Homebrew [Question] Unofficial ports of PC games over to Nintendo DS

KirgoPlayer007

Well-Known Member
OP
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2021
Messages
122
Trophies
0
XP
652
Country
Romania
Can somewhane tell me about some unofficial ports?

I know of:
Wolfenstein 3D/Spear of Destiny
DOOM
Quake 1/2
Rise of the Triad
Heretic
Hexen


Thanks in advance.
 

KirgoPlayer007

Well-Known Member
OP
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2021
Messages
122
Trophies
0
XP
652
Country
Romania
Do you want informations about the ports you mentioned or do you want to know other titles? :unsure:
Regarding ms-dos FPS games, you forgot to mention only Descent (DScent is the name of the DS port). :wink:
Can you tell me how to set up the DScent pot please? (I really whant to have all of the PC ports)
 

Deleted member 514389

GBA Connoisseur
Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2019
Messages
510
Trophies
0
Location
the toolshed
Website
f.ls
XP
753
Country
Germany
Hurrican has been ported.
Postal, GTAIII, ViceCity, MaxPayne aswell iirc.

(Shame the dev feels ashamed for his first game "Takatis" and refuses to release it's source.. I'd crave a port sooo bad :( )


Fu--
I thought this was abou the Switch. Oops..

Umm..
ScummVM and DosBox (x86) allow for some titles ..

Duke Nukem was ported too I believe.
 

Nikokaro

Lost philosopher... searching for a way out...
Member
Joined
Feb 3, 2020
Messages
2,218
Trophies
1
Location
Nautilus (under) Lake Como, Italy 🇮🇹
XP
7,058
Country
Italy
Duke Nukem was ported too I believe.
It's true. You're right, lad. :) I hadn't considered it, being basically unplayable. It's the port of the gp2x version but it's rushed and not finalized properly: it's slow, the graphics are jerky and the sound is horrible, croaking and intolerable: it's a pity that no one has taken the initiative to fix these serious flaws. :sad:

Can you tell me how to set up the DScent pot please? (I really whant to have all of the PC ports)
I don't know of a Descent pot, but I certainly wouldn't cook soup in it. 🤣 I can talk about Descent port instead. ;)
As for me, I put the files descent.hog, descent.pig, DScent.nds and midis.nfs in the folder "Descent" created in the root of the microSD. Remember each time to turn the music down to zero, otherwise the game crashes. Apart from that, the game runs perfectly, even with maximum graphic details: truly an excellent port. :) And you can also use the many user levels, which must be placed in the same, mentioned folder. Keep in mind that it works well only on DS flashcart; instead from SD slot of a DSi it doesn't load all the textures, and there are serious graphic issues. For more details on how to use new custom levels, see my thread: https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-play-user-levels-with-dscent-descent-ds-port.580928/
 
Last edited by Nikokaro,

KirgoPlayer007

Well-Known Member
OP
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2021
Messages
122
Trophies
0
XP
652
Country
Romania
It's true. You're right, lad. :) I hadn't considered it, being basically unplayable. It's the port of the gp2x version but it's rushed and not finalized properly: it's slow, the graphics are jerky and the sound is horrible, croaking and intolerable: it's a pity that no one has taken the initiative to fix these serious flaws. :sad:


I don't know of a Descent pot, but I certainly wouldn't cook soup in it. 🤣 I can talk about Descent port instead. ;)
As for me, I put the files descent.hog, descent.pig, DScent.nds and midis.nfs in the folder "Descent" created in the root of the microSD. Remember each time to turn the music down to zero, otherwise the game crashes. Apart from that, the game runs perfectly, even with maximum graphic details: truly an excellent port. :) And you can also use the many user levels, which must be placed in the same, mentioned folder. Keep in mind that it works well only on DS flashcart; instead from SD slot of a DSi it doesn't load all the textures, and there are serious graphic issues. For more details on how to use new custom levels, see my thread: https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-play-user-levels-with-dscent-descent-ds-port.58-play-user-levels-with-dscent-descent-ds-port.580928/

Nikokaro - 1
Kirgo - 0 :rofl2:
 
  • Like
Reactions: Nikokaro

KirgoPlayer007

Well-Known Member
OP
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2021
Messages
122
Trophies
0
XP
652
Country
Romania
Hurrican has been ported.
Postal, GTAIII, ViceCity, MaxPayne aswell iirc.

(Shame the dev feels ashamed for his first game "Takatis" and refuses to release it's source.. I'd crave a port sooo bad :( )


Fu--
I thought this was abou the Switch. Oops..

Umm..
ScummVM and DosBox (x86) allow for some titles ..

Duke Nukem was ported too I believe.
Pfiuuu I whas ready to have a heart attack! :lol:
 

KirgoPlayer007

Well-Known Member
OP
Member
Joined
Sep 25, 2021
Messages
122
Trophies
0
XP
652
Country
Romania
It's true. You're right, lad. :) I hadn't considered it, being basically unplayable. It's the port of the gp2x version but it's rushed and not finalized properly: it's slow, the graphics are jerky and the sound is horrible, croaking and intolerable: it's a pity that no one has taken the initiative to fix these serious flaws. :sad:


I don't know of a Descent pot, but I certainly wouldn't cook soup in it. 🤣 I can talk about Descent port instead. ;)
As for me, I put the files descent.hog, descent.pig, DScent.nds and midis.nfs in the folder "Descent" created in the root of the microSD. Remember each time to turn the music down to zero, otherwise the game crashes. Apart from that, the game runs perfectly, even with maximum graphic details: truly an excellent port. :) And you can also use the many user levels, which must be placed in the same, mentioned folder. Keep in mind that it works well only on DS flashcart; instead from SD slot of a DSi it doesn't load all the textures, and there are serious graphic issues. For more details on how to use new custom levels, see my thread: https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-play-user-levels-with-dscent-descent-ds-port.580928/
I tried installing the port but allways says "cannot access midis.nfs" but i have midis.nfs put in my DScent folder,in to the root of the card AND in the same folder with the .nds file BUT I STILL GET THAT ERROR.
 
  • Sad
Reactions: Nikokaro

Kwyjor

Well-Known Member
Member
Joined
May 23, 2018
Messages
4,323
Trophies
1
XP
4,482
Country
Canada
There's Aperture Science DS, which is apparently a version of Portal. I have no idea if it's any good.

ScummVM and DosBox (x86) allow for some titles ..
Is DOSBox on the DS actually good for anything at all? I thought it was mostly just a curiosity with no real utility.

Keep in mind that it works well only on DS flashcart; instead from SD slot of a DSi it doesn't load all the textures, and there are serious graphic issues.
I understood that a RAM disk was good for fixing such issues?

I tried installing the port but allways says "cannot access midis.nfs" but i have midis.nfs put in my DScent folder,in to the root of the card AND in the same folder with the .nds file BUT I STILL GET THAT ERROR.
If your posts are any indication, perhaps you named some of the files incorrectly.:glare:
 

Nikokaro

Lost philosopher... searching for a way out...
Member
Joined
Feb 3, 2020
Messages
2,218
Trophies
1
Location
Nautilus (under) Lake Como, Italy 🇮🇹
XP
7,058
Country
Italy
I tried installing the port but allways says "cannot access midis.nfs" but i have midis.nfs put in my DScent folder,in to the root of the card AND in the same folder with the .nds file BUT I STILL GET THAT ERROR
Try changing the directory (folder) name to "Descent".
 

FAST6191

Techromancer
Editorial Team
Joined
Nov 21, 2005
Messages
36,795
Trophies
3
XP
28,427
Country
United Kingdom
Depending upon what you want to call PC (these might be more of an Amiga base, though if you did not have an Amiga then you would likely have been playing DOS versions if you were able to) then Cannon Fodder (hard to find nowadays but https://web.archive.org/web/2012060....com/pages/ds/jeuxdev.-perso/cannonfodder.php *) and Lemmings DS ( http://www.mrdictionary.net/lemmings/ ) ought to be noted.

*alekmaul did a whole bunch of ports of things to the DS in addition to cannon fodder. Codename Hacker being a basically remake of Chip's challenge that most would know from various Microsoft game packs. For whatever reason the DS ports/games/whatever seem to be gone from the website above but hey.

Liero DS (port of liero, kind of like worms which does have some homebrew things even if people would probably point at the commercial worms 2 game) https://pdroms.de/nintendo-nintendods-nds-ds/liero-ds-23-10-2009-nds-game I will note in this and was a DOS game. Scanning through pdroms will probably also reveal a bunch more that I have forgotten here. https://pdroms.de/?s=nds+remake&post_type=post only searches for things mentioning remake so might want to expand that out to all DS stuff.

http://retrorocketgame.org/ could be worth noting here.

openttd (transport tycoon deluxe) did see some things attempted here.

Various roguelikes were also ported. Personally I like http://www.zincland.com/powder/index.php?pagename=about instead and it does note some of the others if you did want to go there.

Elite got a port to the DS, and was in line with the DOS version I used to play.

Jazz Jackrabbit saw a few things attempted here, not sure what goes for some of the other platformers of similar vintage.
 
  • Like
Reactions: KirgoPlayer007

Sweater Fish Del

Well-Known Member
Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2006
Messages
269
Trophies
1
XP
264
Country
United States
There's Aperture Science DS, which is apparently a version of Portal. I have no idea if it's any good.
Aperture Science is an original game inspired by Portal. It's not a source port or interpretter. All the code and assets are original.

Is DOSBox on the DS actually good for anything at all? I thought it was mostly just a curiosity with no real utility.
The actual DOSbox port doesn't do much, but there's an emulator called DSx86 that emulates a 286 very well. The version for the DSTWO (DS2x86) emulates a 386 up to about 40MHz.

To add to the list of ports, there's a couple good ports of REminiscence to the DS for playing Flashback.
 

Site & Scene News

Popular threads in this forum

General chit-chat
Help Users
    K3Nv2 @ K3Nv2: If it's on topic who really cares