How to run GBA games on your DS

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May 15, 2011
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    How to run GBA games on your DS

    Slot-1 Flashcarts

    There are four flashcarts that can emulate GBA games without the need for a slot-2 cart.
    • Supercard DSTWO
    • EX4i
    • iPlayer
    • iSmart MM
    • CycloDSi Evolution (only works on a DSi and is extremely limited)
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!



    Slot-2 Flashcarts

    You can also run GBA games using the below slot-2 flashcart. Do note that flashcarts of this type will only work in a DS Phat or DS Lite system. Flashcarts of this type will provide you with perfect GBA game compatibility.
    • EZ Flash 3-in-1
    • EZ-Flash IV
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


    ichichfly's GBA emulator

    This method requires the use of a GBA emulator created by ichichfly.
    WARNING! Spoilers inside!


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    For the DSTwo
    I think it would be better to link to the older emulator with the Game_config.txt, since it works a lot better than the newer one
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    for the dstwo spoiler:

    • Download v1.21 of NDSGBA and extract it to your microsd card (an older version, so don't update it)
    • Download game_config.txt and put that txt file in your microsd's NDSGBA folder.


    for the ez flash 3-in-1:

    just call it the EZ Flash 3-in-1, it works with every slot 1 flashcart (rename the spoiler to '... using the EZ Flash 3-in-1' too)

    replace the "third party loader" with ExpLoader and the link with this

    also, stop being a lazy ass
    Edit: also mention that using the 3-in-1 will give you perfect compatibility while the slot-1 flashcarts wont

    and the dstwo emulator has a real time clock 4 pokemon and etc. while the ez flash 3-in-1 does not (so you have to get it patched)
    I don't think the other emulators have a real time clock either
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    You can also use the EZiV (not to be confused with the EZ Vi)

    1.Download the EZclient
    2.Get a GBA game online
    3.Copy it in the Mini SD ( not to be confused with Micro SD) used for the EZiV
    3.Get a DS flashcart
    4.Download the firmware and drag it into the Micro SD
    5.Put the Micro SD into the flashcart
    6.Put both the EZiV and DS flashcart into Slot 2 and Slot 1 respectively
    7.Launch the Slot-2 icon when you boot into the flashcard's menu
    8.Bingo!/Voila! the EZiV firmwqare boots up next... GET PLAYIN'!

    P.S. If you are using an EZ Flash 3in1, use GBAExploader to launch games... It's Good
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    Updated the guide with all of your suggestions.

    I am unsure with the alternative method section, though. Can someone check it and verify that it is correct?
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    well the gba emulator homebrew (the "alternative method") is pretty terrible, you could mention that to not get people's hopes up

    you still have a formatting error in the "Running GBA games using the EZ Flash 3-in-1" spoiler, you need another line break

    also consider rewriting the "Running GBA games using the DSTWO" spoiler, you tell people to extract the files twice

    and again that thing about the "third party loader", make it exploader
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    Fixed.

    Any other suggestions?
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    every flashcart is using the same ExpLoader, the only difference is the way each cart launches their homebrew, to set up ExpLoader it should be


    • Extract GBA_ExpLoader.ini to the root of your MicroSD card.
    • Create "/GBA_SAVE" and "/GBA_SIGN" folders on the root of your MicroSD card. (Modify "GBA_ExpLoader.ini" to set different folders)
    • Copy GBA files into "/GBA_SIGN".
    • Put SAV files into "/GBA_SAVE".

    to operate it, just browse to your GBA file and press A to launch it

    if a game is too big to launch in PSRAM, press R to switch to NOR, then press A to launch it
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    Very helpful. Now all i need to buy is a supercard dstwo.
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    ok so ive been searching for hours now and i cant seem to find it, but i had a program that converted gba games into a nds rom and i was able to play it on my r4 wood...but everything that ive looked up tells me otherwise. i even have the rom to prove that ive done it, it works fine too, no framerate issues or anything...then again most of the post that i see that say its not possible are back in 08

    does anyone know where i can get this program again? or am i going crazy and i secretly discovered a way of magically converting gba roms into nds?
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    I've found a thing called "dsbuild.exe" . Is this?
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    darkinertia New Member

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    i just looked that up and no that one actually goes the other way around it looks like...the thing i used actually converted a gba rom into a nds rom (wish i could post the rom file to show you :/ )
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    then you do not remember the name of the program?
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    no thats what im trying to do right now...i believe i got it on filetrip tho cuz i recognize it(i havent been using my ds for a while now, ive been using my psp) but i recently got back into mega man so i need to get the gba roms for mega man since it works sooo much better on the ds than the psp...ill post back once i find it again, IF i do
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    Well darkinertia, when you find it, let me know. I would love to use whatever you're using. I want to play some of these GBA roms I have.
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    If you are using an Acekard with an EZFlash IV you can load games from the Acekard's microsd into the carts NOR ram directly from within AKAIO. AKAIO will also automatically backup/restore the gba saves to the Acekard's microsd.

    Worth noting that if you do this method it kind of messes with the ezflash, it won't boot directly into gba mode until you restore some stuff, but I find it more convenient to just boot my Acekard and flash from there anyways so I don't really miss the functionality, I guess if you really wanted to store GBA games on the EZFlash's sd card exclusively then this wouldn't be for you though.
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    whatever he claims he used doesn't exist

    back in the days of slot-2 flashcarts there were programs that converted .nds games into .nds.gba to be compatible with them

    you need a Lite with the 3-in-1 and exploader, or just buy a DSTwo
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    No, it's .nds.gba (homebrew) that had to be renamed to .nds and patched.
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    lol i figured no one would believe me, but i swear all i remember doing is downloading a program that turned the gba rom into a ds rom, and itll show up on r4 wood as a gba for the icon, i start it up, it shows a dos prompt style screen where it loads it and it runs...and if i would upload a link of it if i wouldnt get in trouble lol

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