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I was really surprised that there isn't a comprehensive Nintendo DS hacking Instructable here, so I thought it was my calling. I have been researching the NDS hacking scene for quite some time now, and this instructable is the dedicated outcome of all my findings.

As with my other instructables, I have written this one is such a way that it will save you the time of doing the research for yourself. Now you have more free time to explore instructables and come up with other amazing inventions! I thank everyone on this site for doing the same for me!

That said this very comprehensive instructable will seem a little bit verbose, or even selfindulgent at times, so please forgive me for that. My objective is to concatenate about a year's research and thought into this self contained guide to undertanding the NDS hacking scene and from there on making your own hardware and software choices.

These are the subjects I will be instructing on:

1. General information about hacking the DS
2. Product reviews and suggestions
3. Gaming and Homebrew application reviews
4. Emulators for SNES, Genesis and GBA games that run on the NDS
5. Accessories and Instructables associated with the DS.

I will be updating this instructable, whenever I come across some new tips and tricks related to the DS. I am sure this will end up being a pretty long instructable. I decided against splitting it, so hope you guys and girls appreciate having everything in one place.

Disclaimer Type Statement: You will not find direct links to DS game roms on this instructable, for obvious reasons. These are very easy to find on your own if you choose to do so. You can only download DS roms if you own the orinignal game and want to keep it safe from hard. The NDS can be modified freely to enhance its abilties through homebrew applications and games. Some are so amazing you will not believe it when you see them!

In the next step you will find some general information about the NDS >>
just so you know dude they are not called flashcarts, they are called flashcards. just had to say since every time you say the word flashcarts a red line show up under it. But you must not have seen it all the times it showed up. just wanted to let you know.

recklesskiba, the term "flashcart or flash-cart" dates back decades. It originates from cartridges that were "flashable" where they could be erased and loaded with a new ROM. The technology has gone from carts that can hold one game, to carts that can accept removable media that holds many games.

blakeredfield (author)  recklesskiba4 years ago
The two terms are interchangable. The term "Flash-Cart" was left over from GBA accessories which accepted a game CART you would FLASH and hack.

Interesting you get red lines under main text in a webpage... thought those only come up in editors.

Thanks for commenting. Anything to contribute to the DS scene? I've been out of the game for a few months,
I kind of just assumed that cart was short for cartridge, and this whole time I thought the term flashcart was right. lol

on a more serious note, thank you so much for this walkthrough! you rock man
_-_Reid_-_3 months ago
The link for The EZ3in1 Rumble Ram is dead could you please provide another one in which we can buy it from off of a legit website

You can find it here: http://www.3dscardshop.com/ez-3in1-extension-kit-s...

I can say from experience 3dscardshop is a legit site. It used to be dsflashcards.net, which is where I got my Acekard 2i from.

twilightfox10 months ago

AHHHHH OVERWHELMED WITH HACKING!!!!! Oh just wondering does this do anything to the nds?

patbking1 year ago

ummm, I have a sd card adapter and i would like to know if i would work instead of a usb adapter

micro sd adapter that looks like a sd card but it can use a micro sd in the top slot that i can read on my computer

its a crucial micro sd adapter

Sould i get an iEdge or Edge i have a ds lite and a dsi

conarrrgh1 year ago

would this work on a DSi instead of a DS lite?

catshark11 year ago
ds scene is dead.....
Great instructable!!! Keep using it for reference.
toogers4 years ago
four words on emulators;
Emulation is completely legal. You just gotta own legit copies of the games.
zachery9804 years ago
try zhuzhuchina.com way cheeper than yours and free shipping
Crumble4 years ago
Do you know where i can get an acekard 2i in the uk, my r4 broke so im looking @ getting a new slot 1 flash cart

I don't particulary want to buy from america/china/japan

thx if you can help
how do you get a internet browser?
dombeef4 years ago
Can i colaborate? i have some more infomation for the stuff
toogers5 years ago
sweet, i'm an r4 guy myself, i like the built in cheats and the preinstalled moonshell.
dark sponge5 years ago
Great Instructable! If you want to make your homebrew apps more powerful, consider overclocking your DS.
AndyGadget5 years ago
Epic Instructable - 5 stars!
We have a DSLite with CycloDS but it's a while since I checked out what's available on the homebrew scene.  I see things have moved on.
toygreen5 years ago
Godd posting.  thank you. I got r4i flash cart from gamehouse88.com. I Think this artice is good for me.
nk975 years ago
Nice 'ible. Thx for sharing. Now I have some new games for my DS. I had already bought the R4 Revolution card like, 4 months ago.  Thx again.