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R4i Gold 3DS Card review by Bryan Lee, Singapore

Posted on 18th Apr 2011 @ 8:56 AM

Reviews Sample: R4i Gold 3DS Card
aka: R4i3DS,R4i 3DS,R4i Gold 3DS
Manufactured by: www.r4ids.cn
Review by Bryan Lee Ming Xuan, Singapore.

I am going to do a review of the R4i Gold 3DS. All thanks go to r4ds-ds.com for providing the R4i Gold 3DS.

The R4i Gold 3DS provides great compatibility with it's official firmware and especially outstanding with Wood R4i Gold . It fits perfectly in the slots of DS lite, DS Phat, DSi and 3DS.

Using the normal R4i Gold, the card cannot be recognised by the 3DS. Looking up on the Internet and by contacting the R4i Gold 3DS staff they all said it was a hardware difference . Sadly there is 1 step pulling you back : You need to download the kernel to your Micro SD before you even play You can download the official firmware or the alternative, Wood R4i Gold.

This flashcart works great and loads games very fast, Micro SDHC support is also an advantage of getting this cart. It has Moonshell 2 which enables you to watch movies , listen to music and much more. Reading e-books is also good.Overall I am happy with this cart ,It has a much better cheat engine and a fast loading system. It contains a case for 2 cartridges, a Micro SD card reader, and the R4i Gold 3DS itself. When you boot the official firmware, you will realise that the interface is totally different of that from the official R4DS. It has a nicer look and seems very smooth.Unlike some other micro SD slot 1 solutions, the R4i Gold 3DS has absolutely no chips that stick up under the label or casing. Everything is smooth and casing (even under the label) covers the entire PCB with no "cut-outs" to make way for protruding chips. When you launch a ROM file for the first time, the R4i Gold 3DS wil tell you that it can't find a .SAV file.MULTIMEDIA - This option simply starts Moonshell - a popular homebrew multimedia playback and general file manager and launcher application that is quickly becoming the standard for the majority of flash kits. Moonshell has been around for a long time now, and it's one of the best homebrew applications ever made..As Moonshell is not unique to the R4i Gold 3DS, we will not cover it in this review. If you wish to learn more about Moonshell or want to learn how to use it, simply search our forums at GBAtemp or use Google to find what you need.

Battery Life Results:
Test condition:

Fully charged European Black Nintendo DS Lite
R4i Gold 3DS, Sandisk Ultra II 1GB formatted with FAT32.
New Super Mario Bros. Running Main Menu and movie looping continuously
Screens at max. brightness (level 4)
Sound at 100%

Backup ROM of New Super Mario Bros. on R4i Gold 3DS = 4 hours 20 minutes
Retail New Super Mario Bros cart = 4 hours 55 minutes

The R4i Gold 3DS is a slot 1 DS flash kit designed to play ROMs. I may be stating the obvious here, but the point is; that's what it's meant to do, and it does it very well. From our extensive testing, so far we can
confirm that the R4i Gold 3DS is 100% compatible and doesn't suffer any slow downs in game. A very impressive result! (As with all flash kits, the claim of 100% compatibility may change once and IF an incompatible game is discovered).

Thanks to Jane and Frank from r4ds-ds.com