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Superkey Review

Posted by Elianto su ottobre 7, 2006

As I said last week, I’ll continue in releasing new reviews of must buy Nintendo DS accessories and games. This time I’ll review the Superkey, a must together with the SupercardMiniDS already reviewed in the first article. As always a big Thank you to out supporter Hardstore.

Test Equipment

I need to thank again Hardstore for giving me the Superkey to be tested in this review. For this test I’ve used the following things:

  • Superkey
  • SupercardMiniSD and SupercardLite (updated to the latest firmware)
  • DS Silver
  • DS Lite White


The Superkey replaces the old Passme devices with the newer concept of NoPass Device. The old Passme worked using a firmware bug of the DS, using it to execute arbitrary code to access data on a GBA flashcard, later on the Passme evolved to work on newer DS firmware but needed to be programmed in order to work. The new NoPass devices (such as the Superkey) are structured as a normal DS card with the only difference that the code executed allow to access the Slot-2 and any compatible Flashcard inside.
This idea allows the Superkey to work on any existing DS without any programming needed, and allows perfect management of standard DS features like the sleepmode.


The Superkey box is really small. Graphic layout is really similar to latest Supercard Package, with few images and some details on the main functions. No software is bundled inside the box (since nothing is needed to operate the Superkey) and also no manual (we’ll see that it’s not needed at all).

Open Box Card Fronte Card Retro

Materials and Build Quality

The Superkey is really like a standard DS game card. Building materials and quality are good and tough. The only small difference are the three tiny screws on the back. Of course once inserted in the slot-1 you cannot notice any difference at all.


As I said above the Superkey doesn’t need any update or programming. I’ve to say that different firmware revision of the Superkey exist, the only difference known between such revision is in the bootup image that is present in the latest revision and missing in the first production. Beside this no difference in funcionality.

Usage and Test

Using the Superkey is really simple. You’ve only to insert it in the slot-1 and power on the DS to see the bootup screen. If a compatible Flashcard is in the slot-2 than the Superkey will allow you to access its menu and functions. Actually the compatibility of the Superkey is granted with the most known Flashcard available on the market (Supercard, M3, G6, EZ4, EZIII).
I’ve tested the Superkey on a fist model DS and a DSLite with both SupercardLite and MiniSD. No problem was found and all and compatibility was perfect also in Wifi and Sleepmode.
I’ve to say that like all the new Nopass available the Superkey has no eeprom inside, so the save management is to be made only on the GBA Flashcard.


Good materials and solid build, it’s just like a standard Game Card. Compatible with the best Flashcards on the market, fast boot time and no problem with native DS features (Sleepmode, wifi etc).
No main difference with the other Nopass device on the market, the only alternative to Superkey is the firmware hacking. In my opinion the use of a Superkey is suggested (only a minimal ammount of extra battery life is lost) since hacking the firmware break your DS warranty and isn’t always full compatible with Spleepmode and other DS functions.

Good Points:
-Seems a standard DS Game Card
-Fully compatible with any DS model
-Works with all the main Flashcards available
-No update or programming needed
-Sleepmode and native DS function compatible
-Good materials and Build quality

Negative Points:
-No eeprom inside
-Minimum extra battery consumption
-Boot screen image can’t be disabled


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