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Save on the Nintendo 3DS on Cyber Monday in the UK!

Nintendo 3DS Consoles and Black Friday

Black Friday has just passed and Cyber Monday was today, but don’t fret – not all the deals have disappeared! Amazon are running their Cyber Monday sale all week long, meaning that you don’t need to rush to get the best deals on a single day. So take your time, have a think over it, and then check out some of the deals they have on!

Cyber Monday Deals on Nintendo 3DS at Amazon UK

Check out Amazon UK Nintendo 3DS Cyber Monday Deals, which also includes some really good deals on the Nintendo 3DS console at £99.99 or less! The deals are going to be running all week long, so grab them before they run out but there’s no rush to buy today.

Amazon Cyber Monday Week Deals

So if you’re after a Nintendo 3DS this Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend, don’t forget to check them out and grab yourself a bargain. The image below links to some of the broader Amazon deals on at the moment.

Nintendo 3DS Console Black Friday Deals

Imperial Gadgets Deal on Laptop Chargers

In other news, also check out Imperial Gadgets who have a great deal on at the moment on their PC and Mac laptop chargers. I don’t know how long this price will last, but I just got a new one that I’m using to update this site on as well as use my MacBook at work, and it’s doing brilliantly. This is the kind of thing you’d normally expect to see for £80 or higher in high street stores, so get on this while you can!

Crown3DS Plays 3DS Games!

September 2011 appears to be a bit of a landmark date in the Nintendo homebrew industry, and with very good reason. In the last week or so, rumours and reports that a group calling themselves Crown3DS have broken the encryption on the Nintendo 3DS console have become substantiated. It appears that this previously unknown DS card developer has developed a prototype card that can play Nintendo 3DS 3D games! This is massive news because to date, every DS based card in existence for the DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL and 3DS console could only play regular DS games, and not DSiWare (which is downloadable content for the DSi handheld console) and or Nintendo 3DS ’3D’ games.

Crown3DS have backed up these rumours by releasing a video proving that their research has come to fruition. The video demonstrates that a prototype card (with an awful lot of wires sticking out the back of it!) could successfully play Splinter Cell 3DS on a Nintendo 3DS console without problem.

 

Crown3DS

There are currently a few reservations about the Crown3DS team still, however. Bear in mind that all the top flash card teams like Acekard, Supercard, R4i, EZFlash etc. have all built a reputation on customer response and compatibility. Even if this Crown3DS card ends up working on a 3DS console with 3D games, they still need to prove themselves as a supplier by listening to the community and making frequent updates. As they have no current track record it is difficult to say whether they’d be good or not so good at this.

Additionally, the video gives no indication whatsoever of how close the Crown3DS card is to manufacturing, or whether it will permanently stay as a prototype only.

Below are some more photos of the kit in action.

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Crown3DS

3DS ROM

If there are any additional developments, we’ll be sure to post them on this website! Do stay tuned.

Nintendo Releases 1.4.3 DSi Firmware Update

Last updated 16/August/2011 – (Many thanks to NDS-Gear for informing us about the 1.4.3 DSi update)

DSi XL R4

Nintendo Releases DSi 1.4.3 Firmware Update

Just a few weeks after the 1.4.2 update was released, Nintendo have released a follow-up update, simply called the 1.4.3 firmware update. This update affects both the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL consoles. There is speculation that the update might be to get the DSi compatible with the recent Nintendo 3DS’ 2.1.0.3 update, but it’s most probable that the update is just there to block Nintendo DS flash carts.

Current Compatibility with 1.4.3 System Update

Currently (as of 16/Aug/2011), the Supercard DSTWO, Acekard 2i and R4i 3DS are confirmed to be working, but other manufacturers are still working on a fix.

Pretty much all mainstream official cards work with the older 1.4.2 update, still, including:

  • R4i 3DS
  • iEDGE
  • Acekard 2i
  • Supercard DSTWO
  • M3i Zero
  • EZFlash Vi
  • Cyclo DS iEvolution

In the mean time, please do not use the System Update function on your DSi and DSi XL consoles as this will render the cards unusable until manufacturers come out with updates. We’ll try to update this page frequently when news about other mainstream cards becomes available.

Nintendo DSi 1.4.3 Firmware Video

DSCardWorld have a video on YouTube showing the new firmware blocking various cards.

 

They also have a video showing the upgrade process for the R4i 3DS card specifically.

 

Nintendo Updates to 2.0.0.2 then 2.1.0.3 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 (2.1.0.3) for the 3DS after it emerged that some games may have come into problems with the 2.0.0.2 update. However, this new update doesn’t block any cards. So any 3DS with cards that are 2.0.0.2 compatible will also be compatible with Nintendo’s 2.1.0.3 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, 2.1.0.3 compatible)
  • Supercard DSTWO (1.4.2 compatible, 2.1.0.3 compatible)
  • Acekard 2i (1.4.2 compatible, 2.1.0.3 compatible)
  • M3i Zero(1.4.2 compatible, 2.1.0.3 compatible)
  • EZFlash Vi(1.4.2 compatible, 2.1.0.3 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 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)

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.