What's the Difference Between (All) Yearly R4 Cards?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by HomebrewJay, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. HomebrewJay
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    It seems that every year a new R4 card comes out. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, etc. I just want to know the difference between all of them, and how they're used differently.
     
  2. Jayro

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    I don't really know besides maybe a firmware update. I've stuck with my two R4i Gold 3DS (RTS) carts for $17 each, and they serve me well.
     
  3. Mikemk

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    The difference is the expiration date.
     
  4. dpad_5678

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    They never REALLY brick themselves. All you have to do is change your system's date.
     
  5. HomebrewJay
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    They have expiration dates? Never knew that to be honest. What if a new firmware and/or kernel came out? :unsure:
     
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  6. proflayton123

    proflayton123 Sakura思い

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    They can be seen as time bombs in a sense
     
  7. nero99

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    only difference I have saw is the different colored pcb.
     
  8. Mikemk

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    It won't let you use it.

    Pick a card using the flowchart I made in the ds tutorial section
     
  9. Roboman

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    The card just looks at the system time and refuses to boot if it's past the "Expiration"date. I guess they want you to buy more flashcards.
     
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    Haha. In all seriousness the difference is probably very small kernel patches and a sticker.
     
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