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Nintendo DS Emulators & Homebrew

Post by Antares » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:50 pm

A long time ago (I think it was in one of the first issues after the restart) there was an excellent article about Emulators and Homebrew for the Game Boy Advance and how to make them work on an actual GBA. I bought a GBA Supercard SD after that and it got me into this whole thing.
It would be great if you could make a similar article about the Nintendo DS in the near future!

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Post by Bub&Bob » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:12 pm

But isn't all of that stuff available on the web? What info could the mag provide that google cant?
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Post by CraigGrannell » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:42 pm

FWIW, I have pitched an Emulation Nation for NDS a couple of times, but there's bugger-all interest from the PTBs, I'm afraid.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:48 am

There is a big thread around here somewhere that does cover the subject at length, as this is where I found out what I needed and what some of the best games and emus are.
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Post by GarryG » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:44 am

Bub&Bob wrote:But isn't all of that stuff available on the web? What info could the mag provide that google cant?
Can't see the problem with stuff being available on the web!?

Not all (or even much) readers will neceseraly be actively looking for this type of stuff on the web, and a lot may not know of it's existence.

Remember not everybody is as web-literate as most of this forums members ;)

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Post by CraigGrannell » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:35 am

Also, no everyone keeps track of the latests developments in the scene. Even on NDS homebrew boards, people were pretty shocked to find that there's actually a second C64 emulator for DS in development (although it's not been released yet), and that a Neo-Geo emulator not only exists but works almost flawlessly.
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Post by merman » Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:00 am

Here's the thread about DS homebrew:

http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2795

Here's a link with some of the best:

http://defaced.co.uk/best-ds-homebrew/
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Post by Antares » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:17 pm

Bub&Bob wrote:But isn't all of that stuff available on the web? What info could the mag provide that google cant?
It's not that easy to find information. If you google for Nintendo DS emulators all you get are dozens of pages with DS emulators for Windows.

merman wrote:Here's the thread about DS homebrew:

http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2795

Here's a link with some of the best:

http://defaced.co.uk/best-ds-homebrew/
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Post by Bub&Bob » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:22 am

Fair point. I find these really useful - Got everything i ever needed to know from here.

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Post by machoman » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:44 pm

man PSP homebrew much better in my opinion
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:11 pm

machoman wrote:man PSP homebrew much better in my opinion
Depends what you want. PSP does some things better due to the availability of more horsepower, but for computer emulation the DS touch screen is far, far easier to use as a keyboard than navigating with stick or dpad on PSP. As a general rule I'll use my PSP for C64, Mega Drive and Atari ST, but the DS Spectrum emulation is hard to beat.
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Post by TheDude18 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:25 am

Im looking to buy a PSP or DS. Whats the easiest one to use as regards to emulation? I thought it would be the PSP due to the memory stick thing
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Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:05 am

Easiest is the DS, since you don't have to flash a custom firmware to the machine.

As said earlier, PSP might be a better choice depending on what you want to emulate though.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:08 am

DS as it doesn't need any messing around, just buy the flash cart and it works.

DS is a less powerful system, but for some things (e.g. 8-bit computer emulation) its better as the touch screen can be used for a keyboard which much improves ease of use.

PSP is a beefier machine so handles stuff like MegaDrive and Atari ST better, but requires constant messing about upgrading custom firmwares if you want to play commercial games on disc too - Sony keep updating to lock out homebrew. Once configured its no harder than DS, but getting there is a little fiddly.

DS wins for ease of use in the short term - flash cards operate just like memory stick for PSP.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:49 am

My experience with DS emulation:

Adventure titles: innovative gesture-based input system, but annoying.
Arcade: don't bother
Amstrad CPC: very good—minor compatibility/sound issues
Atari 2600: too slow to bother with
Atari ST: too slow to bother with
Atari 800XL: too slow to bother with
C64: borderline—somewhat sluggish and slightly iffy compatibility
ColecoVision: near perfect
Game Boy color: very good, with some compatibility issues
Game Boy mono: near perfect
Master System/GG: minor shortcomings with accuracy, otherwise very good
Mega Drive: very good—when it works—and improving
NES: very good
Neo-Geo: near perfect
SNES: varies between near perfect and nothing, depending on compatibility/speed issues
ZX Spectrum: pretty much perfect
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