if that's overpriced then you need to find a better job or source of income....$15 USD(13.5 EUR) ships free,
note that sky3ds and stargate only plays 3ds roms (they do not run 3ds mode homebrew, stargate only runs nds mode homebrew ) they emulate a 3DS card to the T , they aren't region free (rom image must match console region), gateway is a cfw, and works in conjunction with the red card , since its cfw you have region free support, in game cheats/hex editor, a menu to select roms from, and supports homebrew (in .3ds)
imho and from my experience, just have a luma sysnand for management and online play, have a patched 11.10 emunand for gateway mode for those who still want to use it, i'd rather use my gateway for roms, and luma + cia for homebrew
Re: Why flash cart and not just stick with custom firmware?
From where I sit it allows more or less drag and drop in region games, and the ability to chuck such a cart at a friend if they need one and not have to have a custom firmware set up, similarly depending upon cart size they allow you to have more storage immediately to hand. Chain it with a few custom firmware tweaks and you have save fiddling, region free and cheats which is all most people care about.
If "just for fun" is not enough then that is a few solid reasons.
Granted 3ds has no games so I would question the need for one at all but that is probably a different matter.
Portability of savegames over multiple systems is the only reason a flashcard is handy. Like you're playing on your n3ds and the battery is very low. You can pop the card in your old 3ds with good battery life and take a long session in the toilet...
That's understandable referring to sky3ds or stargate imho, gateway is at least is a cfw (though they killed their own market) and some features are shared with luma (both allow piracy, both allow homebrew, cheats, region bypass),
it's a matter of preference, and whether one actually needs cfw or may just be satisfied with a flashcard's simplicity
Either way you'll still need cfw (b9s+luma) to have region free on sky3ds or stargate, and to load gateway on 11.3+, and to run Homebrew
People like having options, especially if there's a variety
Sky3DS+ and Stargate both mimic retail cartridges. They pretend to be the cartridge of the currently loaded ROM. This is why they are accepted by a 2|3DS console without CFW – but only if the signature is valid which means ROM unmodified and from the same region. Homebrew apps obviously do not have a Nintendo signature which means the console will refuse to load them. Even the official Sky3DS site states: “No homebrew at the moment” where at the moment most likely means forever.
However… as the expensive 3DS flashcarts successfully mimic cartridge games, this is also true for exploitable games. Think of Cubic Ninja. Loading the Homebrew Launcher with Ninjahax should work just like on a legit Cubic Ninja copy. Could also be true for oot3dhax. This way Sky3DS+ could indirectly load homebrew.
I am a collector of flashcarts and I've been waiting for Gateway, Stargate, etc. to all drop in price to add to my collection. There's an experience one can get through flashcarts that they can't get through a CFW and that's something that actually made me interested in them when they were still worth investing in. I don't own any 3DS flashcartat the moment, but that is a factor worth considering.
I know it's shocking to see me "defending" flashcarts but I've never actually hated them, I just hated the teams behind them.