How Do I Put DS Games on My 3DS SD Card?

Photo of author

By Monica Bates

If you’re a proud owner of a Nintendo 3DS, you probably love playing all kinds of games on it. But what if you want to play some classic DS games as well?

Fortunately, it’s possible to put DS games on your 3DS SD card and play them on your handheld console. Here’s how to do it.

What You’ll Need

Before you start, you’ll need a few things: a computer with an SD card reader, an SD card that fits into your 3DS device, and of course, the DS game you want to play.

Step 1: Downloading the Necessary Software

To put DS games on your 3DS SD card, you’ll need some software called “TWiLightMenu++.” This software allows you to run homebrew applications and emulators on your 3DS device.

You can download it from the official website by clicking here. Make sure to choose the right version for your system (there are different versions for each region).

Step 2: Extracting the Files

Once you’ve downloaded the software, extract its contents using a program like WinZip or WinRAR. You should end up with a folder named “TWiLightMenu.”

Step 3: Formatting Your SD Card

Before putting any files onto your SD card, it’s important to format it first. To do this, insert the SD card into your computer’s card reader and right-click on it in File Explorer.

Choose “Format” from the dropdown menu and select “FAT32” as the file system. Click “Start” and wait for the process to complete.

Step 4: Copying Files onto Your SD Card

Now it’s time to copy the necessary files onto your SD card. Open the “TWiLightMenu” folder you extracted earlier and copy all of its contents onto the root of your SD card. You should also copy any DS games you want to play onto the root of your SD card.

Step 5: Running TWiLightMenu++

After copying all the files, insert the SD card into your 3DS device and turn it on. From the Home menu, launch “TWiLightMenu++.” You should see a menu with several different options, including “Games,” “Settings,” and “Emulators.”

Step 6: Playing Your DS Games

To play a DS game, select “Games” from the main menu and choose the game you want to play. The game should launch automatically and you can start playing.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’re having trouble getting a game to run, try changing its settings by pressing Select while in-game.
  • You can also download homebrew games and apps to play on your 3DS device using TWiLightMenu++.
  • Make sure to only use legal copies of DS games that you own. Piracy is illegal and not supported by Nintendo.


Putting DS games on your 3DS SD card may seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right software and instructions, it’s actually quite simple. By following these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy all kinds of classic DS games on your handheld console. Happy gaming!