The Nintendo DS is one of the most popular handheld consoles of all time. Its coveted value is right up there with the Game Boy and PSP, and it’s one of the best-selling consoles in Nintendo’s history. There were some amazing games for the system and sometimes it’s easier to have those games on your phone rather than having to move to another device to play them. Sadly, the Nintendo DS emulator platform is still a bit under development, so there aren’t a whole lot of options to choose from. Nevertheless, we found some that work well so here are the best Nintendo DS emulators for Android.
We would also like to make an honorable mention of nds4droid, It’s really old and hasn’t received updates for a very long time, but if you have an older device it might work well.
Best Nintendo DS Emulators for Android
Drastic DS emulator
Drastic DS Emulator is probably the best among Nintendo DS emulators at the moment. During our testing, it played pretty much every game we threw at it. There are probably only a few games that don’t work properly. The emulator comes with a slew of features including screen layout optimization, controller customization, support for hardware controllers, fast forward, Google Drive support, and high-end devices can enjoy some of the better graphics rendering if they so choose.
The price is $4.99. It is cheaper than before. This is a good deal. This is the one we’d recommend by a long shot first. The rest of the emulators on this list are just in case it doesn’t work for some reason. The only downside is that it hasn’t seen any updates since 2020, and it’s a bit long.
EmuBox is a new emulator with a bunch of compatible systems. This includes PlayStation, SNES and, yes, Nintendo DS. It is one of the few emulators with Material Design. Which makes it good looking. Thankfully, it works fine too. We didn’t have any serious problems playing the games we tested. Some people have lamented some bugs with the emulator when using a lot of cheat codes, but otherwise, the Google Play reviews are mostly positive as well. This is a free emulator with ads. We hope a Pro version without ads will come eventually.
NDS Emulator is one of the new Nintendo DS emulators. It has all the basic features, such as external controller support, save states, load states, and a customizable on-screen gamepad. It played most of the games we tried during testing as well. It’s far from perfect, and there are bugs. It also has a tendency to crash occasionally. It works, but we only recommend it if the Drastick DS emulator doesn’t work.
RetroArch is an all-in-one emulator. It supports a variety of game systems. This includes the Nintendo DS, Game Boy, SNES, Game Boy Advance, and many non-Nintendo systems. You have to download and install each system separately within the app. This means you have to download it, get the Nintendo DS Core, and then you can finally play the game. It supports all the basic features.
It’s not the easiest to use. However, it is completely free with no in-app purchases or ads. RetroArch has an older version, but we think the RetroArch Plus version (which is also free) is the better option, so we linked it. There is another emulator similar to RetroArch called Lemuroid (google play link,
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SuperNDS is the newest Nintendo DS emulator on the list. It seems to work quite well according to its reviews and it seems to have worked fine in our testing. It supports NDS, ZIP, 7z, and RAR file types and includes most of the stuff you’d expect in an emulator like save states and other such things. It’s a fairly basic emulator without a ton of features and it may take some digging into the settings to get it to work correctly. It crashes more often than we’d like to see, but it’s the newest one so here’s hoping that future updates will fix it.
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