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Developer(s) Ahezard, shutterbug2000, and RocketRobz
Repository Contributors
Latest version 0.43.2
Active Yes
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Type Launcher
Programmed in C++,C
License GNU GPLv3
Source code GitHub

nds-bootstrap is an open-source application that allows Nintendo DS/DSi ROMs and homebrew to be launched natively rather than purely emulation. It works on the Nintendo DSi/3DS through CFW and on Nintendo DS through flashcarts.


nds-bootstrap supports most DS ROMs with pretty high compatibility (see the compatibility list), however it's still not perfect and at the moment does not support DSiWare/DSi ROMs. It does offer some feature like cheat support and overclocking the CPU for faster loading times (doesn't work on all games). It also supports many homebrew applications, including games like DSCraft. There's also a version for flashcarts called "B4DS" (bootstrap for DS) that only supports some DS ROMs, but can increase compatibility by inserting a DS Memory Expansion Pak.


Technically a frontend isn't required as nds-bootstrap uses an ini file to load its parameters, however it is recommended.

TWiLight Menu++

TWiLight Menu++ is the main frontend for nds-bootstrap developed by RocketRobz. It has 5 customizable themes to choose from (the DSi Menu, the 3DS Home Menu, SEGA Saturn menu, the R4 kernel, and the Acekard theme, based on the AKAIO firmware) and includes a number of Anti-Piracy patches.

NDS Forwarder

Only for the 3DS, basically makes it so the game can be launched through the HOME menu instead of navigating through TWiLight Menu. If you experience issues then switch over to TWiLight Menu.