Which Is The Best R4 3ds Card In 2019?

The best R4 card in 2019 is the R4i gold 3ds plus, it can work on DS as well as on the 3DS consoles. It plays DS games, run Homebrews, pre-flashed Ntrboot and read multimedia files on any DSI&3DS firmware device, your easy and safe choice to play free roms!

R4i gold plus details

Official Site R4ids.cn
Package It contains a flashcard, a USB card reader and a magnet.
Firmware Wood V1.64
Compatibility 3DS FW: 3DS 11.10 to all lower ones.
DSI FW: DSI v1.4.5 to all lower ones.
Games: DS/GBA/GB/GBC/SNES/NES/Other retro games.
Timebomb No.
Real-time save Support RTS, with 2 real-time save files.
Cheats Support cheats code and custom cheats.
Skin Support skin DIY, you can custom theme on your DS or 3DS.
Language Support changes of language, you can select any language you want on 3DS.
NTRboot Preflashed by NTRboot, easier to use for installing CFW
Homebrew Support Moonshell 2.2 and other ds homebrews
Play online Yes
MicroSD Work with 2gb to 128gb microSD card, exfat, and fat32
Price Around $20

Why is R4i gold 3ds plus the best R4 in 2019?

Original WOOD Firmware 

R4i gold 3ds plus with the Most Original Wood Kernel and it always working on the latest 3DS&DSi firmware without updating!

Firmware or kernel is the heart and soul of any R4 card, the firmware of r4i gold 3ds plus is the most original R4 Wood kernel from the first DS R4 team. The other r4 3ds cards, such as the r4i sdhc 3ds, r4i b9s, r4i gold pro, r4isdhc dual-core, r4i sdhc rts lite and r4i gold eu, they all use the copy wood kernels, and some of them are just copy from each other.

In addition, r4i gold wood kernel is released in late 2013, till to this year 2019, it hasn’t got another update, but still can work on the newest 3DS&DSI firmware console, however, the other r4 cards working on DS or 3DS, they have a new firmware released nearly every year, which means you have to change firmware time to time but without so many features.

Without Timebomb 

The original R4i gold 3ds and new R4i gold 3ds plus both are Without Timebomb!!!

Many today’s r4 cards with the annoying Timebomb software, if an R4 card with it, it will stop to work in a certain time, then you can’t get it to work unless set your console time back or change r4 firmware.

NTRboot already be installed 

R4i gold plus is pre-flashed ntrboot and with an inner switch to change between DS&3DS mode.

NTRboot method is the 2019 most widely-used way to install a CFW to any 3DS. In terms of this feature, R4i gold 3ds plus is better than any other R4. Because it has ntrboothax exploit in flashcard and with an inner button for users to switch to play DS games after CFW installed. All the other R4 cards can’t do that.


R4i gold plus plays All NDS games and supports GBA/GB/GBC/SNES/NES/other retro games with Emulators.

I have tested this flashcard can play all of my NDS titles, including the New Super Mario Bros, Nintendogs, Mario Kart DS, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Black and White, Animal Crossing: Wild World,Mario Party DS,Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, Yoshi’s Island DS Tomodachi Collection,Yoshi’s Island DS.


R4i gold plus comes from the First team that made the 3DS R4 card-R4ids.cn.

Since in 2013, the site released the R4i gold 3ds rts, it has been on the market for nearly 6 years, so basically if a person know the r4 3ds, he will know the r4i gold 3ds or the r4ids.cn site.

R4i gold 3ds plus is the team’s another product in 2017. Now in 2019, the r4i gold 3ds plus is already well-known on the whole Internet.


R4i gold plus has the Most Positive feedback and Recommendation from all over the Internet.

No matter in the forum Gbatemp, or in Reddit or in any other place, people from the Internet are all recommending this flashcard to others who get a 3DS, 2DS, NEW 2DS XL, DS, DS Lite or DSI XL console.

Cited from Gbatemp

I also found you a much newer r4i gold 3ds plus setup and review video here, it’s showing that this card is how easily to setup for playing NDS games and this can be set for playing 3ds games as well, and from what I write in this post, you can know how to play 3ds roms with r4 cards, however, I don’t recommend you using r4 card to play 3ds games, very complicated steps and has console brick risk, the 3DS game flashcard is the choice.

Cited from Reddit

The 3ds flashcard is what you need for playing free 3ds roms. R4 card is developed for playing DS games, while Sky3ds+ and Stargate 3ds are the flashcarts support 3ds games. They are playing .3ds files directly on your console with drag and drop method. No need for you to install CFW, download FBI and run .CIA files, then play 3ds games in a very complex and risky way.

For short, here is the 2019 recommendation to flashcard for you with 3DS/2DS/NEW 3DS(2DS) XL/NDS/DSI/DS Lite consoles.

  • Best R4 card for ds games on all the above machines: R4i gold 3ds plus.

Best flashcard for 3ds games on 2DS/3DS/NEW 3DS XL/2DS XL:Sky3ds+ or Sky3ds plus(better than Stargate 3ds, because it’s play more 3ds roms).