The Nintendo DS and its storage devices
In today’s world, game consoles are one of the best-selling devices. During 1972, with the introduction of the most important console, the world changed forever! Nintendo, which has been in business since 1977, is one of the leading manufacturers of game consoles in the world. The initial editions of such consoles lacked the portability feature. But with the changing times, portable game consoles were introduced. An excellent example of this type of console is the Nintendo DS, introduced in 2004.
To allow for portability, the DS was designed to weigh much less than normal consoles. Therefore, it could not have any built-in storage device. As a result, external storage devices, called flash memory cards, must be inserted into the device to save content. The device comes with slots for these cards.
There are different types of storage cards, each with its own characteristics.
Different cards need to be used for various DS device models. Of these, R4 is the most used card. It is very popular with Nintendo DS users. R4 cards come in different editions, depending on the edition of the Nintendo DS device. These are the original DS model, the DS Lite model, the DSi XL model, the DSi model plus the latest Nintendo 3DS.
Original R4 DS cards can only be used in original DS and DS Lite models. These are not compatible with other Nintendo DS models including Dsi XL, Dsi, and 3DS. Although these would work with the DS Lite and DS models, it is not desirable to do so. The R4 3DS card is intended for the latest Nintendo console, the 3DS model. This card can also be used for the rest of the models, but it is advisable to refrain from such use.
The availability of so many cards probably makes you wonder which one you should use! All of these models look almost the same, but they don’t work with all consoles. It is important to note here that neither of these cards works by itself. Each R4 card requires a suitable micro SD memory card that stores the operating files for its operation. None of the R4 cards would work without a memory card. The larger the storage capacity of a memory card, the more data it can store without the need to delete some of the data already stored. For regular users, a 2GB memory card offers a fairly adequate amount of storage, but professional users will find 4GB or 8GB micro SD cards more suitable.
In case you prefer to have a pre-configured R4 card that already contains the latest software on your memory card, you will need to buy an R4 card that has a memory card, because otherwise you will not be able to include the necessary software, which means that you will need to download and obtain the latest software for that card.