The “.nds” file extension is commonly associated with Nintendo DS (Dual Screen) game ROMs (Read-Only Memory). The Nintendo DS is a handheld gaming console that was released by Nintendo in 2004; while ROMs are digital copies of game cartridges or discs allowing users to play games on emulators or flashcarts.
If you have a .NDS file, it likely contains the game data for a Nintendo DS game. To play the game, you would typically use a Nintendo DS emulator on your computer or flashcart on actual Nintendo DS console. Emulators simulate hardware of original console allowing you to play games on different platform, while flashcarts are physical devices that allow you to load and play ROMs on original console.
NDS file - More Information
Gamers who have a fondness for playing classic Nintendo DS games that are no longer in production often resort to using NDS files. These files typically originate from two sources: users creating them by extracting game data from their original cartridges and packaging it as an NDS file, or downloading pre-made NDS files from online sources where enthusiasts share them after extracting from their own cartridges.
To play these NDS files on their computers, gamers turn to various emulators designed for the Nintendo DS platform. Emulators like DeSmuME, NO$GBA, iDeaS Emulator, OpenEmu, and Exophase DraStic DS Emulator replicate the functionality of the Nintendo DS on a computer, allowing users to enjoy these games without the need for the original console. These emulators often come with additional features such as improved graphics settings, customizable gameplay options and even cheat functionalities, enhancing the gaming experience for users.
How to open an NDS file
Please follow these steps to open ND5 file
Launch the emulator on your device. Some popular emulators include DeSmuME, NO$GBA, iDeaS Emulator, OpenEmu (Mac) and DraStic DS Emulator (Android).
In the emulator, there should be an option to open or load a ROM. This option might be named differently depending on emulator, but it is usually something like “File” > “Open” or “Load ROM.”
Browse to the location where you have saved your NDS ROM file and select it.