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Pokemon DS Rom Hacks

Pokemon rom hacking has truly gone extra miles these days. Although most rom hacks are on the Game Boy Advance, more and more rom hackers are taking a new step by creating amazing Pokemon DS Rom Hacks.

As compared to Pokemon rom hacks created for Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Color, Nintendo DS games are spectacular with its futuristic features and decent looking design making it more appealing to users to play either on a desktop or mobile devices.

Quick Facts

Even though DS emulators are widely available for desktop and mobile devices, Pokemon DS games are way more difficult and complicated to modify. Exact the same situation with Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo switch games. This explains why there are only a few of these Pokemon Nintendo DS ROM hacks are available.

Pokemon NDS ROM Hacks
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How to Play Pokemon Nintendo DS ROM Hacks
If you have experienced playing Pokemon GBA ROM hacks there’s almost nothing has changed, but only the emulator and the method for patching the rom hack to your Pokemon DS base game. For Windows users, we recommend using DeSmuME, for Mac OS users you may use OpenEmu, for iOS there’s iNDS, and lastly for Android users, DraStic DS Emulator is what we highly recommend for you.

With the growing popularity of DS rom hacking, we have collected all good Pokemon DS Rom hack games that you can play on your computer or mobile phones.

Note: No need for a wi-fi connection to play any of these games.

Pokemon Nintendo DS ROM Hacks List

wdt_ID Hack Name ROM Base Download

Patching DS ROM Hacks

Patching a Pokemon Nintendo DS rom hack is relatively straightforward. Usually, the game author attaches a “read me” instructions file with the rom hack patch file and instructions on how to play the game. You can also find tutorials on YouTube on how to patch a DS rom hack.

Note: You can’t patch a DS rom hack on Mobile devices, you need a computer to achieve the patching process.

The application called Xdelta is commonly used for patching NDS rom hacks. When patching DS rom hacks, you need three kinds of files; the original Pokemon DS ROM file, rom hack patch file and lastly a rom patcher app.


There aren’t many Pokemon DS rom hacks up to this time. That’s because of development difficulties that holding back from creating a good ds rom hack. But the above list games are worth to try.

What’s your thoughts about Pokemon DS rom hacking? Comment below and let’s talk about this topic.

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  1. Hello, I keep getting a “DataTables warning: table id=table_1 – Invalid JSON response. For more information about this error, please see http://datatables.net/tn/1

    This makes me unable to view the lists provided in the article, therefore I am unable to actually view any of the romhacks that you have listed here. Any advice or solutions would be appreciated

    • Hi there Bobert, thanks for the heads up. However, I believe we already fixed the problem. Here are the couple of things to do for you to fix the problem. First, try clearing your browser’s cache. But if still not working, try switching to another browser. Hope this helps and please let me know if these solutions works out for you.

  2. before you waste your time with the nds light platinum. it is not even close to being finished and was abandoned. some 3-5 hours into the game i figured this out.

    • Sorry Hersh but we don’t share pre patched files here. Sharing such files could lead to piracy and copyright issue. You can find them from other websites but not here, thank you for understanding.

  3. You actually can patch ds Roms on mobile at least on Android with an app called rom patcher
    (App no longer available in App store)

    • This app has potential, I haven’t tried using it yet I see a quite good amount of positive reviews. I’m gonna look into this android app.

  4. For me, the Pokemon games are the best games ever created for NDS Console. I play them a lot and at this moment I’m playing the Pokemon – Platinum Version. There are more games that I found interesting to play on the list published in the article.

  5. Moon Silver and Sun Gold are based on StormSilver and SacredGold respectively, which have some interesting adds to the base story and some changes in type matchups. In average, very Good Hacks. I don’t like what they did to Sceptile in Sp. Atk tough…

  6. The light platinum NDS version doesn’t show up in my Drastic, and I paid for the full version….. yet I can find the file on MyBoy emulator? What gives?

    • Since you are using android, you need to use a files app like the native file explorer or ES to move the rom’s file location, basically just cutting and pasting it into your Drastic folder.

      • It should show up no matter what directory or location the rom hack is, or maybe that’s just because im using a different phone or drastic ds version… or something like that.

  7. could you please make a gen 4 type pokemon emerald?
    i kinda miss playing pokemon emerald.
    and i havent played omega ruby or saphire..

    thank you,

    i had played all your games and they’re really good.


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