Hey everyone, especially to you, people who want to buy a flashcart! Today I am going to review the M3 DS Real.This article was originally published in blog:
First off, the features:
Features of M3DS Real - 100% compatibility - works on any DS.
- Extremely simple to use. Just drag and drop files onto the memory card and insert into the M3DS Real. Standard FAT system.
- Supports the Micro SDHC specification, allowing for high capacity memory cards up to 32 GB at present.
- The M3DS Real supports running programs without any lag or slow down on any micro sd card, even lower-speed ones.
- Special features can be enabled while programs are running (eg. SlowMotion mode, etc.)
- Automatic save type detection eliminates the need to provide a save type database file.
- The M3DS Real writes all files permanently to the micro sd card. Power interruptions cause no save data loss.
- Excellent homebrew support. DLDI auto-patcher.
- Upgradeable system. Operating system has virtually no size limitations.
- Robust & skinnable GUI.
- Built in PassMe (No need to insert TF card, no need to use with any boot cart/passcard etc. Supports booting Slot1-NDS, Slot2-GBA, Slot2-NDS, etc.)
- DirectBoot: Supports direct booting of applications.
- Supports Slot-2 expansions cards. (Rumble, Ram, Browser memory, GBA expansion card, etc.)
- Includes a full touch screen & button control GUI.
- NDS-GBA Linkage works fine.
- The M3DS Real has some of the strongest media features:
Built-in “Media-Ex” application + “Moonshell “ media player.
i) Supports playing MP3, OGG music & DPG / DSM / GBM movies
ii)Super E-book function, supports Word / Txt files directly.
III)Super picture viewer function, supports *.BMP, *.JPG, *.GIF, *.PNG files directly.
- Built in PDA (Worldwide Time, Memo, Note, Phone book, Calculator.)
- Multi-Language support, including French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Japanese...
- Supports DS sleep mode.
- Brightness adjustment within GUI
The M3 DS Real is a real close similarity to the R4, hardware wise, but is still very good build quality, except for one problem that I had; the clips on the actual game case, which has changed, but if you have a case like mine, with the six clips, they are pretty fragile and easy to breakm making a big con, especially if you have a habit of taking things apart, curious of what is inside, like me.
The software of the M3 DS Real is very good quality, it may be slow on some updates, but at least it gets the job done. One of the big advantages is the Auto DLDI patcher, which helps when you download homebrew in a hurry and have no time to patch it, making it a good useful piece of software.
The M3 DS Real can run two firmwares: M3 TouchPod, or M3 Sakura, which has a dual boot feature which can go into Sakura, my preferred loader, or TouchPod, which is a bit slower, but sometimes it runs things a bit better, like the GBA games if you buy the M3 Perfect bundle, which comes with the GBA Expansion pack.
I have really put my M3 DS Real to the test, and I would like to say, it gets the job done very well. It will do all that is said in the features and is very well at running games and homebrew. This is one good cart, it even passed my tests of endurance, even though four out of the six clips are broken, it still holds together nice and firmly, and slides in and out of my ds lite with ease.
Overall, I give the M3 DS Real a 7.5/10. I give it this mark because it has good durability, nice operating system to use, with many choices, like the Quad-Boot and many other choices, but the downside is the build quality, it may be durable, but it is still easy to break off the clips that hold it all together, but if you are looking for a DS flashcart to buy, this would be one of them to go pick up from an online store if you're looking for something that is updated frequently, and is fairly cheap for a flashcart, if you look around.