The R4i Gold from www.elektronichouse.com comes in a cardboard box measuring 7 x 1.5 x 10.5 cm. The box has a gold-brown coloring scheme to fit in with the cart’s title, and has the stylized “i’ (for DSi compatibility) and “SDHC” (for SDHC compatiblity) logos on the front as well. New to this version is a red design proclaiming 3DS compatibility, though some samples had a red sticker placed onto the box instead, since the packaging had not yet been changed to include the 3DS logo. The packaging and design was not changed at the same time as the cart’s 3DS compatibility, so it’s possible to get a 3DS-compatible cart with the older packaging (like this review sample I was sent). The new packaging and design can be seen on the R4i Gold website. As with any product, there’s a list of features on the back, though it can be hard to read due to the color scheme chosen for the background and text. The feature list is not perfect as far as English grammar standards go, but is better than many competing budget products. A copy of the feature list (as written) follows the images.
- Compatible with all DS editions of different kinds of language
- Support SDHC (Micro SD 4G, 8G, 16G, 32G)
- 2nd generation storage device(no booting tool required)
- Flush fitting slot 1 card
- uses MicroSD card, FAT16 or 32
- Supports any MicroSD card speed with no lag in game
- Supports Clean ROM,drag and drop.Works on any OS
- Built in NoPass
- Automatically detect save type
- Save directly to MicroSD card,not to onboard chip
- Supports Moonshell and other homebrew
- User friendly skinnable interface.Touchscreen or button operation
- Supports the WIFI game,DS Rumble pak, DS Browser
- Supports changes of the background of Operation Interface
- Supports Skin DIY by setting background and font colors on Main Menu and Game Menu manually and automatically
- Supports 4-scale-lightness adjust ment(DS Lite only)
- Supports the Soft Reset
- Supports Action Replay cheat
- Moonshell 2.02 supports Software Reset function
- DLDI auto-patching
The R4i Gold is a simply-constructed flash cart, in line with it’s aim towards budget users.
From the front, the R4i Gold has the same shape as standard DS game carts, except it has two indentations (one on either side) near the top, presumably for better gripping with your fingers. The sticker has the common R4 design, with the team’s URL printed on it, and is not over-reflective. There is no noticeable bulge or bump underneath the sticker, indicated a slimmed design internally.
Going to the back, there’s a few things to point out.
- First is the MicroSD slot, positioned to the right. This slot is not spring-loaded, relying on friction to keep the MicroSD in place. Some people prefer this as it means one less part to potentially break, while others worry that since it doesn’t lock the MicroSD card into place it could fall out. I’m happy to report that I have no concern of the MicroSD falling out. It’s held in there tightly enough that it will not come out on it’s own, and it doesn’t require too much force to remove it.
- The second point is the contact area. The R4i Gold only has two lead “teeth”, which are meant to guide the contacts into place when the flash cart is inserted into the DS, but are also meant to keep fingers from directly touching the contacts, dirtying them. This may be a concern for some people, but many flash carts have less teeth than actual DS game carts, so it’s nothing unexpected. In addition, it makes padding the cart to fix “contact issues” easier. No natural contact issues with this cart have been observed, however some contact issues were experienced when shaking the ds unit. Other reviewers I contacted were not able to replicate this problem, so while one may not experience this it is possible that another will.
- The PCB for this version is a deep red, and a small white number 6 is visible on the PCB, in the uppermost portion of the right contact slot.