DS/GBA games on the N3DSXL?

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Hi all, its been a couple of years since i used my N3DSXL but i've been wanting to play some older titles lately and was wondering what the optimal way is to play DS games on there. Is there a hack available, or is this only possible with a flashcard of some sort. And is there a way to play both gba games and ds games on there, or would it be one or the other depending on the method? Thanks for help!
 

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the optimal way is to play DS games on there.
Buy the carts and use them in the slot. :P

For GBA games, you will either want to use virtual console injections made with New Super Ultimate Injector, or open_agb_firm. They both fundamentally work the same, but have different interfaces.

TWiLightMenu provides access to GbaRunner2, but it is not as good as either VC injections or open_agb_firm. mGBA is another alternative, but its performance is very poor (especially on "old" 3DS units) and it is only of interest because it offers emulation features like fast-forward and savestates.
 

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For playing DS games you have three options:

1. Use original cartridges
2. Use TWiLightMenu++
3. Use a flashcard

A good flashcard might give you more compatibility in some games, but TWLM++ is free.

Besides all that, you need to use TWPatch for searching the way you find best to scale DS games to the 3DS screen - even not scaling it by default, or using other interesting features.

For GBA, the best is OPEN_AGB_FIRM. Second place comes GBA Virtual Console injections, in case you want to open those games from main menu. And mGBA comes at the third place (only recommended for New 2|3DS models), for playing rom hacks that don't work on original hardware.
 

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Everyone else has said the things I concur with. But hell, I'll chime in anyway.

The definitive way to play DS games on the N2DSXL and N3DSXL is to use TwilightMenu++ to load the games. As for GBA games, the best way is to run them with Open_AGB_Firm and install a launcher for it to boot into OAF from the Home Menu.
 

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