The gaming company, Nintendo, has released a lot of portable gaming devices over the years. Their first portable gaming device they’ve released is the Gameboy Series, and then later, it has evolved into what is now called the Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo 3DS is a very good gaming platform because you are presented with two touch screens that serve different purposes, depending on the game you’re playing. This makes it more of a dynamic and fun experience.
Now, the Nintendo 3DS is a fully capable portable gaming machine, and it also has the tech specs that can play awesome games. Here’s a question: do you know that you can also play Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games on the 3DS? The answer to that question is a resounding: YES!
How can you play the said platforms’ games onto the new 3DS, you ask? Simple, through homebrew applications. Homebrew applications are made from third-party manufacturers or some people who have some love for a certain device. In this case, the Nintendo 3DS.
These homebrew applications allow you to use the Nintendo 3DS as a gaming platform to play older games. In order for you to do that, you need to have and do a few things before you can enjoy retro games on the 3DS.
First, you need to have an R4 3DS card. The R4 3DS card allows you to save homebrew applications via an SD card. The R4 3DS card can also store your favorite games. In short, you’ll have everything you need in one portable package.
Next, what you’ll want to do is update your Nintendo 3DS to a custom firmware. Think of a Custom firmware as your device’s operating system. Custom firmwares are required to be installed before you can use any third-party devices, such as the R4 3DS cards. Without installing any custom firmware, the 3DS cannot read the card, and therefore, everything will be all for nothing.
Now, after you’ve installed a custom firmware, you can now use certain exploits in order for you to fully play retro games on the Nintendo 3DS. Some notable exploits come from certain games such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Ironfall: Invasion, to name a few.
Custom firmware isn’t just limited to playing retro games on your Nintendo 3DS. For example, the CakesFW allows you to do various things on your 3DS console. Here are just some of the features you can do with this custom firmware:
- SPIDER 4.x-9.2, MSET 4.x and 6.x and Ninjhax 1/2 support for old 3ds/xl/2ds.
- MSET 4.x and Ninjhax 1/2 support for new 3ds/xl.
- Options to boot to sysNAND (for GBA/DSi) and emuNAND up to 10.2 on old 3ds, or 9.5 on new 3ds.
- Emunand supports redNAND and GW emuNANDs.
- Sig patches
- Patches are contained in “cakes”. The .cake format is a simple format that bundles FIRM patches, and tells the patcher what those patches need to work.