13 years ago, Nintendo brought its first dual-screen handheld to the market. And since that moment, NDS games have become a big part of my childhood. I can still feel the feeling of enjoyment when holding my handheld console playing Super Mario or Pokémon games.
Are you nostalgic for those days? I am. Nowadays, we carry smartphones, tablets all the time and DS is no longer the device we bring to kill time and enjoy games on the toilet.
Luckily, there is an option to have Nintendo DS Games installed on iOS. NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator is the answer for those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane.
Not a single doubt that NDS4iOS is the best Nintendo DS Emulator for iOS devices. Unfortunately, it can’t be installed from App Store like other games and apps. But just stick to this post, I’ll show you how to bring this app to your phone to emulate all your old favorite console games.
How to install NDS4iOS[alert-announce]Although being loved by iOS emulator fans, NDS4iOS still not an official app for playing Nintendo console games on iOS devices. Therefore, the only way to install this app is by using third-party sources.[/alert-announce]
Method 1: Get NDS4iOS Nintendo Emulator via iOSEmus
Step 1: On your iPhone and iPad, launch Safari and go to iosem.us
Step 2: From the home page, it instructs you to choose an icon to install. Just tap on any of them. It’ll take you to the iOSEmus profile. We’ll need to use this profile to install NDS4iOS. Now hit Install, enter your passcode/TouchID, then tap Install again. Since it’s just a profile, it’ll only take few seconds to be installed.
Step 3: Once done, go back to the home screen and launch iOSEmus. Then switch to the Install tab – You’re at the Home tab when it first loads data. Here you’ll find a list of tweaked apps. Now scroll down and look for nds4iOS. If it has a green checkmark beside, it means the app is available to install at the current time.
Step 4: Select NDS4iOS and follow the instructions to have it installed. Once you’ve installed it successfully. Go to the Settings app and trust the developer.
Of course, you’ll need to install ROM files to play games, and I’ll tell you how to do it later in this post. For some reason, if you find NDS4iOS is marked with a red checkmark icon, keep reading to get this app by using other methods.
Method 2: Use iEmulators
Step 1: Launch Safari and go to iemulators.com. Then, switch to the Apps tab.
Step 2: Scroll down and find nds4ios. Notice if it is marked as being revoked. If it’s not, you’re good to go.
Step 3: Tap on it, then tap Install. When prompted, hit Install and follow the instructions. It’s just that simple. Once done, go to the Settings app and trust the developer. Now you’re able to install ROM or reload your game data.
Method 3: Use TutuApp
TutuApp is an alternative to the App Store to get paid games and apps for free. Moreover, it also contains lots of tweaked apps and emulators. NDS4iOS, luckily, can be installed via this app market as well.
First, you’ll need to install TutuApp.
Using this app is pretty simple, just like how you install a game/app from the App Store. Type “NDS4iOS” into the search box and hit enter. When TutuApp returns the result, tap on the app to install it.
The final step, go to Settings app > General > Profile, look for the profile associating with NDS4iOS and choose Trust.
Method 4: Sideload the IPA file
This method requires using your computer to sideload the app onto your iPhone via a cable connection. First off, you need to grab the latest NDS4iOS IPA file which supports and is guaranteed to work on iOS 9,10 and 11 from here.
Once you’ve saved this IPA file to your computer, follow this tutorial to sideload it onto your iPhone.
I just showed you four methods to get NDS4iOS free on your iPhone and iPad. NDS4iOS is just a DS emulator for iOS, therefore, it has no game data. To be able to play console games, you’ll need to load their ROMs your own.
Add Nintendo DS ROMs to nds4ios
Downloading ROMs is also quite easy. You can do a quick google search on Safari and directly add it to nds4ios.
Once you’ve found a download link and tapped on it, Safari will start downloading immediately. It doesn’t inform you that the download is in progress but notice the loading indicator. It’s a ROM file with large size, therefore, it will take a longer time than loading a normal web page. Don’t quit Safari as it’ll interrupt the whole process. Be patient in this step!
When the download is complete, you’ll have the option of opening the ROM in nds4ios. Select it and the game will appear in your emulator.
If the ROM file is in .rar format, you’ll need to extract it and re-compress in a zip file. Here’s how to do so:
- On your iPhone, launch AppStore and install FileMaster. It’s free to download.
- Open the Safari web browser navigate to a website which you can download NDS ROMs from. If you don’t know any place, simply search for ‘nds roms‘ on Google.
- Find the download link for a game you want to download. Remember to only download games which you own physical copies of to avoid breaking the law. Now tap on the download link for the game, and wait for it to load. Don’t close Safari as its loading indicator is running.
- Once you’ve downloaded it, open the file in FileMaster and extract it. You’ll see a .nds file, that’s the original game file. Now tap on hold the .nds file and select zip. This will zip it up and put the zip in the same folder.
- Press and hold the zip file you’ve just created and select “Open with” option. From there, choose NDS4iOS to import the game into the app.
For a simpler process, you can download ROMs on your computer, extract and zip it up there. Then upload the resulting file to Dropbox. You can then easily import the ROM from Dropbox to NDS4iOS by using the “Open in” feature.
Alternatively, if you can’t install ROMs from Safari for some reason, you can choose to use iTunes. Here is how to use iTunes to load ROMs onto NDS4iOS.
Step 1: Download the ROM file of the game you want to install. If it’s a compressed file then you first need to uncompress it. Make sure you have a .nds file so that NDS4iOS can load the data.
Step 2: Connect your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes. Then click your device’s icon to switch to device management section and select Apps from the sidebar.
Step 3: Scroll down to the “File Sharing” area, select nds4ios from the app list. Under “nds4ios Documents”, click on “Add file…”, look for the .nds file you prepared then select it.
Step 4: Wait for iTunes to copy app’s documents. It’ll take a few seconds. Once done, hit the Done button. Now back to the app, Tada! you’ll find the game you’ve transferred in the ROM list. It’s time to start your journey – again!
In my experience, games that have simple graphics such as Pokemon, Super Mario work extremely well. I haven’t found any lagging while playing these games the whole time.
However, when I tried larger size games like Grand Theft Auto, it began to perform slowly, the movement seems to be not smooth anymore. Maybe it was because I was playing on an old iPhone 5s, which is a five-years-old device.
What about you? Let’s share your experience with us in the comments below!