Nintendo DS Hacking Wiki
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So, you want to dump your DS game so you can hack it? Good! This article will show you how!

What you need:

  • A Nintendo DS and a game to dump. (Duh!)
  • A Flash cart or some other way to run homebrew on your DS (including WiFiMe)
  • One of the following:
    • A Slot 2 device (including Supercard, Max Media Player, and GBA Movie Player)
    • A wireless router your DS can connect to (slower)

If you are going the Slot-2 route, follow these instructions:

(These instructions are somewhat incomplete.)
  • Download "NDS Backup Tool Slot 2".
  • Download a DLDI patcher as well as the correct DLDI file for your Slot-2 card.
  • Patch the tool with the DLDI patcher and the correct DLDI file.
  • Run the program on your DS with the Slot-2 device inserted. If an error occurs, you likely patched the tool wrong.
  • You can safely remove your Slot-1 card (if any) and insert the DS game you wish to dump.
  • Follow the instructions in the program to dump your DS game. You can also dump your save data.

If you are going the wireless router route, follow these instructions:

(These instructions are very incomplete.)
0. If you haven't yet, configure the Wi-fi settings on your DS. With a DSi, you can do it in the Settings menu. With an original DS or DS Lite, you have to use any Wi-fi enabled DS game to edit the settings.
  • Download "NDS Backup Tool Wi-Fi".
  • Edit the INI file. (Will have to read up on this and fix this)
  • Run the tool.
  • You can safely remove your Slot-1 card (if any) and insert the DS game you wish to dump.
  • Use an FTP client (such as FileZilla) to connect to your Nintendo DS.
  • Follow the instructions in the program to dump your DS game. You can also dump your save data.
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