Is Sky3DS the first card that can play 3DS ROMs on the Nintendo 3DS consoles - NO! So how does it compare to the earlier successful attempts of hacking N3DS and creating a working product for playing copied game backups?
Before Sky3DS there was and still is GATEWAY 3DS and numerous clones and forks of this project. I will not discuss the clones here, but let me just mention that while the GW3DS is an expensive original there are R4i Gold 3DS Deluxe, 3DS Link Orange, 3DS MT-Card and simple fake renamed to Gateway3DS flash cards that feed of of the GW3DS teams work by copying it and releasing the copied products at a cheaper price, but at the same time making users risk bricking their consoles.
Back to comparison of Gateway and Sky3DS.
How is Sky3DS better than Gateway 3DS?
+ Sky3DS works on the latest model 3DS consoles with the newest firmware update - V9.2.0-20U/E/J and above where as GW3DS requires an older 3DS that has not been updated passed firmware 4.5
+ Support all New 3DS / 3DS LL & XL and the budget version 2DS where as GW3DS works only on the original 3DS
+ Sky3DS flash cards support eShop game backups and online gameplay
How is Gateway 3DS better than Sky3DS
+ Games can be selected from a nice menu on 3DS and you don't have to cycle them via a physical button on the cartridge that can brake.
+ There is no limit on the number or 3DS rom games that you can have on the Gateway 3DS - Sky3DS limits the games to just 10 per card.
+ GW3DS has an established team or engineers and programmers that brings innovation to the scene and is known to update and support the flash cards so that they work with the latest games like Pokemon and Smash Bros when they come out.
+ Gateway 3DS supports 3DS Homebrew and running 3rd party unsigned code on the N3DS.
Compare Gateway vs. Sky3DS
Before 3DS the Nintendo DS (DSi and DSi XL) was fully hacked for playing pirated DS game roms by R4DS and many other brands of DS flash cards. R4 Team (Revolution 4 (for) DS ) was brought to prominence and wide recognition in mainstream media because Nintendo chose to name it in its numerous press releases about how successfully they are fighting piracy. This made R4 so famous that it is by far the best selling DS game copy device to-date (largely thanks to publicity that Nintendo brought to it). Ultimately the original R4DS team discontinued its work, but it was carried on by literally hundreds of other teams calling themselves R4i, R4SDHC, R4Gold, R43DS and so on... so R4 name lives on and is sure to reemerge in 3DS times.
The History of R4
Learning More about the R4 DS Card
The “Team R4” is responsible for the production of the DS Card that is named R4.In the year 2007 the said DS card was introduced. It looked similar to the card R4v2, however, it would immediately be seen that there are still quite some differences between the two.
The Ds Card of R4 Revolution was equipped with some sort of push-lock for the Micro-SD card, and had it inserted inside. Spring mechanism was utilized in order to secure the SD Card inside it whenever it would be pushed. By pushing it the second time, it would immediately come out from the R4 Card.
Originally, this R4 card was created and was intended to be out for just about a year. However it was realized by Team R4 that there were problems with regard to the R4 Card’s spring mechanism. These problems affected about 5% of the production of the said card. The mechanism would break if the problem of the spring would not be fixed.
Taking this into consideration, this would mean that if an SD card was used, it would not properly go through the R4 card, which would of course, cause a huge problem. Because of this, a new version was thought of by Team R4. The problem was fixed, and was named as R4v2 Card.
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