Which flashcard can work on 3DS/XL v8.1.0-18?


Nintendo 3DS has updated to v8.1.0-18 on 24th July.

Change-log :

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

Has any card be blocked? Which card can support 3DS/XL v8.1.0-18. Let’s list working flashcart here.

Supercard DStwo

The most powerful card, always support to latest system of all console, NDS, DSi, 2DS/XL, 3DS/XL. It is the only card include the GBA emulator, and you can play GBA games directly.

R4i gold 3DS RTS

The most popular r4i card, it never be blocked and always work perfectly. It also has RTS, cheating features, all flashcart gamers should be familiar with it. It can support to 3DS/XL v8.1.0-18 too.


It is also a R4i card, and very famous. It is similar with R4i gold 3DS RTS, support RTS, cheating. Working with 3DS/XL v8.1.0-18.

Ace3DS plus

This is an amazing card. It is a cheap card, but all features are available. If you are new to flashcart, recommend to choose this card.

The other R4i card

R4i sdhc lite RTS, R4i sdhc dual core, R4i gold pro also has been tested to support 3DS/XL v8.1.0-18. In short, this update does not block any flashcart, all NDS flashcart are available.

Meanwhile, Gateway 3DS, R4i gold 3DS deluxe edition, Mt-card still work on 3DS/XL v4.1-v4.5.



What are the similarities and differences between 3DS flashcart?

As far as I know, there are 3 main 3DS flashcart in the market. They are gateway 3DS, R4i gold 3DS deluxe edition, MT card. Let’s list the features of each card and compare what are the similarities and differences between them.









Gateway 3DS

Multi-rom support
In Menu OSD title selection
exFat & Fat32 support
NAND based rom support
Game cart backup
On board diagnostics
Clean Boot region free system
Back up system Nand
Works on 3DS & 3DS XL (Firmware 4.1-4.5)







R4i gold 3DS deluxe edition

Support Multi-ROM
Support FAT32&exFAT
Support up to 32GB tf card
Support SDHC micro sd card.
Support online play(to be tested)
Support 3DS/3DSXL/3DSLL consoles(v4.1 to v4.5).
Support latest 3D games.
Support latest DSi and 3DS games.
Support ALL kind of 3DS and DSi console.
Support RTS (Real Time Save) for DSi games.
Support Wifi games and DS Ramble pak.
Firmware Spoofing.
Region Free.
Firmware Updatable








Hardware design of flexible, build-in CPU with card, upgradable new functions via USB.
Support multiROM, support SDHC card, support up to 256 games, selecting game in Menu or by pressing key.
Support FAT32, drag and drop, no need of diskimager.
Save to TF directly, no need of pressing home to backup SAVE.
Support NAND-emulate,official carts region free,Nand backup.
Support Eshop games.
Support SaveEditor,and Card-dump soon.
Enhance Eshop ROM compatibility.
Support .3dz ROM.(support online play)


Support 3DS games
Support eshop download games
Support Multi-rom
Region Free
Real time save
Support online play
Works on 3DS & 3DS XL (Firmware 4.1-4.5)


Gateway and MT card support nand backup, R4i deluxe official doesn’t point out this feature directly.
Gateway and MT card support emunand, R4i deluxe can’t support emunand currently.
Gateway and R4i deluxe support exFat & Fat32, MT card only support Fat32.
Gateway support on board diagnostic, R4i deluxe and MT card not.
R4i deluxe support firmware spoofing, Gateway and MT card doesn’t include this in features.
MT card support USB update, R4i deluxe and Gateway can’t enable this.

Other 3DS flashcart

This card is not so popular, I don’t know much about it. Its official features are same as R4i deluxe, it can support multirom too.

This is a new 3DS card and is under production, not be released yet. Its features shows K3DS include ds/3ds mode in one card, and can be updated through USB directly.


There are many 3DS flashcart, which one we should choose? It is hard to say which one is better, but I prefer Gateway 3DS, R4i gold 3ds deluxe and MT card. They all support multirom now, thanks for each team’s effort. Hoping the 3DS flashcart can support 3DS/XL version above v4.1-v4.5, that will be perfect!




R4i Gold 3DS Deluxe Edition firmware 4.0b2 is released!

The R4i official update news again. R4i gold 3DS deluxe edition can support Multi-ROM now! Here is the details.

Deluxe Edition firmware 4.0b2 is released ! (2014-07-15)

change log:
1.Support Multi-ROM
2.Support FAT32&exFAT
3.Support up to 32GB tf card
4.Support online play(to be tested)
5.Because of the 3ds system’s updating, emuNand is delayed.

Attention: For the limitation of memory space, the MH4 patch cannot be added in this update, sure you can play the MH4 through Deluxe Firmware 4.0B1.

Until now, all 3DS card work with multi-rom, Gateway, MT card, R4i deluxe edition. In firmware 4.0b2, r4i gold 3ds deluxe edition can’t support emuNand, if you want to play emuNand, Gateway and MT card can be your choice.

Does Ace3ds plus support 3DS v8.0.0-18?

Nintendo 3DS has updated to v8.0.0-18. After test, no flashcart is blocked by this new system, ace3ds plus also work on 3DS v8.0.0-18. But some gamers can’t make ace3ds plus work on 3DS/XL v8.0. There are two reasons, wrong steps or the card issue. Normally, the ace3ds plus will work. Here is my test result.

First, put the kernel and .nds game in the TF card (FAT32), insert TF card into ace3ds plus, then put them into 3DS/XL v8.0.0-18.






Look, ace3ds plus can work on 3DS/XL v8.0.0-18. If you ace3ds plus doesn’t support the new 3DS system, maybe it is an old version card. If you are interested in this card, we provide genuine and newest ace3ds plus.


Which flashcart can work on 3DS v8.0.0-18?


3DS system has updated to v8.0.0-18, which flashcart can work on it? Let’s list it.

First, r4i gold 3ds rts. The most popular flashcart, support to all console, NDS, DSi/XL/LL, 2DS, 3DS/XL/LL.

Second, DStwo. It is the most powerful card, is a little expensive, but support all console and never be blocked. DStwo is the only card that support GBA games on DSi and 3DS, need no ez flash 3in1.

Third, ace3ds plus. It’s a hot card too, if you are new to flashcart, ace3ds plus is a good choice for you to enter flashcart world quickly.

In addition, r4i sdhc 3ds rts, r4i sdhc rts lite, r4i sdhc dual core, r4i gold pro all support 3DS v8.0.0-18 (J/U/E). In short, the 3DS new system doesn’t block any flashcart,  if your card support 3DS v7.2.0-17, it also support 3DS v8.0.0-18.

How about the 3DS flashcart, well, they still only support 3DS v4.1-v4.5. But don’t worry, the gateway team is struggling on getting next firmware, maybe something about 3DS v8.0.0. Hopefully be so.


Nintendo 3DS firmware update to v8.0.0-18

Nintendo 3DS firmware update to v8.0.0-18 on 7th July 2014. Here is the details.

Change log:
Main changes for version 8.0.0-18U
Update released: July 7th, 2014
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

There is no much information about the firmware, so which card can work with the new firmware? DStwo has been confirmed still work with it, r4i gold 3ds rts can work too, ace3ds plus and r4i sdhc 3ds, r4i dual core, r4i sdhc lite rts, r4i gold pro is under testing. This firmware seems to be a tiny change, some gamers say that there’s no major changes or new features, it should be v7.3 not v8.0 and no one knows really whats different yet, it just came out.

Until now, all 3DS flashcart still can not support 3DS games on 3DS above v4.1-v4.5. When playing 3DS games with gateway, MT card or r4i gold 3ds deluxe edition, please be careful and not to update your console. However, 3DS update its firmware again, seems all NDS flashcart still work, we will keep posting the news.

Gateway 3DS will be running 7.x games and 7.x applications soon!

The Gateway 3DS official site updates news: STATUS UPDATE: 7.x. Here is the site details.

” We have recently reached a major milestone regarding the 7.x encryption. We can say with certainty that we will soon be running 7.x games and 7.x applications (like eShop, PokeBank and YouTube) in our labs.

We can already say that this will be possible with the current gateway hardware and will be supported in the form of a regular firmware update.

Some people might think we’re overcautious with releasing new firmware updates and holding stuff back.

But we would like to reiterate once again that quality assurance and smooth product experience is on the top of our lists. We really take our time to test everything as much as we can.

There’s a bunch of other (interesting) developments going on besides the 7.x encryption fix at the moment; but we will brief you guys about them in a later (more lengthy) news update. Most questions we get at the moment are 7.x related, so this one will be released out as soon as possible.


Thank you for your patience once again. ”

It’s not a long time since last update, gateway 3DS team always keep effort. To gamers, we can play v7.x games with gateway 3DS soon. If  you don’t have gateway 3DS and you are interested in this card, it maybe a nice choice to get one.