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Old 03-13-2013, 04:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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R4/homebrew cards for Nintendo handhelds?

Well, with Pokemon X/Y coming out a month after my birthday, I'm thinking I'm about due to upgrade my original DS to a 3DS XL.

Until then, or alongside then, I'm wanting one of the R4 style cards so I can continue on with my GBA games and emulate my beloved SNES games on the go. Including, if possible, some things like Mario RPG and Starfox, which had on-cartridge chips that the crop of SNES rom-carts can't emulate. Even from other systems, if I can manage.

But... sweet zombie jesus, trying to jump into it is overwhelming. Anything I should look for or avoid, anything that makes it easier? Any suggestions?
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as I know the only card capable of emulating SNES games is DSTwo. I upgraded to it from an r4i card and never looked back. A few glitches playing games that use the superfx chip. But I've been playing Super Mario RPG with only a few hiccups. Games like Earthbound, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Link to the Past, etc. all play great on a 3ds XL.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I was using a CycloDS on my DS Lite for a while. My understanding is that the DS Lite, and any handheld prior, did not have the processing power to deal with most SNES games. It couldn't emulate Mario RPG, much to my dismay.

Based on Cobbon's post, it sounds like the 3DS might be the best bet for SNES games.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Whoa, I didn't know there was an R4 chip for 3DS's yet! Guess I haven't been keeping up. Defintly need to pick one up, I missed being able to play all my old DS games.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, how'd I miss the replies?
I thought that the Gameboy Advance was about equivalent to an SNES without the in-cart additions. Of course I'm not overly familiar with the portable hardware.
I think the 3DS carts are mostly just DS ones that are compatible like the official carts are. Again, see above.

Looks like the DSTwo is my go-to, then! Any game-breaking glitches, or just 'goombas are dancing again' stuff?
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