[DS(i)/3DS] TWiLight Menu++ - GUI for DS(i) games, and DS(i) Menu replacement

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    GUI for DS(i) games, and DSi Menu replacement for DS/DSi/3DS/2DS

    IMG_20180710_130716_476 (resized and cropped).

    TWiLight Menu++ launches ROMs from the SD card and flashcard via nds-bootstrap!
    TWiLight Menu++ also brings the DSi Menu to your DS Phat/lite, by putting it on a flashcard!
    DSi/3DS/2DS users can change sound frequency from 32kHz to 48kHz for higher sound quality!
    It is also the first DS flashcard UI to show animated icons from DSi-Enhanced, DSi-Exclusive, and DSiWare games!
    Also has an option, where you can run the last played ROM on TWiLight Menu++ startup.
    You can run DS games with a different set language (if supported by the game), and clock speed of 133mhz (faster than normal DS).

    Also includes (Super) GameBoy (Color) ROM loading via GameYob, NES ROM loading via nesDS, Sega Master System/Game Gear ROM loading via S8DS, Sega MegaDrive/Genesis ROM loading via jEnesisDS, and Super Nintendo (SNES) ROM loading via SNEmulDS.

    You can also directly access the flashcard's microSD card, and switch to and from there anytime!
    (check below for which flashcards are supported with direct access.)

    (Old video with the SRLoader name)


    Download
    If you have a DSi, or a 3DS/2DS without CFW, you'll need a DSiWare exploit to run TWiLight Menu++.
    Also works with flashcards. Please check the instructions for flashcard users.

    NOTE: If you have any issues happening in the DS games themselves on the SD card, please post the issue in the nds-bootstrap thread.

    Compatible DSiWare exploits for nds-bootstrap, without CFW
    • sudokuhax (uses GenericTWLPayload)
    • fieldrunnerhax (uses GenericTWLPayload)
    • grtpwn (uses GenericTWLPayload)
    • ugopwn/Flipnote Lenny (only for v0.11.0 and v0.11.2)

    Instructions

      1. In the 7z file, extract the "_nds" folder from both the 7z root and the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root. Merge folders, when asked to.
      2. Extract the "boot.nds" file from the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root.
      3. Put .gb/.gbc/.gen/.gg/.nes/.nds/.sms/.smc/.sfc ROMs anywhere on your SD card.
      4. Launch your exploted DSiWare game, and TWiLight Menu++ will load!
      NOTE for DSi users: If you're using exploits such as ugopwn, Flipnote Lenny, or 4swordshax, or if you're not using HiyaCFW and instead using Unlaunch alone to boot TWiLight Menu++, you won't be able to play DS ROMs, and only GB(C), NES, and DS homebrew can be ran.

      1. In the 7z file, extract the "_nds" folder from both the 7z root and the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root. Merge folders, when asked to.
      2. Extract the "boot.nds" file from the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root.
      3. Extract what's in "DSi - CFW users/SDNAND root" to the root of your SD card.
      4. Put .gb/.gbc/.gen/.gg/.nes/.nds/.sms/.smc/.sfc ROMs anywhere on your SD card.
      5. Launch TWiLight Menu++!

      1. In the 7z file, extract the "_nds" folder from both the 7z root and the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root. Merge folders, when asked to.
      2. Extract the "boot.nds" file from the "DSi&3DS - SD card users" folder, to the SD Card root.
      3. Extract the "cia" folder from the "3DS - CFW users" folder, to the SD Card root.
      4. Put .gb/.gbc/.gen/.gg/.nes/.nds/.sms/.smc/.sfc ROMs anywhere on your SD card.
      5. Enable game patching in Luma settings, if you have Luma CFW.
      6. Install all 2 CIAs in the "cia" folder in "3DS - CFW users".
        NOTE: If you're using EmuNAND, then install them to SysNAND as well.
      7. Launch TWiLight Menu++!

    • 1. In the 7z file, extract the "_nds" folder from both the 7z root and the "Flashcard users" folder, to the SD Card root. Merge folders, when asked to.
      2. Extract the "boot.nds" file from the "Flashcard users" folder, to the SD Card root.
      3. Put .gb/.gbc/.gen/.gg/.nes/.nds/.sms/.smc/.sfc ROMs anywhere on your flashcard's microSD card.
      (Optional) Using your flashcard firmware to load retail/commercial ROMs
      4. Extract what's in "Flashcard users/Autoboot/(your flashcard)" to the root of the flashcard's microSD card. (Skip this, if you don't see your flashcard.)
      5. DS Phat/DS lite users: Go to settings in the DS menu, and turn on auto-start, so your flashcard will start on boot.
      6. You're good to go! Launch your flashcard, and TWiLight Menu++ will load! (Load "boot.nds", if you're in the regular flashcard menu, or if autobooting doesn't work.)
      7. You can also set your preferred sound/mic frequency, if you're using a DSi, 3DS, or 2DS.
      If you want to use TWL clock speed and/or VRAM boost on your flashcard games, launch your flashcard using TWiLight Menu++ on the console's SD card, with the "SCFG access in Slot-1" setting turned on.

    • NOTE: You do not need to follow this if you're a flashcard user.

      To make a RAM disk, download this tool (click "Download Software"), and follow the instructions below.

      Instructions by @Dakkon7, modified by me:
      1. Run RAMDisk
      2. Click View -> Advanced
      3. For Disk Size, type "12" for DSi, or "28" for 3DS, above Max 1023 MB.
      4. Un-mark Create TEMP Directory, if it's already marked.
      5. Click Load/Save
      6. Click "Start RAMDisk", and a new window for your .img should appear.
      7. Place any file or folder the homebrew expects there.
      8. In the RAMDisk program, click "Save Disk Image Now".
      9. Save "romname.img" to a folder called "ramdisks" in your .nds folder.
      10. Click "Stop RAMDisk" when you're done.
      11. In TWiLight Menu++, open per-game settings for your homebrew.
      12. Set RAM disk to 0.
      13. Launch your homebrew, and it should read your RAM disk.

      1. Make sure box art/game cover is set to be shown in TWiLight Menu++ settings.
      2. Download this file, and this file for DSiWare covers. (credits to XrayXout and @Mika974)
      3. a. Follow XrayXout's readme.
        b. For the DSiWare covers, just put the "_nds" file on the SD root, and merge, if asked to.
      4. Your DS game's box art/game cover will now be shown!
      To add your own box art:
      Place them in "sd:/_nds/TWiLightMenu/boxart".
      Can either have the game's TID (ex. ASME.bmp), or the filename (ex. SM64DS.nds.bmp).
      Must be in .bmp format, with the size of 128x115, with no color space info, and is 16-bit (X1 R5 G5 B5).
      Box art can be downloaded from GameTDB, but will need to be converted from .png to .bmp.

    • The custom image(s) goes in "sd:/_nds/TWiLightMenu/dsimenu/photos", must end in the .bmp format, with the size of 208x156, with no color space info, and is 16-bit (X1 R5 G5 B5).

    • This requires a DSi console with Unlaunch 0.9 or later.
      This will not work if you're using a 3DS or 2DS console.
      1. Download appgen (by jerbear64) (If your computer says it's a virus, it is a false positive).
      2. Place it in "/title/00030004".
      3. Move your .nds, .pub, and .prv files into "sd:/roms/dsiware".
      4. Launch your DSiWare .nds from TWiLight Menu++, and enjoy!


    Flashcards supported with direct access, if running on the console's SD card:
    • Acekard 2i
    • R4 Ultra (regular, not R4i) (r4ultra.com)


    NOTES:
    • Please check this list for what games work and do not work from the SD card.
      If you're running the game from a flashcard, then you won't need this.
    • DSi-Enhanced games currently won't work in DSi mode.

    It is recommended that you backup your SD files before running GBARunner2, as the .sav creation feature may corrupt your SD card.


    Controls

    DSi/3DS Menu theme
    • Left/Right: Select a game/app.
    • A/START: Launch game/app
    • L/R: Switch pages.
    • Y: Per-game settings
    R4 theme
    • Up/Down: Select a game/app.
    • A: Launch game/app
    • SELECT: Per-game settings
    With CFW: DS ROMs (on SD)/carts
    • L+R+DOWN+B for 2 seconds: Return to TWiLight Menu++.

    Todo
    • Add 8-bit Sega support.

    Credits
    • @ahezard: nds-bootstrap
    • @Gericom: GBARunner2
    • @Drenn: GameYob
    • @Coto: nesDS
    • Lordus: jEnesisDS
    • archeid (Loopy): SNEmulDS
    • @FluBBa: S8DS
    • @Apache Thunder: Providing the Miku theme (not made by him) for Acekard theme, nesDS TWL Edition, and the DSi splash from NTR Launcher.
    • @Vulpes-Vulpeos: TWiLight Menu++ logo (v4.3.0-v6.2.1, and for the launcher, after v1.0.0).
    • @Joom: Original TWLoader logo.
    • me: For implementing the auto-reset power button function used in NTR-mode, volume button control, fixed sound, and LED functions, to nds-bootstrap.
    • @shutterbug2000: For the muted sound/touchscreen fix for nds-bootstrap, and the GB icon.
    • @nocash123: For the touchscreen mode switch log. Without it, the sound/touchscreen fix code wouldn't exist.
    • @spinal_cord: DSi4DS and DSision2 graphics.
    • devkitPro, @realWinterMute: Code used in nds-hb-menu, and the use of the bootloader, devkitARM, libnds, and libfat.

    FAQs

    Q: After installing the TWiLight Menu++ CIAs, I don't see the app on the 3DS HOME Menu. How can I fix this?
    A: Reboot the console.

    Q1: Why is my 3DS/2DS stuck on black screen when launching TWiLight Menu++?
    Q2: Why is my 3DS/2DS powering off when launching TWiLight Menu++?
    A: TWL_FIRM might've somehow got corrupted.
    Follow this guide to fix the issue: https://3ds.hacks.guide/troubleshooting#dsi--ds-functionality-is-broken-after-completing-the-guide

    Q: How do I get past Luma's exception screen when trying to soft-reset the game, return to TWiLight Menu++, or exit the settings screen?
    A: Enable game patching in Luma settings.

    Q: Can The Biggest Loser boot TWiLight Menu++?
    A: No. As The Biggest Loser is a Slot-1 game, and not a DSiWare game, SD access is disabled when running Slot-1 cards.

    Q: Why do I get a white screen when trying to load a game from SD Card?
    A1: Unlaunch is set to boot TWLMENU instead of HIYACFW (sdmc:/hiya.dsi). You need to start HiyaCFW, or else DS ROMs won't work.
    A2: You're using an incompatible DSiWare exploit. It should use GenericTWLPayload for DS ROMs to work.
    A3: Please note that not all games work from SD Card yet. Check the list above.
    If it's listed as compatible, try again.
    If you're a DSi user, Please check the LED set in TWiLight Menu++ settings.
    • WiFi/Camera: If it's on, that means it's loading from the ROM. If it's off for a while, and the screen is still white, that means the game is unsupported.
    • Power: If it's purple, that means it's loading from the ROM. If it's blue (or red) for a while, and the screen is still white, that means the game is unsupported.
     
    Last edited by Robz8, Feb 4, 2019
  2. Deletr753

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    great job!!! Can't wait to try it.
     
  3. wicksand420

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    Robz8,do you know a good tutorial for modifying the nand and installing sudokuhax?
     
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    Thanks Robz8, Keep on kickin' ass!!!
     
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    Robz8 Coolest of TWL

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    Forgot to mention (OP is edited to include him):
    • @nocash123: For the touchscreen mode switch log. Without it, the sound/touchscreen fix code wouldn't exist.
     
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  7. Jhynjhiruu

    Jhynjhiruu GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    *Anxiously awaits DSi hacks to get as good as 3DS ones*
     
  8. Oleboy555

    Oleboy555 Wie dit leest is een zemmel

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    I second that!
     
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  9. Jhynjhiruu

    Jhynjhiruu GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I mean, my DSi is currently in pieces, and I don't know when (if) it will ever get put back together again, but still...
     
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  10. DarkGabbz

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    Im going to test it definitly and im going to make some videos.

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    I tried to load the srloader .nds and i get a white screen (hbmenu works fine)
     
  11. reprep

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    Congratz, i have dsi xl on latest fw with fieldrunners and sudoku installed, also have the biggest loser cartridge but unfortunately neither work for this. Hope there will be a way to hack from software only.
     
  12. DarkGabbz

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    The hardmod is pretty easy and who thought that you NEED biggest loser to read the cid when you just can use a laptop with a sd card reader.
     
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  13. reprep

    reprep GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I havent used solder for a long time, cant dare hardmod and i cant find anyone who can hardmod it for me around. I bought biggest loser just in case, it is cheap anyways.
     
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  15. celsior

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    Wait do i have to hardmode my dsi ? 0.o

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    and also didn´t the dsiware shop closed ?
     
  16. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder I have cameras in your head!

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    SRLoader has known compatibility issues with 4swordshax. Boot it from Sudokuhax instead.
     
  17. DarkGabbz

    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    I don't have sudokuhax. 4swordshax is the only exploitable game i have.
     
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  18. Apache Thunder

    Apache Thunder I have cameras in your head!

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    Well you'll need to install it then. You can do that by forging a ticket for it and manually installing the SRL/TMD onto NAND using fwtool to extract/inject nand.
     
  19. DarkGabbz

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    How do i get sudoku with a ticket?
     
  20. DarkGabbz

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    Im now soldering my hardmod back on.
     
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