Flashcarts aren’t a new invention—they’ve been around for years. Although the 3DS does receive software updates that, at times, renders flashcarts unusable, the R4 3DS is still perfectly usable with the handheld device. Nowadays, flashcart manufacturers stay on top of the 3DS’ firmware updates, ensuring that their flashcarts aren’t obsolete or rendered unusable.
Lots of people have questions to ask about the R4 3DS—luckily, that’s why we’re here to answer more of the most frequently asked questions about the device. And, we’re certainly not done answering questions about this tricky and handy little device.
In this series of articles, we’re going to answer a couple more of most frequently asked questions about the R4 3DS. That’s because anyone looking to buy one of these devices should know everything there’s to know about it.
A Couple More Frequently Asked Questions ~ The R4 3DS
One of the biggest features of the R4 3DS is its inherent customization—and, when we mean customization, we mean you can update your 3DS’ menu to have any theme that you want.
That’s probably one of the main reasons why people use R4 devices. It gives them chance to personalize their handheld ‘on the inside,’ besides just decorating the outer shell with whatever they want.
Changing the R4 3DS’ Skin
The skin changes the look and feel of the R4 3DS’ menu. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do this.
All R4 3DS skin files are stored in the device’s Skin category. The R4iSkin category, to provide an example, is R4iMenu/Skin.
Four files are always stored in this folder: TScreen.bmp, BottomInit.bmp, TScreen.bmp and BottomScreen.bmp.
Here’s a little more information about each of the aforementioned skin files:
Tscreen.bmp – The top screen interface of the R4 3DS’ menu after booting the handheld.
TScreen.bmp – The top screen interface of the R4 3DS’ menu for the handheld’s file category.
BottomInit.bmp – The bottom screen interface of the R4 3DS’ menu after booting the handheld.
BottomScreen.bmp – The bottom screen interface of the R4 3DS’ menu for the handheld’s file category.
Note: All of these files must be saved as .bmp (bitmap) files with 8 or 24 digits and with a resolution or picture size of 256*192 pixels.
The device’s default settings lets you automatically change your skin as soon as you turn on your device. Of course, you can always use your own custom skins. It’s pretty easy to get it on your device, too:
Download your skin to your computer; alternatively, make your own skin and save it according to the details provided in the Note above. If the skin’s zipped, unzip it.
Then, connect your device’s MicroSD card to the computer. Copy your R4_Skin folder to your device’s main skin directory, such as TF/R4iMenu/Skin. Disconnect your MicroSD card safely and boot your console.
Enter the R4 main menu and hit the configuration/options menu. Select your skin and press the A button to confirm—and enjoy your new skin!