When we say 3DS, it might click in listeners’ mind that it is related to something like 3D. Yes, you are right; 3DS has ability to display games in stereoscopic 3D effects without using 3D glasses or any additional accessories and it is Nintendo 3DS we are talking about. 3DS is always referred to Nintendo 3DS, a hand held game console manufactured by Nintendo CO.Ltd. It was released in 2011 by Nintendo. The initial model was Nintendo DS. Later Nintendo developed 3DS and then Nintendo 2DS (budget model) in 2013. 3DS was competing primarily with its rival Sony’s PlayStation Vita. 3DS is backward compatible with old Nintendo DS games.
Soon after its launch it has got positive reviews from gamers and critics. An estimated 75 million all Nintendo DS model units have been sold so far. Many improvements have been made in 3DS from old generation models. Apart from 3D effects, two famous functions are added that are Streetpass and SpotPass.
SpotPass connects with the WI-FI hotspots to download information while in playing mode and while in sleep mode.
StreetPass communicates with other users or other 3DS devices to share content with each other both in playing and sleep mode. This enhances the capability of mutually played games.
Nintedo 3DS is equipped with some more attractive features that make it unique from its rivals. Dual screens ( top 3D display screen, Stylus bottom touch screen), mic camera, gyroscope system etc are quality features that make 3DS more demanding.
Nintendo introduced large models for 3DS and 2DS just to increase the screen size. The large models were 90% larger in screen than 3DS and were launched to sell in parallel with other models all over major regions. All major regions include Japan, Australia, North America and Europe.
Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo 3DS XL was announced in 2012; later in 2014 New Nintendo 3DS XL was announced.
Nintendo 2DS XL
Nintendo 2DS XL was announced in 2012; later in 217 New Nintendo 2DS XL was announced and this is the current model.
Successor to 3DS
3DS is famous and demanding due to its backward compatibility, 3D stereoscopic effects and lots of games that can be played on it. A budget model was also announced named 2DS which then got large model also. All these models of Nintendo consoles are eighth generation.
After the evolution of Smartphone games the Wii U did not get any tremendous sales, therefore Nintendo decided to release a new generation model which could compete with modern generation tech.
A hybrid console was announced in 2017, which is having capability of handheld gaming as well as home gaming. You may use it as handheld console like its Predecessors and also you may connect it with your docking station. Nintendo Switch has ability to online gaming through internet as well as locally with other consoles using wireless local ad hoc connectivity.
What are 3DS ROMs?
ROM file is a file which contains a copy of data from a video game cartridge or from a Read only Memory. These ROMs can be run on modern computers or video game consoles using software known as emulator and the process is called emulation.
3DS ROMs are set of games that can be played on Nintendo 3DS, Computers or Android. Best 3DS ROMs are The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 3D Land, Pokemon X & Y, Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, 3D out Run, Zero Escape, Colors! 3D etc.
Types of Images
Why these file/image types matter at all? Since Nintendo 3DS games are to be run on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Therefore an emulator is required.
There are two main types of 3DS games.
These files are on physical carts and can be loaded using flashcarts like Gateway 3DS or Sky3DS. These flash carts are expensive.
These files are unpacked and wrote on SD cards or the 3DS NAND memory. FBI can install CIA files on 3DS Consoles with CFW (Custom Firmware) on it.
Note: Conversion from 3DS to CIA and vice-versa is possible.
How to play 3DS ROMs?
Gaming world is an unlimited entertainment. Gaming lovers and enthusiasts never get bored of playing games all day. Therefore the gaming world has evolved a lot, and is always been creating innovative games. As discussed above how Nintendo has changed its consoles with the passage of time, so as to cater competition and fulfilling the needs of gamers.
Nintendo 3DS ROMs are best source for emulation and experiencing a real 3D gaming. Those evergreen and everlasting games will be played for a astonishing experience on today’s PCs and Smart Phones as well.
If you are having a Video gaming console then you are able to play all Nintendo 3DS games.
For Computer and Smartphone users emulators are there to help. Though these emulators are not able to play all 3DS ROMs but they are in developing stage. Soon all bugs and issues will be fixed and all 3DS ROMs will be tested on emulators. Check compatibility of games with 3DS ROMs for Citra.
3DS Emulators for Windows, Linux and Mac
A 3DS Emulator is required to play 3DS ROMs on Modern computers. With these emulators you will be able to play all time favorite Nintendo 3DS Games. And you will have a real experience of 3D games on your big screen.
There are many emulators that can play these decrypted ROMs.
Citra 3DS Emulator
Citra name comes on the top when talk about 3DS emulators for PC. It is an open source package developed in C++ and has been put on Github for changes. Citra works for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
Citra is continuously improving and developing. 3DS ROMs are checked and updated status, whether the game is perfect, great, OK or bad to play.
3DS ROMs' List for Citra3DS ROMs' which work Perfect, Great and OK on Citra are Listed below. choose your favorite game from here and enjoy!
|Urban champion||kid Icarus||Kirby’s Adventure|
|3D Ecco the Dolphin||Twin bee||Xevious|
|Super Hand-on||Sonic The Hedgehog||3D fantasy Zone II W|
|80’s OVERDRIVE||Sonic The Hedgehog 2||7 Dragon III code: VFD|
|2048||Streets of rage||Adventure Bar story|
|AiRace Speed||ACE COMBAT Assault Horizon legacy||Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer|
|Aqua Moto Racing 3D||AeternoBlade||Asphalt 3D|
|Attack of The Friday Monsters: Tokyo Tale||Anger Video Game Nerd Adventure||BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERS|
|Azure Striker Gunovlt Striker Pack||Animal Crossing: New Leaf Welcome Amiibo||BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II|
|Bike Rider DX2: GALAXY||Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney||Ben 10 Omniverse|
|BOXBOXBOY!||Azure Striker GUNVOLT||Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker|
|BOXBOY!||Azure Striker GUNVOLT 2||Corpse Party|
|BYE BHYE BOXBOY||BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER||Crash City Mayhem|
|Balloon Fight||BIT.TRIP SAGA||Crush3D|
|Bird Mania 3D||Blast’ Em Bunnies||Cube Creator 3D|
|Bonds of the Skies||Batman: Arkham Origins Black gate||Dementium Remastered|
|Brain Age: Concentration Training||Beyblade Evolution||Dillon’s Rolling Western the last Ranger|
|Brave Dungeon||CRIMSON SHROUD||Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D|
|Bravely Default||Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion||Donkey Kong Jr.|
|Cave story||Cartoon Network: Battle Crasher||Dragon Quest VII: Fragmnets of the Forgotten Past|
|Cave Story 3D||Citizens of Earth||Etrian Odyssey Nexus|
|Centipede: Infestation||Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2||Fantasy Life|
|Chain Blaster||Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.||Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth|
|Chase cold Case investigation~ Distant Memories||Code of Princess||Ever Oasis|
|Chibi-rosh! Zip Lash||Combat of Giant Dinosaurs 3D||Fire Emblem Awakening|
|Colors 3D||Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic||Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright|
|Cooking mama: Sweet Shop||Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars||Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest|
|Crashmo||DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions||Fire Emblem Warriors|
|Creeping Toror||Detective Pikachu||Freakyforms Deluxe: your Creations Alive!|
|Cubit the hardcore Platformer Robot||Dillon’s Rolling Western||Game & Watch Gallery|
|Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe||Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers||HarmoKnight|
|Disney Art Academy||Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion||Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning|
|Dodge Club Pocket||Disney Infinity||Hey! Pikmin|
|Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure||Disney Magical World 2||Hyrule Warriors Legends|
|Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria||Dragon Fusion||INAZUME ELEVEN|
|Dragon Sinker||Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King||Kid Icarus: Uprising|
|EDGE||Dream Trigger 3D||Kirby’s Dream Land|
|Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: the Fafnir Knight||Elminage Original||LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes|
|Fluidity: Spin Cycle||Etrain Mystery Dungeon||LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham|
|Game to play on Halloween||Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Earth||LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins|
|Goosebumps: The Game||Fairune||LAGO Marvel’s Avengers|
|Gunman Clive||Fairune 2||Langrisser re:Incarnation- TENSI-|
|Gotta Protectors||FINAL FANTASY EXPLORES||Lufia: The Legend Returns|
|Gravity Fall- Legend of the Gnome Gemulets||Etrain Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl||Luigi’s Mansion|
|Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters||Excave||MAHJONG CUB3D|
|Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns||Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia||Madden NFL Football|
|Hazumi||Fossil Fighters: Frontier||Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s inside Story+ Bowser Jr’s Journey|
|I am an air traffic controller AIRPORT HERO OSAKA-KIX||Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH||Mario Party Island Tour|
|IRONFALL Invasion||Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D||Mario Party: top 100|
|Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk||Garfield Karts||Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga+ Bowser’s Minions|
|James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes||Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi||Mario’s Picross|
|Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai||Harvest Moon: Skytree Village||Maga Man Legacy Collection|
|Kingdom’s Item Shop||Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley||Mega Man Xtreme 2|
|Kokuga||I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii||Metroid|
|Kutar End Credits||Ice Station Z||Metroid II- Return of Samus|
|Kutar Tube rider||Ikachan||Metroid Prime: Federation Force|
|LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY||Infinite Dunamis||Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball Demo|
|Legna Tactica||Justice Chronicles||Mighty Final Fight|
|Let’s Golf! 3D||Kersploosh!||Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate|
|MIGHTY GUNVOLT||Kirby: Triple Deluxe||Moon Chronicles|
|Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move||Kirby’s Blowout Blast||New Super Mario Bros. 2|
|Mercenaries||LEGO Jurassic World||Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth|
|Metroid: Samus Returns||LEGO Legend of Chima: Laval’s Journey||Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Dual Destinies|
|Night Sky||LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin||Pilotwings Resort|
|Nano Assault||LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Pokémon Alpha Sapphire|
|Nano Assault EX||Little Battlers Experience||Pokémon bank|
|Noitu Love: Devolution||Mario& Luigi: Dreams Team||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity|
|Of Mice and Sand||Mario& Luigi: Paper Jam||Pokémon Omega Ruby|
|Operation COBRA||Mario Kart 7||Pokémon Dream Rader|
|PAC-MAN & Galage Dimension||Mario Party Star Rush||Pokémon Sun|
|PICROSS e5||Mario Sport Superstar||Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 3D|
|PICROSS e7||Mighty Final Fight||Pokémon Ultra Moon|
|PICROSS e8||Mighty Switch Force!||Pokémon Ultra sun|
|PIX3D||Mighty Switch Force! 2||Pokémon X|
|Parascientific Escape- Gear Detective||Miitopia||Pokémon Y|
|Parascientific Escape- Crossing at the Farthest Horizon||Miitopia: Casting Call||Pokémon Yellow Version ( English Version )|
|Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas||Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge||Puzzle & Dragons Z+ Super Mario Bros. Edition|
|Petit Novel serious- Harvest December||Monster Hunter Stories||RAYMAN 3D|
|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- spirit of Justice||Mutant Mudd’s||Rabbids Travel time 3D|
|Picdun 2: Witch’s Cures||Need for Speed: The run||Resident Evil Revelations|
|Pinball of Fame: The Williams Collection||PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventure||River City: Tokyo Rumble|
|Ping Pong Trick Shot||PICROSS e||Rusty s Real Deal Baseball|
|Pokémon Art Academy||Nintendo Video||Rytmik Ultimate|
|Pokémon Picross||MAC-MAN||STORY OF SEASONS|
|Pokémon Yellow Version ( Spanish Version )||Picross 3D Round 2||Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse|
|Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World||Pikmin Short Movies 3D||Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove|
|Pyramids||Pocket Pop Plus||Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers|
|RAYMAN ORIGINS||Pocket Card Jockey||Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed|
|RPG Market Fes||Pokémon Blue Version||Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice|
|RPG Maker Player||Pokémon Blue version( Spanish Version)||Sonic Generations|
|Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology||Pokémon Crystal( English Version)||Super Mario 3D Land|
|Retro City Rampage: DX||Pokémon Gold Version ( English Version )||Super Mario. 3|
|River City : King of Justice||Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo||Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS|
|SKYPEACE||Pokémon Red Version ( English Version )||Super Mario World|
|Scibblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure||Pokémon rumble Blast||Super Smash Bros: For Nintendo 3DS|
|Shift DX||Pokémon Red Version ( Spanish Version )||THE “ DENPA” MEN They came the way|
|SWORDS & DARKNESS||Pokémon Shuffle||The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth|
|Saban’s Power Rangers Super Mega force||Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon||The Legends of Legacy|
|Sadame||Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask||The Legends of Zelda|
|Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker||Professor Layton VS Phoenix wright: Ace Attorney||The Legends of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds|
|Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux||Pushmo||The LEGO Movie video game|
|Slice It!||Quell Memento||The Legends of Zelda: Link’s Awaking DX|
|Smash Controller||Returns to PopoloCrois : A STORY OF SEASON Fairytale||The legends of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Rainbow Snake||The Sims 3|
|Steel Diver: Sub Wars||Rodea the Sky Soldier||Tamodachi Life|
|SpongeBob squigglepants||Rainbow Packet||URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE 2|
|Steam World Dig||Rune Factory 4||Wario land II|
|Steam World Dig 2||Rhythm Heaven Megamix||YO-KAI WATCH 3|
|Super Destronaut 3D||Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure||Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3|
|Symphony of Eternity||SUMURIA WORRIORS: Chronicle||Wario Ware Gold|
|TAKKEN 3D Prime Edition||SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson||Xenoblade Chronicles 3D|
|THEATRHYHM FINAL FANTASY||STORY OF SEASON: Trio of towns||YO-KIA WATCH 2: Bony Spirits|
|The Alliance Alive||Scibblenauts Unlimited||YO-KIA WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls|
|The Battle Cats POP!||Saban’s Power Rangers Mega force||YO-KIA WATCH BLASTERS: White God Squad|
|The Legend of Dark Witch||Shin Megami Tensei IV||Yoshi’s New Land|
|Titan Attacks!||Shin Megami tensei IV : Apocalypse||Zelda II- the Adventure of Link|
|YO-KAI WATCH BLASTER: Red Cat Corps||Smile BASIC||Nintendogs+ cats: French Bulldog|
|Sonic Lost World|
|Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble|
|Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last reward||SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition|
|Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma||Spider-Man: Edge of time|
|Style Savvy: Fashion forward|
|Star Fox 64 3D|
|Style Savvy: Styling Star|
|Style Savvy: Trendsetters|
|Sudoku by Nikoli|
|Sushi Striker: The way of Sushido|
|Super Mario Land|
|Super Mario Ball 3D|
|THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL|
|Team Kirby Clash Deluxe|
|The legend of Dark Watch|
|The Legend of Dark Watch 3 Wisdom and Lunacy|
|The Legends of Zelda: Majora’s 3D|
|The Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of times 3D|
|WEAPON SHOP de OMIASSE|
|YO-KIA WATCH 2: Psychic Specters|
|Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last reward|
Some pros and cons will be discussed which will clear your confusions more about Citra 3DS emulator.
Pros and Cons of Citra
|All New Nintendo 3DS games are compatible with Citra||Decryption of 3DS ROMs are required|
|Multiple users can play from anywhere|
|Quality of resolution is great, that can adjust up to 720P|
|Citra can run all homebrew games and many commercial games|
Emulators for PC
There are many emulators other than Citra but have not been updated or improved for a long time. Therefore they may not play 3DS ROMs in better way as Citra does. Bugs and issues may slow the game play and may cause to crash too.
- Citra 3DS Emulator.
- R4 3DS Emulate
Emulators for Android
Emulation is evolving day by day hopefully some day perfect emulation will be developed. There are some emulators today that work for android bu not perfectly. Before going to emulate 3DS ROMs on your smartphone keep in mind that:
- Due to bugs and glitches perfect emulation is not possible yet on smartphones and PC.
- Configure your smartphone for the emulator accordingly for best gaming experience.
- Use decrypted ROMS for emulation or your purchased ROMs.
- Drastic DS emulator.
- NDS for droid.
- Ultimate x3DSx gold.
- Ase DS (NDS.Emu).
- Retro Arch.
Yes, emulators are safe and free to download, as soon as they are downloaded from legit websites. There are some viruses and scams too, in the name of emulators. Just download the verified emulators and their games to enjoy a good experience of gaming. Sharing original 3DS ROMs is illegal, because they are encrypted. So that they can play by the owner who purchased them. However emulators are not illegal, they can be downloaded and played on your PC or Smartphone. Yes, CIA Files can be played on 3DS with CFW installed on it. CIA files are digital copies of 3DS ROMs. While 3DS ROMs are encrypted they can be played using flashcarts such as SKY3DS, Gateway etc. No, R4 card plays only NDS games, it can’t play 3DS ROMs. NDS file is compatible for R4. Download ROMS from your favorite site and copy all necessary files from your computer into SD card. Then put this SD card into your 3DS and put the files in Homebrew folder. Of course, 3DS ROMs do exist. Yes, take off your SD card from 3DS; inject it into your computer. Drag and drop the 3DS ROM that you want to put on card or copy paste it. Eject you SD card from computer. Now your ROM is on your SD card. Download decrypted 3DS ROMs for your android by choosing right emulator on ziperto. Originally, 3DS ROMs are in encrypted form, they need to be decrypted so as to run using emulators. Decryption is done using a 3DS on original 3DS ROMs. Firmwares are needed to produce XORpads. Then XOR operation is applied to the produced XORpad on a PC to get a decrypted ROM. There are many websites which offer you to download 3DS ROMS free. Before downloading 3DS ROMs, keep in mind that: Choose 3DS games according to your console and emulator which will work on your system perfectly. There sites will help you to with that:
Yes, emulators are safe and free to download, as soon as they are downloaded from legit websites. There are some viruses and scams too, in the name of emulators. Just download the verified emulators and their games to enjoy a good experience of gaming.
Sharing original 3DS ROMs is illegal, because they are encrypted. So that they can play by the owner who purchased them. However emulators are not illegal, they can be downloaded and played on your PC or Smartphone.
Yes, CIA Files can be played on 3DS with CFW installed on it. CIA files are digital copies of 3DS ROMs. While 3DS ROMs are encrypted they can be played using flashcarts such as SKY3DS, Gateway etc.
No, R4 card plays only NDS games, it can’t play 3DS ROMs. NDS file is compatible for R4.
Download ROMS from your favorite site and copy all necessary files from your computer into SD card. Then put this SD card into your 3DS and put the files in Homebrew folder.
Of course, 3DS ROMs do exist.
Yes, take off your SD card from 3DS; inject it into your computer. Drag and drop the 3DS ROM that you want to put on card or copy paste it. Eject you SD card from computer. Now your ROM is on your SD card.
Download decrypted 3DS ROMs for your android by choosing right emulator on ziperto.
Originally, 3DS ROMs are in encrypted form, they need to be decrypted so as to run using emulators. Decryption is done using a 3DS on original 3DS ROMs. Firmwares are needed to produce XORpads. Then XOR operation is applied to the produced XORpad on a PC to get a decrypted ROM.
There are many websites which offer you to download 3DS ROMS free. Before downloading 3DS ROMs, keep in mind that:
Choose 3DS games according to your console and emulator which will work on your system perfectly. There sites will help you to with that: