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A Nintendo DS adapter, like the ones sold on R4WOOD, is a simple cartridge that is the same size as a regular Nintendo DS cartridge. However, they tend to have a small slot on the back of them for what is called a Micro-SD card, which is blank memory (much like a floppy/CD/etc.).

It can be used to turn your Nintendo DS console into a lot more than just a games playing machine. Developers have written homebrew (self-programmed) software so that people can use their Nintendo DS consoles to browse the internet, play original games, and much more! You can also use a DS adapter to listen to music, and even play movies (although only in .dpg format)!

Finally, you can also use your DS adapter to back up copies of Nintendo games you already own. Why bring 25 cartridges with you on holiday when you can have them on one card ?

This page now will help you to get detailed idea on which flashcard you will buy for your console.

1. Which Nintendo portable console do you have ? (Below compatibility are all for standard consoles, not those special edition)
- Nintendo DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL / LL, 3DS, 3DS XL / LL, 2DS, NEW 3DS, NEW 3DS XL / LL

2. Which system version is your console in ?
DSi or DSi XL/LL - Ver 1.3, Ver 1.4, Ver 1.4.1, Ver 1.4.2, Ver 1.4.3, Ver 1.4.4, Ver 1.4.5 (Downgrade DSi System Guide, NOT recommended)
3DS - Ver 1.0.0-0, 1.0.0-1, 2.0.0-2, 2.1.0-3, 2.1.0-4, 2.2.0-4,  3.0.0-5, 3.0.0-6, 4.0.0-7, 4.1.0-8, 4.2.0-9, 4.3.0-10, 4.4.0-10, 4.5.0-10, 5.0.0-11, 5.1.0-11. 6.0.0-11, 6.0.0-12, 6.1.0-11, 6.1.0-12, 6.2.0-12, 6.3.0-12, 7.0.0-13, 7.1.0-14/15/16, 7.2.0-17, 8.0.0-18/19, 9.0.0-20, 9.2.0-20, 9.3.0-21, 9.4.0-21, 9.5.0-22/23, 9.6.0-24, 9.7.0-25, 9.8.0-25, 9.9.0-26, 10.0.0-27, 10.1.0-27, 10.2.0-28, 10.3.0-28, 10.4.0-29, 10.5.0-30, 10.6.0-31, 10.7.0-32, 11.0.0-33, 11.1.0-34, 11.2.0-35, 11.3.0-36, 11.4.0-37, 11.5.0-38, 11.6.0-39
3DS XL / LL - Ver 4.1.0-8, 4.2.0-9, 4.3.0-10, 4.4.0-10, 4.5.0-10, 5.0.0-11, 5.1.0-11, 6.0.0-11, 6.1.0-12, 6.2.0-12, 6.3.0-12, 7.0.0-13, 7.1.0-14/15/16, 7.2.0-17, 8.0.0-18/19, 9.0.0-20, 9.2.0-20, 9.3.0-21, 9.4.0-21, 9.5.0-22/23, 9.6.0-24, 9.7.0-25, 9.8.0-25, 9.9.0-26, 10.0.0-27, 10.1.0-27, 10.2.0-28, 10.3.0-28, 10.4.0-29, 10.5.0-30, 10.6.0-31, 10.7.0-32, 11.0.0-33, 11.1.0-34, 11.2.0-35, 11.3.0-36, 11.4.0-37, 11.5.0-38, 11.6.0-39
2DS - Ver 6.0.0-11, 6.1.0-12, 6.2.0-12, 6.3.0-12, 7.0.0-13, 7.1.0-14/15/16, 7.2.0-17, 8.0.0-18/19, 9.0.0-20, 9.2.0-20, 9.3.0-21, 9.4.0-21, 9.5.0-22/23, 9.6.0-24, 9.7.0-25, 9.8.0-25, 9.9.0-26, 10.0.0-27, 10.1.0-27, 10.2.0-28, 10.3.0-28, 10.4.0-29, 10.5.0-30, 10.6.0-31, 10.7.0-32, 11.0.0-33, 11.1.0-34, 11.2.0-35, 11.3.0-36, 11.4.0-37, 11.5.0-38, 11.6.0-39
NEW 3DS / NEW 3DSXL LL - 9.0.0-20, 9.2.0-20, 9.3.0-21, 9.4.0-21, 9.5.0-22/23, 9.6.0-24, 9.7.0-25, 9.8.0-25, 9.9.0-26, 10.0.0-27, 10.1.0-27, 10.2.0-28, 10.3.0-28, 10.4.0-29, 10.5.0-30, 10.6.0-31, 10.7.0-32, 11.0.0-33, 11.1.0-34, 11.2.0-35, 11.3.0-36, 11.4.0-37, 11.5.0-38, 11.6.0-39
Note:
No system version update for DS and DS Lite now.
If flashcard is compatible with higher version, it surely is also compatible with lower system versions. For example, if R4i gold works on DSi Ver 1.4.5, this card can also works fine on Ver 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3 and 1.4.4.

3. Is there flashcard compatibility difference for consoles from different zones/region ?
No such difference. For example, if R4i SDHC 3DS card works fine on 3DS Ver 2.1.0-4U, it can work on 3DS Ver 2.1.0-4E, 2.1.0-4A, 2.1.0-4J. (U - American version, E - European, A - Asian, J - Japanese version)

Table updated on Sept 20th, 2017.

Flashcart
New 3DS /3DSXL LL 2DS/NEW 2DS XL
3DS XL/LL
 3DS
DSi XL/LL
DSi
DS Lite/ DS
Recordable
Firmware Writer
R4i SDHC 3DS rts
11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4i SDHC 3DS V5.0
No No 5.1.0-11  5.1.0-11  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4i SDHC 1.4.5
No No 5.1.0-11  5.1.0-11  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4i SDHC 1.4.4
No No  No   No  1.4.4  1.4.4  Yes  Yes  No
R4i Gold 3DS rts
11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39 11.6.0-39  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4 3DS
No 7.1.0-16  7.1.0-16  7.1.0-16  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4i Gold Plus
9.8.0-25 9.8.0-25 9.8.0-25 9.8.0-25  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  Yes
M3i Zero
No No  4.5.0-10
 4.5.0-10  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  Yes
DSTWO
10.3.0-28 10.3.0-28 10.3.0-28 10.3.0-28  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
DSONEi
No No  4.4.0-10
 4.4.0-10  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  Yes
DSONEi Mini
No No  4.4.0-10
 4.4.0-10  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
Acekard 2i
No No  4.3.0-10
 4.3.0-10
 1.4.4
 1.4.4
 Yes
 Yes
 No
TTDSi
No No  2.1.0-4
 2.1.0-4  1.4.3  1.4.3  Yes  Yes  No
TTDS
No No  No  No  No  No  Yes  No  No
Acekard 2
No No  No  No  No  No  Yes  No  No
R4 SDHC V2.10T
No No  No  No  No  No  Yes  No  No
R4i-Gold 3DS
No No  5.0.0-11  5.0.0-11  1.4.4  1.4.4  Yes  No  No
EX4i
No No  4.3.0-10  4.3.0-10  1.4.1  1.4.1  Yes  No  No
iSmart Pre
No No  2.1.0-4  2.1.0-4  1.4.3  1.4.3  Yes  Yes  No
iSmart MM
No No  4.1.0-8  4.1.0-8
 1.4.4
 1.4.4
 Yes
 Yes
 No
R4iTT Purple RTS 2015
10.6.0-31 10.6.0-31 10.6.0-31 10.6.0-31  1.4.5  1.4.5  Yes  Yes  No
R4iTT Black
No No  4.2.0-9  4.2.0-9  1.4.4  1.4.4  Yes  Yes  No
R4-SDHC
No No  No  No  No  No  Yes  No  No


4. Why do I need a recordable flashcard with firmware upgrade ?
Nintendo updates console system every other several months, which will block your flashcards, and flashcard manufactures do their own firmware upgrade to get their flashcards unblocked. And firmware upgrade are done to recordable chips. If your card is not recordable, you can not use that card once your console gets system updated. If Nintendo releases a newer firmware, do NOT upgrade to this firmware unless you're 100% sure the card will be compatible.

5. What is benefit of Firmware Writer ?
Once you have your console system updated and it blocks your flashcard, the firmware writer can help you to have your flashcard firmware updated directly on a computer. And firmware update gets free from your console. You do not need to get another console to have your card updated now.

6. Except the compatibility, What is most important to choose flashcard ?
Kernel is leading the first and there list out the most popular below.
YSMenu, AKAIO, Wood R4, SuperCard

7. What advantages would be there if order from r4wood.com ?
R4WOOD sell several major and classical flashcards, and we can and will guide every users to know on how to use their flashcards. This service is available for all visitors. Spend less money, Enjoy more games.

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