How Do I Download Games to My SD Card on My DS?

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By Eric Wilson

If you own a DS, you know how quickly you can fill up your device’s internal memory with games. Fortunately, there’s a solution: an SD card.

With an SD card, you can store hundreds of games on your DS without worrying about running out of space. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of downloading games to your SD card on your DS.

Step 1: Formatting Your SD Card

Before you begin downloading games, it’s essential to format your SD card. This step will erase all the data on your card, so be sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

  • Insert your SD card into your computer’s card reader.
  • Open File Explorer and right-click on the drive corresponding to your SD card.
  • Select “Format” from the dropdown menu.
  • In the Format window, choose “FAT32” as the file system and give your card a name.
  • Click “Start” to begin formatting your SD card.

Step 2: Downloading Games

Now that you’ve formatted your SD card let’s move on to downloading games.

Downloading Games from the Nintendo eShop

One way to download games is through the Nintendo eShop. Here are the steps:

  • Power on your DS and access the Nintendo eShop from the home screen.
  • Browse or search for a game that interests you.
  • Select “Download” and follow the prompts to complete the purchase and download process.

Downloading Games from Other Sources

There are other sources that offer free downloadable DS games. However, we do not condone piracy or illegal downloads. Make sure to only download games from reputable sources.

  • Connect your SD card to your computer and create a folder named “Games”.
  • Visit a reputable website that offers DS game downloads.
  • Select the game you want to download and save it to your computer.
  • Extract the downloaded file using an extraction tool such as WinZip or WinRAR.
  • Drag and drop the extracted game files into the “Games” folder on your SD card.

Step 3: Inserting Your SD Card into Your DS

Now that you’ve downloaded some games, you’re ready to insert your SD card into your DS.

  • Power off your DS before inserting or removing the SD card.
  • Locate the SD card slot on your DS (usually located on the side of the device).
  • Gently insert the SD card with the label facing up until you hear a click indicating that it’s locked in place.
  • Power on your DS, and you should now see all of your downloaded games listed on the home screen.


By following these steps, you can easily download games onto an SD card for use on your DS. Just remember to only download games from reputable sources and backup any important data before formatting your SD card. Enjoy all of your favorite games without worrying about running out of space!