What made the R4 the most popular flashcart?

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  1. Link5084
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    When you hear the words "DS Flashcart", you immediately think "R4". How did it become so mainstream and pretty much the only flashcart that is really popular?
     


  2. HeatMan Advance

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    Easy to use, cheap and a simple name to remember.

    It was the most accessible cart to complete novices. All they had to do was transfer a file to it and nothing else. It used one slot blah, blah, blah....

    It just played games with no complications. Simple. That was all.
     
  3. roguetrip

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    It was one of the first good Slot 1 flashcarts that used micro sd, you didn't have to have a slot 2 solution with a slot1 passme card. It was easy to use as well at very good compatibility with backup ROMs. At that time when it was new no one had working download play or multi-cart play, the R4 was one of the first to add support. Cost was another factor, I bought mine not long after it was out for around $25, very cheap compared to others which went from $50 to over 100!.
     
  4. Toni Plutonij

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    It was "revolutionary", first of it's kind.....Cheap in comparison with the slot 2 carts + passcard....And overall, easy to use..
     
  5. ackers

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    It was the best at the time and because of that, became mainstream.
     
  6. paul1991

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    Noobs. And lots of them.
     
  7. LuOmeoga

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    It was cheap and easy.
     
  8. Tri3dgE

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    See long before, in ancient past...A hero came out in a flash, flashing your DS through games and brew, it slowly gained fame and became renewed...

    Awwww!!!Enough with the Shakespear stuff and I'll say it!

    Because the R4 "was" the only available flash cart at that time
     
  9. Dark^'^Knigh

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    Reminds me of a girl I once knew...but, I wouldn't poke her with your's now! Not too unsimilar to how the R4 performs these days. [​IMG]
     
  10. gratefulbuddy

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    ?DSX?
     
  11. yuyuyup

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    I could of sworn M3 Simply came out way before R4 ? ? ? Am I incorrect ? ? ? ?
     
  12. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

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    You are. The M3 Simply came out when there were already about 4 R4 updates.
     
  13. Tri3dgE

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    That is why I hyphenated the word "was", meaning that in some countries such as in mine, only the R4 is available at that time. Still sucks though since the choice here is either R4 or EDGE [​IMG]
     
  14. EmperorOfCanada

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    Nothing wrong with the EDGE [​IMG]
     
  15. da_head

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    but yeah, like everyone said. cheap, easy to use, revolutionary when it came out. simple as that.
     
  16. Tri3dgE

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    Yup nothing is wrong with the EDGE cart...but I want a Cyclo DS or iTouchDs [​IMG] (or whatever that cart was called XD)
     
  17. Veho

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    Wasn't it the first Slot1 card that sits flush, uses MicroSD cards and costs less than $[over 9000!] ?
     
  18. weiff

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    I know I bought mine because it was the first (and still one of the only) builds that does not have a exposed chip under the label... but yeah, inexpensive, easy to use, (once was) well updated.

    SO you get the basic idea...
     
  19. gratefulbuddy

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    DX does not ship to "your country"?

    Sidenote: You quoted "was". Which is still wrong, the only applicable punctuation would have been italicized, which denotes an emphasis. hyphenated = DS-Extreme or self-taught

    Anyways, it seems availability played a factor in the success of the R4.
     
  20. ENDscape

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    DL play was a big thing to the R4 back then.