Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Nintendo DS question for you

What should I buy in order to start enjoying the Nintendo DS homebrew scene? Pros and cons in the comments please - remember I'm in Australia.

I want minimum fuss, with expandable storage a bonus if possible.

9 comments:

Nick said...

I have a CycloDS Evolution, bought from OzModChips about a year ago, which has been perfectly satisfactory. It cost around $100 and came with a 2GB Micro SD card (and a USB adapter for it). I have seen very much cheaper ones recently at computer fairs - I don't know anything about any of them, though.

AtkinsSJ said...

I bought a DSTT card from here because it's only $6.50. Takes a Micro SD, but doesn't come with one. It seems to work pretty well, though I have had funny issues with apps locking-up when I try to run them sometimes. It's from the US, but I live in the UK and it arrived fine, so I should think they'll ship to Australia too.

Also, been following this blog for a little while, and it's very entertaining. :D Keep it up!

Vaevictus said...

I've seen both the SuperCard SD and SuperCard Lite work well. The SD has extra ram, which dslinux can take advantage of, in addition to other homebrews. Both of these additionally require a SuperKey (or similar) boot device to boot from the DS slot-1 to the device in slot-2 (gba slot). notable: slot-1 only solutions cannot provide additional RAM for homebrew, but pirates don't care much about that, typically. Although apparently they do make RAM-only devices for people with slot-1 only solutions.

Another new, and potentially awesome device is the DSerial Edge
http://www.electrobee.com/dserial-edge-p-45.html

... which allows you to use your DS as a GPIO device, with usb and some craziness.

-- Vaevictus

Chris Z said...

I also got my card from Dealextreme.com. Does anyone know any good homebrew sites? Any homebrew games to recommend?

Dariuou said...

I got the DS One card. I've wanted to get into the homebrew scene, but nothing looked terribly compelling last I looked (about six months ago). So I've primarily used it to watch movies, listen to music, and read books on my NDS.

zzzdude said...

I have a M3 DS Simply card, it's aslot-1 card, so no .gba homebrew stuff. I had a M3 NDS&GBA Movie Player with a passcard, and it was great, but it broke, so I don't know if you can trust its quality.

Joe said...

The R4 is all you really need, tbh.

JohnH said...

I used a cheap-o Datel Games'N'Music, which isn't very versatile but at least is available (in the US at least) in department stores and uses MicroSD cards for storage.

Keep in mind that Nintendo's update for the DS, the DSi, will be out before long, and nearly all currently-available homebrew solutions are known not to work on it.

Gavin said...

I recently did some research on this very thing. What I found was the AceKard 2. It had great reviews everywhere, was rated as rock solid, and the newly released AceKard 2i works with the Nintendo DSi. It was priced very reasonably too.