“ For Nintendo NDS Lite R4 - Flush fitting slot 1 card, use micro SD card, FAT16 or 32 - Moonshell 1.6 support software reset function - Save directly to MicroSD card, not to onboard chip - Supports the WiFi game, DS Rumble pak, DS Brower. „
This is a great little device if you just simply can no longer afford to buy games for you Nintendo DS or DSi. The first thing to me noted is that this does not come with a Micro SD card, so you will need to purchase one separately to this, but depending on what size you want you should be able to easily pick one up for less than £10. I'm not going to tell you the intricate details of how to download a game onto it, because I'm just here to pass my judgement on whether I think it's good or not. This is great if you want to download MP3s or any DS game onto your DS completely free. All you have to do is download a ROM of any DS game from somewhere on the internet. There are loads of websites all over the internet where you can download ROMs to put on the Micro SD card.
Once you have a ROM on the Micro SD and The Micro SD in you R4 in your DS, all you need to do it start it up like a normal game, select games and select the game you want to play. Once you have done this any game you select plays just as if it were a normal game in your DS.
One thing to note is that this will not work in a Nintendo 3DS and if you have a Nintendo DSi, you should stop updating it because Nintendo send out updates to stop these from working.
Got this little bundle of joy for christmas and wow what a purchase. I thought at first that it would be very difficult to use and install the operating system onto but it was just a case of downloading the software and extracting it, then copy and paste onto your micro sd card!
The same with ROMS and music/video, just a case of drop and drag.
The R4 card is very easy to use and has options such as changing your background (skins) making your ds customisable. Games load super fast and run just like normal. Games are and programs are quite easy to find aswel with a bit of internet searching on forums etc.
I have encountered one problem so far and that is my pokemon games will not save the file, or the save file keeps corrupting (thats what i get for playing kids games) but it may just be a dodgy download. the music player is quite good but pointless because the Nintendo's speakers arent very good, even though you can turn the music up over 100% to give the sounds a bit of a kick up the backside. Video playback is pretty good too.
When you buy the R4 Revoloution look out for websites which dont look genuine, there is a particulary good site called R4DS.co.uk - They always have offers on and are genuine cards.
Legally you cant download games that you dont already own genuinely, but i still recommended buying one for the sheer fact that owning an R4 Card gives you the option to turn your DS into a MP4 player. You can get one from the above website for around £15 including 2gb card, USB card reader and the R4 Revolution itself.
What is it?
The R4 revolution is a device which is used with a Nintendo DS (DSi versions are available too). The R4 works through using a micro SD card and the R4 itself. The mini SD is inserted into the R4 and then the R4 is inserted into the Nintendo DS, and is the same size and shape as a normal DS cartridge.
What does it do?
The purpose of the R4 is to allow DS users to use their Nintendo DS as a multimedia device. The R4 can be filled with movies, music and games which increase the devices capabilities; a DS do more than just games with the addition of the R4.
It is worth noticing that to be able to use it for games you have to download .NDS files (usually from the internet) which is not exactly legal (it's actually classed as piracy, you're not paying for the games and are therefore breaking the law; so please think carefully before you do and be careful).
The card itself is no different to a normal cartridge. It has a simple design with the logo and a small amount of writing on the cartridge itself. It uses a silver and black theme which isn't overstated or boring; it's just right.
When in use the card replaces the old Nintendo DS interface (if you don't use the card the old interface will be there like normal). It's worth noting that the interface has multiple 'skins' which allows the user to change the appearance of the interface, so it is unlikely that you will not like them all.
How well does it function?
The purpose of the R4 is to make your Nintendo DS more useful by allowing you to use it as a multimedia device, and it works well at doing so. In addition if you decide to put games onto the cartridge then a 2GB cartridge is likely to be able to hold about 10-20 games at a time (most games are about 100 mb).
The interface is well laid out which makes the device easy to use, there are three buttons on the touch screen one for games, one for multimedia and one for settings. Once clicked on they present all the files on the R4 in list format, so it is very easy to use.
It is worth noting that R4 cards require software putting onto them before use, which is where some people get confused. The software is readily available on the internet, and some sites you buy from (R4 cards are only available online) actually have the software on their website to make it easier for you (some have guides as well to help you through the process).
I have heard several people complain that R4 cards are not reliable, but in all honesty this is not the cards fault, but the owners. As long as you have a certain amount of knowledge of how to use a computer then you will have no problems with the R4 card. Once the software is on it then there is no need to mess around with software anymore, and you can just add your files to the mini SD card and all will be fine.
Personally I believe the R4 card is, as it's called, a revolutionary product. It allows the Nintendo DS to break the boundaries it has; it is only capable of playing games where as with the R4 it can be used for multimedia too. I would be lost without mine, I use it more than I do the 40 or so games I have bought over the years.
The R4 is all you need to invest in if you have a Nintendo DS (Lite). It is the same size as a normal DS game cartridge and one that goes exactly where your games would usually go.
You can store games and backgrounds on your R4, meaning you can have everything on one cartridge depending on the size you have. R4s come in a range of sizes and usually the more space it has the more expensive it is likely to be.
R4s are not as well known as they should be as they are kind of illegal, therefore what I know is that they can only be online and usually sent from Asia. Actually when I was in Hong Kong and I asked for an R4, they looked at me as if to say are you joking... asking for one of those on the streets.
The actual R4 is not illegal, its what you do with it. Like if you were to buy a blank dvd it is not illegal, but if you are going to upload a copied film, then for sure it is.
There are a few websites out there that allow you to download ´free`games and themes for your Nintendo Ds. You then can transfer the multimedia onto your R4, which then goes into your DS and does its magic. Whats good about the R4 is that you dont need to have millions of game cartridges, you just have them all in one place, making life alot easier. Also being able to have your own backgrounds means that your DS is personalised.
This makes it easy to have what game you want without having to pay the asked price. Simply download, upload and plug in and your done.
This is a good device to have if you have a Nintendo DS, but be careful what sites you are downloading from and what you do with it.
A good investment for your Nintendo DS.
The R4 DS is a plug and play card for the DS/DS lite, it allows you to play backed up games, mp3s, videos and read documents on the DS.
If you know the true meaning of 'backed up games' you will realise that this card will save you a ton of money. The price is a bargain, when I purchases this a few years ago it cost me about £25, I assume the price has lowered a bit now as new technology comes out.
You will need to buy a micro SD card for this to store your data on. You simply plug the micro SD card into the computer, put your games and music etc on it, plug the SD card into the R4, put it in your DS and away you go.
I would recommend a 2GB micro SD card as it will hold plenty of games, but don't forget you can always have multiple SD cards, they are tiny so very easy to carry round with you.
The R4 card is a design innovation for the Nintendo DS, though not an offical Nintendo product.
For those of you who don't know what an R4 card is, its a cartridge like the normal DS games cartridge that holds a Micro SD card and can be slotted in to the normal games cartridge space on the Nintendo DS. According to the information that comes with this you can out pictures, video, music etc on these cards and then be able to view them on your DS however, most people will use these for putting games on.
The original R4 cards will only take up to a 4gb Micro SD card the newer generation of R4 cards (R4 SDHC) will take up to a 16gb Micro SD card however, even for the newer cards if your putting games on a 4gb will probably be more than enough for you.
The R4 packs come with the cartridge, cartridge holder, CD, instructions and Micro SD card reader, unless you buy a pack with a Micro SD card you will need to buy this seperatly and without this it won't work.
The R4 cards are extemely easy to use and putting the firmware on to the Micro SD card is really easy. As for putting stuff on to the card its a simple drag and drop exercise. Once you have put something on the card all you do is put it in the DS like a normal game, turn on the DS and then use the up down keys to select which game or picture etc you want to look at or play.
As I said before most people will use these cards to put games on and unlike other games systems the DS games are not large file sizes hence, why I think a 4gb card is more than enough otherwise you will end up with so many games on it you won't play them all. The largest game file I have found for the DS is 132mb!! This is probably down to the fact that the graphics etc are not that advanced on the DS compared to the PSP.
There is an issue with the R4 cards if you are planning on using them for games and that is that the makers don't do updates for the firmware very often and Nintendo have realised that people are saving themselves money by getting copies of their games and using these cards so they keep updating the security files in their games which conflict with the older software on the R4 cards. So unless you feel confident searching for and creating your own firmware you may have to wait to play some of the more up to date games.
The R4 cards vary in price depending on whether you buy one with a Micro SD card or not and where you get it from so you are best doing your research first as you can save yourself lots of money this way.
Overall these are a great addition to the DS but there are also other cards out there that do similar jobs to the R4 card but with more updates for the firmware so that your not left waiting to play newer games. However, these are more user friendly so I would recommend doing your research first and finding out exactly what you want to do with it and what you feel confident doing yourself.
So, do you want to know exactly what an r4 is, well your soon going to find out! Basically its just a cartridge the same size as a normal ds game. You can buy the r4 on the web and only the web, as you may know it is sort or illegal, like don't walk into Game and ask if they sold r4's! So once bought it really is dead simple, you just go to ds rom sites on the internet for instance ndsr.net , this as you might of known is one of the best sites for ds games! Just click download and your download will begin. Some games to download properly you may will need winrar. Some new games will totally not work at all as nintendo has added some special features to them for not working on the r4, so you will need to download a patched version! Then once the download is finished you just copy the file onto the r4, make sure the file is a 'nds' file, otherwise it wont work and walla, your all set up to play your game! I would totally recommend this r4 to anyone that has a ds and who likes loads of ds games!
This R4 card is one of the best investments a nintendo ds owner could make. This small simple object costs less than any game and in the long run, will save you a small fortune.
Basically, you download any game that you want. You slide the microSD card into the USB stick. Finally you just copy the game onto it. It's childishly simple and once you done it you wont even think of paying for a game ever again. There are many R4 cards similar to this on the market but i find this is easy to use and, after seeing my all friend's R4 cards, much better than others i have seen. I got this R4 card for about £12, but if you look around i know you can get it for much less.
The only problems you may face are with the games you download rather than the R4 card itself. Occasionally these games just wont work. So try not to assume that your R4 card is broken or damaged and try downloading the game from a different source. However it is rare to find a file that is faulty.
The whole card plugs into your ds like any normal game. As soon as it loads you are then free to choose from your personal, free, list of downloaded games. So far i have 58 and there is still plenty of room for more.
You can spend the money you saved on anything you like, knowing that you are no longer one of those people wasting £30 on a ds chart game. If you have any urge to purchase this innovative little gadget, you should as you honestly wont regret it.
This little gadget has revolutionised my life, and thankfully made it quite a bit cheaper too. The R4 cartridge works by acting as a casing to put an SD memory card in. This way it allows the DS to read what is on a standard memory card. There are, of course, numerous possibilities this opens up - all being very exciting in a geeky kinda way. The DS can be turned into anything from a video viewer to a personal organiser. A lovely little 'homebrew' movement has begun on the internet, where people write the free software which makes these applications work.
Most importantly though, it can be used to store ROMs of DS games. ROMs are effectively a ripped version of a video game. When chart games come out at £30 each, this can be a welcome relief to one's pocket.
There are a few similar products like this, but through my collective frienship group's experience on that matter, this is the easiest and most reliable one to use.
The R4 card is a handy for the NDS lite. You'll never have to buy a game again. The R4 card is the same size as the NDS game cartridges it supports WI-FI games. The r4 cartridge take a micro SD memory card to let you put games on it is easy to set up. To get your R4 card working you possibly need to visit this site WWW.r4ds.com/ but with many r4's you will get a disk containing the files. Many sites have ROM's these are the games which you need to put on your r4 card most games need extracting so you should download winrar or another extracting program here is a link which you can download ROM's for your r4 www.rom-freaks.net. . The r4 card can also play movies and music moonshell is the file which allows you to do that. The r4 makes life much more easier its cheap and you dont need to buy games all the time.
This R4 and Micro SD card is amazing! You will never have to pay for a DS game again!
I bought mine from ioffer.com which is a website which sells a lot of stuff really cheap. I got if for like £8 with postage
You basically just put the usb stick into your usb slot on your laptop/computer and then in the R4 card there is a tiny slot where another little card is. You put the little card into the usb stick and then just copy and paste the games into the folder which then transfers to the usb... I'm properly making it sound a lot harder than it actually is!
you can the put the r4 card into you DS and play away!
When i first got this I was really sceptical about how the quality of the games would be or the sound quality etc... I wasn't sure if it would be just like buying a game from the shop or if it would be very poor quality.
I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at one of the games that its actually the exact same quality.
Its great aswell as ive got a 2gb one and have got about 25+ games on it so its a lot better than carrying around 25games!
You can download games simply from the internet. I use http://www.romulation.net/ they have nearly every game and comments about the games etc, ive never had to wait more than 10 mins for a game to download either.
This really is fantastic for the DS! and it works for the DS lite, the normal DS and the new DS.
R4 Cartridge Revolution For DS... (R4)
I got a R4 the other day off Ebay for around £10, So I havn't really been using it alot but I have seen all the features to the R4! A R4 is a adapter that fits into the Nintendo DS's game ports and on the top there is a small slot to fit in a Micro SD Card. You Save games on the Micro SD and then put it into the R4 card. You can also put Movies and Music on the R4! It also supports Wi-Fi game play, DS Rumble pack and the DS Browser. You can four - scale lightness adjustments (DS lite only).
In the box there is...
USB 2.0 to Micro SD slot to put games from your computer onto your DS. There is the R4 Cartridge, Instructions and Software! On the front there is a logo "R4" and on the back there is R4 information.
The R4 can work on any Nintendo DS, And it can surf the Internet (Wi-Fi) on your Nintendo DS. You could have ten games on one card or you could have ten games on ten cards! Having to carry around the game boxes, Or if you have a R4 card of the Nintendo DS you can just keep the games on one memory card! I would highly recommend this to anyone who has any Nintendo DS. As it is the best thing I ever bought for my DS, The only disadvantages you can't play Game Boy Advance games on it.
The R4 is a cartridge for the nintendo ds, it is the same size as the normal cartridge games for the ds. It is black and silver. In the back of the R4 cartridge is a small slot for a SD card to fit in. The purpose of the R4 is to hold many normal ds games (dependent on the size of the SD card) which can be downloaded from the internet.
--What you need--
When you purchase the R4 ensure that you purchase the following with it. The items can be brought from some sites as a package or you can buy them seperately.
- R4 cartridge
- USB SD card reader (shown in the picture above)
- SD memory card (I have a 2gb)
- Installation disc *optional*
--What to do next--
When you purchase the R4 there are no instructions telling you what to do. If you have to disc for installation you need to insert it into your computer and copy the files that are on it. Insert the SD card into the reader and put it into your USB port. You then need to copy these files onto the card reader. You will also need to create a folder called Games on the card reader as this is where you will save your games.
If you do not have the disc, this is not a problem. You will need to get the files from a website, there are also walkthrough videos on the internet, I am unsure if I am allowed to post links in my review but I will find out and update this review (email me if you don't have the disc and I will tell you what to do)
Next you have to download games onto your R4. Leave the SD card reader in your USB port. Using a search engine search 'DS Roms' this should bring you up lots of results. Use any of these to find games. You will soon find which ones download quickest and have the best range. Search for a game you want, make sure the game you choose has an E in brackets this means european, or a U which is American. If you choose J this is Japanese.
When you are shown the box choose the save the game and save it into the games file you created earlier. Games take from between 1-70 minutes in my experience depending on their size. This is just for my computer on which I have broadband so it may be different depending on your connection speed. Once it is downloaded you must unzip the file this will leave two files in the folder.
--Playing the games--
Remove the SD card from the card reader and slot it into the R4 cartridge. Then put this into your DS. You should then get 3 boxes on your screen. Select the first one with the yellow face. This will take you to a list of games that you have downloaded. Choose the one you want. When prompted click yes (this will only happen the first time you play) Now you can begin playing.
I've been reading some of the other reviews of this product on this website saying that the R4 is not worth the money. I completely disagree this is the best thing I have ever bought.
I paid about £18 for the cartridge, the usb, a 2gb sd card, and the disc to install it with. This is everything you need.
Once it arrived I inserted the disc but there was no instructions and nothing happened which was a slight problem. But if you go to youtube there are several videos on there which tell you exactly what to do to install the software onto your PC/laptop. There are also videos which tell you what to do if you dont have the disc as soon packages come without it.
On my computer the games are quick and easy to download. They all work absolutely fine on my DS.
The only thing I would say is the sites I use to download games have lots of pop-ups so make sure your blocker is turned on to full before you go on there or you will be bombarded!
Overall this is brilliant, the games work really well and this is really good value. You can download as many games as you like and if you only pay about £20 then I think thats really good. You'll never have to pay for DS games again.
Depending on what price you are able to bag this at it could be a bargain. When they were new i paid £40 for mine and then had to fork out extra for the card and i would still say it was worth it.
Make sure you buy a high speed mini sd card as this will give you a richer gaming experience. Then all you have to do is transfer the setup files from the CD to memory stick and it's ready to go.
DS games need to be in the format of .nds and you can either create your own backups or download them from many different sources online. To play the games you simply click the first icon and they load up - simple! However, more recent games are protected from played on a R4 but with some minor adjustment using a certain program (DS Lazy) then they are compatible and ready to go on the R4 once again.
You can also turn your DS into fully functioning audio or video device with .mp3 and .mp4 (i think) playback now supported. The sound quality is as good as you would expect and you can fit plenty of songs on it depending on the size of your memory stick.
Skins are fully interchangeable and if you felt the urge you could in fact create your own skins. Skins can be downloaded and it is just the simple task of copying and pasting them into the system files & if anything breaks you can delete all the system files and copy them from the disc again!
If you have any trouble during installation then watch the videos on YouTube for clear walkthroughs!
Site for Skins is;
What is the R4 card?
The R4 card is a money saver if your normally go out and spend some cash on DS games. The r4 card basically lets you download DS games online which you can transfer to a SD card, the SD card slides into the R4 and Tahdah you have a game, simple as that. Its really easy and simple to do, even my 6 year old sister can do it. It also lets you use your DS as a Movie player and MP3 Player
Personal Experience with R4
I got the R4 card when all my friends started to play the DS, they talked about Mario DS the most, but i didnt have enough money to buy it. This is when i discovered the R4 card, its only about 30-50pounds but a Huge money saver. So i ordered the R4 card online and never again was i left out when my friends chatted about DS games.
Some Tips and Tricks
With the R4 i constantly find useful tools and hidden things i didnt know about.
Here are some things i found out about R4:
- Changing the Theme
- Using DS for MP3/Movie/Pictures
- Hold all buttons to Exit to Main Menu
- Making New folders
- How to get on MSN with DS
- .Sav Files
Changing themes for the DS is pretty easy. All you have to do is Download it online transfer it to your DS and when you on the Main Screen press SELECT and it should change.
To Use your DS as a MP3 transfer a MP3 track onto the DS and on the Mainmenu choose the Middle option ( should look like a Media Button ). After you chose this lots of computer stuff writing zooms up the page, Dont worry your DS is not haveing a breakdown! Browsee for the MP3 file and play it! simple!
Hint: ../ Means to go back a folder. To be able to play movies and clips you need to download a program which will be able to change your .avi .mp4 ect ... to a .dpg same as a MP3 transfer, middle button, browse and play.
Viewing a Picture is slightly different, download a photo picture and put it on the DS, now chose the First option ( left ) in main menu, it should look like a Game button. Now find your Picture and you should be able to Zoom into it by pressing the touchpad, and skip to next picture by pressing R (i often use this when im on the train for reading Manga).
Holding Buttons to Escape from game- when you go into the Left button in the Main Menu in the top right of the Touchpad you should be able to see a Green R button. If the button is red it means the option is disabled. With this button holding you can exit a game without having to turn your DS on and off which does get pretty annoying. When your in the Left Menu Button you can press R to switch this option on and off -
- Red = Off
- Green = On
While in a Game - Hold X-Y-B-A-L-R buttons this should freeze the game and you should find yourself in the main menu.
I was pretty annoyed at this Cheat option. If only i found out earlier i would of killed Bosses in games easier, but then whats the Fun with Cheats. I only reccommend this option if you are Really stuck in a game or completed the game and want to mess around. When you about to select a game if there is a option on the touchpad which say "Cheat(Y)" press Y and enable some pretty cool cheats, how about Mario Kart with Foreverlasting golden mushroom and infinite Star ? you can finish laps within 15seconds. its really fun.
Making folders - on the Memory SD card plug it into the USB port in your computer and make some folders to organise your MP3s .NDS games, this is a Must do because it helps to organise your files so they dont get into a muddle. When in a Folder you can exit that folder by pressing " ../ ".
Entering MSN with DS - Search and Download from the internet "beup live 0.3" like with any other game go into it, enter your Wifi connection details. Sign in with your hotmail and your done!
you can type with the Stylus and chat to your friends.
.sav files are basically , yes you've guessed it the save file for your game. You can Give your .sav file to your freinds and family to help them out. Sometimes your DS can break and you might lose the data on the game, but if you have a copy of your .sav file you can just delete the old broken one and replace it with the other .sav.
The R4 card is a Must buy for the DS, i cant imagine a NDS user without a R4 card! it can save room in your house and way more access to your DS, i give the R4 card a rating of -10/10. Brilliant!!