DeSmuME for Windows 64bit allows you to emulate a Nintendo DS system. Think of it as a Swiss-Army knife for Nintendo DS emulator, giving you access to many powerful tools for testing DS features, from viewing ROM properties to managing Action Replay cheats. And best of all, this software is completely free and open-source.
The application is an open-source software solution that runs out of the box, meaning that no installation is required. However, what you do need in order to start the emulation is a compatible ROM file (the program supports several types of formats, such as NDS, DS.GBA, ZIP, RAR, SRl, 7Z or GZ).
Once you loaded your files, It starts emulating the experience from your game console, including the controls you need to be familiar with in order to fully enjoy the game (they differ with each game, so it is best to play around with the keyboard before starting a mission).
DeSmuME is the most seasoned open source Nintendo DS emulator for Desktop. It sports tools designed for hackers, speedrunners, YouTubers, and casual gamers. Homebrew programs are supported and can even be debugged through GDB.
The Windows and macOS versions are both relatively feature-rich, and there is a small universe of forks and mods that add even more features for casual gaming.
DeSmuME for PC is the origin of RetroArch and OpenEmu Nintendo DS support and is used by several mobile Nintendo DS emulators, with the notable exception of DraStic.
You can customize the layout of DeSmuME as you see fit, and you can start by specifying the type of border you would like between the two Nintendo DS screens, be it a narrow, a wide one or a non-existent one. You can also adjust the window size and rotation angle, as well as select a custom magnification filter.
The sounds can also be configured to your liking, along with microphone and firmware settings, yet it is best if these are adjusted by experts, so if you are a beginner it is best to leave them to their default values.
This software can help not only experienced users enjoy their preferred Nintendo DS games on their computers, but also the novices, as loading a ROM can be enough to start playing any game.
FAQ of DeSmuME Nintendo DS Emulator
Does DeSmuME support full-screen mode?
Yes, you can display the DS screens in full screen mode.
- Windows: Click the DeSmuME window and press Alt-Enter.
- Mac: Click the display window that you want to make full screen, then choose View > Enter Full Screen.
- Linux (GTK only): Choose View > Window Size > Scale to Window, then choose View > Window Size > Fullscreen.
How do I customize the appearance of the emulated DS video output?
DeSmuME allows you to apply pixel scalers, adjust the size of the video output, simulate the separation between the main and touch screens, and run filters on the video output. You can also rotate the NDS displays for games that require you to rotate the hardware NDS in a certain way.
- Pixel Upscale: To change the pixel scaler, choose View > Magnification Filters, and then select one of the menu options.
- Output Filter: Choose Config > Display Method, then choose either DirectDraw HW, DirectDraw SW, or OpenGL. Your output filter will depend on which option you chose.
- DirectDraw HW: Depending on OS and GPU driver, your output filter may be Nearest Neighbor or Bilinear. You have no control over which filter is used, as it is determined for you by the OS/driver.
- DirectDraw SW: Your output filter will always be Nearest Neighbor.
- OpenGL: If Config > Display Method > Filter is checked, then your output filter will be Bilinear. Otherwise, your output filter will be Nearest Neighbor.
- Display Resize: To set the displays to a specific size, choose View > Window Size, and then choose one of the menu options. The video displays will grow and shrink with the size of its window. The minimum display size is 1x times the pixel scaling. Keep in mind that some pixel scalers, such as 5xBRZ, can cause a vertical layout display to grow up to 1280×1920 pixels in size. In this case, there would be nothing you can do to reduce the display size below 5x. If the window doesn’t fit in your monitor while using a given pixel scaler, then you must choose a pixel scaler with a smaller scaling value.
- Screen Separation: Choose View > Screen Gap, and then select one of the menu options.
- Rotation: Choose View > Rotation, and then select one of the menu options.
System Requirements DeSmuME Nintendo DS Emulator
|Operating System||Windows: Windows XP
Mac: Mac OS X v10.5.8 Leopard or later
Linux: Any recent Linux distribution with a 2.6 kernel
|Processor||2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Operating System||Windows: Vista, 7, 8, 10
Mac: Mac OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later
Linux: Any recent Linux distribution with a 2.6 kernel.
|Processor||3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
Technical Specification Nintendo DS emulator
|Software Name||DesMume Emulator Software For Windows V 0.9.11|
|File Size||1.78 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
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