How to run GBA/DSi games?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Naridar, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Naridar
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    Naridar Excelsior!

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    Hi everyone! Sorry if the question is noobish or if it's already answered somewhere. The thing is, I'd like to play CIA format GBA/DSiWare games on my 3DS, and don't really know where to start/whether I have the requirements for any particular method.

    Here's what I have access to:
    - A 3DS with system firmware 4.5 (EU), I'm strongly against updating its' system firmware.
    - A Gateway 3DS card (v3.3) with EmuNAND 9.9 installed, with the ability to install CIAs, savedatafiler, and bigbluemenu installed
    - Legit cartridges of Super Mario 3D land, Fire Emblem Awakening and Pokemon Y (all EU). The first 2 can be run on the system firmware. OoT3D is still very expensive and wouldn't be worth it for me, I might be able to find Cubic Ninja really cheap but it's sold out everywhere...

    Can anyone point me to some method, tutorial or somesuch to get GBA/DSi games running? I have tried installing AGB_FIRM CIA under emunand but to no avail.
     
  2. Newest Nick Team

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    You don't wanna know. :P
    RxTools can run DsiWare and GBA. It's just that you need to install them into SysNAND as well in order for them to work.

    As for Gateway... It doesn't work. :( Not unless I tell them to fix it like that way on their mail, but that's it for now.

    DSiWare and GBA games can be found on the warez site (Not linking though, sorry).
     
  3. ldeveraux

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    You can use the gateway blue card to emulate...
     
  4. Nirmonculus

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    So how do you use the blue card to emulate?? Should the blue card be played in the DS??
     
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    The gateway blue cart can only play DS games and maybe Gameboy, SNES etc. it can't play GBA games or at least not to a playable standard. To play GBA games off a cart you would need a Supercard DSTwo. But you can just use rxTools like the first replier said and not buy anything more.
     
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    Update, it works but you have re install Gateway through the blue cart again which is just a few button presses no biggie.
     
  8. DSpider

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    Why would you emulate GBA when the 3DS has native hardware (i.e. dedicated CPU) that can run those games natively? rxTools all the way. With a sticky MSET so that you don't have to reinstall it every time.
     
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  9. Naridar
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    I see. rxTools it'll be then, restarting the 3DS to switch between playing GBA and using Gateway isn't too big of a price.)

    Thanks everyone.
     
  10. blaaah

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    Hi-jacking this thread because my question is similar.

    I've got an N3DS with emuNAND and ReiNand. If I want to play GBA games using the Virtual Console, do I have to install the patched AGB_FIRM to both sysNAND and emuNAND? Do I have to install games to both sysNAND and emuNAND?
     
  11. Link'sSpiritualAwakening

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    Yes to both
     
  12. Nirmonculus

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    Yes, RxTools is the best option for playing GBA. The sysnand and emunand have to be linked to do so and yes you have to install on both nands.
     
  13. Link'sSpiritualAwakening

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    Been playing GBA just fine on unlinked emunand
     
  14. shamzie

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    Hmm, I was waiting for GW to fix the GBA Support but over a year later I guess that Isn't happening .. you sure your emunan is unlinked? If So .. I will try it myself.
     
  15. Nirmonculus

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    • "Can i play GBA or DS/DSi games on rxtools?
      • Yes, in both emuNand and sysNand. The only issue is that to make those apps playable on emuNand you need to install them in sysNand too, or have your Nands linked."
    From rxtools thread. I guess either method works. Gba support on gateway... I find it terrible.
     
  16. blaaah

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    Thanks! Does it make a difference which NAND I actually play the games in? Do signature checks have to be disabled for them to work?
     
  17. JCR1

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    Hi, I want play gba games and continue using my gateway card for play .3ds roms.

    I have o3ds firm 4.4, I need 2 sd cards to install rxtools?

    or which steps need to do?
     
  18. Link'sSpiritualAwakening

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    No it doesn't matter which one you use to launch the game. I would say the 'true' location of the GBA game is on the system nand, because when i launch from Reinand the save and everything is the same as when I launch from Pasta. And I was using Pasta before Reinand even came out.

    Yes, you'll want your signature checks disabled. If the game doesnt appear for some reason youll want to use the Free Multi Patcher. Launch app, press start, close lid and reopen.
     
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