done through the PC.

    <b>Q: What's the difference between the <a href="" target="_blank">standalone M3 Sakura loader</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 iSakuReal</a> triple loader? Which one should I use?</b><a name="19"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Since M3 Sakura currently has poor support for homebrew, M3 iSakuReal is offered as a way for you to load homebrew via the M3 Real and iTouchDS loaders, which both have excellent homebrew support. Which one you use depends on your needs and is a matter of personal preference. For a better explanation, check <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.

    <b>Q: I can't get M3 Sakura to boot properly! Help?!</b><a name="20"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> When Sakura boots and runs DiskCheck, it will halt booting if it finds a corrupt file. After backing up your files, try formatting your MicroSD card to FAT32, then copy just the SYSTEM folder by itself to the root of the card (don't copy your other backed up files onto the card yet). See if you can get Sakura to boot with just the SYSTEM folder on the card. If it runs, start copying your other files back over. If it stops booting after you've copied the rest of your files, it means at least one of your folders contains a file that M3 Sakura "doesn't like." You can look for the file using <a href="" target="_blank">Windows CheckDisk</a>, but if that doesn't work, you'll have to isolate and remove the problem file through trial and error. If you don't want to search for the corrupt files, you can back them up, delete all files except for the SYSTEM folder from the card, boot Sakura, disable DiskCheck through the GUI settings, and copy all files back.

    More often than not files (particularly saves) can get corrupted in the folder that contains your NDS ROMs and .sav files, and this can lead to Sakura hanging during boot-up. Follow these instructions if you suspect corrupt data in your NDS ROM folder: <ol type='1'><li>Remove all .sav files and RTS files (.is0, .is1 and .is2) from your your NDS folder (back them up). </li><li>Delete all .cht and .opt files (you don't have to back these up; they have nothing to do with your saves). </li><li>After removing your .sav and RTS files from the folder, try to boot Sakura again. </li><li>If it still hangs, you have a corrupt ROM. If it boots properly, you have a corrupt .sav file. Skip ahead to step 6. </li><li>If you suspect a corrupt ROM, check the CRC of your ROMs with a ROM manager like <a href="" target="_blank">NDSCrc</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">RToolDS</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Rominator</a>. If you don't use a ROM manager, you can still check the CRC at <a href="" target="_blank">ADVANsCEne</a>. Do a search for any ROM and check the CRC32. You can view the CRC of the ROM you have on your card by viewing it in the <a href="" target="_blank">ZIP</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">RAR</a> file that in which it's contained. If the CRC of your ROM is different from the CRC on ADVANsCEne, it's either a bad dump, it was trimmed, patched, or otherwise altered from the clean dump. Get rid of the ROM with the bad CRC and replace it with a clean dump. </li><li>Check all your .sav files and make sure they're all 512KB. If you find one that's not 512KB, it's probably corrupt. </li><li>If you can't find a .sav file that's of a different size from the rest, you can run <a href="" target="_blank">Windows CheckDisk</a> on them (or Mac equivalent, maybe Disk Utility or DiskFirstAid will help). </li><li>If <a href="" target="_blank">CheckDisk</a> doesn't turn anything up, start moving the .sav files back onto your card five at a time, booting Sakura between each move. </li><li>Once it hangs, zero in on the five .sav files that caused the freeze. Remove those five .sav files, then copy them back on one at a time, again booting Sakura between each move. </li><li>Once you've found the corrupt .sav, you <i>may</i> be able to repair it using <a href="" target="_blank">Shuny's Save Converter</a>.</li></ol><b>Q: Why do I keep getting an "error" message right before I boot into Sakura? I don't seem to be having any problems.</b><a name="21"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Most of you already know that the error message is not a big deal, but I decided to add this for those who still don't know. The following screen pops up for a split-second before booting into Sakura:
    Error Message
    The English message is basically a translation of the Japanese above it, but it's missing a few points. In the Japanese, the sentence "ディスクアクセスやファイル読み込みに異常があると、この画面で停止します" actually says "In the event of an error while accessing the disk or loading files, [loading] will freeze at this screen."

    So the "error" screen is always there even when everything is working properly. <a href="" target="_blank">Only when you have problems</a> will boot-up freeze at this screen, in which case the error message is actually meant to be read (or you can hold the L or R button to pause the boot-up sequence and get a better look at it). In short, if the message appears for only a second, you're good to go! If it freezes on that screen, that's when it's time to worry.

    <b>Q: How do I boot into Slot 2 with Sakura?</b><a name="22"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> To boot into Slot 2 in DS mode, hold down B while booting. To boot into Slot 2 in GBA mode, hold down SELECT instead. This function is built into the flashcart itself; it is not a feature of the loader, which means that it will work whether you have the <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> or M3 Sakura loader installed (tip by <a href="" target="_blank">strata8</a>). If you have an <a href="" target="_blank">EZFlash V 3-in-1</a>, you can use <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Exploader</a> by Rudolph. <a href="" target="_blank">Source</a>

    Note that you can't boot into GBA mode with a <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Expansion Pack</a>. If you try, you'll just get two white screens. You really wouldn't have a reason to boot into GBA mode anyway, because with a GBA Expansion Pack you can load GBA ROMs in Sakura simply by tapping/sliding them (much in the same way you would load an NDS ROM). More info on booting into Slot 2 and troubleshooting tips <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.

    <b>Q: Will M3 Sakura run on any other flashcart (R4, CycloDS, Acekard 2, DSTT, EDGE, etc.)?</b><a name="23"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Officially, no. But has successfully been <i>hacked</i> to run on the iTouchDS and other carts by <a href="" target="_blank">Rudolph</a>. You can download the iTouchDS Triple Loader <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Start reading <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more info. There is also an <a href="" target="_blank">iTouchDS Dual Boot</a> that allows you to dual-boot the M3 Sakura and iTouchDS loaders on the iTouchDS flashcart.

    Rudolph also <a href="" target="_blank">released a hack</a> for M3 Sakura that will work on any flashcart as long as it only uses 16KB for DLDI. This means that it will <i>not</i> boot on the following cards, all of which require 32KB: AKRPG (in NAND mode), G6 Lite, G6 Real, N-CARD & clones. The hack is no longer available on <a href="" target="_blank">Rudolph's blog</a> because he <a href="" target="_blank">was asked to remove the file</a>, as it was in violation of the <a href="" target="_blank">Unfair Competition Prevention Law</a> (according to
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    You may, however, still be able to find the files <a href="" target="_blank">mirrored here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> (along with instructions <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>). And finally, you can find a DLDI version for the R4 <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. There is also a new 1.12+1 DLDI version by by <a href="" target="_blank">Normmatt</a>, and you can download it <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. I have deliberately avoided mirroring the DLDI version at the top of this FAQ and made this section more wordy and indirect than it needs to be so as not to attract too much..."unwanted attention" it. Bear in mind that the DLDI hacks have extremely limited functionality. It does NOT load ROMs. It's more like a less-buggy version of the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura beta loader</a>. In fact, you would probably be better off downloading <a href="" target="_blank">MoonShell 2 Beta 5</a>.

    <b>Q: Can M3 Sakura be hacked to work on the G6DS Real?</b><a name="24"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Again, refer to the question above. The answer, regrettably, is a big, resounding "<b><a href="" target="_blank">NO!!!</a></b>"

    <b>However</b>, it has been said that the M3/G6 team is working on an official Sakura loader for the G6 (confirmation?). So although the loader can't be hacked, the M3/G6 team can probably rebuild it to run under the specs of the G6DS Real. Even if this is true, no release date has been announced.

    <b>Q: Are the M3 Real and the M3 Sakura carts identical in terms of hardware?</b><a name="25"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Here are some images of a comparison between the M3 Real and original design of M3 Sakura (thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Phaethon</a>).
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    According to <a href="" target="_blank">March Rabbit</a>, the M3 Sakura cart has recently <a href="" target="_blank">been redesigned</a> so that the MicroSD card loads from the side instead of the top of the cart (thanks for the tip <a href="" target="_blank">nori2nori</a>).

    <b>Q: I want to make some of my own wallpapers for M3 Sakura. What dimensions I should use?</b><a name="26"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Each screen is 256 pixels wide x 192 pixels high, so for a wallpaper to fill both screens it would have to be twice the height (256x384 pixels). If you take the gap between the screens into account, it's an extra 96 pixels to the height (256x480). Wallpapers can be in any image format supported by Sakura (JPG, BMP, PNG, etc.). <a href="" target="_blank">(Source)</a>

    Here's <a href="" target="_blank">a tip</a> on using gradients, and <a href="" target="_blank">a warning</a> regarding using some custom wallpapers.

    <b>Q: How do I make skins?</b><a name="27"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> A complete answer for this question is far beyond the scope of this FAQ. To put it briefly, you would have to have at least some basic experience with image editing software. Using the <a href="" target="_blank">default skin source files</a> as a template, alter them any way you want, but keep the file names the same. Then use the skinning tool (packaged with the loader, or just download the M3 Sakura toolpack <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>) to compile all of the images into a skin file. <a href="" target="_blank">(Source 1)</a> <a href="" target="_blank">(Source 2)</a>

    To make <a href="" target="_blank">custom loading screens</a>, create an image with dimensions of 256 x 192 pixels, then save it as an 8-bit BMP. Name it mini_load.bmp, then copy it into the SYSTEM folder. More info on making skins and troubleshooting tips <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> (read all the posts following the first one in each link).

    <b>Q: How do I make DPG videos?</b><a name="28"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Several options are available for creating DPGs. You can use the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura Toolpack</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">BatchDPG</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">SUPER</a>. Check the <a href="#other">Other Downloads</a> section at the top of this FAQ for more details on each. For a completely online solution that requires no software installation, try <a href="" target="_blank">KeepVid</a> (for downloading videos from sites like YouTube) and <a href="" target="_blank">Media Convert</a> (to convert videos into DPG). Try <a href="" target="_blank">these settings</a> when encoding. <a href="" target="_blank">Alternative settings</a> have been posted in that same thread. Here are some <a href="" target="_blank">settings for BatchDPG</a> you can try.

    <b>Q: How do I use the "Real-Time Save" feature in Sakura?</b><a name="29"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Real-time save with GBA ROMs is done in <a href="" target="_blank">almost exactly the same way</a> as it's done on the M3 Real's <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> (original) loader.<ol type='1'><li>Slide a GBA ROM to the left to access its config menu. </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Real-Time Save] icon and select "Enable." Save and reboot the DS. </li><li>Load the GBA ROM, and during gameplay, press L+R+A+B to access the Real-Time Save menu.</li></ol>NOTE: Real-time save is currently not available for NDS ROMs on M3 Sakura. It is, however, available on TouchPod and iTouchDS. Use <a href="" target="_blank">iSakuReal</a> for NDS ROMs in which you would need real-time save.

    <b>Q: What is the "Auto-Boot" feature?</b><a name="30"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> This feature allows you to automatically boot any .nds file at startup. First, rename an .nds file (homebrew or ROM) to "defaultz.nds," where "z" is one of three letters: x, y (representing the X and Y buttons), or n (read on below for more on "n"). Next, place the renamed .nds file in the root of your MicroSD card. Then turn on your DS while holding the X or Y button down. So if you wanted to auto-boot SnemulDS, you would place SnemulDS.nds in the root directory, rename it "defaultx.nds," and hold down the X button when you turn on the DS. If you rename it to "defaulty.nds," then you'd hold down the Y button upon power-up. This feature does not work for the A or B buttons.

    Finally, if you rename a file to "defaultn.nds" and copy it to the root, it will auto-boot without pressing any buttons. Since most homebrew don't have an option to exit back to the main GUI, the only way to disable this once you've enabled it is by removing the "defaultn.nds" file from the root of your card or renaming it (or simply by changing the "n" into an "x" or a "y").

    Two auto-boot sample files (defaultx.nds and defaulty.nds) have been included in the official Japanese release of M3 Sakura. Accessing them gives the following message, the contents of which I have already explained in full detail above:
    Auto-Boot Sample File
    Apparently the auto-boot feature does not work for .GBA files.

    <b>Q: What is the "Save File Restore" feature?</b><a name="31"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> M3 Sakura keeps a log of the last 5 times you saved for every game, even if a game normally only allows you to have one save file. <ol type='1'><li>From M3 Sakura's main GUI, press SELECT. This takes you to the File Launcher. </li><li>While in the Application Software tab (the recently used applications tab), select the ROM for which you want to restore an old save (do not tap the ROM, just highlight it by pressing Up/Down). </li><li>Press START to enter the Save File Restore menu.</li></ol>Using this feature, you can return to any time that you saved in the game (up to the last 5 times), even though you wouldn't be able to access the saves normally through the game itself. Note that the most current save data (accessible in-game) will be lost if you restore an old save (submitted by <a href="" target="_blank">chaotic_geo</a>).

    <b>Q: Can I customize the File Launcher?</b><a name="32"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Yes. You can set M3 Sakura to always start from the File Launcher (by pressing START and going into GUI Settings), and it can also be accessed at any time by pressing SELECT and clicking on the Accessories tab. You can customize the File Launcher by adding .nds files (homebrew or ROMs) into the "SYSTEM\m3sakura\launch" folder. You may place up to 5 .nds files in this folder (if you add any more, they just won't show up in the File Launcher). You can delete the contents of the "SYSTEM\m3sakura\launch" folder altogether, but the readme file says not to delete the launch folder itself.

    <b>Q: I can't save on some GBA ROMs. What's wrong?</b><a name="33"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> In the GBA ROM config menu, this option is available:

    <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Loading Mode]<ul><li>Fast Load (High-Speed Mode)</li><li>Patch Load (Low-Speed Mode)</li></ul><a href="" target="_blank">Try setting the loading mode to "Patch Load"</a>. These options are also available in TouchPod, but in TouchPod "Patch Load" is enabled by default for all GBA ROMs. In Sakura "Fast Load" is the default setting. This is why Sakura seems to load GBA ROMs faster than TouchPod does, but has seemingly less reliability in saving. "Patch Load" takes longer to load a GBA ROM, but it's better for saving data. Use "Fast Load" for GBA ROMs that don't require saving (such as platformers or fighting games).

    After saving in-game, turn off the DS and then turn it right back on so that the DS has a chance to <a href="" target="_blank">transfer the save data from the Slot-2 RAM to the .sav file on the MicroSD card</a>. If you fail to do this, you might lose all of your progress. Some GBA ROMs will save fine without this procedure, but others seem to require that you do it. After saving and rebooting Sakura, you can turn the DS off and your GBA .sav file should be safe.

    Also, don't try to load a GBA ROM without the GBA Expansion Pack inserted in Slot-2. Trying to load a GBA ROM with the Rumble Pack, Rumble RAM Pack, or nothing inserted in Slot-2 can corrupt your GBA .sav file.

    <b>Q: How do I enable NDS-GBA Linkage in M3 Sakura?</b><a name="34"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Since 1.12+1, NDS-GBA linkage has been integrated into M3 Sakura. You need a Slot-2 memory expansion pack (such as the <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Expansion Pack</a> or the <a href="" target="_blank">EZFlash V 3-in-1</a>) in order to take advantage of this feature. If you have the GBA Expansion Pack, follow the steps below: <ol type='1'><li>Slide the NDS ROM to the left (or highlight the ROM and press Y) to access the NDS config menu. </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [GBA Load] icon, then browse to the folder containing the GBA ROM you want to load onto your Slot-2 memory expansion pack. </li><li>Highlight the GBA ROM and press A. You will see "SELECT FILE: \ROMpath\ROMname.gba" on the top screen. Press A again to return to the NDS ROM config menu. </li><li>Tap the <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" /> [Save] icon, and the NDS ROM will automatically load with the GBA ROM you designated loaded onto the Slot-2 memory. The NDS-GBA link will be established.</li></ol>If you have the EZFlash V 3-in-1, download <a href="" target="_blank">GBA Exploader</a> and follow <a href="" target="_blank">these directions</a>.

    <b>Q: Does M3 Sakura support the Rumble/Rumble RAM packs?</b><a name="35"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> I don't know what to say about this works for some and not for others (start reading <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>). Page 06 of the <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura User Guide</a> says that it supports the Rumble RAM Pack and the GBA Expansion Pack, but makes no mention of the Rumble Pack.

    <b>Q: What are the .cht, .opt and .is0 files that appear in my ROM folder?</b><a name="36"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> The .cht file contains the cheat settings (which cheats are enabled) for a given ROM. The .opt file contains your saved config settings (slow-motion, cheat switch, etc.) for the ROM. And lastly, .is0 files hold settings for real-time save. Deleting .cht, .opt and .is0 files will not affect your save file (.sav) in any way; it will simply restore the ROM's config settings to default, and they are automatically regenerated whenever you enable cheats or change config settings for a ROM.

    <b>Q: How do I convert my old M3 Real saves to be compatible with M3 Sakura?</b><a name="37"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> If you were keeping up with the M3 Real <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> loader updates leading up to the release of M3 Sakura, this shouldn't be an issue. The later M3 Real TouchPod versions (v3.4 and up) started using the .sav format, which is the same format M3 Sakura uses. Older TouchPod loaders (v3.3 and older) used the .0 save format. If you're making the switch from an older M3 Real <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> loader to M3 Sakura, all you need to do is manually rename all of your "ROM_title.0" saves to "ROM_title.sav". There is no need for save converters, but you can also use <a href="" target="_blank">Shuny's</a> <a href="" target="_blank">online save converter</a>. If that doesn't work, another method (that takes much longer, but is guaranteed to work) is to use <a href="" target="_blank">iSakuReal</a>, which includes the latest M3 Real <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> loader. Load <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> by holding X while booting, load each ROM and save. This will create a .sav file that contains save data identical to the .0 file, but it will be compatible in M3 Sakura as well.

    <b>Q: What are the cons of using M3 Sakura?</b><a name="38"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> So far there's a <a href="" target="_blank">sizable list</a>. Bear in mind that some of the cons in this list may no longer apply after the next update and/or official English release. The grievances are as follows (includes some random ones not mentioned in <a href="" target="_blank">this thread</a>, but elsewhere): <ul><li>Exiting the GBA ROM config menu requires a reboot of the DS</li><li>Poor <a href="" target="_blank">homebrew compatibility</a> (also refuses to load homebrew over 2MB)</li><li>No real-time save for NDS ROMs (though RTS is now available in <a href="" target="_blank">version 4.0</a> of the M3 Real original <a href="" target="_blank">TouchPod</a> firmware, and there is speculation that all M3 Real TouchPod features will be eventually be integrated into Sakura. (<a href="" target="_blank">Source 1</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Source 2</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Source 3</a>)</li><li>Not compatible with the G6 Real</li><li>Some GBA ROMs need to be patch-loaded in order to save properly (loading/saving take longer)</li><li>The movie player <a href="" target="_blank">cuts the last 3 seconds off videos</a>, but there's <a href="" target="_blank">conflicting information</a> about BatchDPG</li><li>Some AR cheats <a href="" target="_blank">are not supported</a></li><li>Doesn't read ROM header info</li></ul><b>Q: What has changed with 1.12+1 of the loader?</b><a name="39"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Version 1.11X of the M3 Sakura loader was released on May 30th, 2008. About 4-1/2 months later, version 1.12+1 was silently released on October 13th, 2008 without so much as an announcement. Neither <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Sakura</a> nor <a href="" target="_blank">M3 Flash</a> have released a change log, so here is an <i>unofficial</i> list of the known changes so far: <ul><li><b>Soft-reset function has been implemented in 1.12+1.</b>
    <blockquote>・ With 1.12+1, it is now possible to exit from an NDS ROM to the Sakura GUI without turning off the DS.
    ・ With 1.11X, this was not possible. In order to exit a game and go back to the Sakura GUI, one had to turn off the DS and turn it back on. </blockquote></li><li><b>Now possible to exit NDS config menu without powering off. </b>
    <blockquote>・ With 1.11X, after entering an NDS ROM's config menu, it was necessary to turn off the DS, whether you saved or cancelled your settings.
    ・ With 1.12+1, this is no longer necessary. Saving your settings automatically loads the ROM, and cancelling brings you back to the Sakura loader's main GUI.
    ・ This only works with NDS ROMs. <b>GBA ROMs still require a reboot</b> of the DS after entering the config menu. </blockquote></li><li><b>Long cheat descriptions fully display in 1.12+1. </b>
    <blockquote>・ With 1.11X, when selecting cheats in the NDS config menu, some cheats had long descriptions that got cut off at the end of the screen.
    ・ With 1.12+1, if you highlight a cheat with a long description that gets cut off on the bottom screen, the full description will be displayed on the top screen. </blockquote></li><li><b>NDS-GBA linkage has been fully-integrated into 1.12+1. </b>
    <blockquote>・ With 1.11X, the only way to establish an NDS-GBA link was to use <a href="" target="_blank">Rudolph's</a> <a href="" target="_blank">GBA ExpLoader</a>. The steps were relatively complicated.
    ・ With 1.12+1, NDS-GBA linkage is now an option in the NDS config menu, and establishing the NDS-GBA link is extremely simple.
    ・ Currently there is no known way to de-select a GBA ROM within the firmware once it's been selected for NDS-GBA linkage. In other words, once you link an NDS ROM to a GBA ROM in Sakura, you can't turn off the link between those two ROMs from within Sakura. The only way to do it would be to insert your MicroSD card into your PC and delete any config files (.is0, .cht, .opt, etc.) connected to the ROMs.</blockquote></li><li><b>Incompatibility issues with some ROMs (Japanese only?) have been addressed. </b>
    <blockquote>・ For example, <i>Dragon Quest V</i> had apparently employed a form of "copy protection" in which if you played the ROM, <a href="" target="_blank">the ship in the beginning scene never reached the dock</a> (Japanese), so the plot would never advance beyond that point. <a href="" target="_blank">This problem seems to have been fixed</a> (Japanese) with 1.12+1.</blockquote></li><li><b>Homebrew compatibility somewhat improved, but still unacceptable. </b>
    <blockquote>・ M3 Sakura currently does not support several homebrew titles.
    ・ Still refuses to load any homebrew over 2MB in size.
    ・ Some homebrew that used to work in Sakura 1.11X no longer work in 1.12+1. <a href="" target="_blank">lmp-ng</a> is an example of one such homebrew title, but <a href="" target="_blank">xumasso</a> has <a href="" target="_blank">figured out a way</a> to get it to work again in 1.12+1.
    ・ The issue with some custom wallpapers breaking DLDI patching <a href="" target="_blank">seems to have been fixed</a>.</blockquote></li><li><b>Real-Time Save for NDS ROMs still not available. </b>
    <blockquote>・ Not exactly a "change" per se, but worth mentioning. Currently there is no official word on whether real-time save for NDS ROMs will be implemented in a future Sakura release. Neither <a href="" target="_blank">g6team</a> nor <a href="" target="_blank">ahtin</a>, both of whom work closely with the M3 team, can answer this question. ahtin has mentioned that they are working to add all of the features of M3 Real's original loader (which includes RTS for NDS ROMs) into M3 Sakura.</blockquote><b>Q: I just got a new M3 Real with the M3 Sakura logo on it, but why won't the Sakura loader run on it?</b><a name="40"></a> <a href="#contents">(Top)</a>
    <b>A:</b> Check to make sure you don't have a fake M3 Real. A clone has popped up pretending to be M3 Real/Sakura (possibly a <a href="" target="_blank">DSTT</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">R4</a> clone). The real card looks like <a href="" target="_blank">this</a>. Notice that the real card says <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. The fake cards will have a different URL printed at the bottom of the label, such as <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or <a href="" target="_blank"></a> (these are NOT official M3 Adapter sites, stay away from them because they're evil). M3 Adapter's official website has <a href="" target="_blank">a warning</a> regarding the new clones. Unfortunately some have already fallen victim to this scam. Read <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and make sure it doesn't happen to you.</li></ul><div align="center"><!--sizeo:1--><span style="font-size:8pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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  20. nagareboshi

    nagareboshi GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    Gambia, The
    thanks for the little faq.
    still one question: what do mac users do who can't open an .msi file?
    is there any way to download the SYSTEM folder somewhere?