The emulator does not need bios to play but needs ROM images and no ROMs are provided– it is up to you to obtain them. If you own any video games, add them through iTunes Sharing or the “Open in” feature.
The original version, nds4ios, is a Nintendo DS emulator and a port of the multi-platform DeSmuME 0.9.10 for iOS. It runs many of the initial video games however, depending upon the power of your device, not all might run at full speed. nds4ios was produced by InfiniDev, a joint development group with lots of members including popular GBA4iOS developer Riley Testut (@rileytestut), upcoming Nightingale app developer Michael Zhang (@malvix_) and PPSSPP iOS build manager Karen Tsai (@angelxwind), together with many others. iNDS, however, is primarily established by William L Cobb.
iNDS is a derivation of the previous Nintendo DS apps for iOS, nds4ios and Nitrogen.
iNDS supports all versions of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch running between 8.1 and 9.2; other than iPod touch 4, iPad 1, iPhone 3GS, and anything below those gadgets. This is due to the fact that nds4ios’s emulation is powered by a threaded ARM interpreter. As a result, emulation is rather sluggish on older gadgets, like the iPhone 4s and below. nds4ios runs at almost complete speed on the iPhone 5 and above, and achieves complete speed on devices utilizing the A7-S5L8960X SoC (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini Retina, and anything more recent than these devices).
Currently, emulation is powered by the DeSmuME threaded ARM interpreter and performs at nearly full speed on the iPhone 5 and above.
Due to the need to mmap the whole ROM into memory, older gadgets with only 256MB of RAM are not supported. These gadgets consist of the iPod touch 4, iPad 1, iPhone 3GS, and anything listed below those devices.
- Auto Save
- Dropbox Sync
- Frame Skip
- Control Settings
- Disable Sound
- Universal Support
- Overlay Pixel Grid
- Control Position
- Currently, emulation is powered by the DeSmuME threaded ARM interpreter and runs at nearly full speed on the iPhone 5 and above.
- Due to the need to mmap the entire ROM into memory, older devices with only 256MB of RAM are not supported. These devices include the iPod touch 4, iPad 1, iPhone 3GS, and anything below those devices.