How Do I Save My DS Games to My SD Card?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re a fan of Nintendo DS games, you might want to save them to your SD card for safekeeping or to free up space on your device. Saving games to an SD card is a straightforward process that requires a bit of know-how. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to save your DS games to your SD card step-by-step.

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the tutorial, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Nintendo DS console
  • An SD card (8GB or larger is recommended)
  • A computer with an SD card reader

Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you have everything you need, let’s get started with the tutorial:

Step 1: Insert Your SD Card into Your Computer

The first step in saving your DS games to an SD card is inserting the SD card into your computer’s SD card reader. Once inserted, wait for your computer to recognize it.

Step 2: Format Your SD Card

Before saving any files onto the SD card, it’s important to format it first. To do this, right-click on the drive where your SD card is located and select “Format.” Choose “FAT32” as the file system and click “Start” to begin formatting.

Note: Formatting will erase all existing data on the SD card. So make sure you’ve backed up any important files before proceeding.

Step 3: Download and Install TWiLightMenu++

To save DS games onto an SD card, we’ll be using TWiLightMenu++. It’s a homebrew app that allows you to run DS games from an SD card. You can download it from its official website (

Once downloaded, extract the files and run the installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 4: Set Up Your SD Card

After installing TWiLightMenu++, it’s time to set up your SD card for use with your Nintendo DS. To do this, create a new folder called “roms” and place all your DS game ROMs in this folder.

Note: It’s important to use legally obtained ROMs. Downloading ROMs from unauthorized sources is illegal and can lead to legal consequences.

Step 5: Copy TWiLightMenu++ Files onto Your SD Card

Now that your SD card is set up, it’s time to copy the necessary files onto it. Open the TWiLightMenu++ installation folder and copy all its contents onto your SD card.

Step 6: Insert Your SD Card into Your Nintendo DS

With everything in place, insert your SD card into your Nintendo DS console.

Step 7: Launch TWiLightMenu++

Turn on your Nintendo DS and launch TWiLightMenu++. You should now see a list of all your DS game ROMs.

Step 8: Select and Play Your Game

Select the game you want to play from the list, and press “A” to launch it. Congratulations! You’ve successfully saved and played a DS game from an SD card.


Saving DS games to an SD card is easy using the steps outlined above. By following this tutorial, you can free up space on your device or keep your favorite games safe on an external storage device. Always remember to use legally obtained ROMs and enjoy playing!