.NDS File Extension

Nintendo DS Game ROM

Developer N/A
4.3  |  403 Votes

What is an NDS file?

An NDS file contains a game ROM of a video game for the Nintendo DS (NDS) handheld gaming console. It stores the same data as the original NDS game cartridge, which users can play with a Nintendo DS emulator in Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

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Screenshot of a .nds file in DeSmuME 0.9
NDS file open in DeSmuME 0.9

Gamers who enjoy playing retro, discontinued games for the NDS on their computers may use NDS files. The gamers may create NDS files by dumping the game data from the original cartridge onto a computer and packaging it as an NDS file. Gamers may also download NDS files from game emulator websites already dumped from game cartridges.

A variety of emulators are available for playing NDS games, including DeSmuME, NO$GBA, iDeaS Emulator, OpenEmu, and Exophase DraStic DS Emulator. Some features emulators provide include enhanced game graphics, helpful gameplay settings, and new "cheat" options.

NOTE: Nintendo released the NDS in 2004, using two screens, one of which is touch-sensitive. DS stands for "Dual Screen."

How to open an NDS file

You can open an NDS file and play the Nintendo DS video game it contains in DeSmuME (Windows, Mac), OpenEMU (Mac), RetroArch (cross-platform), Delta (iOS), DraStic (Android), and other Nintendo DS emulators. For example, to open an NDS file with DeSmuMe, select File → Load ROM.

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Programs that open NDS files

Nero DiscSpan Compilation File

Developer Nero
3.1  |  97 Votes

Disc project created by Nero, a program suite used for burning multimedia and other data to discs; allows the user to burn data while spanning the data across multiple discs (i.e., DiscSpan); supports CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

Programs that open NDS files


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