The Nintendo Gaming system primarily the DS series was popular owing to its intuitive ergonomic design, it lineage. However, owing to the fact that its functionality could be extended far beyond what Nintendo wanted, caused the gaming system to scale new peaks of acceptance.
To enable functions that Nintendo did not want like playing backup games, Homebrew applications etc, madders looked at the extension cards or cartridges. In the earlier article we observed some of the earlier Generation 1 cards that fit into the older SLOT-2 of the Nintendo DS.
Even though such older generation cards are not in use anymore owing to Nintendo discontinuing the use of SLOT-2 from DSi DSi XL, it was important for readers to understand the nomenclature in order to avoid being duped.
The earlier generation cards used a two pronged approach commonly known as two-tool combination wherein the GBA Cartridge or SLOT-2 served as storage media a Booting Tool built in to the cartridge that was put in the modern SLOT-1.
However, newer or second generation cards do not have to resort to such techniques manufacturers have been able to cram both the boot ROM space for SD Cards all into the single cartridge.
SLOT-1 devices include DSTT, DSi Player, r4 ds (commonly known as the Gold Card), etc.
Nintendo had carefully encrypted their SLOT-1 to prevent access to homebrew anything other than original licensed content. However, enterprising individuals managed to break the SLOT-1 encryption cards were designed that could boot and read directly from SLOT-1.
What this meant was flashing firmware became a risk that could be avoided all-in-one cards began coming in the market.
LetEUR(TM)s look at some of the 2nd Gen Cards:
One of the most popular 2nd Gen cards that boasted a 99% game compatibility, skin able interface, download-play support, micro SD/SDHC memory card support, very swift loading, and Action-Replay cheat support etc.
Additionally this card has a Closed-Source firmware called AKAIO (currently v1.8.9). This card was the first to support the newer DSi. When Nintendo released firmware 1.4.1, the team released compatibility patch. is the only device on the market to feature both NAND memory, and a Micro-SD slot up to 32GB. Furthermore it also has a mini-USB to connect to PC to access its 1GB onboard memory. With open source architecture, custom loaders are widely available. to utilize the internal PSRAM for the Nintendo DS Browser the Rumble function in games.
This card is fully updateable via internet using a PC app. It too has 99% homebrew capability. However, backup ROMs only work with Lame Boy and nes-DS. Additionally a SAVE function enables sharing of saved games via the World Wide Web.
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