Nintendo DS Emulator for Mac

Oct 5, 2009 - 18 Comments

nintendo ds emulator mac DeSmuME is the best Nintendo DS Emulator for Mac OS X that I have found, it’s pretty full featured with save states, touchscreen emulation, movie creation, and more. My only complaint is the layout of the emulator being vertical, which is true to the DS, but it makes playing games sort of obnoxious particularly when you increase the screen size. If they enabled side-by-side screens for this DS emulator so I could play it fullscreen, I’d be even more enthralled with an already good app. If you’re looking for a Nintendo DS Emulator for your Mac, look no further.

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  1. Made you look says:

    you never read the name

  2. Danny Boy says:

    Its free. It does what it says it will do: it plays DS games.

    that being said, it does what it says pretty slow. i tried SoulSilver and the ensuing lag was so harsh it crashed the emulator. based on the comments above it’s apparently the emulator’s fault.

    this isn’t a complaint, per say, rather a warning to anyone who plans to play something that might have anything mediocre or above graphics.

  3. Rent says:

    Oh and DeSmuME still can’t load ROMs from .zip files?? Lame!

  4. Rent says:

    It’s 2013 now and DeSMuME (0.9.8) seems to work fine.

    My MacBook 13″ screen is still too small for a full 2x vertical layout; I wish the emulator let us detach the windows and put them side by side or even slightly overlaying each other.

  5. pancho says:

    using this to play pokemon soulsilver, any lag it gives me fine considering that the wineskin wrapped nocash can’t run it without using action replay.

  6. Arkitrax says:

    This isn’t the best nds mac emulator; someone made a wineskin wrapper on No$GBA, which is far more advanced than DeSMuMe. The ONLY advantage with DeSMuMe is that it can support wifi with some additional work, but it is so slow that you might as well buy a ds. No$GBA does have some errors, but it can run DS games at 200% speed, while DeSMuMe struggles to run games at 20% speed.

  7. Rumplestiltskin says:

    I have problems as well when I click the top screen by mistake, I play the New Super Mario Brothers on it but the only thing I don’t like is how slow the game runs. On the other hand its free, easy to use and of course free so when it comes to free I take what I can get. I would like to see someone make a better DS emulator for the Mac but for now this will do. :)

  8. Tegan says:

    If Desmume is the best nds emulator available for mac, then I’m afraid to see the others available on the net. I get the feeling that I might be flamed for voicing my opinion here, but this emulator truly is terrible. It locks up before I can even get to the home menu, most of the time. And after that, it refuses to close. I’ve never had problems running anything with my computer, this is the first to caus them, and it’s a damn emulator. I highly doubt that these problems are due to my Macintosh… Well, looks like I have to either scope the net for an alternative or actually get around to buying the game I want. The only reason I’d downloaded an emulator was to use a wacom with the particular game…

  9. Sleepy Shelby says:

    To Matt Dawson,

    There is a difference between being “too cheap” and not having enough money to buy a DS and the game. Some things have priority like food and bills.

    As far as I’ve seen, Desmume is quite glitchy. It freezes a bunch (primarily when trying to navigate the top menu) and I’ve played pokemon platinum and diamond but both are painfully slow.

  10. Matt Dawson says:

    Although this may be the best ds emulator for mac, it still leavs alot more to be desired than just the inablity to go fullscreen. For instance it is very processor hungry and will chew up alot of your ram. It also the games played in this emulator will have a tandacy to freez while playing, and also it doesn’t do a good job of processing graphics to well either. With that said though, if your to cheap to go out and buy an actual ds and the game you’ve gotten more than you deserve.

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