What is a .SAV File And How To Open It – Nintendo (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .sav extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .sav file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .SAV file?

The file extension .SAV is Nintendo DS Save File. The developer of this file extension is Nintendo. The file has the binary format, and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .sav file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .SAV file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .SAV file on various operating systems.

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

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .sav file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the DeSmuME software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: NO$GBA, iDeaS Emulator and DeSmuME.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SAV 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: Choose “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the DeSmuME software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SAV file on Mac

To open the .sav file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SAV 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 DeSmuME 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 .SAV file on Linux

The .sav file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SAV 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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

Still cannot open the .SAV file?

If you are still unable to open the .SAV file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .SAV file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .sav – IBM, .sav – Electronic Arts, .sav – Parallels, .sav – Bethesda Softworks, .sav – Fortnite, .sav – Nintendo. 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 .SAV file with the DeSmuME, NO$GBA, iDeaS Emulator programs on Windows, DeSmuME program on Mac and DeSmuME software on Linux.