WIA Vs Rom

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by XP_version1, Feb 12, 2015.

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WIA vs Roms

  1. WIA

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  2. ROM

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  1. XP_version1
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    Just out of interest, what's your preference? Feel free to explain your reasoning or not.
     
  2. ShawnTRods

    ShawnTRods GBAtemp Psycho!

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    whats a WIA?
     
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  3. Jayro

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    I think OP means .CIA, but to make the same typo twice suggests they don't know what they're talking about.
     
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  4. DjoeN

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    Somewhere in this potatoland!
    WIA? or do you mean CIA?
     
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  5. XP_version1
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    ...what an utter tool I am.
     
  6. Ericss

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    3ds is portable (if you have multiple 3DS, you can use the same mSD containing your ROMs in all of them), doesn't need installation, and the install of each cia requires you to have space of at least twice its size (one for the cia and other for the install). The same applies to 3ds saves: they're easy to manage portable files and don't have to be exported or installed with SDF.

    Also, I've heard that installing too many cias slows down the loading of the home menu. Can anyone confirm if this true?
     
  7. ShawnTRods

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    thats why I asked. two typos didnt make sense lol
     
  8. kheldar

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    Can't you remove the installation file after installing? I heard you can do that.
     
  9. Ericss

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    Yes you can. But it's not recommended if you access the eShop often, as that should uninstall your cias; leaving them in the SD makes it easy to quickly reinstall them. And even if you don't use the eShop, it could be a problem if you don't have enough room in your SD for twice the size of the game you're trying to install. A 4 GB game like Bravely Default will initially require 8 GB.
     
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  10. Xzi

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    I voted .WIA just to be an ass.

    EDIT: And that's how my 1000th post went down.
     
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  11. Oswarlan

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    This is untrue. I access the eshop frequently and my CIAs are not deleted.
     
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  12. Ericss

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    Are you talking about games installed from cias or homebrew?
     
  13. KidIce

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    Wait!! Does this mean we can install WiiWare now?!? I'm not really helping, am I?

    On a more serious note... CIA's allow you to play w/ the GW ejected to save battery life. They seem to be safer right now to avoid bans. They allow you to split the payload of games you want to carry around between the two SD's (the one in the GW and the one in the 3DS proper).

    That being said, I mostly only use .3DS/.3DZ files as there is less dicking around to be done and I own two 3DS's but only one GW cart. I prefer to be able to just swap the GW from one to the other taking its games w/ it than having to install duplicate CIA's on both.
     
  14. thorasgar

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    DLC is what eshop deletes.
     
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  15. Oswarlan

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    I have both my retail carts and homebrew installed as cias.
     
  16. Ericss

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    Oh, that explains it. I knew I had the NSMB2 DLC deleted by the eShop. My mistake.
     
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  17. nastys

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    I prefer CIA for Card2 games and either CIA or 3DS (depending on the space available on my SDs) for Card1 games.
    That's because you cannot trim Card2 games but their CIA version is already trimmed.
     
  18. Oswarlan

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    Also untrue. :)
    See here.
     
  19. nastys

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    But does it still save to the ROM or as a .sav like any card1 game?
     
  20. Oswarlan

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    It doesn't change how the rom saves, it just makes the overall file size smaller. Works just the same.