Why did you buy the first flash cart you bought?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Sicklyboy, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

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    Jul 15, 2009
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    I have, sitting on my desk:

    an iTouchDS, my first flashcart.
    an R4 (1:1 clone) that I got for free from ZhuZhuChina.
    a DSTWO (actually have two, bought one, won one from tempmas)
    and an R4 SDHC Dual Core 2013 White edition (r4isdhc.com) that I got from eachgame on sale just for shits n giggles.

    The DSTWO is obviously my primary card, but looking back at my other ones, why did I end up buying that iTouchDS? Why did I choose that over the myriad other cards out there, like a cheap R4 clone, the DS ONE, or anything else like that? I know money played a factor in it, but it's not like the iTouchDS was "cheap", I think it was $20 when I got mine.

    I heard about it somewhere. Probably here. But I can only look back and wonder why I didn't research more and get a better card.

    It DID last me quite a while, but updates were always slow for it, and the M3 team ultimately died in the end, leaving it useless (already had my DSTWO though by that point). But the iTouchDS SUCKED. Terrible kernel and interface.

    What about you guys?
  2. TackyPie

    TackyPie GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 4, 2012
    United States
    So I wouldn't have to carry all my games in my pocket when I went by my friends.
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  3. ShadowFyre

    ShadowFyre GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 29, 2010
    United States
    San Diego
    To be that cool kid at school with the blackmagic technology. Unfortunately, I was still lame as fuck.
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  4. porkiewpyne

    porkiewpyne Report-er

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    Jun 8, 2008
    1st cart: EDGE - I didn't know ANYTHING about flashcarts back then. And this was the popular one (well, the stores selling em didn't carry others since the R4 was out of date). Wasn't too active on GBATemp either. And I did ZERO research. Though it was fun while it lasted. Was a pretty solid basic cart.

    2nd cart: Acekard 2i - My EDGE was not working as well as it used to. So having experience and way more knowledge, I went with AK2i since it was still pretty good then. And it was cheap. And I didn't care for firmware updates as it was for my DSlite. And then I snagged a DSiXL for a bargain. Though I don't use the eShop and do not update my DSiXL, AK's lack of updates was a tad disappointing. But meh.

    3rd cart: SC DSTwo (GBATemp ver) - Totally unplanned. When TwinRetro organised that competition, that jackass in me suddenly wanted one. Of course I didn't win one but I saw one Temper selling hers so I went for it. Sure, it works the same as a regular one but you gotta admit, it feels pretty awesome to have a limited edition. Scumbag brain is killing my wallet with its cravings for premium stuff :\

    So yea. That's pretty much it. I don't plan to get any more any time soon.
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  5. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

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    I'm in the process of buying microSDs for and prepping all of my cards with their latest kernels.

    "Buying" meaning I just bought a likely counterfeit 2GB microSD off of ebay for $2.75 for my R4 that I plan to use infrequently. I just gotta get my iTouchDS set up now, and maybe my other DSTWO as well, then my EZ Flash IV.
  6. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Melodramatic fool

    Sep 13, 2009
    My first flashcard I bought was a Game n Music, if that counts, I bought it from Wal Mart because it looked interesting.
    After I found out there were flashcards that could actually play ROMs, I bought the M3 Real from some German site...it's long gone now.
    After that I won a Supercard DSOnei here on the Temp and started my Flashcard collection.
    My boyfriend bought me the DSTwo and Acekard 2i for my birthday and my brother bought an R4 all from Shoptemp back when it sold flashcards.
    Then I bought an R4i Gold when my Acekard 2i started acting up.
    And last my DSTT I got as a gift from DinohScene.
  7. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

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    Our resident M3 king never had an iTouchDS? :O I could have sworn you did at one point.
  8. jonthedit

    jonthedit GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    May 30, 2011
    I bought an EZVi awhile back. I knew the cart was dying but the hardware and software features seemed nice.
    Plus the kernal was fairly easy to alter even without a source.
    Despite the crappy RTsave, I'd say it was neat with its integrated features and moonshell2 support.
    I'll never forget watching The Walking Dead S1-S3 on my DSi. It was amazing. (Though the show sucked ass, I used it to consume airplane/trip time)
  9. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

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    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    i got my first flash kit after reading about how you could play NES games on a GBA.

    after that i was addicted to homebrew, and that's been the reason for every kit i got after that.

    -another world
  10. yuyuyup

    yuyuyup GBAtemp Psycho!

    Apr 30, 2006
    United States
    USA MTN timezone
    Bung 4meg and 16meg GBC carts from lik-sang R.I.P. Cause pirating GBC is worth the trip to hell
  11. TheRedfox

    TheRedfox Admire our great leader ;o;

    May 17, 2012
    Korea, North
    My first flashcard was a M3DS Real, for playing my "legit backups" :rolleyes:
    Oh god i loved that thing; at some point it was even better than the ak2i i have now!
    Loved when they gave us the sakura software with RTS and some other stuff(what my acekard doesn't have), it was just sad when the M3 team disappeared :(
    I should buy a SCDS2 now :/
  12. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

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    DSTWO master race. Jooooiiiiiin Ussssssss

    Worth the $35-40 by far if you have the $35-40 to spend.
  13. The Real Jdbye

    The Real Jdbye Always Remember 30/07/08

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    Mar 17, 2010
    My first DS flashcart was a SuperCard DS One. I got it because I'd heard good things about SC and the R4 was still rather new at the time.
    Over time though it turned out to not be that good, so I got an R4 and was happy with that for a very long time.
    When the CycloDS became the #1 flashcart I got one of those for all the extra features it had, and loved it.
    However, when I got a 3DS I had to get a new flashcart, I got a CycloDS iEvo thinking it would work, not realizing TC was already dead, but I used my brother's DSi to switch it into DSi mode so it would work on the 3DS. Shortly after that I got an ak2i.
    Now I have a DSTWO which I got not too long ago, and it's great. Even better than the CycloDS was during its glory days.

    As far as GBA flashcarts go, I started out with an ExtremeFlashAdvance II as I wanted a flush fitting cart, which the memory card based carts at the time weren't. Used that for a long time, it worked well but had limited storage space and ROMs had to be flashed to NOR to play which took a long time.
    A while after that, not long before I upgraded my DS Phat to a Lite, I got an EZIV, which was better but lacked RTS.
    When I got a DS lite (upgraded from the Phat) I didn't want to use the GBA sized carts anymore so I got a 3-in-1 after a while and used that until I got a 3DS.
  14. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    I got the AK2i because Wikipedia's info on flash carts indicated it was a recent model and passed firmware 1.4. Then when getting it to find it wasn't updated, I googled for info, and found GBATemp. Then I got an R4i Gold as part of the review, and then a (GBATemp) DSTwo for the extra features.
  15. Riyaz

    Riyaz Black Ace/Red Joker

    Jun 21, 2011
    1st was m3i zero
    2 was r4i gold clone
    3rd was acekard2i
  16. rdurbin

    rdurbin GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 13, 2006
    United States
    my first card was a flash2advance card 128mbit (16 MB) for gameboy advance. I just it in 2002 i think, That thing can hold about 2-4 games or 1 larger one and I remember it took like 3-5 minutes to copy some games, didn't use microsd, or the simple drag n drop technology that we have now. I originally got it so I can hold many games on one cartridge (little did I know it could only hold a few). I remember this damn thing costing me like $200. The cool thing about that cart is it was one of the few carts to support Pokemon games when used with GameCube for the Pokemon coliseum games, as they more closely emulated the real game carts, rather than what we have now, with the rom menus and stuff
  17. EvilMakiPR

    EvilMakiPR GBAtemp Addict

    Apr 9, 2013

    My first FlashCart. My mom bought it from Walmart back in the days of the NDS. She bought it because it was for Music and Movies(As advertised and explained by the electronic guy) in the NDS and she thought it was cool.
    But none knew the secret of it not even I knew. I found the real use of it when I was searching if it has a software update or something and looking how to put videos on it, on the internet and also found GBATemp. Lol Walmart selling FlashCarts.
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  18. ollepoll

    ollepoll GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Gambia, The
    Mine was an M3, my brother wanted me to get a flashcard cause they were cool^^
    then an SCDSOneI because I wanted to play on my DSI and Real Time Cheat sounded awesome.
    Then the SCDS2 Because it is awesome.

    But I sold all my elder cards to friends
  19. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Assuming some of the more exotic things I might have had for the amiga, C64 and whatnot do not count (though some of that only needed a dual tape deck) then I think we are back on the PS1 with modchips.

    After that I vanished for a few years save for the occasional bit of emulation and came back on the GBA where I got a nice 256Mbit EZ2 as it seemed like the logical progression from emulation and at the time it represented the best price-performance for my budget (some $140 US).
    After this I have usually been given carts to review or grabbed them when they get old but still good enough for my purposes.

    As a result of this complaining about prices for modding equipment that is south of $200 has never really seemed that useful an idea and I actively avoid buying cheap and nasty modding equipment. As a result I have had a wonderful time with all modding stuff I have had.
  20. Clydefrosch

    Clydefrosch GBAtemp Psycho!

    Jan 2, 2009
    was a ds linker with 2 gb internal storage. because they sold it on amazon and thats pretty much all i was allowed to order from.

    worked quite well even though it wasnt updated anymore when i got it, appart from a handful of titles, you could get almost every game running on it. haven't been using it a lot after i won a better flashcard a year ago

    oh, i remember getting a really bad one for gba before that... only had 64mb (basically could only hold 2 games at a time either way) and could only be written to with some slow software.
    cost almost 150DM... and stopped working after a year, contact issue i guess
    still wish it was working though, never got another gba flashcard :/
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