Open-source Nintendo DS dual-screen cross-platform emulator for Windows and OSX


190 Votes

  • Category Emulators
  • License Free (gpl)
  • Version 0.9.8
  • Size 1.96 MB
  • Works under Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Guillaume Duhamel

A Nintendo DS emulator for your PC, laptop or Mac.

The DeSmuME program was built to enable people to play Nintendo DS games on their PC, laptop or Mac. The idea is that you can pull the Nintendo DS game software off the Internet (legally or illegally) and then play the game on your personal computer. It is an emulator, which means it creates the environment needed for a Nintendo DS game to run.

Who Made It?

It is not an official build. Many of the Nintendo DS emulators on the Internet are not official builds; they are built by programmers that want to play old games. That is one of the reasons why a lot of the versions you find on the internet have got viruses in them - it is because other programmers have added them in. There are clean versions of the software, and the creators do sometimes create updates and new versions, but you have to remember that they are not getting paid for all of this. They are independent programmers that often work alone or with people online that they have never met.

This Emulator Has Bugs Like All The Others

It is up to you to decide if this emulator has more bugs than the other emulators on the Internet. The trouble is that bugs seem to vary from version to version, and from game to game. For example, some people play the Iron Man game and find out that halfway through the game it will not allow you to save, yet another player may find that the game doesn’t load the sound.

There are a whole host of bugs you are going to have to contend with, but if you can find a clean virus-free version, then it is yet another emulator alternative. This means you can try this emulator with the games that your other emulators will not run to see if you have more success. It is a hit-and-miss procedure, and this piece of software gives you another tool to add into your toolbox.

It Is Better Than Many Other Alternatives

They do it because they love the old Nintendo games, and they do it to see if it can be done. It has a fair amount of features, little support, is fairly easy to use and is well designed. Overall, it is far better than many of the alternatives that are on the internet at the moment.


  • Has fewer bugs than other emulators
  • Is a handy tool if you can get it to work


  • Lots of online versions have viruses
  • Lots of online versions have bugs
  • Tech support is basically whatever you can find on forums
  • The Wiki or FAQ rarely answers your problems
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