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How to Play Free Mario&Emulate Games on Your 3DS or NEW 3DS in 2017?

Does the Super Mario Run recall your good memory to play Mario game in the past? Will you like to have more Mario games to play and for free? Here, if you own one DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS console, downloading and playing Multiple Free Mario games on them is not a problem. Let me tell you All the 3 Methods in the article-(R4)flashcard, Homebrew and CFW.

Play Super Mario Run on DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS?

Super Mario Run now is the Mario game only for IOS users, you can play it on your Iphone, Ipad and Itouch machines. But you can not play this games on other operating system, included the Android. So do not waste time. You can not hack your DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS console to play Super Mario Run, and you have no reason to do this too. Because for DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS consoles, there are many Mario games you can choose to play. I will show you them one by one at the following.

Play Mario games on DS consoles

Mario DS Games Top 3 Mario games for DS
  • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
  • DK Jungle Climber (2007)
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (2009)
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005)
  • Mario Hoops: 3-on-3 (2006)
  • Mario Kart DS (2005)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem (2010)
  • New Super Mario Bros. DS (2006)
  • Super Mario 64 DS (2004)
  • Super Princess Peach (2005)
  • Yoshi’s Island DS (2006)
  • Yoshi’s Touch & Go (2005)
  • WarioWare D.I.Y. (2009)
  • WarioWare: Snapped! (2008)
  • WarioWare Touched (2004)
  • Mario Party DS (2007)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2008)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009)
  • Wario: Master of Disguise (2007)

It is very simple to play Multiple Free Mario games on the DS handheld systems, we can download and play All mario games on DS, DSI, DSL and DS lite with any firmware version with R4 or R4 3DS card. They are supporting the free downloaded DS roms or DS game backups on the DS series machines. Currently, they are working on DSI v1.4.5 to all the lower versions.

Use R4 card or R4 3DS to play Mario games on DS is easy and safe. All you need is a Microsd or sdhc card, an usb card reader and PC with internet. Format micro sd card to fat32, download R4 firmware and ds roms to the root of sd/sdhc card, insert the R4/R4 3DS to DS slot. Then, power on the console, you can play Mario games for free, no need for buying any Mario ds game cartridge. Which means you can save 100 dollars because each ds game card you should pay for at least 5 dollars, but only One R4 card costs less than 20$ supports you to play the Whole Mario series on DS devices.

Which R4 card should be recommended for DS? This is your best choice for both 2016 and 2017 years-R4i sdhc 3ds rts. Moreover, the R4 card lets you play Mario ds games on 3DS, NEW 3DS and 2DS handhelds too.

Play Mario games on 3DS and New 3DS

Many Mario has been released for Nintendo 3DS too. How you can play them together on 3DS and NEW 3DS consoles? The flashcard you need is not the R4/R4I 3DS. But the 3ds flash card Sky3ds+. This card supports you play Mario 3ds games on 3DS series machines, while R4/R4I 3DS card is compatible with Mario ds games.

On the other hand, Sky3ds+ or Sky3ds plus are much liking the R4 card in some degree. It is also super simple to install and use on Nintendo 3DS, we call this drug&play. Sky3ds+ card users just have to prepare Microsd, usb card reader and PC with Internet too, then download Sky3ds+ firmware from, 3ds roms from, unzip the file with WinRAR or 7zip tool, copy and paste the firmware.bin/.3ds roms to the root of sd/sdhc cartridge. The last step, put Microsd card to Sky3ds+, insert them to 3DS, NEW 3DS or 2DS consoles. Now, it is your time to play All Mario 3ds games safely and freely!

Why I recommend Sky3ds+ not the retail 3DS Card for playing Mario 3ds games? Same reason, Sky3ds+ is the multi-3ds rom supported card, so you pay for one 3ds flash card but play All Mario and other 3DS games withitn it. So why not choose a cheaper way to play games on 3DS, considering this method is been used by many 3ds game players. As a wise 3ds game fan, you should not miss it too.

Mario 3DS Games Top 3 Mario games for 3DS
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
  • Mario Kart 7 (2011)
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2012)
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012)
  • Mario Tennis Open (2012)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour (2013)
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (2015)
  • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition (2015)
  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (2015)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2016)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)
  • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016)
  • Mario Party Star Rush (2016)

Play other Mario games on DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS

Certainly, Mario game will not only be released to DS or 3DS vesion, as a Big Game Series. On the DS, 3DS or NEW 3DS consoles, can we play other Mario games, such as the games for Arcade, NES, GB, SNES, GBC, GBA, DSI and so on. The answer should be Yes with R4 or R4 3DS flashcard. Why? Because R4 card or R4 3DS supports homebrew emulator on DS, 3DS and NEW 3DS machines.

R4 card already homebrews your DS and 3DS. What you need to do is just finding proper emulator to use online and download them into the R4. So it can let you play Multi-type Mario games on old DS and new 3DS handheld systems. All these homebrew emulators are Free – so they won’t cost you a single dollar to download and play. Here, I will how you some working game emulators for R4 card or R4 3DS, if you want to know all, just send e-mail to [email protected] We will reply you in e-mail in details.


NES Emulator for R4 card to play Mario games

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NesDS has been updated. An amazing NES Emulator for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSI (and XL) as well as the Nintendo 3DS. With your R4 3DS you’ll be able to get down and play all of your favorite retro and classic games with ease.  Huge enhancements for compatibility as well as much better speed on many of the games.Don’t miss out on your chance to relive the games of yesterday.


Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator for R4 card to play Mario games

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The latest Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS.  All ready for your retro gaming pleasure on the R4 3DS card.  GameYob, the open source Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator now at Beta Version 0.5  Please make sure that this emulator is still in Beta, but because it is open source it is a work in progress that has the support of the open source community. 


SNES Emulator for R4 card to play Mario games

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The R4 3DS offers up a whole world of classic gaming, and with the SNEmuleDS emulator, you can play Mario SNES Games and other tiltes on your Nintendo DS, 3DS, 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS. Installation is a piece of thing, if you want to know the step by step guide, tell us here, we will writing you a complete Tutorial with the R4 card you have.


GBA Emulator for R4 card to play Mario games

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The R4 3DS offers up a whole world of classic gaming, and with the NDSGBA emulator, you can play Mario GBA Games and other tiltes on your Nintendo DS, 3DS, 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS. Installation is a piece of thing, if you want to know the step by step guide, tell us here, we will writing you a complete Tutorial with the R4 card you have.

How to Hack or Emulate games on 3DS and NEW 3DS?

Want to hack or emulate other games not Mario on DS, 3DS or New 3DS machines, for example the Pokemon and Zelda series. Yes, you can do that with or without flashcard. In the 2017, according to the firmware version of your Nintendo DS/3DS/NEW 3DS console, you can choose 3 different ways to Hack or Emulate other games on them.

The most Easiest Method-Buy a Flashcard in 2017


In the new year 2017, choose a flashcard to hack or emulate free games to play on DS/3DS is the easiest and 100% safe choice. They are delveoped very well for years and have already been widely-used in different countries. If you see one of your friends plays many many games within one cartridge, I can tell you, he or she must use the popular R4 or 3DS card on his console. Currently, these flashcards are be recommended for playing Free DS/3DS/GBA/SNES games in 2017.

  • R4I 3DS RTS: Supports DS GAMES on V1.0 to V11.2.
  • DSTWO+: Supports DS/GBA/SNES/NES GAMES on V1.0 to V11.2.
  • SKY3DS+: Supports 3DS GAMES on V1.0 to V11.2.
  • GATEWAY 3DS: Supports 3DS GAMES on V4.1 to V9.2.

The totally Free Method-Homebrew 3DS/N3DS in 2017

In the year 2017, you can emulate games to play on 3DS/N3DS/2DS consoles with free method, that is Homebrewing your console. This way is not difficult, without many limits and totally free. But homebrew your 2DS/3DS/NEW 3DS console, you can not play any DS or 3DS games.

What is homebrew ?

Homebrew is a popular term used for “homemade” applications that are created and executed on a closed video game console by developers and consumers. The Homebrew Launcher for 3DS is an application that manages the homebrew applications and keeps the apps organized in a central place. It allows you to run homebrew games, tools like regionfree, save editing and backup, and emulators for various older systems.

With Homebrew access, you can:

  1. Play many out of region game cards with Region free Launcher or HANS
  2. Customize your HOME Menu with custom themes and badges
  3. Use “ROM hacks” for games that you own and take gameplay screenshots with HANS
  4. Backup, edit, and restore saves for many games
  5. Play games for older systems with various emulators, using RetroArch or other standalone emulators. (Works best with a New Nintendo 3DS)
  6. Continue being able to use Nintendo eShop and online gameplay without updating to the latest system version

There are also various exploits in commercial games to get homebrew running. They can be divided into primary homebrew esploits and secondary homebrew esploits.

  • Primary exploits do not require extra exploits or hardware to use. The only two things needed are the system and the game/exploit.
  • Secondary exploits can only be set up using a system with Homebrew access (including the same one), or extra hardware like Powersaves or a save device.

List of Current Working 3DS HOmebrew Exploits in 2017

Primary Exploits Secondary Exploits
Browserhax: (V2.1 to V11.0)

If your 3DS is on a compatible version, you can use the stock web browser to get homebrew running! Head over to yellows8’s browserhax page and follow instructions there.

Ninjhax: (Support 3DS V11.2)

If you own a copy of Cubic Ninja 3DS app follow instructions on the official ninjhax website

Freakyhax: (Support 3DS V11.2)

If you own a copy of Freakyforms Deluxe, please head over to plutoo’s freakyhax website and follow the instructions there.

BASICsploit:If you own a copy of Smile Basic, please head over to either mrnbayoh’s basicsploit website (currently supports only USA) or plutoo’s smilehax website (supports JPN and USA) and follow instructions there.

Smashhax::If you own Super Smash Bros, a New 3DS, some compatible wifi hardware and aren’t afraid of going under the hood, then you can head over to yellows8’s smashbroshax webpage and follow instructions there.

Note: This is currently the least convenient method of running homebrew.

Menuhax: (V2.1 to V11.0)If your 3DS is on a compatible version, you can use home menu itself as a permanent entrypoint to get homebrew running.OOThax: (Support 3DS V11.2)Ocarina of Time:If you own a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS, you can install oot3dhax. This can either be done in two ways:

  • Using another exploit to run the oot3dhax installer. The installer is included in the starter kit below.
  • Writing a raw savegame image to your gamecard. For this method you can find more information on yellows8’s repository.

Stickerhax: (Support 3DS V11.2)

If you own a copy of Paper Mario: Sticker Star, head over to yellows8’s stickerhax website and follow instructions there..

SuperMysteryChunkhax:If you own a copy of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, you can install ShinyQuagsire’s supermysterychunkhax.

Note: initial installation for this can only be done if you or one of your friends already has access to homebrew.

How to homebrew 3DS/NEW 3DS/2DS with free method?

The whole installation is simple, you can do after following the instruction by the writer of the hax. Choose each homebrew exploit for your 3DS console, it should be based on your firmware version. We have one example 3ds homebrew user guide for you here.

The powerful but complex Method-Install CFW on 3DS in 2017

What is 3DS CFW?

A CFW is also called “Custom Firmware”. It is a modified Firmware for your Device that uses the Official Firmware as a base. It allows you to use applications that aren’t allowed by the producer (Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft). 3DS Custom Firmware (“CFW”) enables you to use more advanced hacks that userland homebrew can’t easily do. For instance, signature patches let you install unsigned titles such as .CIA that appear right on your HOME Menu.

CFW can be easily set up on any console that is on 9.2.0-20 or lower. Other versions can be downgraded, most for free or with just an exploit game. But the downgrade is not an easy thing to do, especially for you the newbies.

With using Custom Firmware, you can use everything listed above, in addition to:

  • Install homebrew titles to your system, and have them appear on your HOME Menu
  • Dump your game cards to a format you can install, and play them without needing the card
  • New 3DS only: stream live gameplay to your PC wirelessly with NTR CFW
  • Play all games from any region easily, including ones Region free Launcher/HANS can’t run
  • Run many old Nintendo DS flash carts that were blocked long ago or never worked on Nintendo 3DS
  • Run custom firmware safely and reliably from boot with arm9loaderhax
  • Safely update to the latest system version without fear of losing access to homebrew

 List of Current Working 3DS CFW in 2017

Title NH2 A9LH O3DS N3DS Emu Description
CakesFW Patches can be individually enabled
Corbenik Advanced CFW inspired from CakesFW. Mainly intended for developers.
Cosmo3DS Stripped-down version of AuReiNAND that only loads FIRM and emuNAND.
Luma3DS Fork of ReiNand with updated sysNAND and dual emuNAND support
NTR CFW Installed as CIA, launched from home menu in SysNAND and/or CFW. Extendable via plugins. Does not support CIA installation. Has support for streaming the 3DS’s screen to PC over wireless on New 3DS.
Palantine CFW
Pasta CFW Temporarily patches signature checks on sysNAND. Primarily used to dual install AGB and TWL CIAs for users with an EmuNand.
Perfect Bricking Tool CFW Mod of Palantine CFW
ReiNand Popular CFW originally for New 3DS, now supports Old 3DS aswell.
rxTools (rxMode) EmuNAND and SysNAND support. Features a built-in tool menu
SaltFW Slim Alternate FW. Fork of Luma3DS with reduced features to make it more lightweight.
  • A9LH = Bootable via arm9loaderhax
  • O3DS = Works on the old 3DS
  • N3DS = Works on the new 3DS
  • Emu = Supports EmuNAND (boots/installs to EmuNAND)

How to install 3DS CFW on 2DS/3DS/NEW 3DS consoles with all firmwares?

Like I said above, compared with using flashcard or homebrew exploit, install CFW on 2ds or 3ds or new 3ds console is rather complicated. If you still feel interested, there is a Full 3DS CFW guide you can not miss And it supports you to play .CIA not 3DS games, too.

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