For those coming across the idea of the R4 card for the first time, it would be safe to say that few will
ever look at the world of gaming the same again. Originally developed back in 2007, the R4 card is
essentially the most powerful tool ever created to enhance a Nintendo DS gaming experience in literally
infinite ways. With regard to the R4 itself, the device is simply a connector in which a microSD is housed
and subsequently connected to the Nintendo DS via the standard game slot.
Over recent months, the capacity of microSD cards these adapters are able to accommodate has
increased significantly, boosting the potential for a gaming revolution like never before. However, as
current and those that have already chosen to buy R4 flashcards will likely be aware, it is not always as
simple as it seems to keep everything running smoothly.
This is state of the art technology after all and therefore will never fail to serve up a few hiccups, though
with a little care, attention and the following tips, there's no reason why any R4 gaming experience need
be too adversely affected by problems.
• Understand - First and foremost, it is essential to remember that the R4 card - any R4 card for that
matter - is not in fact a piece of software and doesn't contain the needed files etc. Instead, it is simply an
adapter and therefore it is in fact the files and content of the microSD card that determine whether or
not things will work as planned.
• Compatibility - The biggest problem of all encountered by R4 users is that of the gaming files or
modifications they come across not being compatible with the model of Nintendo DS they own. It can
also be that the firmware required to run the R4 is incompatible with the gaming files, therefore it is
essential to search for compatibility issue online before downloading or running any games via an R4.
• File Location - Another huge problem encountered by some is that of file location. This is where
although the game files are fully compatible and the R4 running correctly, the game files are stored in an
area of the SD card where the DS cannot find them. In general, all such files should be downloaded to
the ROOT of the card and not moved elsewhere.
• Bad Contacts - It can be assumed that both the R4 card and the microSD will be removed and returned
to the device several times a day over a long period of time. As such, any and all contacts will be
susceptible to the building up of dust, dirt and grime over time, which should be removed with
compressed air and NEVER with liquids or direct contact.