Flashcarts aren’t a new invention—they’ve been around for years. Consumer-grade flashcarts, such as the popular R4, were popularized during the days of the original Nintendo DS. Today, DS-friendly flashcarts still maintain popularity well into the 3DS’ lifespan.
Lots of people have questions to ask about the R4 3DS. Luckily, we’re here to answer more of the most frequently asked questions about the device. In this series of articles, we’re going to answer a few more of the most frequently asked questions about the R4 3DS.
More Frequently Asked Questions ~ The R4 3DS
In our last article, we covered setting up the MicroSD card and inserting all of the devices into their appropriate slots. Now, it’s time to take a look at actually tinkering with the software of the R4 3DS.
Operating the Software
Once you power on the Nintendo 3DS, it’ll immediately boot into the R4 3DS main menu. You’ll be able to work with the menu, as you would with the system’s own native menu, by pressing the buttons or touching the screen.
Use the directional pad to select the game and media functions. If you select the game function, press the A button to enter the game menu; you can also press the A key if you select the media function to enter the media menu.
The Game Menu
Being a part of a game console, the R4 3DS’s game menu is pretty intricate—but, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely impossible to use.
Once you enter the game menu, you’ll be faced with several options. If you want to return to the main menu, you can press the R button to do so. The L button controls the brightness of the menu, adjustable by four levels.
The main game menu is noted as the Game Interface. The top screen of the handheld will show four icons: Game, Cheat, Setting and ROM. The bottom screen will display information about games, including the name, file size and category. The directional pad controls all the movement on this menu. The X or B button selects the options on the Game Interface’s menu.
Here’s more information about the Game Interface menu’s options:
Cheat: Allows users to enter in cheat codes and the like. The bottom screen will show the current game name (if its inserted), the cheat function setting, the cheat function’s switch, file save and a reminder window. Touching the cheat button will turn cheats on and off, while touching the file save button will save the current file.
Setting: Lets users change the language for the menu. The languages included are English, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
ROM: Allows users to extend the functionality of their games. The ROM menu shows DMA, software start and cheat functions, in addition to file save. Also enables more control over ‘soft resetting’ for users who desire the function.
Note: When in ROM mode, it’s not recommended to save during a soft reset; instead, return to the game’s main menu and soft reset. It’s recommended to turn off the soft reset function if it doesn’t work or negatively impacts the game.