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Nintendo DS


The Nintendo DS is a handheld video game console that was released by Nintendo in 2004. The DS stands for Dual Screen.

Emulator Rom Folder Extension BIOS Controller Config
DraStic nds .nds .zip nds_bios_arm7.bin (optional), nds_bios_arm9.bin (optional), nds_firmware.bin (optional) /opt/retropie/configs/nds/drastic/config/drastic.cfg
lr-desmume nds .nds .zip bios7.bin (optional), bios9.bin (optional), firmware.bin (optional) /opt/retropie/configs/nds/retroarch.cfg
lr-desmume-2015 nds .nds .bin .zip bios7.bin (optional), bios9.bin (optional), firmware.bin (optional) /opt/retropie/configs/nds/retroarch.cfg

Emulator: DraStic

Note that while DraStic may run very well, it is currently experimental beta software. Any games that use the microphone will only create noise and will not use a real microphone, Also any games in "bookmode" (e.g Brain Training) will always play rotated at 90 degrees and cannot be rotated in Drastic.


The default installation of DraStic includes simulated BIOS files that will work in most cases. Actual BIOS files (listed above) can be added to



Accepted File Extensions: .nds .zip

Place your DS ROMs in



DraStic Controls

Add custom controls using the DraStic GUI (by pressing RIGHT ANALOG RIGHT or DOWN ANALOG RIGHT (in some case) or "m" key on the keyboard), or by editing


Emulator: lr-desmume and lr-desmume2015

Note that lr-desmume is very experimental and lags quite a bit even with an overclocked Pi4. However a few games that do not heavily emphasize 3D graphics will run at playable speeds.


lr-desmume/lr-desmume2015 can optionally load and use the NDS BIOS/Firmware files: bios7.bin, bios9.bin and firmware.bin.

Place the files in


File MD5
firmware.bin (NDS Firmware) 145eaef5bd3037cbc247c213bb3da1b3
bios7.bin (ARM7 BIOS) df692a80a5b1bc90728bc3dfc76cd948
bios9.bin (ARM9 BIOS) a392174eb3e572fed6447e956bde4b25

For the BIOS/Firmware files to be used by the emulator, the core option Use External BIOS/Firmware should be enabled.


Accepted File Extensions: .nds .bin .zip

Place your DS ROMs in



lr-desmume(2015) Controls

lr-desmume utilises Retroarch configurations

Add custom retroarch controls to the retroarch.cfg file in

For more information on custom RetroArch controls see: RetroArch Configuration


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