.NDS File Extension

File Type 1

Nintendo DS Game ROM

Developer N/A
4.3  |  395 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

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 contains the same data as the original NDS game cartridge and can be played in Windows, macOS, Linux, or Android with a Nintendo DS emulator.

More Information

NDS files are typically used by gamers who enjoy playing retro, discontinued games on their computers. 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. Or gamers may download NDS files from game emulator websites that have already been dumped from game cartridges.

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

NOTE: The NDS was released in 2004 and uses two screens, one of which that 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.

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Programs that open NDS files

Updated October 7, 2021
File Type 2

Nero DiscSpan Compilation File

Developer Nero
3.1  |  96 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

What is an NDS file?

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

Updated February 16, 2013

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