Best DS emulator for Android

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Feb 15, 2013

Best DS emulator for Android by Naridar at 10:40 PM (185,313 Views / 0 Likes) 18 Comments

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    Naridar Excelsior!

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    Hi everyone! I'm asking what's the best DS emulator available on Android. Speed and compatibility are the two most important things, visual glitches hardly bother me. Freeware preferred, but if it's not free, it isn't too much trouble.

    I know of the following emus:
    - Dsoid
    - NDS4Droid

    What's the general consensus? Which one is better? Is there a better one than one of these two? What performance can I expect on a Samsung Galaxy S Advance?

    Thanks in advance for answering.
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    WatchGintama Listen to my name

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    NDS4Droid can play FE: Shadow dragon quite well. DSDroid is another free one, but I think it may just be a copy of NDS4droid.
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    That's a tough question, i'd say try out both and see which one fits best for you (minding you have a pretty high-end android phone that is)

    In my experience dsoid is faster and not glitchy for me (I think the settings of the app are pre-set) and gets more updates than nds4droid so far and nds4droid is slower buuut alot smoother (in the latest update!) and is kinda glitchy sometimes only if your messing with the settings which it has and the developer of the app has his own website and twitter too (I havent been able to find even a trace of qingping online anywhere except his email address) but gets less updates than dsoid so it really depends on which's best for you.


    I personally follow the guy working on the nds4droid project for updates and his work and because his ds emulator came out first, it was free and still is free (while dsoid is $1.99 in the play store) and i overall liked it better at the time but i agree with watchgintama, i think dsoid might be just a copy of nds4droid.
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    jumpman1229 SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS!!!

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    Honestly at this stage, both of these have run super slow for me. Almost unusable really. I tested this out on my Galaxy Nexus about 2 months ago and Diamond and Pearl were unusable as well as Mario Kart DS. There were also huge save issues back then but they may have resolved that by now. For me, NDS4Droid always ran a little faster and smoother but again, it was not very practical at all
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    Maxternal Peanut Gallery Spokesman

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    I've always thought it's a shame that even with both the DS and Droid running on ARM processors that emulator apps still have to be run with dynarec instead of just being run in a creative virtual machine. Besides just the limitations of how Android forces you to program I'm sure it wouldn't be QUITE that simple but the general theory sounds cool in my head.

    /semi-off-topic
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    SuzieJoeBob New Member

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    I don't like posting "inb4...." messages, but I feel that this one is necessary: inb4 "Why don't you just buy a real DS"
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    Tom Bombadildo IF ONLY I COULD BE SO GROSSLY INCANDESCENT

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    Gonna have to agree here, a DS Lite is quite cheap these days and you can get any old flashcard and use it. Infinitely better than emulation.
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    Originality Chibi-neko

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    Or alternatively, 3DS.
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    Bortz Tony Stark's pet spider

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    Dont be ridiculous.
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    Tom Bombadildo IF ONLY I COULD BE SO GROSSLY INCANDESCENT

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    Original 3DS's are pretty cheap. You can find some for like...$120 online.
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    Originality Chibi-neko

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    Why buy a DS when a 3DS does everything a DS can and more?

    Answer: DS is cheaper.
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    Going to bump this topic...
    How does it run now in it's current state? Any good on the S4?
    I have a DS, I'm just curious
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    Bumping here too.

    Has there been any nds emu's out there that supports quadcores?

    Cause i just tried nintendogs on nds4droid, but i got like 1-2 fps.

    Cause the free ppsspp emu that plays psp games quite well.
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    Chary GO FORTH, MY SHINIES~

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    For some reason, thinking about Nintendogs running at 2fps makes me laugh hilariously.
    /off topic

    My friend has an S3, and I've seen them play Pokemon Pearl, without much slowdown.
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    Black_AcexXx New Member

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    DraStic is the best nds emulator so far
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    Latest update fixed alot too. HAvent crashed in a Pokemon Game in hours.
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    why did you bump an old thread?
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    Do the android ds emulators also allow dsi roms?
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    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

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    No, not yet. Martin Korth is reportedly working on a DSi emu but its not for Android.

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