Ho-ho-ho everyone! It is Christmas already in this corner of Europe and I am here with an early present for all of you! Well it wasn’t made by me, but I am here to deliver the gifts of others! In a concerted effort between developers ahezard, Robz8, _catacatcat, Shutterbug2000, Gericom and apache, we have the release of nds-bootstrap loader which allows us users to load DS games off the SD card which is something that many people have been wanting for a long time.
The greatest thing about this loader is that you can use it with already existing applications such as Robz8’s TWLoader. The developers also says that while you can expect bugs in this initial release, you can also expect “many, many updates”.
Here is a list of games confirmed to be working by the developers along with a video of the loader in action:
Warioware: Touched Mario Kart DS (if you have a physical MKDS card for saving) Bomberman GoldenEye: Rogue Agent Space Invaders DS MegaMan ZX (see video above) Yoshi Touch & Go
Instructions for nds-bootstrap loader
As I’m writing this, Robz8 has already updated TWLoader to version 1.6.0b created to support this loader. The instructions to get it to work are quite simple:
Download the most recent version of TWLoader (1.6.0b at the time of this article)
Download the initial version of nds-bootstrap loader from the release thread
Install TWLoader as you would normally, like this
Extract the contents in the “sdroot” folder to the 3DS’ SD Card root.
(Optional, but recommended) Put .nds ROMs in “sdmc:/nds/”.
(Required. An error screen will appear if this isn’t installed.) Install “TWLoader – TWLNAND side.cia” that’s in “sdmc:/_nds/twloader/cia/” to SysNAND (also to EmuNAND, if you have EmuNAND).
Install “TWLoader.cia” to whichever NAND you use (SysNAND or EmuNAND).
Now extract the nds-bootstrap zip file.
Copy the extracted bootstrap-dldi.nds over to “sdmc:/_nds/” and overwrite when prompeted.
There you go, if you did all of this correctly, you should be able to load commercial DS games from your SD card!
There is a second method to get DS games on your 3DS, using the NDS Forwarder tool. However, I have not used NDS Forwarder yet so I can’t vouch for how well it may work. However if you follow the instructions by Robz8 you should have no trouble getting it to work! It will probably be my choice method to load my DS games, since I prefer to have everything neatly organized on my home menu.