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R4 Card Review for Original R4

R4R4 CARD Card

Perfect for the average DS games lover.  The maximum Micro sd size is 2gb which is adequate enough for most people,
the average game is between 32 mb and 64 mb leaving you with plenty of room for everything else.  Average 2gb cart will contain 30 plus nds game files.
Many nds files are actually much smaller, although some are of a larger size.

Homebrew applications are smaller meaning you're card can hold even more information, which gives you much more room to enjoy your gaming experiance.

The R4 card can even handle video files, however these require additional software before use as the files will need to be converted before running on R4.
This is ideal should you be on a long trip somewhere - it will avoid the necessity of having to purchase expensive dvd players for your car.

The skins (screens) are simple to navigate and can even be customized to your own personal requirements - these can be downloaded from various websites
a simple google search for R4 skins will give you plenty of options or even the R4 website itself.  You can even create your own skins using R4 Alice.


You may read comments on other sites / forums giving negative reviews on the R4 card - however IGNORE THEM as the R4 card has stood the test of time,
although now, maybe out performed by some of the newer cards - the R4 still provides everything you need to enjoy trouble free R4 DS gaming at a
fantastic price.

Although officially, the R4 team no longer exist - the pure simplicity of this R4 card requires no outside addtional support, as you will not be downloading via internet wifi,  or have any real need to carry out any updates, we have tested over 1200 games on these r4 cards, and they work fine.

For those interested in technicalities, here’s a list of features,that will give you an idea of why we still rate them.

R4 Card  Features in detail:

Some of the official features for the R4DS:

  • R4 Doesn’t require a booting tool
  • Supports Clean ROM, drag and drop
  • Supports both FAT 16 and 32 formats
  • Automatically detect save type
  • Saves directly to the micro SD and not to the memory chip
  • Support for SD without any lag in the games
  • Supports Moonshell 1.6 and homebrew
  • Supports rumble pak and memory pak
  • Supports WiFi game, DS Rumble Pack and DS Browser
  • Supports changes of the background of Operation Interface
  • Support Skin DIY by setting background and font colors on Main Menu and Game Menu manually and automatically
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Boot clean dump images
  • User-friendly skinnable interface
  • Touchscreen or button operation
  • Supports 4-scale-lightness adjustment (DS Lite only)
  • Supports the Soft Reset.
  • Moonshell 1.6 support Software Reset function (Press START key back to the R4 menu)
  • DLDI auto-patching
  • Full download play support

In addition to these features, the device supports drag-and-drop functions on any OS, be it Windows or Mac. It works on any DS and DS Lite from all over the world; there are no regional issues. Its battery life is the same as any other cart. The drag-and-drop functionality has been extended to be used for the backup functions as well. It doesn’t need any additional software to be able to back up the data.

The device has been designed to match the speeds of the original carts. The company claims that it has never received any complaints about this whatsoever, which speaks volumes about the device.

Whether or not the long list of features we’ve just described is useful for you, the R4 CARD is a great device worth every penny spent on it just for its storage capacity and the graphic quality it delivers.

If you’re convinced already that you’d like to have one of these, you may buy them from here and read the remaining section when you have the R4 in your hands.

How to use your R4 Card:

  • Insert the Micro SD Card in the Card Reader supplied with the R4 pack and plug it in your computer’s USB slot. Format the card to FAT 16/32 version
  • We will provide R4 DS Kernels for free , just ask and its done or just check the web for r4 ds kernels ver 1.18
  • Drag and drop all the contents of the ZIP to the Micro SD root. The ’shell’ folder contains the Moonshell files needed if you would use it on your R4.
  • Drag and drop the ROM files to the Micro SD, opening the card in explorer window you can organise the files.

Features: Good and Bad
Having the R4 tested the strikingly good or bad features would be as below:


  • R4 Card 100% ROM Compatibility
  • No lags or graphical deterioration to the ROMs
  • Doesn’t need a software, completely drag and drop.
  • Supports clean ROM
  • Expandable Micro SD/SDHC memory
  • Supports FAT 16/32
  • Commendable build quality
  • Custom Operating System is upgradable with ease
  • The necessary software can be downloaded from the official R4DS site.


  • R4 Card has low homebrew compatibility
  • Doesn’t have download play support functionality
  • English firmware updates are s lower than the Chinese version
  • Homebrew compatibility isn’t that great
  • Lacks extra features
  • Basic, dated GUI

The R4 is undoubtedly a great companion for any Nintendo DS games enthusiast.Thanks again from uk memory cards R4 CARD HERE