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R4i Gold

R4i Gold is one of the most popular R4 cards. R4i Gold made from www.r4ids.com firstly came into market with being packaged in a distinctive gold box, and this r4i card became popular in America and Europe in late 2009 and early 2010 due to its excellent game compatibility, and early support for the new DSi v1.4 firmware.

After that, R4I-SDHC.COM developed www.r4i-gold.eu while R4ISDHC.COM released www.r4i-gold.com, another two new r4i-gold cards are known to DS users. Later, R4IDS.COM team departed into current www.r4ids.com and www.r4ids.cn, they developed the following R4i Gold Ver2.0, R4i Gold Plus, Wood R4i Gold and R4i Gold 3DS, R4i Gold 3DS RTS, R4i Gold 3ds PLUS.

Some versions of the R4i Gold eventually added support for DS homebrew games and applications for the new Nintendo 3DS system. Allowing 3DS owners to store and load DS homebrew games and applications on the Nintendo 3DS. It does only work in DS mode on the Nintendo 3DS, but work is underway to make it a full fledged 3DS card, allowing the future 3DS homebrew games and applications to be developed and released.

  1. R4i Gold Cards List

  2. Recommended R4i Gold

  3. R4i Gold Cards Comparison

R4i Gold Cards List

DS card users are confused about so many r4i gold cards selling on market. Below list out their images for your reference.

1. R4i Gold cards from www.r4ids.cn

V6.1 Marking R4i Gold 3DS rts Card r4ids.cn<=<= R4i Gold 3DS Card R4iDS.CN<=

Note: Three R4i cards are known for their wood kernel. V6.1 marking R4i Gold 3DS is released on Jul 3rd, 2013. R4i with Green RTS marking is released on early 2013 and is on hot sale while the other two, R4i 3DS and R4i Gold non-3DS have been out of production for a while. Steping into Sept, 2017, r4i gold RTS can now run 3ds roms with NTRBOOT flashing, refer to long page instruction (slow download).

2. R4i Gold cards from www.r4ids.com

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Note: R4i Gold Plus features on Real-time Archiving, Slow Motion, Real-time Guide, Wifi Update and perfect DS game compatibility, while old R4i Gold and R4i Gold Ver2.0 has been out of production for a long time. R4i Gold Ver2.0 should can run NTRBOOT flashing since it is a hardware clone to Acekard 2i.

3. R4i-Gold cards from www.r4i-gold.com

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Note: R4 3DS Gold Pro supports revised Wood kernel with no cooperation with YWG, and you can call it a Wood4TT R4iTT purple as we know R4iTT is such integrated card for a long time. And both R4i-gold 3DS and R4i-Gold above do not support YWG wood r4 kernel. These three cards are made from the same company as R4ISDHC cards from www.r4isdhc.com.

4. R4i-Gold card from www.r4i-gold.eu

Note: This R4i 3DS Gold card is made from r4i-gold.eu, same company as R4i-SDHC 3DS from www.r4i-sdhc.com.

Recommended R4i Gold

With any one of R4i Gold cards above, handheld console users can enjoy mp3 music, dpg movies, E-books, jpg images and DS gaming.

What is to be recommended then ?

1. We would firstly recommend R4i Gold Plus card for its professional kernel programming, more Real time save / real time guide / real time archiving functionality, and DS game compatibility. However, this enhanced R4i gold card is lack of long-term advertisement / development investment´╝îit is hard to win good reputation after its former R4i Gold Ver2.0. R4i Gold Plus was in small market share ratio, and at the same time, this became its advantage from being blocked from console system update.

2. The second r4wood would like to recommend is wood R4i Gold 3DS, the top seller at our website. Like other flash carts, this r4i gold 3ds card supports DS mode gaming on Nintendo 3DS LL / 3DS / DSi XL / DSi / DS Lite / DS Phat, however, the leading and most important thing we have to stress out is that its Wood kernel operation guarantees all DS game compatibility, meanwhile, r4ids.cn team has a professional tech support at every firmware update. After NRTBOOT flashing with R4i Gold RTS, your flashed consoles support downloaded 3DS games now (including NEW 2DS XL, NEW 2DS, NEW 3DS XL, NEW 3DS, 3DS XL, 3DS & 2DS, recommend flashing on standard edition console if you will).

R4i Gold Cards Comparison

This page will do a comparison between R4i Gold Plus and R4i Gold 3DS RTS.

Hardware Chip

Save IC will be detected since 3DS system Ver 4.5.0-10, which gets flashcart easier to be blocked once Nintendo detects it. You may find that R4i Gold Plus has never changed its hardware since it was released two years ago, while R4i Gold 3DS have been in successive PCB 6,7,8,9,A,B,C, even in the same C version PCB, different components are used. That is why some R4i Gold 3DS users are confusing about why their r4i gold could not be firmware upgraded while others could. Namely R4i Gold Plus is recommended for no hardware change.


The Vinyl package of R4i Gold 3DS RTS is not good as RAM chip built on R4i Gold Plus, which will definitely affect the game speed/lag. However, RAM chip being polished will shorten its serve life and it may not affect R4i Gold Plus a lot.

Firmware Upgrade

R4i gold plus can be firmware updated via a Firmware writer, and firmware update gets free from console while we have to find another console to update R4i Gold 3DS RTS if blocked.

R4iDS.COM has to fix the compatibility between updating with and without a Firmware Writer, which also get Supercard team troubled in updating their DSONEi. Sometimes R4i Gold 3DS RTS can be saved back by firmware updating if not recognized, while R4i Gold Plus not.

Game Icon

Evey time game icon will change after firmware update for R4i Gold 3DS, while R4i Gold plus the same. They are in different bypass modes. Have you found any game icon changed for DSTWO ? No.

Kernel Used

R4i Gold 3DS RTS can wifi update Wood R4 kernel, and R4i Gold Plus is able to wifi update its official kernel. R4i Gold Plus is also compatible with YSMenu updated by RetroGameFan. 

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