Nov 11 2013

R4i Gold for 3DS

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.

 

 

Design

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Support

 

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.

 

Conclusion

 

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.

Nov 18 2011

Nintendo 3DS – Handheld gaming

The Nintendo 3DS is the bestselling handheld gaming system ever made. It is also the second bestselling overall console. The only console to beat the 3DS in sales has been the Playstation 2, and like the PS2, the 3DS has a large number of games to choose from. With all of the games on the market, it can be difficult to decide which are worth picking up. So here is a short highlights list of the crème of the crop for the entry level shopper on the 3DS. All of these games are popular and very well received, both by critics and fans alike.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Fans of Legend of Zelda will tell you that the franchise is the best game series ever made, and to be fare they pose some solid arguments. Zelda offers an enchanting fantasy world that is open to exploration, with epic battles between good and evil that aren’t weighed down with the tropes one usually associates with fantasy. Zelda fans have argued eternally over whether A Link to the Past or Ocarina of time was the better game. This could be good news for A Link Between Worlds as it is set In the same timeline as A Link to the Past.
  2. Pokémon X and Y: If you have played Pokémon games before, then you know something of what to expect. Otherwise, brace yourself. The Pokémon franchise is built upon a tried and true formula and historically their games have not changed all that much. The world is massive and absorbing, with countless items and pets to collect, activities to complete, and opponents to challenge. With each game Nintendo has added a little more to the formula, trying new things and keeping those that were successful. Nintendo has taken leaps in innovation with Pokemon X and Y, making them possibly the greatest contributions to the franchise to date.
  3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Animal Crossing is a different sort of game. There are no monsters to kill, no opponents to compete against, and no overarching goal which must be completed. In Animal Crossing you are given an avatar in a town with a house. The town is populated with people with unique personalities, and your only job is to live out your life. There is plenty to do, from fishing, to bug catching, to building your home and working, but it is all handled in a laid back and peaceful way. Animal Crossing is perfect for anyone looking for a different kind of game.

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