R4 Ds Nintendo Ds Slot 1 Solution A Review And M3 Ds Simply Comparison

R4 Ds Nintendo Ds Slot 1 Solution A Review And M3 Ds Simply Comparison



R4 Ds Nintendo Ds Slot 1 Solution - a​ Review And M3 Ds Simply Comparison.
There are so many Slot 1 homebrew devices for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS lite that it's hard to​ know exactly which one you should buy .​
The current favorite, and I​ say this only based on the OUT OF STOCK notices on online stores pages, is​ the M3 DS .​
The M3 DS was not the first slot 1 solution, but it's sure become the favorite of​ the pack .​
More than likely because of​ the huge popularity of​ the original M3 Adapter / movie player for the Gameboy Advance console.
In my research however, I​ found the R4 DS .​
While this in​ and of​ itself is​ not very interesting, what is​ interesting is​ that both the M3 DS and the R4 DS Slot 1 solution are manufactured by the same people - or​ at​ the very least - the same factory .​
What this means for gamers and homebrew enthusiasts is​ that they can get their hands on the R4 DS and know that they're getting the exact same product they'd be getting if​ they bought the M3 DS Simply at​ another shop.
You see, the R4 DS and M3 DS Simply are EXACTLY the same .​
The only difference between the two units is​ the packaging and the logo that is​ displayed on the main screen when you boot up your Nintendo DS or​ DS Lite .​
Functionality, features, even firmware upgrades and updates are released at​ the same time, and it​ seems all of​ the features and functions in​ each update are identical to​ the other .​
Whether you get the M3 DS Simply, or​ the R4 DS Slot 1 Solution, you're going to​ essentially get exactly the same things - everything you need to​ load games, homebrew and applications is​ included in​ the box.
The R4 DS Slot 1 Solution Package
It's almost a​ dead giveaway here, except for the fact that the R4 DS comes in​ it's own R4 DS Box .​
But you'll notice that once you open the box, the contents of​ the box are identical to​ the M3 DS Simply, you even get the same light blue colored keychain / carry case that comes with the M3 DS simply .​
You get everything you need, right out of​ the box .​
This includes the R4 DS slot 1 cartridge, a​ USB microSD Reader / writer (and this actually allows you to​ use your microSD as​ a​ USB Drive) as​ well as​ the keychain carrying case and the software CD.
Setting up the R4 DS is​ easy
Setup is​ as​ simple as​ can be .​
The included instruction manual (which is​ located on the CD itself) details exactly what you need to​ do in​ order to​ get your R4 DS working .​
The first thing you'll have to​ do, is​ insert the microSD Card (not included - but you can buy this anywhere) into the micrSD reader / writer and plug it​ into any free USB port on your computer .​
It will instantly come up as​ a​ portable drive / flash drive .​
Here, you can do one of​ two things .​
You can either copy the software from the CD, as​ stated in​ the manual to​ the microSD card to​ put all of​ the system files on it .​
I​ would recommend though that you go to​ the R4 DS firmware page, and download the latest drivers, as​ they are often updated there.
Once you've copied your system files to​ the micro SD Card, it's time to​ load the games and homebrew applications you'd like to​ play .​
Again, this works the exact same way with the M3 DS simply, no difference between the two units at​ all .​
Simply copy and paste the files from your PC that you want on the microSD card .​
a​ simply drag and drop is​ all that is​ needed .​
The games and homebrew applications work without any patching or​ fixing or​ compression .​
They work as​ they are, right out of​ the box so to​ speak.
Now that you've copied your system files, and the files you'd like to​ use and play, it's time to​ put your microSD card into the slot on the top of​ the R4 DS cartridge .​
The R4 DS Cartidge is​ the same size as​ any standard Nintendo DS or​ DS Lite game cartirge, so there's no bulging or​ sticking out once it's inserted into the cartridge slot on your NDS .​
The micro SD slot is​ located on the top of​ the R4 DS and it​ is​ actually spring loaded .​
The microSD card inserts into the slot with the SD label on the opposite side of​ the actual R4 DS Cartidge label .​
You'll hear a​ CLICK sound once you've inserted the microSD Card into the slot, this is​ to​ let you know that it​ is​ in​ place, and you're set to​ turn on your Nintendo DS console .​
The microSD card fits perfectly flush against the R4 casing.
Once you've turned on your Nintendo DS or​ Nintendo DS lite, the system files will load from the R4 DS cartridge, exactly the same way they do when using the M3 DS Simply .​
It takes about 2 seconds for the main menu to​ appear, with the R4 DS logo on the top screen, and the menu on the bottom .​
On the bottom screen you can select one of​ 3 options.
1 .​
GAME MENU - When you select this menu, you'll be instantly taken to​ a​ list of​ all of​ the game files, homebrew applications, etc. .​
that you've stored on your microSD card .​
You can use the controller pad on the NDS to​ select the file you want to​ load .​
If you're loading a​ game for the first time, you'll be prompted, after selecting the game, to​ confirm that you want to​ create a​ save file for the game .​
This is​ needed if​ you want to​ save you game .​
Your game saves are stored on the same microSD card as​ the game files themselves - this is​ fantastic if​ you want to​ delete those games later, to​ replace with other files, as​ you can copy your save game files back to​ your PC, for future use when you're ready to​ continue playing that game again.
2 .​
MULTIMEDIA MENU - When you select this second option, you'll launch the multi media player / moonshell .​
Within this menu, you're able to​ look at​ digital photos stored on the microSD Card, listen to​ your favorite MP3 Songs, watch movies that you've converted from DVD with the included software, as​ well as​ read ebooks in​ TXT format .​
This essentially turns your Nintendo DS or​ DS Lite into a​ full blown multi media entertainment unit.
3 .​
BOOT SLOT 2 - This menu option allows the R4 DS, just like the M3 DS, to​ boot the GBA Slot, or​ Slot 2, in​ your Nintendo DS / DS Lite console .​
This is​ for those of​ us that also want to​ get our hands on a​ GBA Flash card, and want to​ run GBA Homebrew games and applications as​ well as​ Nintendo DS .​
It also adds extra storage for NDS Homebrew, because you can actually use a​ GBA Flash card to​ boot NDS files, as​ long as​ you use the R4 DS as​ a​ PASSME / PASSCARD solution.
All in​ all, no matter which one you get, both the R4 DS Slot 1 Solution as​ well as​ the M3 DS Simply are excellent accessories for the Nintendo DS / DS Lite .​
Which one you get should only depend on which model is​ in​ stock .​
As stated earlier in​ this article, the two units are identical in​ every way .​
The only difference being the box packaging and the logo that appears when you first boot up your Nintendo DS console.




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