Nintendo DS is a seventh-generation handheld game console, released by Nintendo in late 2004 in North America and Japan and a few months later in Europe.

Since its release, the Nintendo DS went on to sell a combined total of over 150 million units worldwide, a number that made it the second best-selling game console of all time, behind only Sony's Playstation 2.

Because of its backward compatibility with the Game Boy Advance cartridges, Nintendo DS became the successor to the legendary Game Boy series.

The DS featured two LCD screens, with one being touchscreen, a built-in microphone and also Wi-Fi support. One of the most interesting features of the Nintendo DS was its ability for multiple DS consoles to connect with each other over a Wi-Fi connection within a short range, without the need to connect to a network.

With close to a billion total copies of Nintendo DS games sold, it would be almost impossible to name all the available titles. I’m sure every DS owner has their personal favourite anyway. Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda (just to name a few), no matter which one was your favourite, in this article we will take a look at the best Nintendo DS emulators for Android currently available, so you can play again all these games on your mobile device.

What is a Nintendo DS emulator?

A DS Emulator is simply an app that allows your Android device to ‘behave’ like a Nintendo DS so you can ‘run’ your games on it. The emulator isn’t a game itself. To play games on an emulator you need to have the ROM files of a game.

What is a ROM?

ROM stands for Read-only memory. Without getting into technicalities, ROM simply is what contains the game data. In order to play a game on an emulator, you need to have the game data aka its ROM.

How to play games on your Android device?

The short answer to this question is, first you need to download the DS emulator of your choice. Once you have installed the app, then you’ll need to have the ROM of the game that you want to play. Launch the emulator app, load the ROM and you are good to go.

Below you’ll find a list of the best Nintendo DS emulators for Android devices. Some are completely free to use, while others come for a price. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it!