The Original R4i Card





(The 1.4.1 version of the R4i SDHC – since then it has become the R4i 3DS, which is still the same card but compatible with the Nintendo 3DS as well)


Summary of the R4i SDHC

The R4i SDHC was the first card to be released on the market that was compatible with the DSi console. It spawned several noticable clones. Ironically, the manufacturers of the original R4i SDHC also produce a clone of a different card. A new card was forced to be released after the Nintendo DSi 1.4 firmware upgrade, but its market share seemed to recover and it is now still the most popular DSi card.

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R4i SDHC Package Contents

The R4i SDHC package comes with:

  • R4i SDHC card
  • Micro SD reader
  • Red or blue card holder / box
  • Blue ribbon (to tie card if required)

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R4i SDHC Official Features List

  • Able to memorize and restore to the previously selected game or application after restarting machine and soft reset.
  • Sleep mode function, for power saving and longer standby time.
  • Multi-languages are optional, they are Simplified Chinese, complicated Chinese, English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spainish and Dutch.
  • Friendly interface, easy to operate.
  • Realtime smart help windows.
  • Integrated the latest Moonshell 2.0 Beta version.
  • Game compatibility: 100%.
  • No need to flash. Built-in launch Slot-2 (gba) function.
  • Support SDHC micro sd cards (4GB?8GB?16GB?32GB).
  • Support DMA read and no lag while using any microSD card.
  • Support FAT16 and FAT32. Files can be transferred with PC, PDA, Cellphone and Camera.
  • Support clean rom and drag-drop to play. Fast loading.
  • Support NDS and iDS games. DS games can run on any DS versions.
  • Files are to be saved directly to TF card, copy or restoration is not required.
  • Automatically recognise saved new game types, no need to update the database.
  • Support moonshell and home brew.
  • Power saving design. Enter optimized mode automatically.
  • Double screen UI, abbreviated picture and game title display, button and touch operations.
  • Easy to use, setting or adjustment is not required.
  • Support Wi-Fi, rumble pack and browser expansion.
  • UI background can be changed.
  • 4-level brightness adjustment.
  • Support soft reset.
  • Support AR cheat code.
  • Support soft-reset of moonshell 2.0 (back to main menu of R4 NDSI by pressing START button).
  • DLDI auto-patching.
  • Support Download play.

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History of the R4i SDHC

The R4i SDHC was the first ever DSi compatible card to be produced for the homebrew market. It was released in the second quarter of 2009 after the general release of the Nintendo DSi console. It boasted the same functionality as old DS cards, including up to 32GB Micro-SDHC support, being able to run Moonshell to play media, and frequent software updates.

When Nintendo released the 1.4 DSi firmware update in late July 2009, all DSi cards were temporarily disabled. Several cards, including the EZFlash Vi and Acekard 2i, were able to patch themselves to become compatible with the new 1.4 firmware. However, the R4i SDHC (among others) was unable to do this. As a result, all existing R4i SDHC cards became unable to be used on the DSi console.

This was obviously a big blow to the manufacturers, who quickly resolved the issues and manufactured a brand new 1.4-compatible card. Strangely, despite the big setback of effectively nullifying all its DSi cards to date (when the 1.4 firmware was released), it regained its market share incredibly quickly. After the release of the new card, the R4i SDHC once again became the leading DSi compatible card on the market – despite the advances of the Acekard 2i, EZFlash Vi, and the M3i Zero.

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R4i SDHC Clones

Other companies, many of which were involved with the old R4 SDHC original and clone cards, also attempted to copy the R4i card soon after it was released on the market. To date, there are several noticable clones of the R4i card, but only one of them has made any impact on the market – and sadly, that was temporary.

The R4i Ultra is, naturally, from the same manufacturer that produced the R4 SDHC Ultra – while the R4i Beige, ironically, is made by the same team that produced the ORIGINAL R4 SDHC card! Neither of these cards appear to be very popular, attracting rather little in the form of software updates as a result.

The “R4i White” and “R4i Black” come from the R4i RTS team, who attempted to make an R4i card with its main feature being the ability to use the real time save function. However, very few units are actually around and it’s difficult to find stores that sell it – therefore, support for these cards are not likely to continue much longer.

The R4i Gold card was released shortly after the original R4i SDHC, and was hyped as a card that would “beat barriers” if Nintendo released a new firmware for the DSi – and be completely updatable. Unfortunately, this claim fell flat on its face when the firmware really was released – the R4i Gold was not updatable! Therefore, it died a rather painful and sudden death in the eyes of the public. Even though the R4i Gold has since released a new card that is 1.4 compatible, the lack of public confidence has made software updates rather seldom – and it is no longer much of a contender. Originally, it wasn’t bad, though – which is why we also have a page on it! :-)

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Which Manufacturer Makes Which Card?

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:
Produces: R4i SDHC (Original), R4 SDHC Upgrade (Clone)

Manufacturer’s Website:
Produces: R4v3 (Clone)

Manufacturer’s Website:
Produces: R4 SDHC (Original), R4i Beige (Clone)

Manufacturer’s Website:
Produces: R4 Ultra (Clone), R4i Ultra (Clone)

Manufacturer’s Website:
Produces: R4i Gold (Clone)

Manufacturer’s Website:
Produces: R4i White (Clone), R4i Black (Clone)

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R4i SDHC Official Website

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Download R4i SDHC Software / Firmware

You can download the official R4i SDHC software from the official website.

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