The G6 Lite is a flashcard that supports both DS and GBA games. What's nice about the G6 lite is it also plays FC, NES, SNES, GB, GBC, PCE, SEGA-MS and GG, all with a built in emulator. It comes with four shells to use, three for DS Lite in white, black, and iceblue to match your DS Lite. Also in the package comes with a GBA shell that is white enabling you to play with the G6 Lite in an older DS or use it as a GBA flash card in a Gameboy Advance or SP. The unit also comes with a U-Disk that plugs into a USB Port to allow you to directly transfer your games and other software to the G6 Lite within a matter of seconds. What is nice about the product is it comes in a nice metal tin with the G6 logo stamped on it. The G6 Lite has built in flash memory that comes in your choice of, a 1Gbit, 2Gbit and 4Gbit memory. For the review I used a 4Gbit card which equals 512mb of flash memory. The G6 Lite also has a PDA built in. This unit also has a built in media player that supports the following formats:
DivX media file
MPEG-4 media file
QuickTime media file
VCD video file
Windows media file
MPEG-1 media file
MPEG-2 media file
MPEG-1 Audio Layer-2 file
MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 file
Real media file
Wave form sound file of microsoft
Target file of DVD video
Dobly AC3 audio frequency file
Quite a bit in this little G6 Lite.
The software consists of a U-Disk manager that you run on your PC. The purpose of the manager is to patch and place your game backups, homebrew, and other files onto the G6 flash card. Patching the game is very simple and straight forward, just a couple of clicks of the mouse and the game will patch and write onto the flash card. The G6 team is always updating their software for the manager and for the flashcard firmware. These can both be easily downloaded from the G6 website and can easily be placed on the G6 Lite and your PC in a matter of seconds.
How The G6 Lite Fits DS Lite
The great thing about the G6 Lite is how it fits in your DS Lite. It is small enough to fit perfectly flush in the GBA slot. The only problem I encountered was the white was a bit off in color for my DS Lite. So you have no problems with the flash card sticking out like some of the other flash cards on the market. If by chance you don't have a DS Lite but you have the old DS or GBA then you still have no problem. The G6 Lite comes with a shell that fits perfectly in the GBA slot. The G6 Lite is the first flash system that fit perfectly into both the DS Lite and the other older DS.
Game Back Up Compatibility
Right out of the package, I could not wait to try game back up's to see which ones would work with the G6. I tried to use a variety of games from different regions to see which ones would work with the unit. I found that all game back ups worked after I ran them though the G6 manager software. Running them though the software, as I said before, is very straight forward and easy. Out of all the games I have played I did not notice any slow down or glitches. Here is some of the games I tested.
Games Tested That Worked Perfectly:
Castlevania-Portrait Of Ruin (U)
Touch Detective (U)
Clubhouse Games (E)
Magical Starsign (U)
Yoshi Island DS (U)
Dead 'N' Furious (E)
Flushed Away (U)
Tomb Raider (E)
Gyakuten Saiban 2 (J)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (J)
Chocobo To Mahou No Ehon (J)
The homebrew was a bit more difficult to grasp. It was easy enough though, that you just renamed the homebrew file to .NDS and dragged and dropped it onto the G6 Lite. Below I will list which homebrews I tried and the problems I had with them if any.
Game Back Up/Homebrew Working:
Lemmings DS (worked fine)
MegaETK-A Megaman Type Game (it did not save)
ScummVM DS (worked fine)
Beup (worked fine)
DSOrganize (older version worked, newer beta worked after patched)
Moonshell (worked fine)
NitroTracker (worked fine)
Boogle DS (worked fine)
Banjo Advance (no matter which way I tried, did not run)
DS LiveWeather (ran but needed to use the patch to get it to save settings)
The build quality is excellent. From the packaging all the way to the U-Disk is like no other. The G6 Lite is made to last, you can tell by the material used to make it that it is quality. Even the tin is padded on the inside to protect the G6 Lite and all of it's parts. The menu on the G6 Lite is great because it has touch display and picture icons, which make the menu look superb. The built in emulators run fine and the built in media player works well. For all the game backups I tested, I did not come across one that did not run perfect. As for homebrew, as you can see by my testing, some homebrew does have a problem on the G6 Lite. Most problems occurred when trying to save. One of the G6 Lite's great features is it also plays all GBA games flawless. Over all the G6 Lite is a top of the line product. Only some minor issues with Homebrew will hold the G6 Lite back, but it excels in the area of game back ups. After all the testing I have done, I highly recommand the G6 Lite to any DS owner.
+ Extremly high game and homebrew combatability + Can also be used on older DS and GBA or GBA SP + Comes with three color shells for the DS Lite (Black, White, and Iceblue)[*]Excellent build quality + Very straightforward and simple to use[*]The G6 team is always updating the software for this product + Fits flush unlike some slot 2 flash cards + Has one of the nicest touch screen menu with icons
- Limited flash memory space (you can't upgrade) - In a higher price range - Some issues with certain homebrews - Coping games to the flash card with a U-Disk takes a few seconds longer then using a card reader
Fantastic review mate! Its good to get some reviews of the older cards expecially as you can pick them up so cheap now. Maybe we will get around to reviewing all of our old flash cards at some point to add to the list.
Anyway nice one again mate and I look forward to your next one