Which R4 card works on Nintendo Switch to play Switch XCI, 3DS and DS games?

r4 flash card for nintendo switch

Are you looking to buy a R4 card to play free DS, 3DS and Nintendo Switch games? Which R4 card can work on the 3DS and Nintendo Switch consoles? Or if no R4 card is compatible with the Switch handheld, how we can hack it to play free games? Just find answers in this post.

Nintendo 3DS R4 cards

3ds r4 card

R4 card or R4 3DS, they are the flash card working on Nintendo 3DS firmware devices to play the downoaded roms or game backups. It mainly supports DS games and DS homebrews, each R4 3ds card supports 3DS V11.8.0, DSI V1.4.5 and all lower firmwares. Generally, a R4 3ds card should work with its official firmware and a microsd card, so it can hack the 3DS or NDS family handheld to play multi-free games or homebrews.

In 2018, Nintendo 3DS R4 card has another update. They are compatible with the 3ds cfw exploit, NTRboothax. So users of R4 cards can use them to install CFW like Lum3DS on their 2DS, 3DS, NEW 3DS XL or 2DS XL consoles, then running the FBI on CFW and loading .CIA games, they can play free Nintendo 3DS games as well. That’s to say, in 2018, R4 card supports both DS and 3DS games.

For you want to choose a R4 card to play 3DS/DS games, the following is a list of Top to buy R4 cards in 2018.

  1. R4i gold 3ds plus
  2. R4i sdhc b9s
  3. R4i sdhc 3ds rts
  4. R4i gold pro 2018
  5. R4i gold eu 3ds

Which R4 card works on 3DS and Nintendo Switch?

R4 cards is fully compatible with all 3DS firmware devices, it also has the backward compatibility to support all NDS, DSI, DSI XL and DS Lite machines. But all R4 3ds cards in the market, they can’t work on the Nintendo Switch. You may hear of the R4S dongle from the R4i-sdhc.com site. However, it isn’t the R4 flashcard, it’s a usb dongle cloning from the First Switch modchip, SX Pro and can’t work without SX OS license or any other payload from the third-party.

Compared with the SX Pro, it is much cheaper, but it’s much harder to setup and only be recommended for playing .NSP games, it has a poor compatibility for .XCI games.

Without R4 card, how to hack Nintendo Switch to play free games and homebrews?

sx pro hack Nintendo Switch

The SX Pro is the “flashcard” you are looking for, it’s the First method released for hacking Nintendo Switch to play free games. Team Xecuter is the developer, they are producing the SX Pro, SX OS license and SX OS cfw in June of 2018. For now, a large number of Nintendo Switch console users have used the SX Pro or SX OS license to play games and homebrews. 

Like I said above, the SX Pro is the First Nintendo Switch modchip, but it’s not liking the R4 card, it is a usb dongle which should be inserted into the console to boot CFW. SX Pro kit is also including a joycon RCM jig and a sx os license, with both of them, your Nintendo Switch can be easily jailbreaked. 

How easy you can use SX Pro to play free games and hombrews on Switch, just check the user guide here.

SX Pro Setup

  1. Extract SX OS CFW to your Nintendo Switch’ microSD card.
  2. Your card microSD can be formatted as FAT32 or exFAT
  3. Insert SX Pro dongle and tool into your Nintendo Switch.
  4. The dongle goes in the charger port, the tool in the right joycon rail.
  5. Hold volume-up and press the power button, SX OS should start.
  6. You can remove the dongle and tool once SX OS starts.
  7. Activate your SX OS License to enjoy all features.
  8. Enter the “album viewer” from the main menu and click on “license”
  9. Enjoy the latest games and homebrew!

Play games and homebrews

Select “boot Custom FW” from the menu, activate the SX OS license by entering “album viewer” from the Nintendo Switch main menu and click on “license”, then your license should activate online and a license.dat file will be placed on the microSD card. From now on, you can now enjoy Switch homebrew and game backups!

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