Can R4 3DS support Switch games? For example, the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which R4 card can play it on Nintendo Switch or 3DS consoles? Here, I will let you know the how to play free the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
R4 3DS work on Nintendo Switch?
No, R4 3DS and 3DS Flashcards, they are both not working on the Nintendo Switch, they can support Nintendo all 3DS family and DS family handheld systems, but they are without compatibility to the newer consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite.
R4 3DS isn’t supporting Nintendo Switch games too, it can play DS games and can emulate GB/GBC/SNES/NES/other retro games on your consoles. But it can’t play Switch games on either Nintendo 3DS or DS devices. Plus, there isn’t Switch emulator for 3DS R4 cards.
Though R4 3DS is not available to Nintendo Switch and Switch games, you can still crack the Switch to play free Legend of Zelda games and other games. Because there is One R4 dongle works on the Nintendo Switch. What’s that? Check the details in the following.
Which R4 plays free Zelda Link’s Awakening on Switch？
It’s the R4s Dongle, released by R4i-sdhc.com which produces the R4i sdhc 3ds and R4i b9s 3ds cards. The R4S is a USB-C dongle that is a plug and play solution to inject the necessary RCM payload to boot into custom firmware on hackable Nintendo Switch units.
This R4 Dongle is supporting All Switch firmware versions, including the most recent V9.0.0, it’s compatible with all CFWs for Nintendo Switch, include the SX OS, Atmosphere and ReiNX, booting into different custom firmwares, you will have different functions on your consoles. But one common is, once you have CFW on the Switch, you can launch homebrews and play free games in .XCI or .NSP format.
So the R4s is your solution to play free Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild and any other Switch games.
How to play free Legend of Zelda games via the R4 Switch?
On 20th of September, the Switch version Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be released, it’s sold at around $59.99 with only one game, but with buying the R4 Switch, you only need to pay around $18, then Zelda and other other Switch games are free for you to play. Currently, the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is already be available to download from online, you can just google the source or get a SD Card with pre-installed Zelda: Link’s Awakening from store like Anxchip.
So once you get the R4s dongle and the Zelda Link’s Awakening .XCI or .NSP game, how you can play it on Nintendo Switch? Here is the user guide.
Ⅰ: Download Software
Atmosphere 0.9.4 Download link：R4i-sdhc.com.
Ⅱ: Format Micro SD Card
Use the option in the picture shown below:
PS: Switch doesn’t support exFAT by default. Before next step, please put micro SD card inside switch SD card slot. System will prompt to update system patch after power on. You can connect to internet to update exFAT support. Offline update exFAT support is possible, please Google “How to install the exFat Update without updating your Switch”.
Ⅲ: Extract downloaded zip file to root of SD file and put micro SD card into switch SD card slot.
Make sure the contents in the SD card like this:
Ⅳ: Boot customer firmware
1.Turn off your switch console.
Hold power button till the following screen appear, press Power Off.
2.Remove the right Joy confrom the switch console and slide the jig tool all the way down to the end.
3. Insert the R4S dongle into the USB-C port on the bottom of the Switch.
4. Hold the VOL + button and power button to turn on the Switch, the red led on the dongle will be light, and the system should boot into the custom firmware. 5. Boot into ATM, play the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening .NSP games on your Switch.