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NDS, R4 DS Lite, R4i DSi XL and R4 3DS Flash Cards

Best copier tools for playing DS ROM backups on 3DS, DSi, NDS and DS Lite.

SuperCard DSTWO

New Nintendo R4 3DS flash cards are backward compatible with DS Lite, NDS and DSi XL.

They are a better option than the old R4DS cards that work only on NDS and DSL consoles. R4 cards can be used to run DS roms and DSi Roms, play MP3 music as well as emulate most of the classic 8-bit NES, GBC, Atari, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and SEGA etc. video game consoles and some 16-bit games from SNES and Genesis with limited speed and sound, but when it comes to running 32-bit GBA roms on 3DS and DSi XL you will need the SuperCard DSTWO 3DS flash card with a built-in CPU that adds the extra processing power needed to run GBA, SNES and MAME emulated games at full speed and with sound. SC3DS (SuperCard 3DS) also adds DivX, XviD, Avi, MKW and even WMV video file support, PDF reader and many more extra features not found on other cards like Slow-Motion and 4 Save Slots for each game, and did I mention that with Real-Time Save function you can save at any place and at any time in the game! Regular R4i Cards, R4i Gold 3DS, R4i SDHC, R4 3DS, CycloDS iEvolution, EZ-Flash Vi, R4DS and AceKard 2i can play Video, but you will need to convert video files to a format that the MoonShell DS media player can understand. With SuperCard DSTWO there is no need to alter the files that you get from Torrents - just place them on the micro SDHC card, put that into the R4 3DS SuperCard and play on 3DS or DSi or the old NDS.

Buy DSi R4 Flash Cards

From the history of DS Flash Cartridges BEFORE the R4DS came and changed the world:

ds lite slot-2DS Lite Flash Cards - Before R4DS!

Tools for playing backup NDS ROMs games on DS Lite.

So You have purchased a DS Lite want to be able to run Nintendo DS ROMs / games that are available on the internet but You are totally new to console gaming and wondering and need advise on what exactly do you need to play NDS ROMs. DS Flash card? Passkey? Passcard - all sounds like greek to You. Well we will try to help you out here stating with the Basics!

Now in order to put NDS roms on to your console you need some kind of memory card that will store the files. Original Nintendo DS game cards are Read-Only-Memory (ROM) meaning that you can only read from them, but can not erase or rewrite their memory. What we need is a rewritable media, and that is where DS Flash Cards come in. By adding flash to DS you make it possible to copy .nds rom files to the console as you copy songs to mp3 music player. In fact after you get a DS Flash Card putting a new free game is just as easy as playing a new song...

ds lite slot-2DS Flash Card - are cartridges with re-writable memory. They can be in a shape of a GBA cartridge or a DS game card and can have built-in memory or serve as a adapter for SD, TransFlash or CF flash memory cards.

If you choose a SLOT-2 GBA cartridge slot DS Flash Card you will also need a DS PassKey. Latest generation passkey is a card that looks like a DS Game Card and is used to fool your DS Lite into playing NDS Game rom from the GBA slot. Without it DS would try to execute it as a Gameboy Advance game on a single screen. (You don't need Pass card if you want to play GBA ROMs on it as they do not have any encryption or copy protection but need it for DS mode.)
So to cut a long story short to play stuff on DS Lite You need:

For GBA + NDS ROMs + and other media:

1. GBA / NDS Flash Card for Slot-2
2. DS Pass Card for Slot-1
3. Flash Card writer
(Flash Writer = USB cable for DS rom cards with internal memory and a SD, MMC, miniSD, microSD, TransFlash or CF memory card and any regular SD or CF writer for Adaptor cards) suggests:

For NDS ROMs + and other media:

1. DS Flash card for Slot-1
2. USB Cable for transferring roms
(if the DS card has no built-in memory depending on the model you have to add an SD, microSD, TF card and a writer for that memory card type) suggests:

DS SLOT-2 (GBA) Flash Cards

Flash Card that is shaped like a GBA cartridge or even smaller like a DS Lite GBA slot dust cover. Inside it has re-writable memory that can be used to store and play NDS ROMs, MP3s, Pictures, Movies, Emulators and any other program that you can find for the DS.

DS SLOT-2 Flash Adapters

Nintendo DS Flash card that has no internal memory for roms, but has a slot for plugging in an SD, miniSD, TransFlash (microSD) or CF flash memory card. Means you have to buy the memory separate from the card, but gives an option of upgrading memory size.

PassCard / PassKey

Used to bypass DS security check and run any unsigned code (game rom, program) from GBA cartridge slot (SLOT-2) on your DS. You have to have this to run NDS roms and in most cases DS flash sets come together with a pass card of some type.


DS SLOT-1 Flash Cards

All in one solution with everything packed to fit into the DS Lite SLOT-1. Doesn't require a PassKey and more simple to use, but has no way to run Gameboy Advance Roms that many of the DS SLOT-2 flash cards can.

DS SLOT-1 SD / TF Adapters

Similar to DS Lite Slot-1 flash cards, but with no internal memory - requiring you to plug-in an SD or TransFlash card that will hold the NDS roms. Many of them stick out of the console at the top or bend under it.

Other DS Backup Solutions

Cards like DSLink that requires a special MK4 PassKey Swap card or a DS with a hacked BIOS.


Will this work on my console? I assume you have a Nintendo DS Lite console. It doesn't matter where you live or where the console was bought as they have NO country lockout, so all games and accessories work on all DS Lite consoles worldwide.

Buy original Flash Cards for Nintendo consoles at R4 Shop (R4DS /R4i DSi official online retailer)

Buy Nintendo DS Lite Flash Cards


  • EZ-Flash 3DS - easy to use flashcart for N3DS and DSi XL with a friendly interface.
  • SuperCard DSTWO - for playing Gameboy Advance ROMs on DSi and GBA on 3DS.
  • CycloDS iEvolution - use this Cyclo iEvo card to unlock DSi Mode on DSi and N3DS.
  • R4 3DS Card - reviews, firmware updates, comparison of Nintendo rom backup tools.
  • R4 3DS - the official R4i Gold SDHC Nintendo flash cartridge adapter website.
  • AceKard 3 - cheap 3DS compatible alternative cart with good support.
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