Can You Put DS Games on a SD Card?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you tired of carrying around a bundle of Nintendo DS game cartridges? Or maybe you’ve lost some of your favorite games and want to have them all in one place.

Whatever the reason, you might be wondering if you can put DS games on an SD card. The answer is yes, but there are some caveats.

What You’ll Need
First, you’ll need an SD card adapter for your computer. Some computers have built-in SD card slots, but if yours doesn’t, you can purchase an external adapter that plugs into a USB port.

You’ll also need a program called “Moonshell” that allows you to play DS games from the SD card. It’s important to note that using Moonshell is not officially supported by Nintendo and could potentially void your warranty or cause damage to your device.

Step-by-Step Instructions
1. Insert your SD card into the adapter and plug it into your computer. 2. Download the latest version of Moonshell from their official website. 3. Extract the files from the downloaded archive onto the root of your SD card. 4. Create a folder called “Games” on the root of your SD card. 5.

Find and download DS ROMs (game files) from a reputable source online. 6. Move these ROMs into the “Games” folder on your SD card. 7. Eject your SD card from your computer and insert it into your DS device. 8. Turn on your device and launch Moonshell from the homebrew menu. 9. Navigate to the “Games” folder using Moonshell’s file browser and select a game to play.

It’s important to note that downloading ROMs for games you don’t own is illegal and can lead to severe consequences such as fines or legal trouble.


While putting DS games on an SD card can be convenient, there are some limitations to consider. First, not all DS devices are compatible with Moonshell. Additionally, using Moonshell could potentially harm your device, so proceed with caution.

Another limitation is that not all games will run smoothly from an SD card. Some games may have compatibility issues or run slower than they would from a cartridge. It’s also important to note that playing games from an SD card will drain your battery faster than playing from a physical cartridge.


In summary, it is possible to put DS games on an SD card using the Moonshell program. However, this method comes with some limitations and potential risks. It’s important to carefully consider whether this is the best option for you before proceeding.

If you do decide to proceed, make sure to only download ROMs for games you own and use caution when using unofficial software like Moonshell. With these precautions in mind, you can enjoy the convenience of having all your favorite DS games in one place without the hassle of carrying around cartridges.