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5 Best Nintendo DS Emulators for PC

5 Best Nintendo Emulators for Gaming Laptop

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The Legend of Zelda, Fire Emblem Fates, and Pokemon X and Y; these are few of the best games you can play on Nintendo 3DS. However, some of us never liked playing on handheld devices. And that’s where emulators come into play.

Emulators enable your system to run programs designed for another system. One of these emulators is the Nintendo 3DS emulators. This program allows a person to play a Nintendo 3DS game on his PC. With this emulator installed on your PC or gaming laptop, you can freely play any 3DS game of your choice.

1. Citra 3DS Emulator

Citra 3DS Emulator

Citra is a user-friendly program that allows you to play Nintendo 3DS games on your computer. It is an open source DS emulator compatible with PC, Linux, and OSX. You can download it here for free.

2. No$GBA


No$GBA is a Nintendo DS / DS Lite and GameBoy Advance emulator for Windows XP, and Windows VISTA. This program is initially a freeware. You can buy its latest upgrades for $2.50. You can check its complete features here.

3. DeSmuME


DeSmuME is a free Nintendo DS emulator for Windows PC. It is the first Nintendo DS emulator to run some commercial games. You can check its official site for more information.

4. NeonDS


Neon DS is a Nintendo DS game emulator that runs on any Windows platform. It already runs on a few commercial game, and its compatibility is fairly good. You can download it for free at

5. iDeaS


iDeaS is an emulator that on a Windows PC with OpenGL. It can run a lot of commercial games including Super Mario 64 DS and Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. You can download it free at

12 thoughts on “5 Best Nintendo DS Emulators for PC”

  1. No doubt, CyberpowerPC provides ultimate solution for apps for smartphones and PCs, and I am kind a fan of this site since very long time. Since long time I am looking for 3DS Emulator but finally I found it here. Thanks to the author to provide it 🙂

  2. really nice article and informative also. Drastic DS emulator is the best, the add-on feature of drastic emulator is really awesome. Thanks again for such article on best ds emulator 

  3. DeSmuME is my personal favorite from the list. It offers all the features like save and load state, supports gamepads and can emulate 95%+ of the games without any interruptions.

    1. where is emlon ds on here melon ds provides local multiplayer and wifi support unlike demsume which only supports wifi multiplayer only

  4. How about RetroArch? I couldn’t see it mentioned on the list but it is many peoples first option for NDS emulation on both PC and phone.

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