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Nintendo DS Homebrew

Tools that allow you to take the full advantage of your NDS.
Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 16.01.2007
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G6Lite 4Gb

 

Tin really adds that extra plus to the overall feeling of this product but that CD-R disk shows that the bundle was not 100% ready for the production at the time they send the review sample out. Current packages have proper installation CDs.

 

From inside the tin we find the G6Flash unit itself, two exchangeable cases to much the color of the console, larger case to be used with original NDS and finally the USB adapter.

Here are the brief specs for the G6Flash Lite:

  • 4 Gbit of memory. This translates to 512 Megabytes of storage space.
  • Fits both the NDS and NDS Lite's GBA slot. Meaning that the G6Lite is a Slot 2 solution and needs a PassMe/FlashMe device/firmware to fully function.
  • Built in MediaPlay-Extend
  • Can play both the GBA and NDS games

What makes this product different from the SuperCard Lite is that G6 uses internal memory instead of a memory card. This has pros and cons and most likely the storage capacity is your first worry. NDS games/homebrew take anywhere from 1 megabyte to 128 megabytes of storage space. This said, most of the games are sized between 16 to 64 megabytes, meaning that you can store around 15-20 games on G6Flash. This is more than enough for most gamers. On the other hand, if you like to carry a lot of MP3 files or encoded videos with you, external memory card can offer more dynamic storage solution.

 

On the left we have the G6Flash and on the right the original GBA (Slot 2) dust cover. Even from this image it is easy to see that the G6 once installed will look near identical to the dust cover when watched from outside. It is great that there are several replacement covers included so that the unit can match the color of the console.

 

As there is no removable storage, the whole Media adapter has to be removed from the NDS when updating the software or installing new games or applications. The included "burner" is basically an USB adapter that sits between the Media adapter and the computer's USB port. G6Flash shows up as a regular Mass Storage Device when connected.

Software

One has to use the G6-Manager to convert and move the actual ROMs to the G6 unit. Operation itself is very simple; WRITE opens up a dialog from where you can select the file to transfer. Software then asks what operations one would like to have done to the file and after that the file gets written to the G6Flash unit. Remove the unit from the USB-adapter and insert the G6 to NDS console; you are ready to start gaming.

Console interface


PDA Menu that offers various functions usually found from PDAs. These include for example a calculator and and memo.


From Desktop one can start to explore the contents of the card, launch game menu or fire up a Media Player.


Media Player can be used to play converted movies, MP3 files or show eBooks.


NDS side game menu with graphical icons extracted straight from the game ROMs. Very good feature and makes the interface feel more professional.




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