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R4 3DS Firmware

Latest Update: March 20th, 2015

Why do you need the R4 3DS Firmware?  

The Firmware (or Kernel as it is more commonly called) is the heart and soul of the R4 3DS.  Without the firmware files, your r4 will not be recognized when you insert it in to your DS, DSi or Nintendo 3DS system.  You can think of it as the boot loader, or menu system for your ds card.  In fact, one of the biggest reasons why many have issues using their cards when they first receive them is because they have not yet installed / copied over the firmware files to their micro SD Card.  The R4 DS firmware is what will install the menu, and allow you to load all of the games, applications and software you have on your r4.  

The firmware is free to download and use.  And we also have lifetime updates on all firmware upgrades.  You'll never have to pay again to update your R4 3DS card or any other version of the R4 that we offer.  Should a new update come out because we have discovered some incompatibility, or added some new features, they will be announced here and available for you to download at no cost at all.  We always strongly urge all of our customers to use the latest and newest firmware and to install the newest versions as they are released.  This helps prevent any issues with console updates that may temporarily not recognize the R4 3DS, as the new firmware once again enables all of the features we've all come to love about our ds homebrew cards.

We recommend you download 7-Zip - the open source freeware archival tool that allows you to uncompress zip, 7z, and RAR files - free!  All of the firmware comes in one of these archive formats.  Get it from te 7-Zip site

Please select your card below and click on the download link for the firmware.

R4 3DS RTS Firmware Download

R4 3DS Dual Core 2013 Version Firmware.

Now Supports Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL Up To 9.5.0-21 and DSi XL to 1.45

Our new 2013 R4 3DS Dual Core Card.  If you received our 2013 version, please make sure you use the firmware for this card ONLY! 


If you have the Dual Core Card with the 2013 Sticker on it, you need to run the firmware updater. Simply load firmware updated on to a micro SD card, and use your 3DS (below 6.0.0 systems OS) or DSi / DSi XL or regular DS / DS Lite to run the firmware update.  This will update your 2013 card to work on the 3DS V9.4.0 and it will work in even the newest 9.4.0 3DS and 1.45 DSI systems.  DO NOT use the firmware updater for any other version of cards, this is made specifically for the cards with the 2013 sticker.  Some of our 2015 cards still have the 2013 sticker on them due to a mixup at the factory - however, these cards are fully supported and will work on even the latest 9.5.0 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS systems and will continue to get new firmware updates just as our 2015 version does.

3DS V9.5.0-21 Upgrade Firmware


If you puchased your R4 3DS Dual Core AFTER January 1, 2015 - you do NOT need to run the firmware updater for your card at all.  Once you have run the firmware updater.  You can then use one of the new firmware files below for your specific language.

Updated Date:[2015/02/29]

Please choose the language version of the kernel for your card.


Download R4 3DS Firmware For 3DS v9.3.0-21 Update


R4i-SDHC 3DS kernel download(with 3DS mark)

Supports 3DS, 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS With the latest 9.0.0-20 System Update.

Please you choose to download the R4i SDHC 3DS language version of the kernel. Latest version: V1.80b. Updated Date:[2014-09-10]
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20
V1.80b 2014-10-20



The NEW R4 3DS DUAL CORE Card With Full Support For ALL Nintendo 3DS
and Nintendo 3DS XL Consoles up to Version 4.5.0-10 and DSI XL 1.45
Firmware Version 1.51

r4i 3ds dual core

3DS V4.5.0-10 Upgrade Firmware

Use the R4 3DS Firmware Upgrade if your Nintendo 3DS is
already on 4.5.0  You will need to use a DS, DSi or 3DS which
is running an older version of the system software in order to run the upgrade. 

Version 1.51 BETA for 3DS / 3DS XL, DSi / DSi XL, Nintendo DS
and DS Lite consoles.




    3DS V6.3.0 and DSI V1.45 Upgrade Firmware 

    Use our upgrade firmware package if your 3DS is already at the latest 4.5 update, and was updated before the new r4 3ds firmware was loaded on to your R4 card.  You must use a DS, DSi, Nintendo DSi XL or Nintendo 3DS system at a lower system version in order to run the upgrade to the R4 3DS.  Once completed, you simply have


    New R4 3DS RTS Firmware.  


    Our latest firmware for our R4 3DS RTS now fully supports the Nintendo 3DS 4.2.09 update, as well as the very newest 1.44 (1.4.4 update) for the Nintendo DSI and Nintendo DSi XL console.  It's out best firmware yet.  With better game support, and more compatibility for even the latest consoles.  The R4 3DS continues to prove that it is by far one of the best cards we have made available.  With constant updates and upgrades - and more often than not - this card simply just works out of the box - without any issues or any need for firmware updates at all.  We have all of the different firmware files available.


    Please choose the language version of the kernel for your card.


    Download R4i Gold 3DS Firmware

    r4i gold 3ds R4i Gold 3DS Firmware With Upgrade Unlimited Sticker
    Now Supports V4.2.09 Nintendo 3DS Update and DSi  / DSi XL 1.4.4
    Download Here



    MoonShell 2.10 - new Version For The R4 3DS Cards (and R4i SDHC as well as R4 DS) now available.  This is the final Beta, so expect some updates from Moonlight on this version.  Download


    r4 3ds wood r4

    New Wood R4 1.68 Firmware Kernel

    Click Here To Download


    Wood R4 1.36 Updated:

    New Version 1.36 has been released with bug fixes and enhancements. Does the Wood R4 team ever sleep?  Thanks to all of their hard work, even older flash cards can have complete compatibility.

    You can download here