Retropie is currently running at startup, works fine at both docked and handheld (as long as you don't let the switch change resolutions as that can mess it up). It works fine with sleep mode too (it doesn't choke to death thankfully). I've put Moonlight game streaming on 'ports' and it also launches and runs fine from retropie. RetroPie Switch In Action. RetroPie Switch In Action. Skip navigation Sign in. Nintendo Pi Switch? Portable Raspberry Pi 3 Ghetto Pi Boy V2 5 Inch Screen - Duration: 5:02.

The Nintendo DS is a handheld video game console that was released by Nintendo in 2004. The DS stands for Dual Screen.

EmulatorRom FolderExtensionBIOSController Config
DraSticnds.nds .zipnds_bios_arm7.bin (optional), nds_bios_arm9.bin (optional), nds_firmware.bin (optional)/opt/retropie/configs/nds/drastic/config/drastic.cfg
lr-desmumends.nds .zipbios7.bin (optional), bios9.bin (optional), firmware.bin (optional)/opt/retropie/configs/nds/retroarch.cfg
lr-desmume-2015nds.nds .bin .zipbios7.bin (optional), bios9.bin (optional), firmware.bin (optional)/opt/retropie/configs/nds/retroarch.cfg

Emulator: DraStic

Note that while DraStic may run very well, it is currently experimental beta software. Any games that use the microphone will only create noise and will not use a real microphone, Also any games in 'bookmode' (e.g Brain Training) will always play rotated at 90 degrees and cannot be rotated in Drastic.


The default installation of DraStic includes simulated BIOS files that will work in most cases. Actual BIOS files (listed above) can be added to


Accepted File Extensions: .nds .zip

Place your DS ROMs in


DraStic Controls

Add custom controls using the DraStic GUI (by pressing RIGHT ANALOG RIGHT or DOWN ANALOG RIGHT (in some case) or 'm' key on the keybord), or by editing

Emulator: lr-desmume and lr-desmume2015

Note that lr-desmume is very experimental and lags quite a bit even with an overclocked RPI 2/3.


lr-desmume/lr-desmume2015 can optionally load and use the NDS BIOS/Firmware files: bios7.bin, bios9.bin and firmware.bin.

Place the files in

firmware.bin (NDS Firmware)145eaef5bd3037cbc247c213bb3da1b3
bios7.bin (ARM7 BIOS)df692a80a5b1bc90728bc3dfc76cd948
bios9.bin (ARM9 BIOS)a392174eb3e572fed6447e956bde4b25

For the BIOS/Firmware files to be used by the emulator, the core option Use External BIOS/Firmware should be enabled.



Accepted File Extensions: .nds .bin .zip

Retropie On Nintendo Switch

Place your DS ROMs in


lr-desmume(2015) Controls

Switch Pro Controller Retropie

lr-desmume utilises Retroarch configurations

Nintendo Switch Amazon

Add custom retroarch controls to the retroarch.cfg file in

Retropie On Nintendo Switch

For more information on custom RetroArch controls see: RetroArch Configuration

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