Knowing what 3DS card to purchase can be a real challenge. First, there is trying to find what cards are out there and support the Nintendo 3DS. Second, there is finding a card that is inexpensive and which works for your needs. Finally, there is settling on a card that is user tested and recommended.
If you, like many other people, are interested in purchasing a card for your Nintendo 3ds, then the below guide is for you. Here we will be reviewing the R4i Gold card to see if it is worth purchasing over some of the leading competitors.
The design of the R4i Gold card is relatively solid. Attempts to break open the casing failed, and it feels solid. The cartridge has a glossy sticker on it, and it doesn’t look either good or bad. The reader part of the cartridge however feels a little flimsy. In addition, the plastic used in the molding isn’t perfect, and imperfections can be seen on the cartridge itself. The card comes with a number of additional things, like a well-put together box and manual.
Set-up is no worse then other Nintendo DS cards out there. It requires you download the software, connect the cartridge to your computer with a special reader, install the software, and then customize before putting it in your DS. Though time consuming, it is a necessary step and the R4i Gold does a good job at making the process straightforward. Additional instructions are included in the manual that is shipped with the card.
Usability is where the R4i Gold shines. Once you are using the card on your DS and everything is set up correctly, using the R4i Gold is simple. The menus are well designed and finding options is simple. In addition, it works very well when running games both off of the card and from other DS cartridges.
One place where the R4i Gold falls a little behind is in backwards-compatible gaming support. On average, it will only support 4/5th of games. While this doesn’t make a difference for some, it is a big issue for others and something that should be kept in mind.
In general, the 3DS R4i Gold leaves a lot to be desired. However, it is still a solid card that easy to use. Though it may not support the full range of backward compatible games, it should still be considered if you simply need a card for general uses. That coupled with its price makes it a contender in the market.