Which kit is the best?

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  1. mrbeer
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    Hello there,

    I have been reading all kinds of reviews and found out that I want some kit like the R4DS/EZ-Flash V or any other kit that fits my requirements:

    -Good DS compatibility
    -Good GBA compatibility
    -Not interested in homebrew
    -Movie/music/other console compatibility optional
    -Decent
    -Well priced

    Could you share your thoughts and experiences with what kit to go for and why?

    Thanks in advance,

    mrbeer
     
  2. Monkey01

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    R4DS and any other Slot1 cartridges don't have GBA compatibility at all.
    There however is an expansion slot2 cart for EZ-V that can be used to play GBA games on it (NDS Lite only!), you then transfer the GBA rom from your MicroSD in EZ-V to the slot2 expansion, however this is quite slow, so if you want to switch the GBA game you want to play a lot, this is not an ideal solution.
    So for good compatibility with GBA roms you need a Slot2 cart, the best carts for GBA compatibility are EZ-Flash IV and M3 Perfect. M3 costs a lot more, but supports pokémon gba rom real time clock. If you don't care about those 3 roms, then EZ Flash IV is probably the better choice.
    To play NDS stuff from a slot2 cart, you need a passcard though (or a slot1 device).

    So if you have a DS Lite and just play one GBA game for a while untill you want to check out another one, the EZ-Flash V bundle is fine for you.
    If you have a DS Phat or want to keep switching the GBA game you want to play without waiting to long, you should get a EZ-Flash IV with an EZ-Pass (or a slot1 cart).
     
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    The expansion you are talking about is the 3-in-1 expansion pack with rumble, ram and so on? I was thinking of that one as well. But one thing you stated gave me a doubt. Is the expansion only being supported by the NDS Lite? I have a regular NDS so that would be quite a disappointment.

    The EZ-Flash V bundle sounds best so far.
     
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    So yeah, it unfortunately is DS Lite only. [​IMG]
     
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    Damn, the EZ-Flash V really looks nice. But I don't want to spend more than 100$ so buying a new NDS Lite and the EZ-Flash V is not an option. Therefor I must reconsider the necessity of GBA compatibility.

    Is the EZ-Flash IV a decent alternative for the EZ-Flash V? If so what do I miss when 'downgrading' the option? And isn't there a possibility for combining two different kits so I have GBA and DS games support cheaply?

    Thanks again for your fast replies.

    Regards,
     
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    If you don't need the Opera browser, I would recommend the EZFlash4 with a Passcard. $60 including shipping. 100% GBA and DS support, no lagging in games.
     
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    Mk4 key is out of stock , we will send superkey or passcard3 instead.

    .. Do they actually work with EZ4? I've heard that the newer versions won't cause of the new boot logo...
    Also nice bundle,
    Passcard3+EZ4 Bundle: AUD$66
    Passcard3: AUD$21
    EZ4: AUD$39
    Together: AUD$60
    So the bundle actually costs more then the seperated stuff. [​IMG]
     
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    Okay thanks for your recommendations again. I think I will alter my requirements a little bit. The GBA compatibility isn't that necessary: there aren't many options for me to have both good NDS and GBA support. Thus I'm considering the R4DS/M3 simply in cooperation with a Kingston micro SD 1 GB made in Japan.

    Anyone against these options? Which one will have better support in the near future, R4DS/M3 simply? Is it most likely that there will be GBA support after all? There isn't much difference between the two, but are both durable?

    Next to that I'm sure I want to buy that micro SD, whether I need it for my future kit or I don't. Where can I get the best deal? - It has to be shipped to the Netherlands - I have seen the combi-pack at dealextreme.com: only $43 for R4DS and the Kingston 1GB micro SD, including shipment. It's a nice deal, but I dislike their only payment option PayPal.

    Regards,
     
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    Hmmwell, R4 is one update ahead of M3 Simply at the moment, and it most of the time is just a little bit cheaper, so from those 2 choose R4.
    The Kingston MicroSD's are a problem though. There are Japanese and Taiwanese Kingston MicroSD's and you randomly get either of them. The Taiwanese is pretty sucky, but with the exeption of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruins, R4 handles it pretty good, the Castlevania will however freeze a lot with it.
    You can also search for Toshiba or PNY MicroSD's which are the same as the Japanese ones and don't have a stupid Taiwanese piece of crap under the same name.

    Euw the dealextreme tells it's Japanese... well just get that one, great deal. [​IMG]

    About the paypal stuff: This is with almost all flashcart shops, so I think it's best to just make a paypal account and pay with that.
     
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    Okay I am about to order my R4DS, as soon as my money hits my Paypal account I will. Hopefully, it'll rock!
     
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    You actually don't need Paypal, click "Pay with paypal" and scroll to the bottom to see "or other credit cards"

    *no guarantee, but I saw that when I checked out
     
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    Thought that as well. But when you proceed it will ask you to make a PayPal account anyway.
     
  13. Veho

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    PayPal is safer than giving your credit card info around. Nothing wrong with PayPal.