How Do I Transfer DS Games to SD Card?

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By Eric Wilson

Are you tired of carrying around multiple Nintendo DS game cartridges? Do you want to consolidate your collection onto one convenient SD card? Look no further, because we will guide you through the process of transferring DS games to an SD card.

What You Will Need:

  • A computer with an SD card reader
  • An SD card with enough storage space for your DS games
  • A homebrew application called “TWiLight Menu++”
  • A legal copy of the game you want to transfer (dumped with a tool like “GodMode9” or “Decrypt9”)

Step 1 – Download and Install TWiLight Menu++

The first step is to download and install TWiLight Menu++. This homebrew application enables you to play DS games from your SD card. You can download the latest version from the official GitHub page.

Once downloaded, extract the files and place them on the root of your SD card. Insert the SD card into your DS console and turn it on. Launch TWiLight Menu++ by tapping on its icon in the menu.

Step 2 – Dump Your Game Using GodMode9 or Decrypt9

To legally transfer your game to an SD card, you need to dump it from a legal cartridge using a tool like GodMode9 or Decrypt9.

Insert your cartridge into the DS console and turn it on while holding down either L+R or Start+Select (depending on which tool you use). This will launch GodMode9 or Decrypt9.

Navigate to “Gamecart Dumper” and follow the prompts to dump your game onto the console’s microSD card. Once completed, power off your console.

Step 3 – Transfer Your Game Onto The SD Card

Remove the DS console’s microSD card and insert it into your computer’s SD card reader. Navigate to the “Nintendo DS” folder, then to the “private” folder, and finally to the “ds” folder.

Copy the game’s “.nds” file that you previously dumped onto your computer. Paste this file into the “ds” folder on your SD card.

Eject your SD card from your computer and reinsert it into your DS console. Launch TWiLight Menu++ again and navigate to the game you just transferred. Tap on it to launch it.


And that’s all there is to it! You can now enjoy all of your favorite DS games from a single SD card. Just remember to only use legal copies of games that you own, and always respect copyright laws.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on transferring those DS games onto an SD card today!