Famicom Disk System Emulator?

Discussion in 'NDS - Emulation and Homebrew' started by Bidoofguy, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Bidoofguy

    Bidoofguy Custom Title:

    Mar 21, 2009
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    This might seem a stupid question, but is there any way to play FDS files on the DS? I want to play SMB2 (Lost Levels) but since NES DS doesn't support FDS files, it's pretty hard to do that. [​IMG]

    So anyway, is there any emulator that can FDS files, or is that one of those 'impossible' formats?
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    HVCA on the GBA can do FDS, for what it is worth I rank HVCA up there with pocketnes in terms of getting stuff going (it is lacking in the nice features department).
    Read about it here:

    However I am not sure where things sit with the DS (there are about 6 different nes emulators and various forks of them), I would like to think such a thing has not passed me by though.
  3. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    It's doable. But you'll probably have to use a GBA one for now, as FAST6191 suggests.

    Doesn't seem like emulator development on DS has been too active lately.
  4. Vague Rant

    Vague Rant Deceptively cute

    Aug 7, 2008
    I'm happy to say that it has passed you by, FAST; NesterDS+ runs FDS ROMs. Of course, it also uses a software renderer, so we're talking some pretty large frameskip to get things running smoothly, but they do work. I've played a bit of Otocky and Doki Doki Panic without too much trouble. I haven't tried HVCA, does it use software or hardware rendering? If the latter, it probably runs smoother than NDS+, but with less screen real estate being used.
  5. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Embarrassingly I think I posted news about that one (edit yes I did http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=87716 and even more embarrassingly I tried to find that post for my initial reply to this thread).
    I recall playing it though and while it was not as smooth as one of the specialist emulators games were playable (talespin in the screenshot is a fairly telling game).

    I think HVCA uses hardware although I recall it has a different scaling method to pocketnes which means text is a bit nicer for the games that need it (I used it for FF3 when I wanted to play it prior to the DS release and before I made a font hack which I since lost, it was only 10 minutes and a tile editor though).