nds4ios supports all variations of iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch running iOS 5 and above; except iPod touch 4, iPad 1, iPhone 3GS, and anything below those devices. 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 devices, like the iPhone 4s and listed below. nds4ios runs at almost full speed on the iPhone 5 and above, and achieves full speed on gadgets using the A7-S5L8960X SoC (iPhone fives, iPad Air, iPad mini Retina, and anything more recent than these devices).

The emulator does not need bios to play but requires ROM images and no ROMs are supplied – it depends on you to acquire them. If you own any games, add them through iTunes Sharing or the “Open in” function. The “+” button feature is no longer consisted of in this version due to legal issues with Nintendo in the past.

nds4ios, a Nintendo DS emulator, is a port of the multi-platform DeSmuME 0.9.10 for iOS. It runs a number of the initial video games however, depending on the power of your device, not all may run at full speed. nds4ios was developed by InfiniDev, a joint development group with lots of members including popular GBA4iOS developer Riley Testut (@rileytestut), upcoming Nightingale app designer Michael Zhang (@malvix_) and PPSSPP iOS develop supervisor Karen Tsai (@angelxwind), together with numerous others. However, as of August 2014, the team has actually since dissolved and nds4ios is no longer being upgraded or worked on.

On August of 2014, nds4ios was engaged in some legal concerns with Nintendo that has given that destroyed all hope of continuing with future updates. Many weeks after the source and download links were taken down and the app might not be downloaded formally anywhere, iEmulators has actually been given special consent by among their developers to continue dispersing the app. Please understand that this will be the last variation upgraded (perhaps permanently) which neither nds4ios designers or iEmulators can help you with assistance problems referring to updating the app or repairing prospective bugs.


  • Auto Save
  • Dropbox Sync
  • Frame Skip
  • Control Settings
  • Disable Sound
  • Universal Support
  • Overlay Pixel Grid
  • Vibration
  • Control Position

Known Issues:

  • Pokemon Black/White Crash
  • Slow speeds on older devices
  • Slow speeds when saving