How Do I Put DS Games on My SD Card?

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By Monica Bates

Do you want to play your favorite Nintendo DS games on your handheld device without carrying multiple cartridges? The solution is simple – put the games on an SD card.

But how do you put DS games on an SD card? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step-by-step.

What You Will Need:

• A computer with an SD card reader.
• An SD card with enough storage capacity to hold your DS games.
• A DS emulator software.

Step 1: Downloading the Emulator Software

The first step is to download a reliable DS emulator software such as DeSmuME or NO$GBA. These emulators allow you to play Nintendo DS games on your computer or mobile device.

Step 2: Obtaining Your DS Game ROMs

Next, you need to obtain the ROMs of the Nintendo DS games that you want to play. You can find these ROMs online from various websites. However, it is important to note that downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in some countries.

Step 3: Extracting Your ROMs

Once you have downloaded your ROMs, extract them from their compressed files using a file extractor such as WinRAR or 7-Zip. This will create a playable file format for your emulator.

Step 4: Inserting Your SD Card into Your Computer’s Card Reader

Insert your SD card into the computer’s card reader. If your computer doesn’t have a built-in card reader, you can use an external USB adapter.

Step 5: Creating Folders on Your SD Card

Create folders on your SD card where you can store and organize your game files. Make sure that these folders have specific names that correspond with each game title for easy identification.

  • Create a new folder named “games” on the root directory of your SD card.
  • Inside the “games” folder, create a new folder for each game you want to play. Name these folders with the exact title of the game.

Step 6: Copying Your Game Files to Your SD Card

Copy the game files that you extracted earlier onto your SD card. Make sure to place each game’s files into their respective folder.

Step 7: Running Your Emulator Software

Now it’s time to run your DS emulator software on your device. Select the “open ROM” option and navigate to the specific game folder that you want to play. Choose the game file and load it up.


Putting DS games on an SD card is a simple process that can save you time, money, and space. With just a few steps, you can have all your favorite games in one place and play them anytime and anywhere. Remember to only download ROMs from legitimate sources and keep your emulator software updated for optimal performance.