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What’s r4 3ds emulator and how to use it to play free 3ds roms?

What’s r4 3ds emulator? Can we use this emulator to play 3ds games via an r4 card? How can we play 3ds games by using the r4 card? All ds games have been cracked by r4 card on 3ds, what shoudl we do if we want to play 3ds game with r4 card? here you can find detailed informations.

What’s r4 3ds emulator?

From the literal meaning, r4 3ds emulator it means r4 card with emulator to play 3ds games, First question is here: is there has r4 3ds emulator? The answer is NO, R4 cards that are compatible with the 3DS force the 3DS in DS mode preventing 3DS software from running. There are similar cards that run in 3DS mode, but they have their own restrictions.

Nintendo 3DS emulator


Real 3DS emulator is not for R4 3ds card and any other flashcarts. It is a work-in-progress software to be designed for systems such as Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc..) PC and Mac.The emulation of 3ds is started for a long time, but  till for now, all 3ds emulators for example Citra 3ds is not enough mature, that is meaning if you want to play Nintendo 3ds games on other platforms, it’s still too early.

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As for this topic, we neen to know how many emulators ? and support which games? here we will list the emulators and show they support which games, you can find it on the below:

  • gbaemu4DS – GBA emulator on a 3DS/DS console.
  • GameYob-GBC Emulator for Nintendo DS.
  • VirtuaNES-NES emulator on old 2DS/3DS.
  • SNEmulDS-SNES Emulators for Nintendo DS.

We just list some emulators can work on Nintendo 2DS/3DS, these emulators can work with an r4 3ds card to play GBA/GBC/NES/SNES games on DS/3DS console, if you want to get Complete guide to playing GBA/GBC/NES games on Nintendo 3DS, you can check our this article to get more detailed informations. 

How can we use r4 card to play 3ds games?

We all know that r4 card only support DS games not 3ds games, we might as well hack and homebrew the 3DS, The instructions are different for every console and version. Just be careful not to get banned.

If you are on the latest version, You can get one r4i Gold 3ds Plus and turn on the ntrboothax switch, skipping to install the ntrboothax on the flashcard entirely, And just put boot9strap on your micro SD/SD card. Installing boot9strap (ntrboot) and you might want to know how to open the card to switch it into NTRBoot mode.

What’s NTRboot? it’s a modification for an DS flashcart to exploit a vulnerability in a 3DS console to allow to easily install custom firmware into the 3ds console, ntrboot exploit works independently of system version, the ntrboot flasher (which installs the exploit to the cart) is not. This means that, depending on the versions and devices supported by your flashcart, only certain methods may be available to you.

Why should we choose r4i gold 3ds plus?

It supports on all 3ds models and firmware versions to play ds games and run the NTRboothax exploit. More importantly, the R4i gold plus will perform better when being used to installl 3DS CFW and play ds games. How?

  • It has a pre-flashed ntrboot flasher, save users the step for flashing it by themselves.
  • It has a card button, allow users to play nds games very easily after working for NTRBoot Method.

Guide: Setup R4i gold 3ds plus to install CFW to play Free 3DS Games

What You Need

  • A magnet that triggers the sleep mode of your device (if using a folding style device)
  • Your ntrboot flashed flashcart
  • The latest release of SafeB9SInstaller
  • The latest release of boot9strap (standard boot9strap; not the devkit file, not the ntr file)
  • The latest release of Luma3DS (the .7z file)
  • The latest release of the Homebrew Launcher


Section I – Prep Work

  1. Power off your device
  2. Insert your device’s SD card into your computer
    • This is the SD card from your 3DS, not the SD card from your flashcart
  3. Copy SafeB9SInstaller.firm to the root of your SD card and rename it to boot.firm
  4. Copy boot.3dsx to the root of your SD card
  5. Create a folder named boot9strap on the root of your SD card
  6. Copy boot9strap.firm and boot9strap.firm.sha from the boot9strap .zip to the /boot9strap/ folder on your SD card

  7. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  8. Power on your device

Section II – ntrboot

  1. Use the magnet to find the spot on your device where the sleep sensor is triggered
    • This step is not needed on the old 2DS (which has a sleep mode switch)
  2. Power off your device
  3. Insert your flashcart into your device
  4. Place the magnet on your device to trigger the sleep sensor
    • On old 2DS, you should instead enable the sleep mode switch
  5. Hold (Start) + (Select) + (X) + (Power) for several seconds, then release the buttons
    • It may take a few attempts to get this to work because the positioning is awkward
  6. If the exploit was successful, you will have booted into SafeB9SInstaller

Section III – Installing boot9strap

  1. Wait for all safety checks to complete
  2. Remove the magnet from your device
    • On old 2DS, you should instead disable the sleep mode switch
  3. When prompted, input the key combo given to install boot9strap
  4. Once it has completed, force your device to power off by holding down the power button
    • Your device will only boot to the SafeB9SInstaller screen until the next section is completed

Section IV – Configuring Luma3DS

  1. Insert your SD card into your computer
  2. Delete boot.firm from the root of your SD card
  3. Copy boot.firm from the Luma3DS .7z to the root of your SD card
  4. Reinsert your SD card into your device
  5. Power on your device
  6. Your device should have booted into the Luma3DS configuration menu
  7. Use the (A) button and the D-Pad to turn on the following:
    • “Show NAND or user string in System Settings”
  8. Press (Start) to save and reboot
    • If you get an error, just continue the next page

When we finished these steps, we need to install FBI on our console and change the game to .CIA format, after that, we can play unimpeded 3ds games.

Play 3ds games without emulator

Sky3ds+, it’s a 3ds rom supported card and can be directly used on 11.9.0-42 U/E/J without any emulator,cfw or exploit. The card pirates commercial 3ds roms to play on nearly all 3ds, 3ds xl, 2s, new 3ds and new 3ds xl hand-held. In theory, you can use it on 3ds firmware range from v1.0 to v11.9. So there is not no need to worry about sky3ds+ 3ds compatibility.

  • Support Multi 3ds roms,you can download and play many 3ds games within a card.
  • Support nearly all 3ds games,you can play new and old 3ds games in the market.
  • Support game save,load,online play,eshop access and so on.
  • Support work with micro sd/sdhc card up to 128gb.
  • Support 3ds games with out limits!
  • Support Ninjhax 2.9 to run region free 3ds games and homebrews on 3ds firmware below 3ds 11.9.

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