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 r4i-sdhc.com 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)
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.
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.
Insert the R4i 3DS into your console once all the files are on the Micro SD card (DS Lite used in the example below).
Boot into the R4i menu and select the .nds update file.
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%.
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.