R4v2 / R4 SDHC / R4v3 Installation Guide

1. Download Software

Depending on your card, download the below ZIP files (choose the one that’s correct for your card) to your computer. It contains the menu files for your card. Menu files will only work on one type of card, i.e. R4v2 files will NOT work for an R4v3/R4 SDHC, etc.

Please make sure you have got the right card and have purchased it from a legitimate vendor who sells quality products, before using the software here. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE SOFTWARE BELOW IS THE EXACT SOFTWARE FOR YOUR R4 CARD. This is because there are different versions out there, so we can only guarantee our software will work for the official cards we list below. NDS-Gear has kindly allowed us to use their servers to link to the R4v2 and R4 SDHC software.


Download R4v2 Software (U.K. based website)

Download R4 SDHC Software (U.K. based website)

Download R4v3 Software (China based website)

2. Open Download

Open the compressed folder and save the files on your computer or to the desktop. The download may contain several files and folders.

3. Plug in Micro-SD/TF Card

Using the USB card reader or the Micro-SD memory reader, connect the Micro-SD memory to your computer. The memory will show as an external hard drive (i.e. “F:\”).

4. Format Micro-SD/TF Card

This step is important, please make sure you follow the instructions closely. After Windows has added the card as a new drive, open the “My Computer” window and right click on the new removable drive. Then select “Format” from the menu. In the format window select FAT32 as file system and press OK to format the card.

All content on the Micro-SD card is now deleted and the card is ready for the use with your card. If you have important data on the Micro-SD memory make sure you save the data somewhere else (i.e. your local hard drive) before you complete this step.

5. Copy files to Micro-SD/TF memory

Copy / drag-and-drop the items previously unzipped to the newly formatted MicroSD memory.

A- Loading the game kernel: Copy the “_DS_MENU.DAT” at the directory of the simplified game kernel/ traditional game kernel to the root directory of TF card.

B- Loading the media kernel: Copy the “moonshl” folder and the “_DS_MSHL.NDS” file at the “moonshell” directory to the root directory of TF card;

C- Load the DIY interface: Copy all the folders “_system_” to the root directory of the TF card.

Add Media to Micro-SD cardCopy your media directly onto the Micro-SD memory. This completes the setup process.

6. Unload the Micro-SD/TF card

After finishing ROM added, then right click the removable disk icon on the right down corner of the screen; Draw out the TF card from card reader/writer.

7. Finishing up

You can now insert the Micro-SD memory into your DS card and start using it with your Nintendo DS / DS Lite. Make sure your micro SD card is inserted correctly into the DS card as shown in the picture.