I got my Superkey today.
First, couple of pictures attached.
The unit cost $32 shipped. Comes in an attractive box with no documentation. The card itself is very attractive, well made (see the pic). It doesn't look like greyware, it looks like a retail product.
What is the purpose of this product? To bypass the security routines in the DS and reroute the booter to hit DS code on GBA flash devices (Supercard, M3, Flashcarts, etc.) Without a GBA flash device and some DS code on it, this card will do NOTHING for you. It is not a stand alone product.
The typical use of this product is to boot the system to a Supercard where you can run flashme and permanently change the firmware in the DS to allow you to boot to the GBA device ALL the time without the card.
Since people are having difficulties flashing the DS Lite without damaging them, people are evaluating these sort of passme devices to use FULL TIME without the flashing of the firmware.
Other products like the Max Media Launcher (MML) perform a similar task. Up until now, there have been "issues" with these products. Superkey actually delivers EVERYTHING - in a beautiful package.
Problems with other products:
- Using a GBA boot device with SRAM to get the system to boot to the Supercard (Passme2 type devices - aka IQSRAM)
- Lack of sleep mode; closing the lid caused the machine to go in and out and in and out of sleep mode (and sometimes it locked the game up) (such as the MML and other v2.5 type passme devices)
- Strange artifacting on the lower screen on power up (MML)
- Boot screens that delay the boot up time (MML/others)
The Superkey fits perfectly in the DS slot. When you power up, even the health screen is cut short and you're immediately directed to the GBA device. No screens, no delay - even takes the touch to continue away.
There are not weird things to do - no IQSRAM to load ... just POOF. You're in.
The weird artifacting I saw on the MML isn't present here. Good news!
Sleep mode works like a champ. Just like you would hope for. No need to carry around a real DS game with you.
The bottom line - this is the real deal. This is my tool of choice for it's purpose.
So, where are the cons?
First off, it ain't the cheapest device if all you want to do is dabble in homebrew or just flash your DS. It's a good $10 higher than the MML which will do the job fine.
Second, there is always the risk of running unsigned code. There are no PRATICAL virus checkers or malware scanners for the DS (some exist but they pop positive on lots of legit code). While a piece of code might just be a simple PDA organizer, it could also turn around and write nasty things to your firmware and brick your DS. Sure, you can say "Well, I'll risk it - there has only been ONE bricker virus out there for the DS, and it was short lived and didn't infect a lot of people". Consider that the DS audience is growing like mad and just like Firefox not having a lot of security flaws with .01% of the market share, they have weekly intrusions now that they are 10%. This WILL COME on the DS. And if your DS isn't flashed with hacked firmware to protect you, it will eventually happen.
Bottom line; whether you're going to flash the DS or against-my-recommendations just use it to run unsigned code - this is YOUR product. It has my seal of approval.
Now, if you are the "town flasher" and just plan to hack firmware with a product, save the $10 and go with an MML. It is cheaper and faster ... and much much safer (name the movie) ... to flash and move on.
One more thing - everyone seems CONSUMED with the concept of power consumption with these devices. I just can't be put out to run these things for 15 hours at a time with a stop watch. Suffice to say, my running time is perfectly acceptable.
Now, on with the questions.