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November 16, 2011  |  Posted by R43DS  |  Filed under flash cards, game backup

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R4 SDHC (Black Box)

The R4 SDHC card, designed by, is the next card released after R4 V2 and it takes on the same characteristics as the original R4 DS. However, it was designed to avoid the memory card limitation of the original one. The HC in SDHC actually means High Capacity. The card is now capable of taking in 32GB memory card which is more than enough storage capacity for any user. It is even hard to make full use of an 8GB memory card, how much more so for a 32GB card. This card can be used for all game consoles except for DSi and DSi XL.

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R43DS Admin Says:
December 27th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Q: Can R4 3DS play 3DS roms?

A: Updated: YES - Gateway 3DS is the first card that can finally play 3DS roms on the 3DS from a file stored on a microSD card. You can now download 3DS games from torrents or any rom site and after copying them to an SD card play them on the console with a Gateway3DS adapter!

The outdated answer for before 2013 was A: No - While they are compatible with Nintendo 3DS at this time the cards can be used to play DS / DSi ROMs, Homebrew games, DOS games like Doom and Qauke, PC Adventure games and older emulated video game console roms. Playing 3DS Games from a R4 card is something that we all look forward to and there has been some progress in decoding the game encryption this year. Expect some good news to come in 2013!

Q: Can R4 3DS play GBA games?
A: Yes on DS / DSi (with the help of a EZ-Flash 3-in-1 Expansion Pack) - NO on 3DS.
If you have a R43DS card and want to use it to play Gameboy Advance games you can do it on the older DS or DSi systems, but you will also need an Expansion Pack that plugs into the GBA slot of these handhelds. GBA on 3DS will come only when the console is fully unlocked and maybe after a custom firmware is released.

Q: Could I get banned from online games? Can R4 brick your 3DS
A: NO*. Nintendo did ban some users who cheated on Mariokart using Action Reply cheat devices, but so far there has been no information of banning from Nintendo Network because an R4 card was detected. New firmware updates try to lock out the use of flash cards and backup devices, but if you upgrade the cards firmware before updating the console you will have a card that works. And Nintendo can not remotely brick any devices you own. If after an update a rom card is detected all they do is display a warning that an Error has occurred (that is if you forgot to download and copy the latest firmware update on the R4card before updating 3DS). And that can be fixed by upgrading the R43DS on another console or an older DS.

Q: Can I buy R4 Gold 3DS on Amazon or eBay?
A: For a long time you could, but after Nintendo figured out who the biggest sellers of their hated R4 cards are (eBay and Amazon) they called upon their lawyers to force the both big online markets to ban the sale or these backup cards if they want to continue selling Nintendo products and so they complied.
Now the best place to get a flash card is to buy from R4Shop »

Q: What type of SD card do I need?
A: What you need is a microSD card. The bigger the better, so micro SDHC up to 32GB can be used, but to get the best performance and avoid any lag when loading the game a card with a speed rating of CLASS6 or better is highly suggested (You know the little circle with the number on the cards - look for (6) or (10)). CLASS2 and CLASS4 cards do work and are cheaper, but spending a couple of dollars will save you a lot of frustration. If even just copying games from PC to microSD card the Class 6 card will work x3 times faster, so instead of waiting say 10 minutes you could already be playing in 3! And the same with in game level loading. The brand of the SD card does not matter too much these days, and you can buy the cheapest from the big and fast ones, or just get a bundle deal where a tested working Memory Card is already included in the package with the cartridge.


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R4i Card (Red Box)

March 15, 2010  |  Posted by Owner  |  Filed under copy tools, DSi and 3DS compatible

R4i 3DS 16GB SanDisk
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regular microSD memory card
for storing the game rom files.
For optimal performance please
use the faster CLASS 6 or 10 cards

The R4i Gold SDHC card is considered as the best R4 3DS card on the market with its backward compatibility and top reliability. This can work with all consoles because it was designed to work with R4 DSi and the consoles manufactured before this. This card is manufactured by and is developed to be robust, reliable and simple to use. This is even more superior to TT cards and Acekards. There are many R4 3DS card imitators which released their cards to work with Nintendo DS, DSi, DS Lite and DSi XL.

It is best to buy and R4i 3DS card over any other R4 cards on the market due to its backward compatibility with all Nintendo DS consoles. This is a good recommendation to all the players who are still about to buy a new R4 card. Moreover, the R4i card can still be used even if you would like to upgrade your console to Nintendo 3DS, DSi or DSi XL. This can save you the money that you would have needed to buy another R4 card.

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R4i Gold 3DS Cards made available by R4iDS factory in China
R4i Gold 3DS is another flashcard for 3DS released by This is the upgraded version of the R4i Gold V1.4.1. It is also known as R4i 3DS card or Gold R4 3DS. It succeeded in the same level as the R4i Gold V1.4.1 but it makes use of new encryption and core. It is actually the best flashcard to work with Nintendo 3DS, DS and DSi. The flash card uses R4i kernel and Wood R4 3DS kernel. R4i Gold 3DS is at the same level of popularity as Red R4 3DS.

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R43DS Admin Says:
January 20th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

How R4 3DS cards Enhances Your Nintendo Experience?

Today the R4 3DS cards are used not just for the DS games but also for the Dsi games. Now, with the use of R4i Gold 3DS you can browse the internet and view pictures, watch movies and play music while the most important part about having a flash cartridge is using it to play Game backup copies!

The R4 3DS adapter also allows the user to read eBooks on 3DS. The R4DS card is in huge demand on the market. But still there are many people who still are not aware about the usage of R4iDS. Thus the retailers are selling the R4 through the internet and they also provide the customers with the after sale service.

The R4 ds cards have become famous for their stable and reliable performance when compared to other older Slot 2 GBA Linkers or new Slot 1 cards which are available in the market for Nintendo DS / DSi XL. This is one reason why it is the number one highest selling game copier adapters in the world.

There are many people who are not familiar with features of different R4 card models and hence they face a problem of picking which one to buy for their Nintendo 3DS. Such customers can always seek help from our forum of experienced flash card users. This forum can help you to choose the right official R4 retail website.

The r43ds card is today the highest selling in the market. It is considered to be able to provide the best service when it comes to playing DS ROMs, running Homebrew Apps and listening to MP3 music. It can also be used for many other activities - with an unlocked N3DS you can sure say there is an App for it :)

From History of DS and DSi Flash Cards »


R43DS Admin Says:
January 12th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The very first production of a factory that rivaled the R4v2 was the R4 SDHC. This happened in around the months of April or May in the year 2008. During that time, cards like 4v2, the M3DS, as well as the DSTT were being produced in bulk, which were used for the portable consoles DS and the DS Lite. It was widely accepted by a lot of people. In response to the demand of the people, because they wanted a card that would accept their Micros SD-cards, and at the same time has a bigger capacity, the manufacturers then introduced R4 SDHC.

During that time, the menu system of DSTT, which is a system that provided a so-called list, instead of providing options for the user with regard to selecting games to play or even other kinds of multimedia was not highly demanded by the people. For them, the M3DS was already too costly, even if it may already be considered as a card suitable for its price.

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