2018 3DS Flashcart Comparison Chart-which to buy?

Which 3ds flash cart to buy in 2018? From this article, you can see the comparison chart of all the 3ds game flashcards in 2018. So before you pickup a Nintendo 3ds flashcart, read our post here firstly.

List of all 2018 3DS Flashcarts

Available to buy

  • Stargate 3DS
  • Sky3ds+
  • Sky3ds
  • Gateway 3ds
  • EZflash Redux

Discontinued in the market

  • R4I GOLD 3DS DELUXE
  • 3DS LINK
  • ORANGE 3DS
  • MT-CARD
  • DSTWO+: Only a few cards are still old by 3DS-Flashcard.com.

3DS Flashcards Comparison Chart of 2018

Gateway 3DS Sky3DS Stargate 3DS Sky3DS+ EZ-Flash Redux
Hardware
3DS/XL Yes (v4.1-v9.2) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (v?-v10.7)
2DS/N2DS Yes (v6.0-v9.2) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (v?-v10.7)
N3DS/N3DS XL Yes (with some extra requirements) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (all versions) Yes (v?-v10.7)
Expandable Memory Micro SD(XC)

128GB

Micro SD(XC)

128GB

Micro SD(XC)

128GB

Micro SD(XC)

128GB

Micro SD(XC)

128GB

SD Slot Top Top Top Top Side
USB Slot No No Yes Yes (Side) No
LED Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FPGA Upgradeable Yes No Yes Yes Unknown
Region free Yes No No No Unknown
Software compatibility
ROM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retail cartridge Yes N/A N/A N/A Unknown
E-shop 3DS games Yes No No No Unknown
Latest 3DS games No No No Yes No
SNES games No No Yes, but later No No
GBA games No No Yes, but later No No
NDS ROMs With CFW (both sysnand and emunand) and linked emunand No Yes No Unknown
File system ROM mode (FAT32) Yes

Split 4GB+ ROM

No Yes Yes Yes
File system ROM mode (exFAT) Yes No Yes No Yes
eShop Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown
Homebrew Yes No No No Yes
Software Features
Region free (ROM) Yes No* For NDS games No* Unknown
Local Play Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown
Online (ROM) Yes Yes Yes Yes, no ban with the skydock Unknown
Dump Retail Cartridges Yes No No Yes, with a skydock Unknown
Plug&play No Yes Yes Yes No
Cheatcode support Yes No No No Yes
Other
Price $65 $87.5 $96 $92.5 $47

Which is the best 3ds flash card to buy?

The best 3ds flashcart to buy for playing Nintendo 3ds games is the Sky3ds+/Sky3ds plus. Why? After checking the above chart, we can get the following conclusions.

  1. Which supports 3ds games on all firmware versions: Sky3ds+ and Sky3ds.
  2. Which plays the latest 3ds games including the online games: Sky3ds+.
  3. Which is plug and play: Sky3ds+, Sky3ds and Stargate 3ds.

Only the Sky3ds+ has all the 3 features which any flash card buyer care mostly, the compatibility, the usage, and the safety, so from the 3 basic aspects, the sky3ds plus is still the most-recommended to buy 3ds flashcart in 2018, not the Stargate 3ds. Currently, buy from SKY-3DS.COM, you can require a voucher code, get a skydock for free, use the USPS/other fast shipment and pay for it via paypal.