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2018 R4 card ultimate user guide and buying advice

2018 is coming soon, which R4 card should we choose, is there a 2018 R4i to be released and how we setup R4 flashcards on 3DS or DSI system console in a new year. In this post, you can find all the answers. Here is your ultimate R4 card purchase and user guide for 3DS in 2018.

What’s R4 card or R4 3DS?

Today’s R4 cards are generally the R4 3DS flashcarts as well. Because it can work on both 3DS and DSI system handhelds. Currently, they are supporting firmware version up to the latest 11.6.0-39 and DS 1.4.5.

According to the Wikipedia , the R4 cards is a series of flash cartridges for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS firmware devices. We can play free games, applications and homebrews with a Micro SD card and it to hack all the Nintendo consoles, including the New 2DS XL, New3DS, Old 3DS, Old 2DS, DS, DS Lite, DSi etc.

More clearly , R4 card or R4 3DS is the cheap hacking flash cart for playing pirated NDS games on any 3DS or NDS family machine.

What can it do on 3DS in 2018?

install cfw on any 3ds 2017

In 2018, R4i card or R4 3DS can do more on 3DS than ever, in a long time, it already supports many powerful features, such as hacking ds games, supporting homebrews/emulators, playing multi-media files(movies, music, e-books and photos), allowing cheating and real-time saving&guiding in games, now with the release of NTRboothax, a lot of R4/R4I cards can install Boo9strap and Luma3ds cfw to any 3DS/2DS/NEW 2DS/NEW 3DS XL model. Then users can even play Nintendo 3ds games with another format-CIA.

R4 3ds firmware 2018

In 2018, every R4 card stills need to run on 3DS with a firmware. To setupa R4 3DS card, we need to download the R4 3DS firmware. So what’s inside of the R4 3DS firmware ? First, the R4 3DS firmware called also R4 3DS kernel. The different R4 3DS cards have the different kernels.

Normally, when we get the R4i 3DS kernel, there have some files need to be added to the root of a micro SD card. And the R4 3DS kernel is the code that already prepared for hacking a Nintendo DS or 3DS system console. Where to get r4 3ds firmwares in 2018? Just download from each own’s official site.

How many R4 cards supports 3DS in 2018?

There are many R4 3DS cards from different groups in the market, here is a list for you. Please keep in mind, every one of them can work on 3DS, but they all are playing NDS games not 3DS games. If you want to choose a R4i card to play free 3ds games, please read the last paragraph of this article.

R4 3DS card Official site Kernel
R4i SDHC 3DS RTS V1.84b
R4i B9S
R4i Gold 3DS V1.64
R4i Gold 3DS Plus
R4i SDHC Dual Core V3.9b
R4i SDHC Rts Lite
R4I SDHC Gold Pro
R4I Gold EU 3DS V1.73b

2018 R4i cards and which is the best to buy?

There are 3 2018 R4 3ds cards, they are the R4i gold pro 2018, R4isdhc dual core 2018 and R4isdhc silver rts lite 2018, just like you see on the above chart, they are coming from the same official site, and in fact, the 3 flash carts are having little differences, except for the card stickers. Among the 3 ones, 2018 R4i gold pro 3ds is the most popular.

But in 2018, which is the best R4 3DS card to buy? In our this article, we already showed our 2017 R4 Sales Figure to you, apparently the R4i 3ds sdhc rts is the best selling card and we will recommend it in 2018 too. Why? It is stable to use, cheap to buy, with the most functions and with NTRboothax compatibility as well. So there’s no reason for you to miss it if you want to choose a R4 card to play DS games in 2018.

R4 3DS User guide or Instruction

At the following, you can read many tutorials about using R4 3ds cards in 2018. You will learn from them to use nearly every feature of a R4/R4I flash card. Note, I use the best 2018 R4 card R4i sdhc 3ds rts to show you the operation. But, all 3ds r4 cards can be installed with similar methods. The only difference lies in their different kernels. That’s to say, whichever R4 card you have, you can follow our guides here to setup and use it in 2018.

A. How to use it to play NDS games?

Step 1:  Things you will need

  1. 1* R4i SDHC 3ds RTS
  2. 1* Nintendo 3DS/DSI system machine
  3. 1* Micro SD card and 1*USB Card Reader/Adapter
  4. PC

Step 2: Prepare the R4 3DS kernel

The latest kernel version is V1.84b. And please remember choose the language that is suitable for you. You can download from here. If there is a new update for the kernel, just like R4 3DS kernel V1.85b, v1.86b, then just download the latest one.

You will get a file named “R4i-3DS V1.84b English”, then decompress the file you downloaded, you will get these files: moonmemo, moonshl2, R4iMenu, R4.dat. Drag and drop these four files into root directory of your MicroSD card. Before doing this, format your Microsd card with Fat32.

Note: You must put your kernel in root directory, otherwise, it will not work.

Step 3: Download the NDS games from online

It must be DS games if you download the game ROMs ininternet. Because this R4i SDHC 3DS card cannot read 3DS games. You can download free games here:


Step 4: Drag the downloaded games to your SD card

Please make sure the games are in .nds format then you can copy and drag the roms to your sd card’s root. The size of SD card is up to you. (2GB-32GB is Ok, the bigger memories you can play more games.)

Step 5: Put your SD card in R4i 3DS

Step 6: Put R4i sdhcrts into your Nintendo 3DS or DS

Step 7: Just enjoy your game.

B. How to use it to play GBA/SNES/NES games?

As we know, a R4 3DS card supports DS games, plus, with the compatibility to homebrews, it also can support old classic retro games such as GB, GBA, GBC, SNES and NES. The question is boh the GBA and SNES emulator of R4 cards on 3DS system devices is really bad. But for the other emulators, R4 card can support much better.

If you really want to play GBA and SNES games with a 3DS R4 card, the best option is using it to install a Custom firmware, so you can install GBA/SNES roms to your homemenu to play them.

If you just like to play GB/GBC/NES games with a R4 3ds chip, google the correct emulators to use, and download it to your sd card too, then you can play most of those games on 3DS.

C. How to use Real-time save and User cheats features?

Ream-time save

  1. Go to game menu list
  2. Select “ROM” (upper screen right hand side). User can activate/deactivate RTS features for that particular game. If you wish to keep the setting after shut down console, press “Save” button.
  3. RTS multi-save setting
  4. While play game, user can press hot-key “L+R+A+B” to enter the RTS menu
  5. Then you will see a RTS menu


Choose the games, enter Cheat by pressing B or X.

  1. Game Title is showed on the top screen, while it shows in the bottom screen reminding window, Cheat off/Cheat on, file saving, current Cheat items.
  2. Choose your expected Cheat item by pressing “up” and “down”, and open or close the item by pressing A or touching the screen. Touch “Cheat on/Cheat off” to operate the Cheat, and touch the screen to save the file.
  3. While the Cheat is running, you may choose the cheat code one by one by pressing ”up” and “down”, and close the cheat code by pressing “A”.
  4. Under Cheat Code Category, press A to open/close the category. You can delete the cheat.dat file in R4i Menu category if the cheat function is not required

D. How to solve R4 3ds errors or black/white screen problems?

Most R4 3DS problems or errors are causing by 2 main reasons. The first one is the wrong kernel to use and the second one is a bad microsd card.

So if you meet any r4 3ds error or problem, don’t worry, you can contact us to solve for you, our e-mail address is [email protected]

E. How to update R4 card firmware?

Very simple and easy. First, you can just download the latest kernel R4 3ds kernel from its official website, then decompress the r4 3ds card kernel. Because in your micro SD card, there is the old r4 card firmware, then you just delete the old R4 firmware. Then put the new downloaded and decompressed kernel version to your micro SD card, now you are well updated your R4 card to the latest kernel.

F. How to use it to install B9S/CFW?

The R4i gold 3ds, R4i gold 3ds plus and R4i b9s 3ds are what we are recommending for hacking the 3DS to install B9S and Luma 3ds custom firmware. Each card has its own user guide for setting up on 3DS to install B9S or 3DS CFW.

  • R4I B9S:
  • R4I GOLD 3DS:

G. How to use it to play CIA 3DS games?

  1. Download free 3DS ROMs and add the downloaded games to your MicroSD card.
  2. Change the format of your 3DS ROM to .CIA format. If you have already downloaded the CIA games, then do not change the format. And players can change the format of 3DS ROMs by pressing “START + POWER”, then choose the “SDCARD” menu.
  3. Next, we will install the CIA ROMs by opening “Down play”, and running “FBI” menu homebrew.
  4. Press Home, and then you can play a 3DS game on your New3DS or New 2DS XL screen.
Without 2018 R4 3ds, how to play free games on 3DS?

one card for ds 3ds roms

For playing free ds games, choose the Sky3ds+, it’s the best 3ds game flashcard in the market even in 2018, it supports 99% 3DS games, plug&play and supports users play 3ds games online without ban via a skydock.

For playing free 3ds and ds games, buy a Stargate 3ds, this is a new 3ds flashcard, supports both ds and 3ds games, if you want to play both 3ds and nds roms with one card, you can choose it. For playing 3ds games, it is not better than sky3ds+.

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