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R4 3DS Firmware

Welcome to the Official R4 3DS Firmware downloads page.  Here you will find all of the latest firmware files for all of the different models of the R4 3DS Cards.  All of our cards are always updated to ensure that support even the latest system updates and continue to work and provide all of the features and functions you would expect from the R4 3DS card you own.

Latest Update: June 10, 2019 - All R4 3DS Cards Now Support The latest 11.10.0 E/U/J 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS and NEW 3DS update.

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 into your DS, DSi or Nintendo 3DS system.  You can think of it as the bootloader 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 the 7-Zip site

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

R4 3DS Dual Core firmware

R4 3DS RTS Banner

R4i Gold Pro 2018 Firmware

R4 3DS RTS Firmware Download

R4 3DS Dual Core Firmware page

r4 3ds dual core 2013 firmware

R4 3DS Dual Core New Firmware

r4 3ds rts newlabel firmware

R4LL-Net Firmware


It does offer better support for microSD Cards than toriginal R4 DS and can use microSD cards up to 16GB in size offering up plenty of space for your games, movies, music, homebrew, apps, games and more.

Download the latest firmware


This firmware is for the now discontinued R4i DS from R4iDS dot com.  It is an older card that has not had any updates for several years but we know there are many users of these cards out there who need the correct firmware for their R4i card.

Click Here to Download

Download R4i Gold 3DS Firmware

R4i Gold 3DS Plus Firmware As of June 10, 2019 supports the latest 11.10.0 Update.

v11.10.0 3DS XL, new 3DS XL, 2DS, 2DS XL and 3DS Update and DSi  / DSi XL 1.4.5

R4i Gold 3DS Plus Firmware Download

Download Here


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Download R4 3DS Firmware For 3DS v11.10.0 Update

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

Supports 3DS, 3DS XL, NEW Nintendo 3DS, NEW Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS With the latest 11.10.0 System Update.


Please choose to download the R4i SDHC 3DS language version of the kernel. Latest version: V1.85b.  Click on the language you prefer.

Updated Date: June 10th, 2019

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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



The R4 3DS RTS With the NEW Label Banner.  

This model of the R4 3DS Works on all Nintendo DS, DS Lite, Nintendo DSi and DSi XL up to 1.45 and also on all 3DS, 3DS XL and 2DS Systems up to version 5.1 System Software

Download Firmware Version 2.03 English


r4i gold non 3ds card

This is the R4i card from r4ids.cn prior to the 3DS version.  It works only with some older versions of the Wood Firmware depending on the version of the card you may have.

Download R4i Non 3DS Firmware.


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.


r4i gold from r4ids.cn

Older R4i Gold Clone from R4iGold.cn which is no longer updated or live.  We have this here for your convenience as we know there are many out there that have these older cards and are unable to use them as they can not find any firmware files for these discontinued cards.  

Click Here To Download


r4i sdhc unlimited upgrade 

The last version of the R4i 3DS Unlimited Upgradeable version.  It supports All Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite systems.  It also has support for Nintendo DSi and DSi XL systems up to version 1.4.4  

It does offer better support for microSD Cards than the original R4 DS and can use microSD cards up to 16GB in size offering up plenty of space for your games, movies, music, homebrew, apps, games and more.

Download the latest firmware


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