The number of types of R4 flashcards in the Nintendo gaming market saw a sharp increase from the time the original group that created the first R4 disbanded in 2008. However, most of these cards operate on obsolete firmware that is hacked and cost you quite a lot. In this context, the R4i flashcard – released only a short while back – is smart, efficient and economical; all that one could ask for.

You generally have to watch out while buying an R4 so that you don’t get a product that does not support firmware upgrades – no one wants to have a flashcard that could not upgrade to the five new updates released in the past year. In these respects, the R4i Ultra flashcard (quite similar to the original R4 in its attributes) is an excellent choice that puts to rest all your worries about firmware updates.

The R4i is founded on the AceKard firmware, which in turn is modeled on the original R4 firmware. AceKard is also accepted to be one of the most compatible firmwares around. Besides, the R4i is out to enhance your gaming experience like never before – stretching the boundaries of gaming along with bringing in several multimedia applications into your Nintendo DSi unit.

There is also a great variety in the different models of the R4i available in the market, so you are spoilt for choices. Two names that are making the rounds are the R4i SDHC and the R4i redbox flashcards. People generally go for the ones that are released by the original design group, but you have to make your own choice at the end of the day.

For the hardcore DS user, the R4i is the ultimate in gaming peripherals – it has an easy-to-use interface, smart features, and is cost effective. If you want to get one, then you should immediately go to your nearest retailer and / or search on the net for more information.