Can You Put DS Games on an SD Card?

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By Ralph Torres

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to put DS games on an SD card? The answer is yes, it is possible. However, there are some things you should know before attempting to do so.

What You Need

  • A Nintendo DS or DS Lite
  • A computer with an SD card reader
  • An SD card (2GB or less)
  • A homebrew application called “Moonshell”
  • A game ROM file

Step 1: Download Moonshell

The first step in putting DS games on an SD card is to download the homebrew application called “Moonshell.” This application allows you to play multimedia files and games on your Nintendo DS.

Step 2: Install Moonshell on Your SD Card

Once you have downloaded Moonshell, you need to install it on your SD card. To do this, simply drag and drop the Moonshell file onto your SD card.

Step 3: Download a Game ROM File

Next, you need to download a game ROM file. A ROM file is a copy of a game that can be played on an emulator or device such as the Nintendo DS. However, it’s important to note that downloading ROMs for games that you don’t own is illegal.

Step 4: Put the Game ROM File on Your SD Card

After downloading the game ROM file, place it onto your SD card by dragging and dropping it onto the card.

Step 5: Insert the SD Card into Your Nintendo DS

Once you have put the Moonshell application and game ROM file onto your SD card, insert the card into your Nintendo DS.

Playing Games from Your SD Card Using Moonshell

To play games from your SD card using Moonshell, simply open the application from the homebrew menu on your Nintendo DS. Once you have opened Moonshell, navigate to the game ROM file and select it to start playing.

Important Notes

  • Putting games on an SD card can be risky as it can potentially damage your Nintendo DS or void its warranty.
  • Downloading ROMs for games that you don’t own is illegal and could result in legal consequences.
  • It’s important to note that not all games will work when put onto an SD card.


In conclusion, yes, it is possible to put DS games on an SD card. However, it’s important to do so at your own risk and only download game ROMs for games that you own.

Additionally, not all games will work when put onto an SD card. With proper precautions and understanding of the risks involved, putting DS games on an SD card can provide a convenient way to play your favorite games on the go.