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This is the comparison chart for methods of running DS games on your Nintendo DS, DSi, or 3DS. Most of the options here are flashcarts, however TWiLight Menu++ is a homebrew app that can be run on DSi or 3DS consoles using a softmod or as an alternative interface for any flashcart. Despite its reliance on a flashcard on DS/DS Lite, it has been included in the comparison as it makes a good alternative to buying a flashcart on DSi and 3DS.

Hover your mouse over the categories on the left to view a short description.

Plausible to Purchase

Ace3DS+[fn 1] Acekard 2i[fn 1] R4 DS[fn 1] r4isdhc.com[fn 1][fn 2] SuperCard DSONE SDHC[fn 1] TWiLight Menu++
Hardware
DS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes With flashcart
DSi Yes v1.4.3/1.4.4[fn 3] No Yes No Yes
3DS Yes v2.1.0/v4.3.0[fn 3] No Yes No Yes
Expandable Memory SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDSC[fn 5] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] N/A[fn 6]
SD Slot Top Top Top Top Top N/A
CPU No No No No No N/A
Software
DSi Games No No No No No Yes[fn 7]
DSiWare Games No No No No No Yes[fn 8]
Kernel Custom Wood R4 AKAIO Wood R4, YSMenu, R4li YSMenu Evolution OS, YSMenu, TTMenu nds-bootstrap, Varies[fn 9]
Skinning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cheats Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat, Cheat.dat, Cheat.xml Cheat.dat, Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat
Autoboot (DS) No No Yes No Yes N/A
Auto AAP Yes[fn 10] No No Yes Yes Yes
Slow Motion No No No No No No
Real Time Save No No No No No No
Real Time Guide No No  ??? No No Yes
Wii Connectivity Yes With AKAIO With Wood R4 No Yes No
Other
Clone Yes Yes Yes (Many) Yes Yes N/A
Updatable Bootloader (DSi) No Yes No No No N/A
ntrboot Compatible Not clones[fn 11] Yes No Yes No N/A
Battery Life for DSLite + Flashcart + Commercial ROM ? 7hrs 13min 4hrs 15min ? ? ?
Ace3DS+ Acekard 2i R4 DS r4isdhc.com SuperCard DSONE SDHC TWiLight Menu++

Difficult to Purchase

Slot-1 flashcarts
CycloDS iEvolution DSTTi iEDGE EZ Flash Vi iPlayer iTouch (2) M3i Zero R4i Gold 3DS Plus SuperCard DSONEi SuperCard DSTWO SuperCard DSTWO+
Hardware
DS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DSi v1.4.2?  ?? v1.4.2?[1] v1.4.4[2] v1.4[3] v1.4[4] Yes[5] Yes Yes[6] Yes Yes
3DS  ??  ??  ?? v4.0.0[2]  ??  ?? v4.5.0[7] Yes v4.4.0[6] Yes Yes
Expandable Memory SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDHC[fn 4] SDXC[fn 4][fn 12]
SD Slot Top Top Top Side Top Top Side Top Top Top Top
CPU No No No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes
Software
DSi Games Yes[fn 7] No No No No No No No No No No
DSiWare Games No No No No No No No No No No No
Kernel CycloDS Evolution Firmware YSMenu, TTMenu EDGE Firmware EZ Flash 2.0 Firmware None iTouch firmware YSMenu, Sakura Wood R4 Evolution OS, YSMenu, TTMenu Evolution OS, YSMenu Evolution OS, YSMenu, Moonshell, bagplug, iMenu
Skinning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cheats user.EVOcheats Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat Cheat.dat Cheat.dat, EZARcode.dat None Cheat.db, cheat.xml Usrcheat.dat Cheat.xml, Usrcheat.dat(EOS) Usrcheat.dat Usrcheat.dat
Autoboot (DS) Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes  ??? Varies[fn 13] No  ???
Auto AAP Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Slow Motion Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Real Time Save Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes With Wood R4 Yes Yes Yes
Real Time Guide Yes No No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Wii Connectivity Yes No No No No No No With Wood R4 Yes Yes Yes
Other
Clones No Yes No Yes No No Yes[fn 14] Yes DSONE SDHC only No Yes
Updatable Bootloader (DSi) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ntrboot Compatible No Varies[fn 15][8] No No No No No Internal switch No No No
Battery Life for DSLite + Flashcart + Commercial ROM ? ? ? ? ? ? 3hrs 44min ? ? 6hrs 04min ?
CycloDS iEvolution DSTTi iEDGE EZ Flash Vi iPlayer iTouch 2 M3i Zero R4i Gold 3DS Plus SuperCard DSONEi SuperCard DSTWO SuperCard DSTWO+

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e Only clone cards are commonly available.
  2. ^ As of 2022, any card from r4isdhc.com from 2014 and later. Not to be confused with r4isdhc.hk or r4isdhc.com.cn, which are both Ace3DS+ clones.
  3. ^ a b HWID 44 supported until DSi v1.4.3/3DS v2.1.0, HWID 81 supported until DSi v1.4.4/3DS v4.3.0 via bootloader update.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o SDXC cards are supported if reformatted to FAT-32
  5. ^ Only cards up to 2 GB can be used. Some clones are SDHC, but not the ones currently common.
  6. ^ On DSi and 3DS, the console's internal SD(HC) card. On flashcard subject to the restrictions of the flashcard it's running on.
  7. ^ a b Only on Nintendo DSi and 3DS consoles, not DS Phat or DS Lite.
  8. ^ Only a small number of DSiWare are compatible with DS Phat and DS Lite, most/all are compatible with DSi and 3DS.
  9. ^ On Nintendo DSi and 3DS, TWiLight Menu++ can only be used with nds-bootstrap. When running from a flashcart, TWiLight Menu++ sometimes supports other kernels as well.
  10. ^ Missing patches for some of the last releases, such as 5th generation Pokémon. Those games must be manually patched.
  11. ^ Original Ace3DS+ cards can be flashed for ntrboot, however the modern clones cannot.
  12. ^ SDHC only for NDS mode.
  13. ^ Only the SuperCard DSONE and DSONE SDHC autoboot, DSONEi does not.
  14. ^ M3 Adaptes, M3 Adaptor
  15. ^ Only some flash chips are compatible

References

  1. ^ iEDGE Bootstrap updater v4 released
  2. ^ a b DOWNLOAD - EZ-FLASH
  3. ^ DS iPlayer - iPlayer OS v1.1 & firmware v1.0
  4. ^ iTouchds Home
  5. ^ M3i Zero Core
  6. ^ a b Unlimited Upgrade for DSONEi only_SuperCard Official Site
  7. ^ M3i Zero Core
  8. ^ flashcart_core DSTT supported chips