So we already found out who is and isn't into homebrew, but for those of you who are -- what do you like? Dislike? We're curious about your favorite hardware selections are. What have you found to be reliable and worth the money ... and what needs AVOID, AVOID, AVOID stamped across its packaging?
For those of you who confessed to not knowing what to do when it comes to homebrew, we're gearing up for a series of features on the subject, which is part of why we're looking for recommendations from our favorite fanboys. So bear with us a little longer. For you salty dogs ... tell us what works for you!
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
1-20-2007 @ 11:17AM
G6lite. You have to be a idiot to not know how to use it. It's as easy as installing a mp3 onto your iPod. It only hold 4gigabytes though. ~8 games, but It is compatible with GBA and DS.
1-20-2007 @ 11:22AM
I use a Supercard SD with a Superpass. I noticed that it takes for ever to do any sort file access from within a hombrew app (outside of SRAM stuff). If you use NitroTracker, you'll definitely see where I'm coming from with this. It's most likely due to the cheap SD hardware they got in there.
But on the plus side, I was able to get my Supercard and Pass for about $50 total. Since I already had a couple SD cards laying around, it was a pretty good deal.
1-20-2007 @ 11:25AM
Are you sure it's not 8Gigabits? I can easily store a dozen games at a time on a single 512MB card and still have room left over.
1-20-2007 @ 11:30AM
I use the Supercard SD with Superkey. I got it from Kicktrading.ca. It's been pretty reliable so far for me. Homebrew works well, and SD cards are pretty cheap (I got 4 512MB SD Cards from Wal-mart for $39.99 CDN). I recommend it!
1-20-2007 @ 11:50AM
I use one of the newest slot-2 (the ds slot, not GBA) solution-- the R4DS. This uses a micro SD card, so price wise the total comes down to $45 for the card, and Amazon sells the 1GB microSD for $18 = $63. R4DS has near perfect support for roms and is quickly gaining homebrew support. I just want to say STEER CLEAR AWAY from the picture displayed above the DS-Xtreme. It has only 512 MB memory and cannot hold more. It costs $130 and does the same exact thing as the R4DS or M3 Simply. Case Closed, Nick.
1-20-2007 @ 12:41PM
Well I used to use a M3 Perfect Mini SD since then I've moved onto the M3 DS Simply. I love the M3 DS simply because it's easier to use in short.
1-20-2007 @ 1:01PM
Do any of the homebrew solutions dump rom from the DS cards themselves. I'd love to have all my library on a DSL storage solution without having to go through the hassle and legality of downloading roms off the internet
1-20-2007 @ 1:04PM
I use a Supercard Lite with a 1gb Sandisk Ultra II microSD and a Superkey. I prefer this over slot I cards, because I like GBA support.
1-20-2007 @ 1:27PM
Actually, slot-2 is the GBA slot -- slot-1 is the DS Slot. And I use an M3 DS Simply. Uses Micro-SD media that's cheap and has huge capacity. Homebrew for it is a little scarce since there are problems with the way it handles file storage, but a new patch came out recently that allows homebrew to take into account whatever storage method used.
1-20-2007 @ 1:29PM
I use the M3 Lite w/SD card and a passcard3. I've got a 1GB SD card in my M3 with 24 DS roms on it. Granted the whole setup cost about $110 from kicktrading, it's still worth it since I can play every new game without having to pay $30 to buy or $5 to rent.
1-20-2007 @ 1:36PM
I would, but money spent on a passcard could be spent on an excellent not homebrew game.
1-20-2007 @ 2:01PM
I'm using the DS Simply with a micro sd, which I'm having trouble with. I must be doing something wrong but i can't figure out how to correctly patch DS Organize files (that is to say, I'm pretty sure I'm doing it right, but it still doesn't run). Anybody have any insight?
1-20-2007 @ 3:12PM
I also am using the M3 Simply. Its is a wonderfull ittle piece of magic. Are you trying to patch ds organize with dldi? if so, put the dsorganize nds file, the r4/m3simply dldi file and the dldi patcher tool into say c:\dldi..... then open cmd prompt.. go into c:\dldi.. type "dlditool dsorganize.nds r4tf.dldi" then done... put that patched nds file into your simplys game folder and start it.
1-20-2007 @ 3:45PM
Alisha Karabinus said...
So many different choices! And while I'm all about regular games (I have more DS games than anything else these days), one of the things I find interesting about homebrew is that it pretty much requires that people get together and share notions, ideas, tips, apps... takes a singular hobby and makes it a community thing.
Sorry for waxing philosophic in the comments, but it's a warm and fuzzy day!
1-20-2007 @ 4:09PM
Im thinking about getting into the homebrews soon, my only question is; Does any one know of any glaring incompatibilities with Mac Os? Aside form downloading homebrew games in .exe files, is there any hardware that just does not communicate with an apple computer? Is there any that is great with an apple?
Im thinking ds-x is probably the most ideal, as many online videos show using it with a mac, plus it has the mac style aqua interface skin built right in.
Also in the vein of mac compatibility, it is the most expensive for the least memory.
1-20-2007 @ 4:16PM
I was rocking the XRom 512MB until a few weeks ago. I got a black SC lite. I love it.
1-20-2007 @ 5:13PM
I use the GBAMP v2 with a 1GB Compact Flash and a Flashme DS Phat. I use it mostly for Moonshell and DSLiveWeather.
1-20-2007 @ 6:14PM
@15: I use a SuperCard SD on a Mac. The only problem's I've encountered are that Disk Utility does not seem to format the card in a way that the SC likes (must use Windows formatting programs) and that the patcher only runs on Windows. You only need the patcher for GBA and commercial DS games anyways, so it's not a big deal. I'm required to open up Virtual PC occasionally, but most of the stuff (including actually developing your own homebrew) can be done with a Mac.
Oh, and most of the emulators require some sort of Windows-only program. Not all, but most.
1-20-2007 @ 6:31PM
FOR THE MAC PEOPLE:
I am using the m3 simply on my g5.. it works PERFECT.. copying/formating is flawless.... Those of you thinking about buying a dsXtreme.. dont.. they are way overpriced.. and the m3 simply and r4 can do everything it can for alot less money.. and also they can hold more.. the m3 comes with a microsd usb adapter also!... The dsx is a fine product but in terms of functionality and price the m3 simply and r4 blow it away...
1-20-2007 @ 7:27PM
Hey, im looking to get into homebrew for my DS lite. What do you guys reccomend, i have a bunch of SD cards already and i would prefer to not have a GBA style cart sticking out of the bottom.