Flashcarts have been in existence for quite a while now; these were successfully used in playing game backups, as well as launching homebrew on the Nintendo DS. Carried over to the Nintendo 3DS they became a gaming necessity. With multiple manufacturers providing cards that they stated to be the best the 3DS Flashcarts industry was flourishing. Then came frequent the Nintendo Firmware updates, and everything went all but quite in the Flashcart industry. Major Flashcart producers and support providers went quiet and over the last year nothing seems to be happening.
The most popular 3DS Flashcarts have all been rendered useless in running 3DS ROMs by the latest firmware update by Nintendo. These cards do still work with Nintendo DS games, and this has led to a lot of confusion in the gaming world as many gamers have been led to believe that these Linker still do work for Nintendo 3DS games. At this point, the fact remains that there are no 3DS Flashcarts currently working for 3DS consoles above firmware 4.5. Gateway, the manufacturer of the most famous Flashcart in existence claims to have a working Flashcart but is yet to release it for sale.
Gateway3DS Flashcarts Controversy
As the Flashcart controversy continues Gateway, one of the makers of 3DS Flashcarts further put the Flashcart industry in limbo as they installed a kill switch in their Flashcart update to avoid piracy of their firmware by competitors. This kill switch has been responsible for the bricking of multiple consoles using a modified version of the Gateway firmware on the Gateway Flashcart to support additional features. This has led to many gamers becoming suspicious of what exactly is going on. Gateway on their side has come out to state that users should not be alarmed as no genuinely used Gateway Flashcarts have been reported to have any malfunctions.
Gateway Flashcarts have further been rendered useless because most gamers believe they have abandoned providing support and updates, and have actually come up with a new card with similar capabilities but marketed as Evo 3DS.
What to Consider when Buying New 3DS Flashcarts
For new buyers, it is recommended that before you purchase any 3DS Flashcarts you should ensure that there is no kill switch feature as there was in the Gateway card. You can do this by seeking information through the multiple gaming forums and specifically 3DS forums. Secondly look at the offered features and ensure that you are comfortable with them as there is no guarantee of any future updates to upgrade the flash cart’s features. For instance, the R4 3DS Flashcart has great features and is highly reliable.
In conclusion, it is best to avoid purchase of any 3DS Flashcarts that promise to work with 3DS ROMs especially if your console is above firmware 4.5. There are multiple rumors of an impending launch of advanced 3DS Flashcarts that can work with higher 3DS firmware. All that can be done for now is to enjoy playing purchased games as you wait for a functional Flashcart.