- Summary of the R4i Gold
- R4i Gold Package Contents
- R4i Gold Official Features List
- History of the R4i Gold
- Which Manufacturer Makes Which Card?
- R4i Gold Official Website
- Download R4i Gold Software / Firmware
The R4i Gold was a clone of the R4i SDHC designed to be upgradable with any new Nintendo firmware. After failing to work once Nintendo released the 1.4 firmware update, its reputation quickly declined. Despite creating a new, 1.4 compatible version, it is now significantly less popular than the original R4i SDHC.
The R4i Gold package comes with:
- R4i Gold card
- Micro-SD-to-USB reader
- Blue card holder
- Supports Action Replay cheat
- DLDI auto-patching
- 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 rumble pak and memory pak
- Supports the WiFi game, DS rumble pak, DS browser
- Supports changes of the background of Operation Interface
- Support Skin DIY by setting background and font colours on Main Menu and Game manually and automatically
- Supports 4-scale-lightness adjustment (DS Lite only)
- Supports the Soft Reset.
- Moonshell 2.02 Support Software Reset function (Press START key back to the R4 menu)
The R4i Gold edition card was released in the middle of 2009, shortly after the release of the original R4i SDHC. The concept behind the bold colour scheme and aggressive marketing strategy was simple: the R4i Gold was touted as a potential successor to the R4i SDHC which is “updatable” should Nintendo update the DSi’s firmware at any stage. It was designed to be a long term candidate for the DSi, better than the R4i SDHC.
Unfortunately, this claim fell flat on its face when Nintendo released the 1.4 firmware – and the R4i Gold was unable to be played. The team worked round the clock to produce a new card that was 1.4 compatible, but this was several weeks after Nintendo released the 1.4 firmware. In the mean time, all existing R4i gold cards stopped working on new and updated DSi consoles.
The public quickly lost confidence in the R4i Gold’s abilities and as a result, very few stores still sell the 1.4 compatible cards today. Because of its low market share, product software updates are also few and far between.
Since it’s so difficult to actually remember which manufacturer makes which card, here is the list of what’s technically accurate:
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4isdhc.com
Produces: R4i SDHC (Original), R4 SDHC Upgrade (Clone)
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4iii.com
Produces: R4v3 (Clone)
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4sdhc.com
Produces: R4 SDHC (Original), R4i Beige (Clone)
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4ultra.com
Produces: R4 Ultra (Clone), R4i Ultra (Clone)
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4ids.com
Produces: R4i Gold (Clone)
Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.r4rts.cn
Produces: R4i White (Clone), R4i Black (Clone)
http://www.r4ids.com – Warning, this is a clone site and may not provide up-to-date firmware, or even firmware that works with a card. We cannot provide support for any fake cards on this site, but we’re happy to show this information in case anyone happens to own an R4i Gold.
You can download the official R4i Gold software from the official website.