How to play Nintendo DS (nds) games on Miyoo Mini?

Many people are looking for how to play nds on Miyoo Mini, which is unbelievably true thanks to the hard work of Steward-Fu and many other Onion devs. He found out a way to overclock CPU on Miyoo Mini, greatly enhance the performance of the most popular retro handheld emulator at the moment. As a result, we can play some nds games on the Miyoo Mini and Miyoo Mini Plus. So, let’s find out how to play Nintendo DS games on Miyoo Mini.

Make sure to read my Miyoo Mini Onion guide before using the system.

What we need

How to play nds games on Miyoo Mini?

  • You must make sure you follow my guide of overclocking CPU on Miyoo Mini, and there is a NDS folder inside Roms
  • Put Nintendo DS games (.nds) into this folder
  • Create a Imgs folder inside NDS folder, then put box arts for NDS. Follow this guide on how to make box art in Miyoo Mini
  • Insert SD card back to Miyoo Mini, go to Games and press SELECT, choose Refresh all roms
  • Open your game with drastic

Miyoo Mini DS games’ global shortcuts

Button combinationAction
L2Activate stylus cursor for touchscreen. Use D-Pad to move the cursor (don’t need to hold L2), and press A to confirm
R2Switch screens
START + SELECTResize and arrange the screen

Other global shortcuts follow my Miyoo Mini Onion guide, because drastic is only an emulator inside the custom firmware Onion.

Miyoo Mini NDS compatibility list

At the moment, our beloved Onion community is filling the NDS compatibility list for Miyoo Mini, which you can participate here. There is also a far longer list of compatibility made by reddit user alexlumper, and I really want to thank him again for his awesome effort.

I also have tried a few titles of Nintendo DS games that I owned, and here are my thoughts:

1, Pokemon White

The number one title that everyone wants to play, Pokemon White has a good intro’s performance at default overclock (1600 MHz). Latest DraStic version really nails it, and I think you can fully enjoy the game at the moment.

2, Assassin’s Creed Altaïr’s Chronicles

Being a game that doesn’t need dual-screen to play, Assassin’s Creed Altaïr’s Chronicles has a quite smooth gameplay, but loading new maps can cause crashes. I played this game at default overclock (1600 MHz).

3, Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart DS is quite playable at default overclock, especially when you’re ready to prioritize performance over sound. I heard that it will be played at full speed if you consider overclocking to 1900 MHz.

That’s it, if you have any other questions, please find it in my Miyoo Tutorial.