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How to put free 3ds games on 3DS/3DS XL SD card?

Without flashcard or retail game catridge, how could we play 3ds games on sd card? The answers are 3DS hacking software and cia files. In the following paragraph, i will show you the full guide on How to play free 3ds games from 3ds sd card only.

Play 3ds games on sd card via cia files

cia file is the app or game which download from eshop and install into the 3ds sd card. But now you can make any 3ds rom to cia format and install them into the home menu. There are many cia fans who have made many tools and tutorials online for converting .3ds to .cia. So now you can install free 3ds roms into your 3DS SD card. All the games will be shown on the home menu and All you only need is the Gateway 3DS card for one time. No need to buy, just borrow it from others. Here introuce you How to install cia 3ds file via Gateway on 3DS console?

These two tools you must download frist.

  1. BigBlueMenu : cia file installer
  2. SaveDataFiler : the game save data manager.
  3. Copy the cia game ( you can download cia game from the Google or some game forums) to the SD card comming with your 3ds

Step 1:

Unzip the Bigbluemenu file.


You should get these tow file. One 3DS format one cia format. Copy the BigBlueMenu.3ds to your micro sd card which is used on the Gateway red card.

Step 2:

Load into the GW mode.

Step 3:

Click the select and choose the Title manager (it’s the game name of BigBlueMenu ) and open it.


You should open this file


Choose the SDMC. You can find the Game cia file and open it.

Cia gateway

Play free games on sd card via Ninjhax software(3ds homebrew-enabling exploit for 4.0-9.2)

Ninjhax is a piece of software that allows you to run unsigned code on your 3DS. In practice, this means being able to run homebrew applications such as games, tools and emulators! However, because of the copyright problem.You can’t use it to play 3ds games or ds games, it’s not Smealum’s intend.  Ninjhax is very easy to setup up. You only need is the copy of game Cubic Ninja. The steps are below:

    1. Go to the get ninjhax section of this page and enter your console’s firmware version.
2. Hit submit; you should get your very own ninjhax QR code.
3. Download the homebrew starter kit and extract it at the root of your SD card. Alternatively, you may choose to only download The Homebrew Launcher menu executable and place it at the root of your SD card. No matter what, after this step, you should have a file named boot.3dsx placed at the root of your SD card.
4. Make sure your 3DS’s wifi connection is enabled and connected to the internet (this is important!).
5. Start CUBIC NINJA on your console, choose “Create”, then “QR code”, and finally “Scan QR code”.
(You can use the Gateway 3DS or SKY3DS run the CUBIC NINJA rom,so the sky3ds and gateway 3ds users don’t need to 3ds-linker this game)
6. Scan the QR Code. This step might take a couple tries; make sure you fill up as much of your 3DS’s screen with the QR code. If scanning the QR code returns to menu with an error, try a few more times.
7. Follow the on screen instructions. You may choose not to install the exploit to your gamecard’s savedata, though doing so is not recommended.
8. OPTIONAL – once the ninjhax is installed to your gamecard, just go back to the “QR code” menu and it’ll run automatically!
9. OPTIONAL – you can now run homebrew apps on your 3DS! Simply drag and drop application folders into the “3ds/” directory that was created on your SD card by ninjhax


Now you can only play some SNES and other emulators on your 3ds conosle. 

Summary: Both Ninjhax and .CIA files has its limitation on supporting free games for 3DS console, you either use them with certain range of firmware version, certain 3ds/new 3ds/2ds console, or play a certain type of game. In fact, if you not that familiar with 3ds system and the hackings, don’t recommend the two ways for you. Simple R4 3DS card and SKY3DScan support your need to play free DS games and 3DS games. With R4i sdhc 3ds, you can play ds games, gba/snes/nes roms, homebrew game and app, multimedia files. With sky3ds, you can play nearly 100% 3DS Games on NEW 3DS/3DS/2DS consoles with all firmwares and regions. So try the easy and simple way, that’s right for you!

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