Category: SKY3DS

How to solve r4(r4i gold, r4i 3ds and others)black white screen,sky3ds+ can’t work problems?

R4 3ds scheda is the most famous flashcart, there are R4i Gold 3ds, R4i gold pro, R4i sdhc 3ds rts, R4i sdhc dual core…And also there are 3ds game cards like SKY3DS+ and Gateway 3ds to play free 3ds games. If the R4 Card or sky3ds+ can’t work on your Nintendo 3ds console. how to solve theseproblems? white screen, can’t find the card, alarm “an error has occurred, press and hold the POWER Button” or sky3ds+ cannot change 3ds games. Don’t worry I will show you the solutions here.

R4i gold, R4i 3DS and others cannot work 

There are three main reasons about the r4 card and your console: 

  1. You do incorrect operation to set up the R4 card’s kernel or firmware  and games. For example the problems The Screen keep on "Loading……" , The screen shows "MENU?" with a SD card icon.
  2. the R4 3ds card need a upgrade for the new console system
  3. the micros sd card is broken or with a wrong format
  4. the R4 3ds card is broken

How to solve r4 3ds not working problem?

1. Put the right r4 3ds kernel or firmware from official site, don’t put 3ds games to play. Because r4 3ds cannot read 3ds games. You can find the official website in your r4 package.

2.If your r4 card can’t work or has a white screen. Now format your micro sd card again. Then install the kernel to try again, If it’s not work too,

3. Upgrade your R4 3DS Card to support the latest system. Most of the R4 Cards upgrade method is very similar. But you can’t upgrade you r4 card on the console which has the latest version. You should upgrade the r4 card by a dsi,ds or more lower versions of 3DS. (PS:this is very important otherwise your R4 Card will be broken)

1) put the upgrade patch into your micro sd card

2)do upgrade on the the console(PS: JUST Like OPEN the Upgrade patch)

4. For broken card, just throw it away, it won’t work. You can find a working R4I GOLD 3DS or other cards in SKY3DSITALIA.COM.

SKY3DS+ cannot work

There are some problems of sky3ds+:

  1. sky3ds+ can’t read 3ds game.
  2. sky3ds+ cannot change 3ds game by two button.

How to avoid sky3ds+ problems or errors on 3DS?

Firstly, make sure you get genuine Sky3ds card from official team.

SKY3DSITALIA.com is the official Italian Reseller of Sky3ds+.You’d better choose the sky3ds+ official vendors to buy this cart, they are more reliable than other unknown ones. Additionally, buy from this site, it not only ships you sky3ds+ from EU but e-mails you the 3ds game free download code and voucher code.

Secondly, make sure you know how to setup Sky3ds+ on 3DS correctly.

To avoid any problems before its happening, make sure you know how to use sky3ds+ card exactly. Prepare a working miro sd/sdhc card for sky3ds+ is a must, Sandisk band is a good choice. We have tested their sd cards with Sky3ds+, getting better compatibility result than other brands. After everything is prepared, e-mail admin@sky3dsitalia.com to get Sky3ds+ tutorial, you can have less chances to meet the sky3ds+ issues.

How to solve sky3ds+ problems?

Q:My sky3DS+ card does not change to my new downloaded game by clicking the orange button, is there any solution?
A: Please try a new microSD card, format it to FAT32, set the cluster size to 64kb, re-download that rom from more reliable sources, make sure it is not out of region, or not a modified rom.

Q: I have been trying all day to get 64Gb micorSD cards to work, had issues formatting 64GB micorSD card to FAT32, please help!
A:Please see more instructions here, and better set the cluster size to 64kb while format it to FAT32.

In fact, most sky3ds+ problems/errors/issues are caused by not working microsd card, wrong or incomplete 3ds roms and the incorrect operation of yourself.

Cheap R4 3DS or Sky3ds plus, which one pirates Etrian Odyssey V to play on 3DS?

Read my post before you choose the wrong card to play newest 3DS game Etrian Odyssey V and more, why I say you may make a mistake, because most of you ofen regard R4I SDHC 3DS, R4I GOLD 3DS, R4ISDHC 3DS, ACE3DS PLUS and other cheap R4 3DS flashcard as the 3DS game hacking cart. But the truth is, No R4 card plays 3DS Games! Which is the correct cart to buy for playing Free Etrian Odyssey V on 3DS? Currently, the best choice is Sky3ds Plus.

3DS Etrian Odyssey V

Etrian Odyssey V(Sekaiju no Meikyuu V – Nagaki Shinwa no Hate) is a role-playing game, developed and published by Atlus. It has been released for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on August 4. This game is set in the unknown new land of “Arcadia,” with four different races: the “Earthrun,” “Lunaria,” “Therian,” and “Bronie.” Besides, the classes characters can have have been completely changed. And the degree of freedom for character creation has been further enhanced.

R4I Gold 3ds, R4I GOLD PRO, R4I GOLD EU all don't play 3DS Games?

Yes, all 3DS R4/R4i gold card and other R4 flashcarts all can't play Any Nintendo 3DS games, such us Etrian Odyssey V, Pokemon Sun&Moon, Zelda Oceania of time, Monster Hunter Generation and more. They can work on 3DS, 3DS XL(LL), 2DS, NEW 3DS, NEW 3DS XL(LL) consoles. But they only support DS Game pirating. R4 3DS means R4 card has 3DS System compatibility not means 3DS Games. You should keep this in Mind always. They don't support 3DS Games, whatever use 3D or not, they just don't hack them on your Nintendo 3DS consoles.

Sky3ds Plus, why it's the best cart for playing Free Etrian Odyssey V?

Sky3ds Plus vs Sky3ds: Sky3ds with blue button is the old version Sky3ds, it can't support the latest 3ds games with AP check, it is more complicated to use then Sky3ds+, it without firmware to be updated for bypassing Nintendo ban. It with only one button to change 3ds games. All in all, Sky3ds plus, the third version Sky3ds card, is best in Sky3ds version.

Sky3ds Plus vs GW: Compared with Gateway 3ds, Sky3ds+ supports the latest 3ds v11.0 to v1.0, Sky3ds plus is much easier to use and handle, more safe to 3DS System.

Sky3ds Plus vs Dstwo plus: Dstwo plus is using GW emulator to play 3ds games. It can't competed with Sky3ds+.

Sky3ds Plus vs QQ3DS PRO/K3DS/R5SDHC: QQ3DS, QQ3DS PRO, K3DS and R5SDHC all are the clones of Sky3ds+ or Sky3ds.

Sky3ds Plus vs MT-card/R4i gold 3ds deluxe/3dslink: MT-card, R4i gold 3ds deluxe and 3DSlink, they are the out-dated 3ds flashcarts which has stopped updating for a long long time. You can just ignore them now.

For all the above reason, Sky3ds V3-SKY3DS PLUS is the best 3ds card to buy for playing 3DS Etrian Odyssey V and other games. You can buy from USA reseller 3DS-FLASHCARD.COM, we support you, Sky3ds+ voucher code and Unlimited 3DS/DS game source service. By the way, we ship from US/FR, so you can have the Sky3ds plus cart very shortly after Order. If you see this post and feel interest on the card, e-mail to admin@3ds-flashcard.com, we can give you more Sky3ds+ info and send you Sky3ds+ Exclusive Voucher

Sky3ds+ VS 2017 R4 card, which to buy for playing free games on NEW 3DS?

Buy the third version sky3ds card sky3ds+ or 2017 R4 card to play free games on NEW 3DS? If you can't make the decision, let me help you.

SKY3DS+ PLUS

Sky3DS+ is out for new features, now the latest Sky3DS version 2 is released to the public with AP check 3d game compatibility, homebrews running, more flexible game switching and no need for diskwriter tool. The new Sky3DS card with two oranges button, users can select games to play not only always forward, but go back too. We 3DS-Flashcard.com will get this new card in hand, choose DHL shipping you will get the lastest Sky3DS+.

Sky3DS+ Functions

  • Included all the features of sky3DS;
  • Switch game back and forth by two orange buttons;
  • More easier to use,copy and play,no diskWriter required;
  • Compatible with other 3rd party homebrews;
  • AP checks solved;
  • Firmware updatable

2017/2016 R4 Card

They are the following items. R4i gold pro 2016, R4isdhc dual core 2016 and R4isdhc silver rts lite 2016.The 3 cards will have 2017 version in the late time of thisyear. R4isdh.com only updates the 3 of 5 to the latest 2016 version. So attention when you plan to buy the 2016 R4isdhc cards, don't choose R4isdhc snoopy or R4isdhc upgrade.The 2 latters just have the current 2015 version. And as the R4 ds game supported card which from an active team, 2016 R4 3ds cards also supports the following features.

  • Run all old DS Games, drop&play, multi-rom support.
  • Region free, without region limitation to run all ds roms on your host system.
  • With Moonshell, play video, music, e-books and other multi-media files on 3ds/new 3ds consoles.
  • Support Homebrews, software tools, emulators and little games included.
  • Support real-time save and user-cheat codes, users can save and cheats freely during ds game play.

R4i gold pro 2016

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R4i dual core 2016

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R4i silver rts lite 2016

R4 3DS

SKY3DS+ VS 2016 R4

  • Sky3DS+: More expensive than 2016 R4 3DS card, but can support 3DS Games on 3DS/NEW 3DS 11.0 and future firmware.  R4 3DS card never play 3DS games!
  • R4 3DS: More Cheaper than Sky3ds plus item, but don’t support 3DS Games at all.

Summary

  • Buy SKY3DS+ Card to play ALL 3DS Games on NEW 3DS, NEW 3DS XL(LL) consoles.
  • Buy 2017/2016 R4 card to play ALL DS Games on NEW 3DS, NEW 3DS XL(LL) consoles.

Which US/EU/JP 3ds games you can’t miss to play freely on 3DS?

In 2016, these new 3ds games you can't miss to play, in this post, we will introduce you the most popular 3ds games in 2016 and you can play them all with just one cart SKY3DS+ PLUS.

① Monster Hunter X

This game with Japanese version has been launcher in last winter. It has new special attacks known as “Hunting Arts” and users can choose four hunting style. The new village in this game called Verma Village , the other three return from previous titles. It will have four four new signature monsters along with a number of past flagship monsters. The US and EU version will be released on July 15, 2016.

② Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends with US version has been released on March 24. The 3ds games adds featuring characters from The Wind Waker:Tetra, King Daphnes and Toon Link. There is also adventure mode new map for characters from The Wind Waker. The other content is similar with WiiU version.

③ Shin Megami Tensei IV-Final

This game with Japanese version has been launched on February 10. Shin Megami Tensei IV-Final takes place in the 203X. In order to protect Tokyo from damage, a great rock dome wascreated.While it protected Tokyo, resources became progressively scarcer over the following years, while angels and demons ruled over the human population.

④ Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3

This game with Japanese version has been launched on March 24. It is the newest game of Dragon Quest Monsters series. Players will be able to ride on the 500 different monsters that populate the game world. There will be new sysytem and monsters.

⑤ Youkai Sangokushi

This game has been launcher on has April 2. It is a collaborative between Koei and Level-5. Yo-kai Sangokushi is a cross-over between Yo-kai Watch and Koei’s long-running Romance of the Three Kingdoms.Players who have purchased a physical copy of the game will receive special Commander Legendary Medal for Komasan.

⑥Bravely Second: End Layer

This game with US version has been launched on April 15. It is the new games of Bravely series and reuses the battle system implemented in Bravely Default. The combat with sword and magic will begin.

⑦ Kirby – Planet Robobot

This game with Japanese version has been launched on April 28. In this game. Kirby has the ability of changing and he can equip himself with large robotic bodies. The game includes with it a multiplayer mode called “Team Kirby Clash” where up to four players can equip themselves with various Copy Abilities and powers reminiscent of character classes in most RPGs, before cooperating to defeat large bosses.

⑧Gyakuten Saiban 6

This game with Japanese version will be released on June 9. It takes place in mysterious country which has temple beliving the soul of deads. It is equipped with new system and water mirror. In water mirror, it will show images and words which will give clues about issue.

Ending: 3ds card Sky3ds+ with orange button supports all these popular 3ds games. Use this card to play games on 3DS/NEW 3DS/2DS console, you have no need to buy game cartridges one by one. And you can play the same region 3ds games all in one Sky3ds+. Buy from this official reseller 3DS-FLASHCARD.COM, you will get the card within 5 days in both NA, EU and Asia.

R4 3DS Gold supports 3ds 11.0.0-33u or we should downgrade v11.0 to use the card?

Are these R4 3DS Gold cards supporting 3ds 11.0.0-33U and E? Or we should downgrade 3ds v11.0 to lower firmware to use them? Which is the R4I GOLD 3DS card updated for new 3ds update 11.0? Here you can get all the answers.

R4/R4I gold cards support 3DS 11.0.0-33U and E?

Yes, the following 3 R4/R4i gold cards are playing DS Games well on 3DS 11.0.0-33u,e and j.

R4I GOLD PRO 2015/2016

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R4I GOLD 3DS WOOD

GOLD

R4I GOLD EU 3DS

R4 3DS

Here is the R4i gold 3ds 11.0 video you can watch. In this youtube, we test the 3 r4i gold cards and other r4 3ds products too on 3ds 11.0.0-33u. All of them hacks the new 3ds firmware directly!

Downgrade 3DS V11.0 to use R4 3DS Gold card?

No need, R4/R4i 3ds gold cards are pirating DS Games well on 3DS V11.0. For the gold card users, you don't need to downgrade 3ds 11.0 firmware. By the way, for 3ds cards sky3ds+ and sky3ds users, you can update 3ds to v11.0 freely too, they are playing 3ds games greatly on this newest 3ds system version. In which case, we should downgrade 3ds v11.0 and how to do? Situation 1, you want to use Gateway 3ds card; Situation 2, you want to install .cia or homebrews on 3ds consoles. Downgrade 3ds v11.0 is risky, you had to hardmod your 3DS (can be installed at home, but pay attention: a short circuit can permanently damage your console) firstly. Then follow the guide here, you can complete the downgrade steps. Think more before you choose downgrade 3ds 11.0.0-33.

Which R4/R4I gold 3ds firmware is updated for 3DS 11.0.0-33?

No need too, R4i gold 3ds, R4i gold eu and R4i gold pro still with their current firmware to support 3ds 11.0 version. The r4 3ds gold team only update their kernel once their flashcards are banned by the Nintendo 3ds update or there is the long time since the last r4 firmware upgrade. Here recommend you choose R4i gold pro v3.7 firmware to hack 3ds 11.0.0-33u, it is the most recent r4 gold kernel, more newer version means more better card compatibility.

  • R4I GOLD PRO V3.7 firmware, released in [2016-02-26]
  • R4I GOLD EU V1.72 firmware, released in [2015-10-27]
  • R4i GOLD 3DS Wood V1.64 firmware, released in [2013-11-08]

Does sky3ds+ support Pokemon ORAS and other Pokemon games for free?

Can we play free Pokemon ORAS on 3ds/new 3ds? How about downloading other pokemon 3ds games to play too? Is the sky3ds+ card what we need for hacking Pokemon ORAS and other Pokemon games? If you have these questions, let me answer you here.

Where to get free Pokemon ORAS games?

Firstly, Pokemon ORAS means Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. If we want to play the 2 games on Nintendo 3ds or new 3ds xl console, we should buy the game cards. There is no place you can get free Pokemon ORAS game cards. But you can download free Pokemon ORAS games online and to play them on 3ds, new 3ds and 2ds machines without buying the retail game cards.

Here is where you can download free Pokemon ORAS  roms.

1. http://rom2station.com/

This is the best place to download 3ds and ds games, no register, no fee, you only need to get the private game code to download sky3ds+ roms from the site. For getting the download code, just e-mail to us admin@rev3ds.com.

2. http://roms43.com/

This site always released the latest 3ds and ds games in the first time, and you can download the 3ds roms for your sky3ds+ directly.

3. http://www.3dsiso.com/

It is a game forum which you need to register first. Then you can find the 3ds games you want. There are the newest 3ds and ds games users shared.

Can we just download pokemon 3ds games to 3ds sd card to play?

No, after we download pokemon 3ds roms from online, you should drag the roms into the sky3ds+ sd card not the 3ds sd card, sky3ds+ can hack 3ds firmware to play downloaded pokemon 3ds roms, the 3ds sd card is not hacking any game to play.

Sky3ds+ card supports Pokemon ORAS and other Pokemon games?

Yes, sky3ds+ card is compatible with Pokemon ORAS and other Pokemon games. It is emulating the retail game cart so can be used to play nearly every 3ds game cart rom in the market. Here are the hot Pokemon 3ds games you can play with one Sky3ds+ card.

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon (Not releaed, in the late 2016)
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pokémon X and Y (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pokémon Art Academy (Nintendo 3DS)

Sky3ds+ pokemon compatibility,all pokemon 3ds games can be played by one 3ds card?

If you want to choose a 3ds cartridge to play all 3ds pokemon releases, here introduce the Sky3ds+ card. This is the latest version Sky3ds card in year 2016, solve the AP check issue of new 3ds games, so is compatible with nearly all 3ds pokemon games on 3ds, new 3ds and 2ds consoles.

Sky3ds+ for pirating pokemon 3ds games?

Yes, Sky3ds+ hacks all pokemon 3ds games to play freely on Nintendo 3ds models.It is a new card in 2016, released by Sky3ds card company, the site launches 3 flashcards in total. The red button Sky3ds which is already out of production, the blue button Sky3ds which is released for more than one year and the latest Sky3ds+(plus) card which with 2 orange buttons. The last one is their best product, said by the team. Sky3ds+ is supporting 3ds games on 3ds 10.5.0U/E/J and will work on 3ds 10.7 when the Nintendo update again! The card info you want to know is all listed here.

  • Sky3ds+ hacking tech: Instead of relying on exploits like the most 3ds flashcards does, Sky3ds+ is more closely emulating an original Nintendo N3DS/3DS cartridge. It is using cartridge emulation rather than software exploits. The Sky3DS flashcard company is the First and the Only one has the technology.
  • Sky3ds+ compatibility: Just like the retail Nintendo N3DS/3DS cartridge, Sky3ds+ card is fully compatible with 3ds, 3ds xl, 2ds, new 3ds and new 3ds consoles and work on all firmware versions at the same time. No compatibility problem. How about the 3ds games? Sky3ds+ card is set to support any new and old 3ds games in the market, it solves AP Check issue in 3ds games and supports upcoming 3ds games without the gamelist file. So you shouldn't worry about the game compatibility too!
  • Sky3ds+ functions: 1. Support 3ds games on all 3ds consoles and firmwares. 2. Support you play many 3ds games withith one card. 3. Let you play nearly all 3ds games with the good 3ds game compatibility. 4. You can access eshop, play online, save, load 3ds games freely with Sky3ds+ too. 5. Sky3ds+ card saves you a lot of money and time! You pay for only one card and you only use one card!
  • Sky3ds+ price: Around 90 dollars for playing Hundreds of 3DS GAMES!

How to play all pokemon 3ds titles with Sky3ds+ card?

  1. Formatting the SD card you prepare to use for Sky3ds+, with this tool SD Formatter 4.0.Begin by putting your SD card into an SD card reader. If you're in a pinch, you can use the Micro USB connector on the cartridge itself and the supplied Micro USB cable, however due to low transfer rates doing so is not recommended. Once your SD is detected, start SD Formatter 4.0, click on Options, set Format Type to Full (OverWrite), enable Format Size Adjustment, apply the new settings and click Format. This will Zero-Fill the entirety of the SD card and adjust its declared size to the actual space available, doing so will ensure that the card will operate at peak efficiency.
  2. Download and Copy the Pokemon 3ds roms to the root of your microSD card directly, you can download Free 3DS/DS game roms in Rom2station.com.
  3. Download the newest gamelist.bin( like old sky3ds template file) from sky3ds official site, Then, copy the gamelist file to the root of your microSD card.
  4. Eject the SD Card from your PC. Insert it to sky3ds+.
  5. Lastly, insert the sky3ds+ with SD Card to your 3DS, 3DS XL, NEW 3DS or 2DS console and enjoy the multiple pokemon 3ds games freely.

Which pokemon 3ds games are recommended to play on 3DS/N3DS/2DS consoles?

  • Pokemon X and Y
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
  • Pokémon Rumble Blast

3DS Rom play on R4I GOLD or SKY3DS+ PLUS card for 10.5.0-30?

How to choose from R4i gold 3ds and Sky3ds+ card? Which one play 3ds games better on 10.5.0-30 firmware? If you have one of the questions, you should read this post carefully! 3ds rom play on R4 card is Not Possible! It's the First thing you should know before choose one from R4I GOLD 3DS and Sky3DS+.

Why 3ds roms can't play on R4i gold 3ds?

R4i gold 3ds from www.r4ids.cn is a famous and typical R4 flashcard, even it with 3DS title, it doesn't mean it can play 3ds games. R4i gold 3ds and other R4 flashcards are produced for playing DS games on 3DS family handhelds, which include 3DS, 3DS XL/LL, 2DS, NEW 3DS AND NEW 3DS XL/LL consoles. When the first R4 card was appeared in the world, there was only NDS games for NDS series machines. So all the following R4 card with its clone firmware just supports NDS Games, including R4I GOLD 3DS, R4I SDHC RTS 3DS, R4ISDHC 2016, ACE3DS PLUS and R4I GOLD EU 3DS. That's the reason why R4i gold 3ds can't play 3DS Games!

Does 3ds rom play on Sky3ds+?

Yes, Sky3ds+ card support 3ds roms,it belongs to the 3ds game flashcard group, which is used on 3DS Firmware to run downloaded 3DS Game Roms. The card is released just in 2016, but the card team is out in 2014. Sky3ds+ is the Second generation 3ds card they have developed for 3ds gamers. What is Sky3ds+ pros for playing 3ds roms, you can know here.

  • For 3DS Games: Sky3ds+ supports AP check 3DS Games, red and blue button sky3ds can't run tham at all. Sky3ds v3 have the best 3ds game compatibility.
  • For Rom Capacity: Sky3ds removes any game limit, the red sky3ds supports only 10 3ds games, the blue button sky3ds supports around 31 3ds games. But sky3ds v3 is no longer need the diskwriter too, it doesn't have any game limit. The more larger micro sd card you use for skyds+, the more 3ds games you can play.
  • For updatable firmware: Sky3ds with thelatest V110 firmware supports all new coming 3ds games without gamelist file! Just download and play. No need for any else!
  • For Game Switch: Red and Blue sky3ds both has only one button, you only can play the next game by pressing it. But Sky3ds v3 has 2 orange buttons. Users can press them for choosing go to the next or back to the last. More convenient sky3ds card!
  • For Using: Sky3ds V3 with firmware and without diskwriter, it really do as Drag&Play. Download firmware, gamelist.bin and 3ds roms, then put all of them into the root of sd card. That's all. The installation is as simple as R4 Flashcard.

R4i gold 3ds VS Sky3ds+, which one to buy for 3ds 10.5.0-30?

  1. If you want to play only 3DS Games, no other answer, only Sky3ds+ card is what you need.
  2. If you just want to buy a flashcard to play Free Games, R4i gold 3ds is a better choice, much cheaper than Sky3ds+(R4i gold is 17.9 dollars and Sky3ds+ is around 90 dollars) and support Multi-functions(R4i gold 3ds supports Homebrews, GBA/SNES/NES emulators, Region free game, Real-time save&user-cheats in game, Moonshell for wattching video, listing to music, read e-books and viewing pictures).

What’s SKY3DS+ ( PLUS) ? compare to sky3ds Which is better ?

There are many ways of running backups of your favourite games on your N3DS/3DS – some users choose to invest in the famous Gateway 3DS flashcart, others run full-blown custom firmwares. Unfortunately, both of these methods require the system to run an exploitable (9.2.X-X or lower) version of firmware, and finding a system like that can be quite a chore, not to mention a substantial expense. Not only that, in order to stay on said exploitable firmware users have to jump through hoops – avoiding constant update nags is just one of the many problems one has to deal with. Running EmuNAND (emulated NAND) is a good solution here, but Nintendo diligently fights against this practice with each new firmware update, forcing developers to come up with work-arounds for their pesky patches. Want to play an exciting, brand-new title or access the eShop? Well, you can’t, because Nintendo’s just rolled out a new update, and it’s not working on EmuNAND yet. But it will. Soon. Annoying. As far as custom firmware is concerned, at present it’s neither very robust nor fully compatible with all backups – huge strides were made since the very first CFW graced our Nintendo handhelds, but it’s just “not quite there” yet, no matter how you look at it. All in all, in a lot of cases running backups can be more trouble than it’s worth, especially for users who aren’t well-versed in the subject… now, if only there was a Plug & Play method that was built for one thing and one thing only – running ROMs… So, 

Enter Team Sky3DS and their unorthodox flashcarts which, instead of relying on exploits like the Gateway 3DS or CFW, closely emulate an original Nintendo N3DS/3DS cartridge. Firmware-independent, simple to use, fully compatible – it was a dream-come-true for many users. Sure, the cartridges weren’t perfect (the Red Button had a 10 games limit until a workaround was devised, allowing for 31 games at a time. The Blue Button had a 31 games at a time limit until the SD structure was divided into sections, allowing for storing 95 games at a time), but they both had an incredible advantage – they were completely firmware-independent, which meant that they could run on latest firmware available, no fuss. Unfortunately, Nintendo found a way to prevent their latest games from running on the Sky3DS via an AP patch to their latest games… what to do, what to do… Fear not! Team Sky3DS has a new product for you guys, a brand-new Sky3DS revision! A flashcart to end all flashcarts, the Sky3DS+!

Even on first glance this new revision of the Sky3DS flashcart is different to its predecessors. There are four major changes to the design. The first improves comfort of use. Previous revisions had a single game-changing button, making game-browsing a rather lengthy process if you had a large amount of games on your SD card. This button was replaced with a pair of Forwards/Backwards buttons, allowing you to switch games in both directions. This change, alongside a more optimized firmware which decreased game-switching time (to approx. 3 seconds, as tested on a Class 8 SD card), allows users to find the games they are looking for much faster than previously.

The second change is the inclusion of a Micro USB connector on the side of the unit. This allows the flashcart to work as a portable SD card reader – all you have to do to transfer or modify your SD’s contents is connect the cart to your PC via the Micro USB cable provided with the unit. This connector was added specifically to allow users to easily update the on-board firmware, which in turn would allow for circumvention of any future AP checks Nintendo might implement. Keep in mind that the transfer rate of the connector is rather slow – during testing it peaked at 355kb/s – it was not designed to transfer large files such as ROMs, so using an external SD card reader is recommended for anything other than quick settings modifications or firmware installation.

The third change involves the filesystem used. The previous Sky3DS flashcarts used RAW data, requiring the user to use their DiskWriter utility and templates to write games onto their SD cards. The Sky3DS+ no longer requires the use of DiskWriter, as the filesystem was switched to standard FAT32. This means that in most cases all you’ll have to do to put your ROMs onto the SD card is just drag & drop – it doesn’t get any simpler than that. Remember all the game limits imposed by the Sky3DS Red and Blue? Gone without a trace – pack that SD to the brim because Sky3DS+ can handle it. The few games that have filesizes larger than 4GB (maximum filesize supported by FAT32) can be very easily trimmed, so it’s not a huge obstacle to overcome.

The fourth change is possibly the most ground-breaking – the Sky3DS+ now uses a rewritable firmware chip. This means that in the event of Nintendo introducing any more Anti-Piracy measures in their games, Team Sky3DS will be able to roll out an update circumventing them. Sweet! So far, so good!

Usage

As expected, using the Sky3DS+ is incredibly simple and comes down to dragging and dropping whatever you need onto your SD card. Before we start playing around with ROMs though, we’ll make sure that our cartridge is properly set up, starting with preparing the SD for optimal operation. To do so, we’ll be using the popular SD Formatter 4.0 which can be downloaded by following the link in the Useful Downloads section.

Begin by putting your SD card into an SD card reader. If you’re in a pinch, you can use the Micro USB connector on the cartridge itself and the supplied Micro USB cable, however due to low transfer rates doing so is not recommended. Once your SD is detected, start SD Formatter 4.0, click on Options, set Format Type to Full (OverWrite), enable Format Size Adjustment, apply the new settings and click Format. This will Zero-Fill the entirety of the SD card and adjust its declared size to the actual space available, doing so will ensure that the card will operate at peak efficiency. I don’t think I need to remind anyone that formatting the card will erase all data stored on it, so if there’s anything on the SD card, back it up.

SD Formatter tends to give faster and better results than the standard formatting tool built into Windows, and it comes recommended by the SD Association, so I prefer to use it over anything else. If for whatever reason SD Formatter doesn’t work well for you, using any other formatting tool that will allow you to format your SD to FAT32 is also acceptable.

Once the SD card is correctly formatted, we can proceed to update the Sky3DS+ firmware to the latest revision. The first batch of Sky3DS+ carts rolled out to the market will be flashed with Firmware V4 – right now, the latest version is V10, so we might as well update it before we start using the flashcart. Slide your freshly-formatted SD card into your Sky3DS+ and connect it to your PC with the provided Micro USB cable. At this point, Windows should install a new driver – Wario Mass Storage (Ha! Pun intended?). Once the driver is installed, you’re ready to update your firmware. To do so, place the “firmware.bin” file from Sky3DS’ website onto the root of your FAT32-formatted SD card. Once the file is in the root directory of your SD card, disconnect and re-connect it to your PC’s USB slot to supply it with power.

The Sky3DS+ LED should start flashing red – this means that the EEPROM is currently being written into. Do not disconnect the cartridge while this LED is lit – it may cause damage to your cartridge. Once the light is off, the firmware update is complete – you can now remove the “firmware.bin” file and put the latest “gamelist.bin” file available on Team Sky’s website onto the root of the SD card. The “gamelist.bin” file is the equivalent of old Sky3DS’ templates, it contains all the information necessary to boot your backups. Once this file is copied over, basic setup is complete – you can now fill your Sky3DS+ up with ROMs and enjoy them to your heart’s content!

When properly set up, the root of your SD card should look like the one in the screenshot above.

Advanced Setup: A Quick Look at the Settings and Config Files

Upon the first boot, the Sky3DS+ will create a “settings.txt” file with its default settings. This file can be edited at will in order to squeeze more out of your flashcart. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at all the advanced features this flashcart has to offer.

At present, the “settings.txt” file is composed of 6 lines:

  • FIRMWARE_VERSION=X – this line informs the user which version of “firmware.bin” is currently flashed to the flashcart’s chip
  • CREATE_PER_GAME_SETTINGS=X – this line is used to create game-specific config files, set this option to 0 for default settings and 1 for custom config files. Config files supersede “gamelist.bin” and allow users to input their own Private ID’s which are necessary for safe Online play. Config files will be covered in detal in the next section.
  • HIGH_SPEED_ENABLED=X – this line is most likely used to toggle the transfer rate.
  • ACTIVITY_LED_COLOR=RGB – this line is set to select the colour of the activity LED. This allows you to personalize your cartridge’s notifications to your liking or disable them altogether. The syntax here is simple – XXYYZZ, XX for Red, YY for Green and ZZ for Blue, 00 for Disabled, FF for Enabled. You can mix and match colours, too! For instance, FF00FF will make the LED shine Pink, FFFFFF will make it shine White or FFFF00 will make it shine Orange.
  • EEPROM_LED_COLOR=RGB – see above, but for EEPROM R/W.
  • SD_LED_COLOR=RGB – see above, but for SD access.

Once the CREATE_PER_GAME_SETTINGS option is Enabled (1), the Sky3DS+ will start creating “GameName.cfg” files for each individual game, allowing you to modify its settings.

At present, the config files are composed as follows:

  • CART_ID – this value represents the cartridge ID of the ROM.
  • ENC_TYPE – this value represents the encryption type used for the binary.
  • ENC_SEED – this value represents the previously “Unknown ID” which turns out to be the encryption seed used. The config file gives a hint as to how users should go about obtaining this value, should they wish to boot software not available in the latest “gamelist.bin”.
  • FLASH_ID – this value represents the Flash ID of the ROM.
  • GAMESAVE_KEY – this value represents the cartridge-specific unique key used for save file encryption and online play. If a save file for the game is already present, this value is overridden by the Sky3DS+.

Useful Downloads

While using the Sky3DS+ is pretty self-explanatory, Power Users who wish to squeeze the most out of their cartridge by trimming ROMs, using Private ID’s or running Out-of-Region ROMs will have to download additional software. Here’s a list of things you might want to consider downloading:

  • 3DS ROM Tool – This PC utility will allow you to Trim your .3ds files, allowing you to squeeze more games onto your SD cards as well as play games which surpass the 4GB filesize limit of the FAT32 system. It’s a command line tool, so if you’re more of a GUI person, check out the link below instead.
  • 3DSExplorer – This PC utility is a robust 3DS ROM explorer, it will allow you to read lots of relevant ROM data as well as Trim and Untrim your ROMs.
  • NINJHAX 2.5 This 3DS utility by @smealum is your gateway to the wonderful world of 3DS homebrew, Region-Free gaming, performance modifications and more! This Beta build is compatible with the latest (10.3.0-X) firmware, too!
  • SD Formatter 4.0 – This PC utility is the ultimate SD cleaner. For best possible performance, stick your SD cart into your reader and give this bad boy a spin – you won’t regret it!

Compatibility Table

By default, the Sky3DS+ only boots ROMs from the native region of the 3DS system in use, much like the previous two Sky3DS cartridges. This is due to the fact that the flashcart operates as a cartridge emulator and has no means of circumventing the region lock. Fortunately, the Sky3DS+ is compatible with NINJHAX and other similar homebrew solutions, allowing users to boot Out-of-Region ROMs with relative ease. Below you will find a list of games tested during the writing of this review. Games were tested on an Old 3DS running 10.3.0-28E firmware and NINJHAX 2.5.

In-Region ROMs Tested:

  • Devil Survivor: Overclocked (EUR) – PASS
  • Cubic Ninja (EUR) – PASS
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 (EUR) – PASS
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (EUR) PASS
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (EUR) PASS
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (EUR) PASS
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (EUR)PASS
  • Castlevania: Mirror of Fate (EUR) PASS
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (EUR) – PASS
  • Tales of the Abyss (EUR) – PASS
  • Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D (EUR) – PASS,
  • Pokemon Art Academy (EUR) – PASS
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (EUR) – PASS
  • Mario Party: Island Tour (EUR) – PASS
  • Mario Kart 7 (EUR) – PASS
  • Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns (EUR) – PASS
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening (EUR) – PASS
  • Super Mario Land 3D (EUR) – PASS
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. (EUR) – PASS
  • Naruto: Powerful Shippuden (EUR) PASS
  • Rhythm Thief: The Emperor’s Treasure (EUR) – PASS
  • Super Pokemon Rumble (EUR) – PASS
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (EUR) – PASS
  • Bravely Default (EUR) – PASS
  • Monster Hunter 4 (EUR) – PASS
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby (EUR) – PASS
  • Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward – PASS
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited (EUR) – PASS
  • Metal Gear Solid 3D – Snake Eater (EUR) – PASS

Out-of-Region ROMs can only be played on the Sky3DS+ via NINJHAX and its built-in Region-Free Launcher, RegionTHREE/FOUR and other compatible Regionlock-disabling solutions. Bear in mind that the Launcher is not 100% compatible, so some Out-of-Region games may fail to boot, freeze or hang on Error/Warning screens.

Out-of-Region Games Tested:

  • Project X Zone 2: Brave New World (JAP) – PASS
  • Mario & Luigi RPG – Paper Mario MIX (JAP) – FAIL (Hangs on an Error screen after creating/loading a save file, possible NINJHAX Region-Free Loader issue)
  • Monster Hunter X (JAP)  PASS
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (USA) – PASS
  • Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (USA) PASS
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (USA) – PASS
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (USA) – PASS

Conclusions

Leonardo Da Vinci once said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, and there’s a lot of truth to that statement. It’s hard not to like the Sky3DS+ – it does everything it was designed to do and it does so great. It’s a massive improvement over the previous Sky3DS designs and, honestly, considering the fact that it’s firmware-independent, it’s just about the perfect flashcart for users who are not interested in overly complicated setups and want a flashcart that “just works”. Its only drawbacks are the slow transfer rate of the micro USB connector, which isn’t a big deal considering the fact that it wasn’t designed for high speed in the first place, and the lack of native Homebrew support or Region-Free launching which, as seen above, can be easily mitigated with NINJHAX. If you were ever interested in getting a Sky3DS cartridge, this is the time to get one – it doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Sky3ds+ VS R4i gold 3ds, which is better to buy for 3DS/NEW 3DS 10.3 and 10.4?

Sky3ds+ which supports 3DS Games, R4i gold 3ds which runs DS Roms, which is better to buy for 3DS/NEW 3DS 10.3 and 10.4 firmware? If you can't choose which to buy, i will share you my opinion here.

Sky3ds+ Plus for 10.3 or 10.4 3DS/NEW 3DS

Orange button New Sky3ds version card, the sky3ds+ is the third generation 3ds flashcard in the whole market. It has firmware, updatable gamelist file, all 3ds system version compatibility, and the most importantly, it is supporting NEW 3DS Games with AP check directly! Sky3ds plus will be get into the market formally in this weekend, people who want to have a try on the card, pre-order from 3DS-FLASHCARD.COM, you can get it in the first time. Compared with the former version, blue sky3ds, sky3ds plus includes many new features. It is having 2 buttons is orange color, supports users change games for th and back freely, while the blue sky3ds only let you go to the next game always. It is running 3ds games with firmware not diskwriter, no diskwriter tool in need any more, users can just download sky3ds+ firmware, gamelist file and 3ds roms to the micro sd card, drag&play, more easier to use. It is supporting homebrews, this means users can download softwares, emulators or games from the third party to run by sky3ds+ card. Unlike blue sky3ds need to work with Homebrew launcher. In a word, sky3ds+ plus card currently is the best and easiest 3ds card to buy for playing New or Old 3DS Games.

R4i Gold 3DS for 10.3 or 10.4 3DS/NEW 3DS

It is R4 Wood card for NDS games, released by r4ids.com. This card is known as its wood kernel which has a quicker updating can always past the Nintendo 2ds update, 100% ds game compatibility can support all the ds games, afforable and reasonable price. What' more, r4i gold 3ds supports popular homebrew softwares and games. With Moonshell, this r4 gold card also let users play various audio formats, view various image formats and  play DPG videos.

R4i gold 3ds Features

  • Support 5500+ ds games on 2DS console.
  • Support nearly all ds games, including the old nintendo game NES, SNES and GBA.
  • Support SDHC (Micro SD 4G,8G,16G,32G) to download more game roms onto micro sd card.
  • Support Moonshell to play multimedia files.
  • Support added features like Real Time Save and Action Replay cheat to made game play more easily and gamer friendly.
  • Support popular homebrews and other applications.

Sky3DS VS R4I GOLD 3DS

Comparison SKY3DS+ R4I GOLD 3DS
Game Type 3DS Game NDS Game
3DS Compatibility 3DS 10.3 to lower versions. 3DS 10.3 to lower versions.
Price $98 $18
Other features
  • Homebrews: Support.
  • Region Free: No.
  • Firmware: Support.
  • Real time save: No.
  • User cheats:No.
  • Multimedia Function: No.
  • Use:Drag and Play.
  • Homebrews: Yes.
  • Region Free:Yes.
  • Firmware:Support.
  • Real time save: Yes.
  • User cheats:Yes.
  • Multimedia Function:Yes.
  • Use:Drag and Play.
Review The most expensive 3ds card to play All 3DS Games on 3DS/NEW 3DS 10.3 Firmware. The most famous R4 card to play All DS Games and Do any other things except for 3ds games on 3DS/NEW 3DS 10.3 Firmware.

Which is better to buy?

  • If you need a flashcard to play free games, enjoy multi-media files and real-time save and cheats on 3DS/NEW 3DS 10.3, then buy the R4I GOLD 3DS card
  • If you need a flashcard to play ALL new and old 3ds games, then choose SKY3DS+.