R4DS - R4 Revolution for DS (Nintendo DS Lite blank cartridge!)
We've recently stumbled upon this slick doo-hicky called the R4 Revolution for Nintendo DS/Lite. The R4DS is basically a blank cartridge for the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite. The R4 uses any microSD flash memory card (up to 4GB according to the official site, but 2GB is recommended, does not support microSDHC) for storage. This means you can put music, videos and ROMs onto the microSD, plug it into the R4 and play them on your Nintendo DS! There are NES, SNES, TurboGrafx16, Genesis (and many more) emulators available for the Nintendo DS. You could possibly walk around with all of your favorite console games from the past 2 decades on your Nintendo DS!
UPDATE: There's been a lot of changes since this blog entry was published on 01/20/08. The orginal R4 is still for sale, but a few clones have popped up on the scene that supports the bigger microSD card like the 4GB, 8GB and 32GB microSDHC! With a 32GB microSD, you'll be able to carry around the last few decades worth of games on 1 cartridge. Note: all the cards listed below uses different software. To find the software for your specific R4 card, check the links @ the bottom of the vendor's page after you click on one of the R4 links below. Here are the different types of R4 cards:
WiiLoveMario recommends the following reputable R4 vendors. All offer FREE shipping (except Amazon).
Click on the tabs below to see all R4 vendors:
R4DS Buyer's Guide
Select one of the R4 vendors from the tabs above to see prices for the R4s. If you're not sure which one you want to buy, then head over to our new R4 Guide. This guide will help you decide which R4 will work best for you. We also provide Installation Help and Firmware Download for all the different version of R4s.
Click here to see the
R4 DS Guide
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|R4DS cartridges for Nintendo DS and DS Lite|
|Genuine R4DS without microSD (you need a microSD to use the R4).||$7.95 w/FREE Shipping|
|Genuine R4DS with 2GB microSD||$17.95 w/FREE Shipping|
|R4DS for Nintendo DSi (also works with DS and DS Lite)|
|R4i Ultra with 4GB Kingston microSDHC(comp. w/ DSi v1.4 firmware)||$31.52 w/FREE Shipping|
|R4i SDHC with 4GB Kingston microSDHC (comp. w/DSi v1.4 firmware)||$33.85 w/FREE Shipping|
Here's a video of the R4 Revolution in action:
So you've read the features, watched the video and decided to order one. Here are a few freely distributed ROMs to test your new R4 Revolution:
- NES emulator for the Nintendo DS
- Hexen ported over to the Nintendo DS
- A Text viewer
- MarcaDS v4.0 (M.A.M.E. for Nintendo DS)
- Super Nintendo Emulator (NEmulDS 0.3 with DLDI)
- For a complete list of emulators for the nintendo DS, visit Zophar here
Dev-Scene has a nice NDS section with downloads to DSLinux, IRC and IM clients. Check them out here.
To play videos on your DS, you'll need the Moonshell tools. Here's a good link with download to Moonshell and Moonshell DPG Tools. There's a nice tutorial on how to get video on your DS here.
UPDATE: If you need a more Mario friendly R4 Skin, get them here. Link to official R4DS site: http://www.r4ds.com/index-en.htm If you're looking for R4 .sav files, here's a site that will convert any save to a .SAV file for you: http://www.shunyweb.info/convert.php If you're looking for some Nintendo DS ROMs, we don't have any! BUT there are plenty of people that store their collections online. Copy and Paste the following search string into a Google search and you'll find all sorts of NDS roms!
Here is the v1.18 firmware since the official R4DS site seems to have problems staying up. Download the R4DS v1.18 firmware: English-1.18.rar
Have fun! :) Super Mario Bros.