What is a .NDS File And How To Open It (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .nds extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .nds file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .NDS file?

The file extension .NDS comes from Nintendo DS Game ROM. The format of this file is binary, and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 9 software that can open the .nds file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .NDS file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .NDS file on various operating systems.

How to open a .NDS file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .nds file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Dualis software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: NO$GBA, DeSmuME, iDeaS Emulator, DSemu and Dualis.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .NDS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Dualis software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .NDS file on Mac

The .nds file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the OpenEmu software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: DeSmuME and OpenEmu.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .NDS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the OpenEmu software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .NDS file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .nds file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the iDeaS Emulator software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is DeSmuME and iDeaS Emulator.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .NDS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the iDeaS Emulator software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .NDS file on Android

The .nds file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .NDS file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the CPU Studio NDS Emulator software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .nds file on Android is Exophase DraStic DS Emulator, nds4droid and CPU Studio NDS Emulator. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .NDS file?

If you are still unable to open the .NDS file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .NDS file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .nds – Nero. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .NDS file with the Dualis, NO$GBA, DeSmuME, iDeaS Emulator, DSemu programs on Windows, OpenEmu, DeSmuME programs on Mac, iDeaS Emulator, DeSmuME software on Linux and CPU Studio NDS Emulator, Exophase DraStic DS Emulator, nds4droid software on Android.