For the past few days, I have been doing nothing but researching on what exactly it is I need to do to get my 3DS to play ROM backups. I have an original 3DS on 8.x firmware and I have a Sky3DS (for my fiances O3DSXL on 9.8) coming this week. Please correct me if I'm wrong but from what I've researched, this is what I've found out: I can install rxTools (The signature patched version) without having to have a Gateway card using the browser exploit but this wouldn't allow me to load an .CIAs as I need a .CIA installer. In order to install a .CIA installer, I need to have a Gateway card. I have also read that, with the .CIAs, you can't play any games that were created for higher firmware than 7.x, as they are encrypted, only the Gateway or Sky3DS can. Is all this true? I've been a bit overwhelmed with all the information available, especially since things seem to have sparked over the past few days and new stuff has been released.