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Posted by Kiekoes on Mon, January 20th, 2014 at 21:50 - 3 Comments
 
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MT-Card Review

The MT-Card is a new 3DS flash kit with multi-ROM support. This means that the one game per microSD era is over. You don't need to write the games to the microSD anymore, a simple drag and drop is enough.

Packaging

The MT-Card comes in a plastic blister packaging.

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Correct 3DS Firmware

This card, like all current 3DS flash kits, needs 3DS firmware 4.1 to 4.5 to work. This is because the current exploit only supports those firmwares. This is a big con, because a lot of people will not be able to use it because they already updated their device for the newest games (newer games need certain firmware to launch). I used firmware 4.4 to write this review.

Features

  • Play 3DS backups on both 3DS and 3DS XL if you have the correct firmware
  • Play NDS backups on the blue MT-Card
  • MultiROM support

The Two Cards

The MT-Card comes with two cards: the black one is a normal NDS flash card and the white one is the actual card to play 3DS games with. The black card starts as Deep Labyrinth. You will need the black card to prepare your 3DS for the white card. This is done with a special MT-INSTALLER.nds file. Once you did that you will need to download the actual 3DS firmware exploit file and place it on the 3DS's SD card. Now you can enter the exploit mode through the System Settings and the 3DS is ready for the use of the MT-Card.

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When you've set up your 3DS you can just drag and drop 3DS ROMs to your microSD and start playing!

MicroUSB Port and Button

The MT-Card also has a microUSB port, with which you can connect it to your computer. I tried this with my phone's microUSB cable. When I plugged it in some drivers where installed, but after that nothing popped up. The card doesn't show up as a flash drive or something, so I'm not sure what the microUSB port is for.

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As you can see, the MT-Card also has a little button on top of the card. After you've selected a ROM from your microSD card and you've launched the 3DS menu, you can press that button to cycle through the games on the microSD.

3DS Game Back Up Compatibility

Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode (JPN): Worked perfectly
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (USA): Didn't start
Shingeki no Kyojin: Jinrui Saigo no Tsubasa (JPN): Didn't start
Danball Senki Wars (JPN): Worked perfectly
Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land (USA): Worked perfectly
Project X Zone (EUR): Crashes after initializing save data
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (USA): Worked perfectly
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (EUR): Saving does not work
Monster Hunter 4 (JPN): Boots, but crashes before loading the game
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (USA): Didn't start
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Gekitotsu Duel Carnival (JPN): Didn't start
Star Fox 64 3D (EUR): Worked perfectly
Medarot 7: Kabuto Ver. (JPN): Worked perfectly
Medarot Dual: Kabuto Ver. (JPN): Didn't start

Build quality

The build quality of the white card is really good. It even has two tiny screws in it to hold it together. The white card is also a real 3DS card, just like the Gateway 3DS. Unfortunately it doesn't have a springloaded microSD slot. Now you will need to take out the whole cartridge to take out the microSD, which will quickly wear the gold contacts of the card. With a springloaded microSD slot you can just pop out the microSDs with your fingernail.

Firmware

The firmware is pretty simple. When you start the card with the exploit you will be greeted with a menu in which you have several options.
  • Go Menu - Which will send you to the 3DS menu.
  • Select Game - Which will bring you to the list of games on the microSD.
  • Coming Soon.
  • Coming Soon.
  • Coming Soon.
When you select ROM you will go back to the main menu again, then you'll have to launch Go Menu to go to the 3DS menu to play the games.

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The coming soon features are probably for backing up your system's NAND and to run emuNAND, which are not yet available for the MT-Card.

Conclusion

The MT-Card is not that good of an alternative to the Gateway 3DS. It has poor 3DS ROM compatibility and the only real pro is the MultiROM support.

Pro's:
  • MultiROM support
  • Bundled with NDS flashcard
  • Bypasses the regionlock
  • Skips update sections of games
Cons:
  • Poor 3DS ROM compatibility
  • Non springloaded microSD slot
  • Only useable on 3DS firmware 4.1.x - 4.5.x
  • Limited online play
  • Profile settings exploit must be used again when you turn the 3DS off



Final Score: 70%

DS-Scene would like to thank 4CoolDay for sending us a review sample. Please keep them in mind when making your next purchase.
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Atton Sweden

  Tue, January 21st, 2014 at 09:36
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Maybe the microUSB port is for updating the card itself.
 
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Kiekoes Netherlands

  Tue, January 21st, 2014 at 14:17
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Atton on Tue, January 21st, 2014 at 09:36 GMT  
Maybe the microUSB port is for updating the card itself.


That's a good possibility!
 
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Tibia821 Germany

  Tue, January 21st, 2014 at 14:31
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The 3 main games I would like to import are Digimon, Monster hunter and Yu-Gi-Oh! (and maybe rune factory 4 that was cancelled in EU) of which 2 don't work.
 
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