12 Best Nintendo 3DS Emulator for Android and PC 2020

Today we are sharing a list of the Best Nintendo 3DS Emulator, Are you a fan of Nintendo 3ds games? But unfortunately, you don't have a console to play their games. If your answer is YES. So don't worry. Now you don't need to spend hundreds of extra balls to buy the Nintendo 3DS system to play their games. Because in this article, you will know the best Nintendo 3ds emulator for PC, Mac, and Android to play 3ds games for free.
An emulator is a type of software that clones the operating system of other devices and makes it capable of running it on different systems like Windows, Mac, Android, etc.
With an emulator, you can run Android games on your PC, etc. After installing one of the best Nintendo 3ds emulators from the list below. Then you will have full control over Nintendo 3DS games and be able to play them on your Android, PC, Mac, etc. So let's get started.

8 best Nintendo 3ds emulator for PC, Mac

1. R4 3DS emulator

Best Nintendo 3DS Emulator
R4 3DS emulator is specially developed for game developers to test their games on PC. So they don't need to use the DS console. But R4 3DS can also be used to play games on PC. The main CON of this emulator is that you cannot play newer games. But it works great for old games. Maybe they can fix this in the next version of the R4 3DS emulator.
NB Did you hear anything else R4 3DS about Nintendo 3DS? Yes, I'm talking about the R4 3DS card . Indeed, it is a cartridge cloned from the authentic one but allows you to enjoy Nintendo games for free. While an R4 3DS card is not free, it generally costs less than € 20 and more, we can only find it on the net, since this type of product is absolutely prohibited by Big N.

2.  TronDS

TronDS is not a very popular 3ds emulator. Because it hasn't been updated for a long time. It was developed in 2014 and the last update was in 2015 (Ver1.0.0.5). It is coded in C # language. It is not a better 3ds emulator due to its instability. And you can't play all Nintendo 3ds games except Homebrew.

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3. 3DMOO

3DMOO is an open-source program developed by an Experience DS developer. It is suitable for Windows and Linux. Unfortunately, it is not available for download now. But you can find it here on GithubDue to some bugs, the program crashes frequently.

4. NeonDS

NeonDS is a 3ds emulator for PC which is available for free download on SoftonicIt works well in some commercial games. It's light software which means it doesn't need too much space. The current version of this 3ds emulator is (0.2.1) and it was last updated in 2011. It also contains bugs due to not updating. But it works well on Windows XP and Vista.

5. No $ GBA

No $ GBA was free software but now on the last update in July 2017. You have to pay a few dollars of around $ 2.5 to use this Nintendo 3ds emulator. Which is very cheap in my opinion. It is a Nintendo DS / Game Boy Advance emulator for PC. This is one of the best 3ds emulators because of its latest updates. The developers are still working on it.

6. DeSmuME

DeSmuME is a free Nintendo 3ds emulator for PC. You can run commercial and valuable games on it. Its latest version was (0.9.11) released on April 15, 2015. It is very easy to use and the developers have also put the manual on their official website. They also have a forum where you can ask questions and post bugs.

7. iDeaS

iDeaS is one of the best 3ds emulators for PC. You can play commercial games, including Super Mario and Pokemon Diamond. It also supports dual-screen processing. You can download it for free here.

8. Citra 3Ds Emulator

Citra 3Ds is one of the best Nintendo 3ds emulators for PC, Mac, and LinuxIt is an open-source program. Highly recommend. It is the most popular and easiest to use emulator available on the market. This emulator has few bugs and is very stable. The developers of this Nintendo 3ds emulator are working hard to improve it further. Thanks to their hard work, it is one of the best 3ds emulators for PC, Mac, and LinuxYou must have 64 bits to make it work smoothly. It also requires OpenGL version 3.3 or higher.

Eidt : Citra 3DS emulator is now available on Android cell phones!

  • Citra APK to download here 

Best Nintendo 3DS emulators for Android

In fact, there are not many satisfactory emulators available on the market. Because it is still in the development phase. But do not worry. Here I have compiled the best list for Android too. So we continue:

1. Ultimate x3DSx Gold

x3DSx is an easy to use Android 3ds emulator. This works on almost all Android devices and is available for free to download from Playstore. It also supports the emulation of cable connection at a good speed. It works almost all the games without any interruptions. In addition, it does not need BIOS files. You can also create shortcuts of your favorite game to launch it quickly and use external devices to play games such as external keyboards, etc.

2. nds4droid

nds4droid is an open-source program. It is a Nintendo 3DS emulator that is available to download for free on Playstore. However, it's a bit slow but the developers are working on it to improve its performance. This Android 3ds emulator supports 7z, rar and NDS files. Unlike other emulators, it does not violate any GPL.

3. AseDS

AseDS is a free Nintendo 3ds emulator that you can download directly from Playstore. It has some great features like the dual touch screen interface. You can also save the game and load it at any time without the hassle of losing it. You can also connect wireless devices to it. There are many more options like custom buttons, image skip, flicker reductions, etc.

4. DraStic DS emulator

DraStic is fast and easy to use the Nintendo 3ds emulator for Android. However, it is not free software, you must purchase it from Google Play to use it. Its price is $ 5, which is very cheap. DraStic includes many decent functions like a cheat code database, it can also sync your game data to your online Google Drive storage, and it also supports additional controllers NVidia Shield and Xperia Play, etc... They also provide support.

5. NDS Boy!

NDS Boy! is also a better 3ds emulator that is available in a free and paid version on Playstore. The main CON of the NDS Boy! is that it only works on Android phones with 2 GB ram or higher and versions 4.0+. It also contains some good options like fast backup, quick charge, and autosave, etc. It only supports .nds, .zip, .7z, .rar files. You just need to have a good Android device with higher specifications to use this 3ds Android emulator.

6. RetroArch

RetroArch is an open-source program and available for free to download. This Nintendo 3ds emulator is a bit confusing to use. Because it has a lot of built-in options which makes it a bit confusing for novices. It has some good features like scanning files, directories and adding to the game collection, you can also view the database information of any game in the collection, etc. RetroArch also has a cheat database for games. It has no usage restrictions. They also provide support in many languages.

Edit : RetroArch software is now available on Nintendo Switch, you will be able to enjoy retro gaming thanks to this and also Switch games downloaded thanks to SX Pro linker.

  • You can download RetroArch Switch beta here and stable versions here.


As you know there are hundreds of Nintendo 3ds emulator for PC, Android, etc. but not all of them are worthy. However, you can choose one of the above emulators from the list to use. The fact is that there has not been developed a perfect Nintendo 3ds emulator for PC or Android, all of them have problems. The only ultimate solution, in my opinion, is the 3DS linker, in order to enjoy all 3DS games for free. It makes more 3DS games work with better gameplay performance. But beware, a 3DS linker cracks Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, New 3DS, New 2DS XL consoles instead of PC, Android. If you have a Nintendo 3DS series console, it's best to get a decent 3DS linker. 
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12 Best Nintendo 3DS Emulator for Android and PC 2020 12 Best Nintendo 3DS Emulator for Android and PC 2020 Reviewed by Yasser fa on January 04, 2020 Rating: 5
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