CycloDS iEvolution Review

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03 Feb 2011 05:25

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My plan is to record a few videos, then give a quick written overview of the iEvolution. I will continue updating this page over the next few days.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them here and I'll attempt to answer them. You can also ask any questions over on the Team Cyclops forums.

Unboxing

There are a few things to note here:

  • The metal case is harder to open, and is a bit thicker than the original case
  • Foam inside is cut to fit the items inside a bit better than it was in the original case
  • Build quality isn't as good as I was expecting - but this may be due to it being a pre-production build
    (I don't mention build quality in this video - check the next video for that)

Rating: 8/10 - Looks like Team Cyclops has put some additional effort into the packaging this time, however the build quality of the card suffers slightly. This is most likely only due to it being a pre-production build.

DS mode

Quick notes:

  • Build quality isn't as good as I was expecting - but this may be due to it being a pre-production build
  • In DS mode, the GUI is very similar to the original CycloDS Evolution GUI for v2.0 firmware
  • Bootstrap is only available for USA and Europe consoles at this time

Rating: 10/10 - Everything I tested works as well as it does in the original Evolution. If you have one of the originals, and are considering upgrading, you won't be disappointed by the GUI. DS mode is essentially a clone of the original Evolution.

DSi mode

Unfortunately, I am unable to test this at this stage. The DSi Bootstrap is only available for USA and European consoles at this time.

Rating: Not available

Game compatibility

If I am able to get DSi mode working on my Australian console, I will test a number of games in both DS and DSi mode and post the results.

Rating: Not available

Conclusion

Unboxing: 8/10
DS mode: 10/10
DSi mode: N/A
Compatibility: N/A

Average rating: 9 / 10

Positives:

  • Quality of the packaging is improved over the original Evolution. Items seem to fit into the case a bit better.
  • DS mode is exactly like the original Evolution. Even GBA emulation is available if using a DS lite.

Negatives:

  • Build quality suffers slightly. This may only be an issue with pre-production units though.
  • DSi Bootstrap is only available for USA and Europe at this time.

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07 Feb 2011 19:46

I don't mean to be rude but your review wasn't that helpful since you weren't able to review DSi mode but if your able to in the future can you do Castlevania: PoR/OoE in DSi mode so i can get a idea of the performance boost?


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07 Feb 2011 20:51

Hahaha! Leiger and I are very sorry that we live in Australia. I'm sure he won't mind moving to the US so he can test that for you. ;)


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07 Feb 2011 23:02

hahaha, leiger. review attempt = fail :P
good try though. :) once you can review the dsi part review = win.


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08 Feb 2011 03:57

Agreed - I was hoping that the Europe bootstrap would work for Aussie consoles as it is mostly EUR games that are sold over here. Didn't work out, unfortunately :(


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08 Feb 2011 04:00

Thanks Bulea for the comments, I happen to agree with you.

When I can finally get DSi mode working and reviewed I will send you a link back here again. I'd love to hear your opinions after that - as very few people are willing to comment negatively. Thanks for that :) Will be good to get some more honest feedback.

I'll make sure to test Castlevania - I have the game (Portrait of Ruin) lying around somewhere…


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