A R4 card or R4i card are an essential part of any die-hard Nintendo DS gamers arsenal, and allow you to use the Nintendo DS or DSi in ways far beyond the scope of the original Nintendo DS. Not only can you play all of the games that you always could with the console but you can now also use it as an MP3 player to listen to music, an eBook reader to read all sorts of books in the form of eBooks and a movie player to play any form of video, whether music, television or films. However, buying a R4 card is not as simple as many wish it could be and - just like many other kinds of memory cards - there are many different manufacturers with various different price structures and qualities.
When purchasing an R4 Revolution card it is vital that you are aware of the wide variety of cards that are currently available in all major electronics and gaming stores. This is actually a good thing for the buyer because competition not only drives down prices but also improves the quality of the cards. The traditional and more common cards are often accompanied by high quality but equally high price tags, but there are smaller brands that are a little harder to find but just as good quality at a lower cost. The problem is that these are generally harder to get hold of than the popular brands which can be picked up at any local high street store. Luckily for gamers in search of a bargain, the internet makes life a lot easier to source these bargain R4 cards.
It can get a bit complicated however because there are less scrupulous manufacturers who use the internet and sites such as eBay to sell cards that may seem like a good bargain and may well cost less than the others, but will not have the same level of quality. So when looking online for bargain R4 cards, try and search for authorised dealers - many of whom will have their own stores on the likes of Amazon and eBay. Alternatively you can go directly to their own independent websites, although it is likely that you will end up paying more than you would from other websites and sites such as eBay or Amazon.
Before you purchase an R4 card you need to make sure you are buying the right one to meet your requirements sure before purchasing and this can be narrowed down to two different types - R4 cards and R4i cards. The R4 card is the initial, traditional card designed for the Nintendo DS console, it was first brought into the market in the early years of the Nintendo DS when the first models were brought out. However, the R4i card is - as the name suggests - slightly more advanced and more suited to the new models of the Nintendo DS, known as the Nintendo DSi. The R4 cards can still be used buy you also need to buy a Micro SD card which are also quite cheap and can be bought in sizes ranging from 1GB all the way up to about 64GB.