Introduction: Toturial: How to Setup R4i Gold 3ds Cart?

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R4i gold 3ds rts flashcart is the most popular and effective solution to play ds backups on your 3ds/2ds/dsi console, using r4i gold card for the first time can be a bit confusing, so this guide is here to point you in the right direction.

Step 1: Step 1. Things You Will Need

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1. R4i Gold 3DS RTS card
2. Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL/2DS/DSI/DS Console
3. MicroSD card (2-32 GB)
4. MicroSD card adaptor (will come with the r4i gold 3ds package)
5. PC

The r4i gold 3ds rts card is the best 3ds flashcart to date, I've had one for about a year now, cant recommend it enough. Just wanted to give you more confirmation. is where I got mine, they ship from California and their prices are good. Okay, here is a guide to get you started

Step 2: Step 2. Download the Latest Kernel From the Official Website.

Picture of Step 2. Download the Latest Kernel From the Official Website.

R4i gold rts 3ds flashcart uses the Wood R4 firmware developed by Yellow Wood Goblin as its official firmware. And the latest wood kernel is version 1.64. You can download it from here directly.

Step 3: Step 3. Unzip the Kernel File

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After done, you will get a compressed kernel file as shown, simply uzip it with a winrar or 7zip software.

Step 4: Step 4. Drag and Drop

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Open the wood kerel file and copy all the contents, drag and drop them onto the root of your MicroSD card. And put the game files with them too.

Step 5: Step 5. Insert MicroSD Card to R4i Gold 3ds Rts Card

Picture of Step 5. Insert MicroSD Card to R4i Gold 3ds Rts Card

Step 6: Step 6. Insert Them to the 3ds Console

Picture of Step 6. Insert Them to the 3ds Console

Step 7: Step 7. Boot Up Your Console and Click the Icon

Picture of Step 7. Boot Up Your Console and Click the Icon

Step 8: Step 8. Done

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WilliamV63 (author)2017-10-08

When i want to boot the r4i on a 11.6 3ds, I just have a black screen with.......nothing. I test it on an other 3ds on 11.6 and got the same... Need help please! (author)2017-07-26

i have a problem with my DSi XL 1.45,

after i copied the wood kernel to the card and trying to start the kernel i only have a blank icon, when i enter it i get a error message

MatanS6 (author)2016-06-24

I can not connect the R4 card games I do not know them instructions and I downloaded version of the site

Fate For Windows (author)MatanS62017-06-22

Does your card look like the one in the picture? If not, you have a fake clone card. I believe these are DSTT clones. It would be a good idea to look for answers on GBATemp.

Ty2005_92 (author)2014-11-03

I just bought a brand new 2ds, it has the latest firmware. I immediately ordered an r4, and followed the instructions everyone is giving on YouTube. I still get an error message. :/ please help

brokenpinataAZ (author)Ty2005_922015-01-02

Unfortunately, support for this card ended at the end of 2013 and it won't work with any 2/3DS with recent firmware (I can't tell you which version is the cut-off, sorry).

At that point, it still worked on my old 3DS XL. I recently picked up a new 3DS XL (with the most recent firmware) and it doesn't work. It still works on my kid's DS Lite, though.

thats not true still works on n3dsxl latest fw 11.3.0

nick93us (author)aCULTabove2017-03-25

Can you provide the latest firmware/whatever I need to update my r4i gold to work on 11.3.0? The official sites downloads are from 2013...

Did you find a solution yet?

The reason why the downloads haven't been updated since 2013 is because Nintendo hasn't blocked any standard NDS flashcards on the 3DS since 6.2.0.

JavaProgrammer (author)Ty2005_922015-04-28

just a question, why the 2ds instead of a 3ds?

CharlineBe (author)2016-07-08

thanks for sharing. I am sharing here my finding at 3ds-blog, where more details about R4i card setup can be found.

waht (author)2015-12-11

For anyone still coming in to this from searches, the file link is no longer correct. The direct link at the moment is, or go through this page to where it says "Newest WOOD R4 Kernel".

r4gateway (author)2014-10-15

How to use it when i receive this r4i gold 3ds flashcard? Which consoles R4i Gold 3DS RTS flash cart support?

PaulKobe (author)2014-08-11

I have a Nintendo 3ds console and a supercard dstwo flashcard, I want to download some GBA roms

and play it on my console with the feature of supercard dstwo! Supercard dstwo supports playing

GBA and SNES emulator games on 3DS/ 3DS XL/ DS. At the first, I can not find where I should go

to download there games until my friend told me! The downloading website is It

provides various kinds of game roms for downloading, all free, just pay a little time for kinds

of disgusting ads and possible chance of wrong-downloading. That’s a great place for sources!

Share it with all of you, my friends!

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