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Nintendo Updates to then Firmware

New Nintendo DSi and 3DS Firmware Updates

After updating the Nintendo DSi to the newer 1.4.2 firmware, Nintendo then went after the Nintendo 3DS. The purpose of both of these updates was to make the transfer of online content (such as DSiWare) from DSi to the 3DS seamless. However, the newest updates made cards on both the DSi and 3DS unable to be used.

Nintendo DSi / 3DS Updates Block Flash Cards

Both of these updates blocked the vast majority of genuine flash cards as well as effectively all clone / imitation cards that don’t have a support team behind them. Nintendo also released an additional firmware update ( for the 3DS after it emerged that some games may have come into problems with the update. However, this new update doesn’t block any cards. So any 3DS with cards that are compatible will also be compatible with Nintendo’s firmware update.

Many of the genuine card manufacturers have already provided fixes for the majority of the firmware updates. From our research, they are as follows (links to the official manufacturer’s website) for the main genuine card manufacturers. This list was last updated 29/June/2011:

  • R4i SDHC / R4i 3DS (1.4.2 compatible, compatible)
  • Supercard DSTWO (1.4.2 compatible, compatible)
  • Acekard 2i (1.4.2 compatible, compatible)
  • M3i Zero(1.4.2 compatible, compatible)
  • EZFlash Vi(1.4.2 compatible, compatible)
  • iEDGE (1.4.2 compatible only)
  • Cyclo DS iEvolution (no updates as of yet)

Buying Genuine Nintendo DSi / 3DS Cards

For a list of retailers who stock only genuine cards, head over to our Where to Buy page.

Retailers are welcome to e-mail us to be put on this page as long as you meet the following conditions:

  • You provide prompt customer service and are an established retailer,
  • You sell ONLY genuine cards (we do not allow ANY stores that sell fake / clone cards)

R4i 3DS Patched/Fixed for Nintendo DSi 1.4.2 Firmware

Last month in May 2010, Nintendo released the 1.4.2 update on the DSi console. This update was activated through the System Update menu in the Settings menu of the DSi, or when you access DSiWare online. Once this update was implemented though, it blocked Nintendo DS flash cards. During this time, many stores have been advising people not to update their DS cards until fixes were announced. Now, however, first on the scene with a fix comes from the R4i team – that is the first R4i team, not the clone R4i guys (good luck listing them all, there are many fakes and clones! The genuine guys are at with a hyphen, anyone else is a fake R4i).

This is surprising because normally the R4i team don’t have updates for new firmwares; their cards are normally not updatable. This is the first official ‘firmware update’ in over a year where users don’t have to buy a brand new card to continue using them on their DSi consoles. This is significant and probably gives the R4i 3DS team a bit more respect; this means that the components they’re using to build the R4i 3DS / R4i SDHC cards are now better. Previously, the cards were cheap but used components that meant they couldn’t be updated. This is a great and welcome change, and we’re happy to welcome the R4i into the “updatable” fold.

We’ll show you how to update your R4i card here, it will give you full access to your card features on your updated DSi console. There is a separate fix for their previous discontinued model the R4i SDHC v1.4.1 as well. (If the box on your R4i card shows v1.4.1, this is yours)

Step 1
Pick up the Nintendo console you are going to use to flash your R4i 3DS. If you have not yet updated your Nintendo DSi’s firmware to 1.4.2, you’re fine with the DSi. However, if your DSi is already updated you must borrow a DS Lite, 3DS, or DSi v1.4.1 or lower. You cannot update your R4i card using a Nintendo DSi console that is already using the 1.4.2 firmware.

Step 2
Download the fix file from the R4i official website here and copy it onto the Micro SD card with your R4i menu files. The fix for the R4i SDHC v1.4.1 is available here. Don’t forget you need to unzip the files using a program like WinRAR or WinZIP.

Step 3
Insert the R4i 3DS into your console once all the files are on the Micro SD card (DS Lite used in the example below).

Step 4
Boot into the R4i menu and select the .nds update file.

Step 5

Follow the onscreen instructions and wait for it to complete, it might take a fair while so be patient. The game it shows up as will change to Spongebob Squarepants. It will show a progress bar that slowly gets to 100%.

Step 6

Test it out on the updated DSi. You’ll see the Spongebob Squarepants logo which indicates that the DSi 1.4.2 update was successful.

New Nintendo 1.4.2 Patch Blocks Flash Cards on DSi/DSi XL

UPDATE 27/JUNE/2011: All mainstream cards now work on the 1.4.2 firmware update. If you own an R4i 3DS in particular, please click here for a step-by-step guide to updating your card.

On the 11th of May 2011, Nintendo released a firmware upgrade for users of the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL consoles. The newest update changes the version number of the console firmware to the newest 1.4.2 version.

If you use the online store function of your DSi or you go to the System Settings menu of your DSi, you will be presented with the following screen.


If you currently use any flash card for the Nintendo DSi, do not upgrade your console to the latest firmware via Nintendo’s system update! The upgrade will block your flash card from functioning on your DSi console. Manufacturers of various DS compatible cards including the Acekard, EZFlash and M3i teams are working to release a fix at the moment but there’s no telling when each individual fix will be released. The R4i team are infamous for not being able to ‘upgrade’ their flash card’s firmware to be compatible with Nintendo updates, instead releasing ‘new versions’ of the card for people to buy. Therefore, once again, do not upgrade your DSi console if you own any DSi card – and possibly consider buying a new card in the future if you currently own an R4i SDHC / R4i 3DS card.

While there has been no official announcement from Nintendo regarding this update, it is not difficult to guess why the update has occurred. Later on in May a software update will be made available for the Nintendo 3DS as well. Within this update is the 3DS eShop, where users will be able to buy games and also transfer DSiWare and games over from their older DSi consoles. The new 1.4.2 update for DSi consoles likely facilitates this transfer to the Nintendo 3DS. Naturally, the update has also currently rendered all DSi-compatible cards inoperable.

Updates are likely to be available in the near future for firmware-upgradable cards such as the Acekard 2i, M3i Zero and EZFlash Vi cards. However, there is no definite time frame for when these updates will be available. Cards that are upgradable are notably more expensive, so be prepared to pay a bit more if you wish to buy a high quality card. The R4i SDHC / R4i 3DS is a genuine AND reliable card, but the reason it is cheap is because historically the firmware was not upgradable. This may well be the case here, and more news will be updated on this page as and when possible.

In the mean time, please visit the Where To Buy page if you would like a flash card for your Nintendo DS / DSi / 3DS console for a list of stores that sell only genuine cards. Beware where you buy from and never buy fakes – we vet all stores (and our list may sometimes change to reflect this!) to make sure they only sell authentic cards and provide adequate customer service.