How to play NDS games on an Android device

Technology has gone a long, long way especially when it comes to gaming. Gone are the days when gamers had to spend a lot of money to be able to enjoy a bunch of games designed for specific consoles. Not only was it expensive, amassing several consoles and games – resulted in clutter. It was therefore a welcome site to have the option to play any game from whatever console on a single device. This is the convenience that emulators bring to gamers. Anyone looking to play an Atari game on their PC can do so just by downloading the corresponding emulator and ROMs.

Such is the case for players who are looking to enjoy Nintendo DS games on the Android phones or tablets. Because emulators exist, this can be done with ease. If you are new to emulators, here is an easy step by step guide to help you get started.

Step 1:

Go on Google Play and locate the emulator, you wish to download. Some popular options are DSoid, AndsEmu, and DSDroid. These apps are generally free to download and can be downloaded directly on the device you wish to use. Another option is to download the .apk file on your laptop or desktop computer via a trusted ROMs and emulator website. Once downloaded, simply transfer the file to your device via USB cable. From your computer, look for the connected device and copy paste the files into it. Third party apps like Andro Zip can then be used to install this zip file.

Step 2:

Search for and download a BIOS file. This file is not commonly bundled with the emulator. Developers are well aware of the legal ramifications involved with these files and will often choose to exclude this with their emulator. Countless ROM websites will have a BIOS file available for downloading; otherwise it is easy enough to search for it online. Just make sure to verify a site’s credibility in order to avoid malware and viruses. Furthermore, it is important to note that without the BIOS file, you will be unable to play any download Nintendo DS games on your installed emulator.

Step 3:

Aside from downloading and installing the BIOS file, another thing you must do is to download Nintendo DS games or a ROM file of it. File extensions with the “.nds” label ensures your copy of the game is an original. Only the correct file formats are supported and ran by an emulator. It should also be noted that emulators often have the ability to extract compressed archives like .7z and .rar file formats.

Step 4:

To keep your files in order, make it a practice to create and save ROMs in a separate folder in your SD card. For an efficient transfer, utilize the phone’s mass storage option. Label your folder as “NDS Games” or “NDS ROMS” to make navigation and identification easier. Next run the emulator and navigate to the game folder, select the ROM you wish to launch. Double tap on it to begin playing. Virtual buttons will show up on screen and allow users to control in game characters.

It should be noted that for the most part NDS4Droid games will often run slow. This is actually caused by the phone’s CPU rather than by the emulator. Although newer high-end devices will boast of powerful processors, the truth is, they will usually run your download NDS games at a much slower speed. Even on a desktop, gamers would require a 3 GHz Core DUO CPU in order to be able to run any of the games at full speed.

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