The Nintendo DS is one of the most popular consoles of all time, but today, users can play games on any Android phone using an emulator. With this method, you have tons of emulator options in the Google Play store, but there are still only a few emulators for DS available on Android. We’ve knocked down the list to the top five best DS emulators for Android today:

  1. DraStic

Hands down the best emulator on Android as it comes with a high game compatibility, mostly reliable performance, and a couple of different display options. The only downside is that it does come at a price, $5.99 to be exact. But it is the highest rated emulator in the Google Play store.

  1. Pretendo

This option is free on the Google Play store, but it doesn’t have quite as high of game compatibility that DraStic does. Its open source code is based on the NDS4Droid Emulator (which is also free), but it is open source, so progress can continue even if the developer drops it. It’s only slightly better than NDS4Droid when it comes to performance, but not really by much. It’s packed with various features like action replay, code breaker cheats, key bindings, save and resume at any time, wireless controllers, auto rotate option, dual screen mode, button latouts, automatic frame skipping, and so much more.



  1. NDS4Droid

Offering great visuals and sound, this open source emulator does not affect the GPL that most other emulators do. It does not perform as fast as the DraStic DS emulator, but you can play all your favorite classic games like Pokemon.

  1. Smart

This is another good option and it’s compatible with almost all devices. You can browse for any games within the app and play games without any issues. Although, this emulator does not come with any ROMs. That’s something you would need to get separately and transfer to your SD card in order to start playing. Make sure the file name ends with .nds, .zip, or .rar in the file extensions (same goes for Pretendo).

  1. geNDS

Offering various features like game shark, action replay, wireless controller support, custom button layouts, both portrait and landscape mode, automatic frame skipping, and the ability to save and load your progress anywhere. You can get this emulator for free on the Google Play store as well. As there are only a limited number of emulators out there, this one obviously has a lower rating, but it delivers good video quality and you can easily install the app with potentially only a few problems loading it.

While there may not be many emulators out there for NDS, the few that are work pretty well. If you want to pay for the best, DraStic is the way to go for sure, but if you’re looking for something free, any of the other options will be just fine. Start downloading today and you can be on your way to playing your favorite games in no time!

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