Tips for buying carte R4 to hack Nintendo3DS


You own a Nintendo3DS/2DS/New3DS, and you want to play free games with carte R4 such as R4i 3DS SDHC RTS, R4i Gold plus, what flashcard do you need, here are some tips for choosing the carte R4

Tips for Buying an R4 Card in 2019

The Firmware is the most important part of the R4 3DS. Without the firmware files, your r4 will not be recognized when you insert it into your DS, DSi or Nintendo 3DS system. You can think of it as a boot loader or a menu system for your DS card. In fact, one of the main reasons that many people encounter problems when using their cards after receiving is that they have not yet installed / copied the firmware files to their micro SD card. The R4 DS firmware is what will install the menu and will allow you to load all the games, applications and software you have on your r4.

How to judge if a carte R4 can still work in 2019 or 2020? The key is the firmware or kernel of R4 linker. If the R4 card you choose has a firmware or kernel updated regularly, it will probably work in 2019, 2020 and 202X.

So I will list below all the latest firmware versions of R4 3DS cards in 2019 from different teams. A firmware has been updated this year for 6 cards. However, only the Wood firmware or the R4i gold 3ds plus kernel was released in 2013.

  Firmware Updating time Official site Support 3dsV 11.11.0-43
R4I SDHC 3DS RTS V1.85b 2018-09-04 yes
R4I GOLD 3DS PLUS Wood V1.64 2013-11-18 yes
R4I GOLD PRO 2019 V4.0b 2013-11-18 yes
R4ISDHC DUAL CORE 2019 V4.0b 2013-11-18 yes
R4ISDHC RTS LITE 2019 V4.0b 2013-11-18 yes
R4I B9S 3DS V1.85b 2018-09-06 yes
R4I GOLD EU 3DS v1.74b 2018-09-04 yes

Choose the R4 card without Timebomb

As usual in 2019, stay away from the R4 3ds card with Timebomb software. Although the problem can be solved with some solutions, you should simply avoid buying the R4 cards supported by Timebomb at first.

What is the timebomb? This is part of a program designed to start or stop working after a certain date or period. The term “time bomb” does not refer to a program that stops working after a certain number of days from the installation. in this case, the term “trial ware” is more appropriate. This means that some R4 3DS flashcards will not work after many years. The purpose of the timebomb is to stop your R4 card from running in the near future, so you will have to buy a new R4.

How to remove: You can avoid it by using YSmenu as the kernel of the R4i card or by restoring the clock on your 3DS. Another way to avoid this is to always update the latest R4 3DS kernel.

R4 cards without Timebomb in 2019

R4 Cards with Timebomb in 2019

  • R4i gold pro 2019/2019
  • R4isdhc dual core 2019/2019
  • R4isdhc rts lite 2019/2019
  • R4i b9s 3ds
  • R4i sdhc rts 3ds
  • R4i gold eu 3ds

Choose the R4 card that works on the NDS and 3DS Firmwares

The R4 3ds card is what you need to crack the 3DS, NEW 3DS XL, 2DS, 2DS XL, DS, DSI, DSI XL and DS lite consoles in 2019. It can work on both Nintendo 3DS handholds and the DSI firmware. No need to buy a DS R4 or DS R4i card, because it can only work on Nintendo DS family models and at the same price as a R4 3DS linker.
At the time of posting, the R4 3ds cards support the latest 3DS V11.11.0, DSI V1.4.5 firmware and earlier versions. This means that a 3DS R4 card works on all devices in the 3DS & NDS system on the market, without exception.

How to know if the R4 card you choose supports NDS and 3DS consoles, each R4 3DS card is marked “3DS” on the card case and on the chip, in addition some old R4 3DS cards should not be purchased because they do not do not work with the latest version of the 3DS firmware, as shown below:

  • R4i-sdhc 3ds V5.0
  • R4i gold pro 2014/2013/2012/2011
  • R4i dual core 2014/2013/2012/2011
  • R4isdhc rts lite 2014/2013/2012/2011

Choose the R4 card to play DS, GBA, GB, SNES, NES, GBC and other retro games

Playing DS games is the main function of an R4 card still in 2019. But the R4 3DS card is never limited to that. In fact, the R4 3DS supports real-time saving, user tricks, homebrews, video and music playback, and emulates old retro games on your NDS or 3DS firmware machine.

So, what is the best R4 card to buy for playing classic retro games in 2019? We recommend here the Ace3ds plus, which has no R4 title, but it’s also an R4 linker because it uses the R4 wood firmware, like the R4i gold 3ds card.

Why is it highly recommended for emulation? The firmware of Ace3ds plus works with built-in emulators such as FC, SFC, ATARI, GBC, GB, MD, NEOGEO, play different games. Compared to using other R4 3DS cards, your steps to find emulators and their installation are recorded.


In the end, which card R4 should we buy in 2019? I think the answer is R4i gold 3ds plus, not only it has a new firmware r4 3ds, but also can still work on 3DS V11.11.0-43 without Timebomb and supports NTRboot with a pre-flashed feat and an integrated button, it also emulates GB / GBC / SNES / NES and other retro games on NDS or 3DS consoles, you only need to download the right emulator online, its price is also attractive, it costs around 20 euros and can be sent directly to you from France