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Mod 3DS 2018|All the 5 ways to mod 3DS V11.6 and lower firmwares

In 2018, there are 5 methods to choose to mod the Nintendo 3ds v11.6 and lower firmware consoles. What are they? Which one support us playing both DS and 3DS games? And is there a totally free one to use without buying any flashcard? You can get answers from this post.

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Mod Nintendo 3DS in 2018

Modding Nintendo 3DS is becoming very easy and very common to see in 2018. In this year, we have 5 different ways to mod the 3DS to play free games, install cfw or setup homebrews. Some are flashcards and the others are free softwares to use. Choose each method depended on your goal for modding the 3DS or 2DS or NEW 3DS XL or 2DS XL machine.

In short, if you want to play DS/3DS games simply, use flashcard to mod 3DS, if you want to get CFW/HB freely, choose the proper 3ds exploits.

Mod 3DS V11.6 and Lower Firmwares

The most recent 3DS firmware version is V11.6.0-39U/E/J. All Nintendo 3ds family devices are using the same OS, that’s meaning, your 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, NEW 3DS, NEW 3DS XL, or NEW 2DS XL console’s latest system version is 11.6 too. 

In 2018, can we mod the 3DS with all firmware versions, like the V11.6.0? The answer is Yes, all the following 3ds modding ways are compatible with V11.6 and also supporting 3DS V1.0. You can choose any of them for your 11.6.0 2DS/3DS/NEW 3DS XL/2DS XL machine. Even if 3DS system updated again in future, the R4 card, NTRboothax, Sky3ds+, and Stargate 3ds can work on it as well.

5 ways to mod Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL

A. R4 3DS Card

best r4 card

R4 3ds cards mod the Nintendo 3ds easily and cheaply to play free DS games, install DS homebrews and do other things. These flash cartridges all are being used to play NDS games not 3DS games though they can work on both 3DS and DSI firmware consoles. The R4 cards for Nintendo 3ds is cheap to buy, simple to use and with a lot of functions. That’s the advantages for using R4 3DS card to mod the 3DS/3DS XL model.

Steps for using 3DS R4/R4I card to mod Nintendo 3DS

Confirm you get a genuine 3DS R4 card, the hot brands are R4i sdhc 3ds rts, R4i gold 3ds plus, R4i gold pro 2018, R4i 3ds dual core, R4isdhc rts lite, Ace3ds plus and R4i gold eu 3ds. They all with similar setup, the only difference is their kernels(firmwares).

  1. Prepare a microsd card, an R4 3ds card, an usb card reader, a 3DS/DSI firmware console and a PC connected with Internet.
  2. Format the sd or sdhc card by FAT32 or ExFat.
  3. Go to the official site of R4/R4I flashcards, download their latest kernel. Decompress the kernel file to a new folder, copy all the contents into the folder to your sd card’s root directory.
  4. Go to Rom2station.com, download free DS Games, unzip the DS Game file to a new folder, copy only the .NDS format rom to your sd card’s root folder.
  5. Insert the sd card to your 3DS R4/R4I card.
  6. Put the R4 3ds card to your console slot. Power it on.

Mod 3DS via 3DS R4/R4I card, we can do what

  • Able to download DS games to play all of them freely
  • Able to store Hundreds or Thousands of DS roms in one card
  • Able to run DS homebrews on either 3DS or DSI firmware console
  • Able to use cheats code, save real-time, and soft reset during games
  • Able to listen to music, watch movie, view pictures and read e-books
  • Able to play GB/GBC/SNES/NES and other retro games with emulators installed

B. NTRboothax and Its Compatibe Flashcard

ntrboot card

NTRboothax, it is called Magnethax as well, just flash the ntrboothax exploit to a compatible flashcard and with the help of a magnet, you can install Boot9strap and Luma3DS CFW to any 3DS without hardmodding. It’s the easiest way to install a Custom Firmware to a 3DS, what we need to have just a flashcard and a magnet.

Flashcards support NTRboothax

R4i gold 3ds plus Pre-flashed NTRboothax and with built-in swtich
R4i sdhc b9s Pre-flashed NTRboothax
Ace3ds X Pre-flashed NTRboothax and with outer swtich
R4i gold pro 3ds Support NTRBoot
R4i dual core 3ds Support NTRBoot
R4isdhc rts lite Support NTRBoot
R4i gold eu 3ds Support NTRBoot

Guide for modding 3DS by NTRboot Method

Please check the video, it is about using R4I GOLD PRO with NTRboot Method to mod 3DS to install B9S/CFW.

Mod 3DS via NTRboot card, you can do what

  • Install CFW and B9S to any 3DS firmware&model
  • Play all game cards and eShop games, regardless of region
  • Customize your HOME Menu with user-created themes and splash screens
  • Use “ROM hacks” for games that you own
  • Take gameplay and application screenshots
  • Backup, edit, and restore saves for many games
  • Play games for older systems with various emulators, using RetroArch or other standalone emulators. (Works best with a New Nintendo 3DS)
  • Install homebrew titles to your system, and have them appear on your HOME Menu
  • Dump your game cards to a format you can install, and play them without needing the card
  • Safely update to the latest system version without fear of losing access to homebrew

C. Sky3ds+/Sky3ds plus

sky3ds plus 3ds game

Sky3ds+ or Sky3ds plus, this is a 3ds flashcard, it is used to play Nintendo 3ds games. That’s to say, mod your 3DS with sky3ds+ card, you can play free 3ds games directly. Sky3ds plus is coming from the sky3dsplus.net, it’s their second-generation 3ds game flash card, much better than the former versions. In 2018, sky3ds+ is the Best flashcard to buy for loading 3ds game roms or backups.

Steps for using Sky3ds+ to mod Nintendo 3DS

  1. Prepare a microsd card, a sky3ds+, an usb card reader, a 3DS firmware console and a PC connected with Internet.
  2. Format the sd or sdhc card by FAT32 or ExFat.
  3. Go to the official site, download sky3ds plus firmware. Decompress the kernel file to a new folder, copy the firmware.bin to your sd card’s root directory.
  4. Go to Rom2station.com, download free 3DS Games, unzip the 3DS Game file to a new folder, copy only the .3DS format rom to your sd card’s root folder.
  5. Insert the sd card to your Sky3ds+.
  6. Put the Sky3ds plus card to your console slot. Power it on. You will see the first 3ds game icon.

Mod 3DS via Sky3ds plus, you can do what

  • Work on any Nintendo 2DS XL, 2DS, NEW 3DS XL,NEW 3DS, 3DS and 3DS XL consoles
  • Support 3DS V11.6.0 to the lowest V1.0 and to the future V11.7/11.8/11.9
  • Play free Nintendo 3DS Games
  • Play Multi-3ds Roms
  • Play all New and old 3DS Games
  • Work with microsd card up to 128GB
  • Support the Skydock for playing online with the private header
  • Compatible with homebrew exploit, can be used to play region free 3ds games and install homebrew emulators

D. Stargate 3DS

stargate 3ds

Mod Nintendo 3ds/3ds xl with Stargate 3ds card, you can play both DS and 3DS games. In the whole market of flashcards for Nintendo 3ds, the Stargate 3ds is the Unique one, why? Because only it can support users to play both NDS and 3DS games. Stargate 3ds is made by Stargate-3ds.com, currently, the flashcard with pre-loaded v1.0 firmware to support 3ds games, if you also want to use it to play ds games, you should download ds menu system files to the flash card.

Guide for modding 3DS by Stargate 3ds

Please check the video, it is about using Stargate 3ds to mod the 3DS to play ds and 3ds games.

Mod 3DS via Stargate 3DS, you can do what

  • Work on any Nintendo 2DS XL, 2DS, NEW 3DS XL,NEW 3DS, 3DS and 3DS XL consoles
  • Support 3DS V11.6.0 to the lowest V1.0 and to the future V11.7/11.8/11.9
  • Play free Nintendo 3DS Games and DS Games
  • Play Multi-3ds Roms
  • Play 90% 3DS Games
  • Work with microsd card up to 128GB
  • Support updatable firmware to add new features such as GBA/SNES/NES emulation
  • Compatible with homebrew exploit and NTboot, can be used to install Homebrews and CFW

E. Homebrew exploit

homebrew 3ds NES game

In order to install Homebrews to a Nintendo 3ds console, even it is with V11.6 firmware, we need some free 3ds exploits-homebrew entrypoints but don’t need any flashcard. The most popular homebrew launcher exploits are Ninjhax 2.9 and Freakyhax. They are both supporting 3DS V11.6 directly on any 3ds firmware handheld, the exploits are in different commercial games, it means you need to have the Cubic Ninjia or Freakyforms Deluxe rom to launch Homebrews to your console.

Steps for using homebrew exploits to mod Nintendo 3DS

  1. Guide for Ninjhax 2.9 on 3DS V11.6
  2. Guide for Freakyhax on 3DS V11.6

Mod 3DS via the Ninjhax 2.9 or Freakyhax, we can do what

  • Region-free play of physical cartridge games
  • Overclocking full usage of new 3DS processor for better game performance
  • Emulation
  • Back-up of save files for games (enables sharing of save files or multiple saves on games with single save slots)
  • Fan-made modifications/patches for games (language patches, re-textures, etc)
  • Play games developed for 3DS via homebrew (there’s a 3DS version of Portal)
  • Use other homebrew software like file browsers (homebrew Pokemon Bank in the making)

Conclusion

In the end, in 2018, which method we should choose for modding any 3DS or 2DS or NEW 3DS/2DS XL console? Here is the answer. To you who just want to play free DS or 3DS or DS&3DS games, buy the flashcard; to you who would like to install CFW/HB to hack 3DS deeply, buy the NTRboot card or pickup the free exploits. The flashcard method is more simple, much safer and supports direct DS/3DS roms, while the 3ds exploits let you get more control on the 3DS.

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