Not a single doubt that Nintendo DS is one of the best consoles, ever.
I played on the PS Vita before but didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. But how often do you see someone carrying or even play on their DS anymore? We’re all occupied by our smartphone now. Most of the time, it’s on social media or reading a book.
For me, I carry multiple DS games on my iPhone. It’s much more convenient that way.
Yes, it’s possible to run such emulator on an iOS device. In fact, there are several working Nintendo DS emulators out there.
In this article, I’ll show you three of the best emulators that I think will help you relive that classic retro gaming experience.
This emulator was quite popular on iOS 7 and 8, its developer decided to remove the package from their Cydia repo and so it didn’t get an update for iOS 9 until recently. If you love Pokemon games then you will enjoy using NDS4iOS because it’s fast, easy-to-use, and powerful.
There are some downsides to NDS4iOS, you will have to download the ROMs files on your computer then use iTunes to import it to your iPhone or iPad. Furthermore, since the emulator is no longer hosted on Cydia, users won’t be able to find a compatible version for their iOS 9 device from any third-party sources either.
How to Install NDS4iOS
- On your iPhone or iPad, launch Safari and go to iosem.us
- The first option is Install so tap on that
- You will be redirect to a Profile page
- Keep tapping on the Install button
- A new app called iOSEmusStore will appear on your Springboard
- Open it and install NDS4iOS
As I mentioned earlier, you will need a computer and iTunes to install ROMs files. When you have the file you wanted, under iTunes navigation, choose Apps, and File Sharing.
iNDS – A Nintento DS tweak on Cydia
While NDS4iOS and GBA4iOS have been around since iOS 7, iNDS is a brand new jailbreak tweak available for free on Cydia for jailbroken iOS 9.x devices. Instead of using a computer to download your ROMs you can do so directly within the iNDS app.
Based on a comment from the developer on Reddit, this emulator can get up to 60 fps on newer iPhone and iPad models.
The only way to get iNDS on your iOS device is to jailbreak it using Pangu9 and that might be a disadvantage for some of you if your device is running on a non-compatible firmware.
How to get iNDS from Cydia
- Go on Cydia
- Add a new repository: http://www.williamlcobb.com/repo
- Use the Search feature and type in iNDS
- Install and Respring
But wait, as always, there is an extra one included below.
Do you favor the Game Boy Advance over Nintendo DS? Well, good news you can also play the Game Boy Advance games on your iPhone or iPad too.
There is nothing bad about GBA4iOS at all, just the fact that you will have to play older games and find your own ROMs. Unlike NDS4iOS, you can download ROMs files from the Safari browser and there will be an option to import it into the app once the download is completed.
We have written a separate article on installing the newest version of GBA4iOS, feel free to check it out for yourself.
According to the developer, simplicity and speed are their main focus when developing GBA4iOS. In the new version (2.1) they also added new features such as Cheats, AirPlay, Dropbox sync, optimized for iPad, and more.
Note: Some users are facing issue while downloading this application on their iPhone or iPad. Specifically, they will see the “GBA4iOS Could Not be Installed at this time” error. This happens because the version that was downloaded is either not compatible or the package isn’t correctly produced. We recommend that you download GBA4iOS from the site above.
There you have it, folks, three emulators to choose from. NDS4iOS and GBA4iOS can be installed on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iOS 9 devices, but iNDS tweak will required Cydia.
Let me know in the comment section below which one of your favorite Nintendo DS emulator.