Other homebrew solutions

The following Slot-1 cards aren't as well-known or popular as the others, but they all run homebrew. Getting a less popular card may put you in danger of infrequent firmware updates, but for the most part if you just want to run homebrew programs, they'll do the trick. Of course, the prices speak in their favor as well.

Acekard 2
Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $25
Find it: DealExtreme

The Acekard has excellent compatibility, and software in constant development by the group at the official message board. It doesn't have any of the fancy extra features of the Cyclo DS, but it has the feature of being quite cheap.

Edge
Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $31
Find it: DealExtreme

The Edge card has a quick, easy-to-use menu interface, which can cycle instantly between three display modes. It also comes in a really cool triangular box. Not that that matters.

DS Top Toy
Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $20
Find it: DealExtreme

The DSTT doesn't allow users to swap skins without removing and renaming files, and it has a slightly annoying menu (lacking alphabetical listing). It's been known to lag or freeze when loading a long list of files. But it works, runs homebrew, and is twenty dollars. Thirty with a bundled 2GB MicroSD card.

N5 Revolution
Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $27
Find it: DealExtreme

It's an R4, but from an even more no-name company, and cheaper. Also, according to GBATemp, it has a nasty habit of killing people's MicroSD cards.

SuperCard DSONE

Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $39
Find it: Leetmod

Be sure to get the "Version 3" or "SDHC" SuperCard DSONE, because it has been updated to support SDHC cards. The latest SuperCard has built-in emulators, but loads more slowly than other flash cards.

EZFlash V
Slot-1 (All-in-one)
Also needed:
MicroSD card
Price: $28
Find it: DealExtreme

This is a popular card that, of course, interacts well with the EZFlash V 3-in-1 expansion card. It's also cheap and includes a stylus, a screen cleaner, and a keychain of some kind for some reason.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.