3 top Nintendo DS emulators for iPhone/iPad

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Emulators are the best solution for you to play your favorite childhood Nintendo games on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch without having to buy any game disks and game consoles. All of these emulators are given controls that are adapted for the touch screen .

In this article, we will show you three best emulators that will help you experience your childhood games over again.

  1. NDS4iOS


This emulator is quite popular with iOS devices running iOS 7 and 8. However, the developer removed the install package from Cydia and did not get an update for iOS 9. If you are a fan of Pokémon games, you will love using NDS4iOS, as it is very fast, and easy to use.

There is a little inconvenience to install NDS4iOS, you will have to download the ROMs files on your computer, then use iTunes/iTools to export it to your iPhone/ iPad. Furthermore, since the emulator is removed from Cydia, you cannot find a compatible version for your devices running iOS 9 from any third party sources. However, there is one easy way to install NDS4iOS emulator on your device.


How to Install NDS4iOS

Step 1: On your iOS device, open Safari and access iosem.us

Step 2: Tap Install on the first option

Step 3: A Profile page will display

Step 4: Continue tapping on the Install

Step 5: A iOSEmusStore app will appear on your Home screen

Step 6: Open it and then install NDS4iOS


How to load NDS4iOS ROMs on iOS

As we mentioned earlier, you will need iTunes to install ROMs files. First, connect your device to your computer, and open iTunes. Then select your device and switch to the Apps section. After that, you scroll down to the ‘File Sharing’ and select ‘NDS4iOS”. Finally, drag and drop the .nds file to load into the box under NDS4iOS Documents.


  1. iNDS – A Nintento DS tweak on Cydia

iNDS is a new free tweak available on Cydia for jailbroken iOS 9.x devices. Instead of using a computer to download ROMs, you can download directly within the iNDS app.


To get iNDS, there is one way that you have to jailbreak your device. You can  Google for jailbreaking, or click here for more details.


How to get iNDS from Cydia


Step 1: Open the Cydia

Step 2: Add the source: http://www.williamlcobb.com/repo

Step 3: In the Search tab, type in iNDS

Step 4:  Tap on Install and then Respring your device


  1. GBA4iOS


If you enjoy the Game Boy Advance over Nintendo DS, you can also play it on your iPhone/ iPad. However, you will have to play old games and find your own ROMs.

Unlike NDS4iOS, you can download ROMs files from the Safari browser and then it will be automatically imported into the app.


The new version (2.1) of GBA4iOS was also added new features such as Cheats, AirPlay, Dropbox sync, optimized for iPad, and more. Open Safari, and download and install GBA4iOS here



Some people are facing issue while downloading this application on their iPhone/ iPad likethe “GBA4iOS could not be installed at this time” error. This happens because the downloaded version is not compatible or the package is not correctly produced. We recommend you to download and install GBA4iOS from the link above.


NDS4iOS and GBA4iOS can be installed on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iOS 9 devices, but iNDS tweak requires  Cydia.


Above are 3 top Nintendo DS emulators for iPhone/iPad. Let us know which one is  your favorite Nintendo DS emulator in the comment below.

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