How to download NDS game into R4 Revolution?

Posted by exja on November 9, 2007


Do you own a Nintendo DS Lite? How many games do you have? Are you paid for any games?

Let me share how I can have a free game download. How to download NDS game into R4 Revolution?

1. Search for the NDS rom torrent download either in or as your preference.

2. Download NDS rom using bit torrent software. Personally I would preferred Deluge or Azureus.

3. Normally you will download .rar file and each .rar represent one NDS game. It’s depend on the torrent that you have download.

4. Open your Windows Explorer.

5. Right click and extract your .rar file. Make sure your have Winrar, 7Zip or any related software for unzip purpose.

6. Connect your R4 Revolution Micro SD memory card into PC MicroSD connector and connect to your computer USB drive. For example, I have drive H: connected as below:

NDS Disk

7. Copy Nintendo DS game file extension .nds into your Micro SD memory card.


8. Safely remove your Micro SD Memory Card and connect your R4 into Nintendo DS.

9. Turn on your Nintendo DS and choose your new game.

10. Congratulations! You’re done.

Note: Using an illegal game are prohibited and use at your own risk.

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325 Responses to “How to download NDS game into R4 Revolution?”

  1. NOOB on December 27th, 2007 10:02 am

    what do you do if when you open a RAR file, it contains multiple RAR files, and each one contains an .nds file. which one should i use?

  2. Planet Malaysia on December 27th, 2007 4:10 pm

    Normally each “.nds” file represent one single NDS game. Just copy to your into your memory card will do. By then you should be able to see the game name(as .nds) display in your NDS.

  3. Maureen on December 28th, 2007 10:04 pm

    What happen if after we copy the game to the sd card, and after we start the game it says, the saved data could not be read. Please turn off the power and re insert the game.

    This happens to all the games that I downloaded. :(

  4. Planet Malaysia on December 28th, 2007 11:41 pm

    Maureen, I’m not sure. Probably your downloaded files may corrupted.

  5. Boonester on December 29th, 2007 6:46 am

    So if the file I download is already a .nds file then it is ready for transfering onto the DS R4?

  6. dale on December 29th, 2007 7:37 am

    where could i buy an r4 revolution card cheaply as possible.

  7. Planet Malaysia on December 29th, 2007 9:44 am

    Boonester, yes. Just copy over to DS R4.

    Dale,I purchased in one of the shop in Malaysia.

  8. NOOB on December 29th, 2007 11:27 am

    hey im back and no all the different nds files were for the same game so i think the issue has something to do with unzipping volumes.

    i also have the same problem as maureen even though i download several different versions of the games that dont work and instead display the message “saved data could not be read. Please turn off the power and re insert the game.” i think the problem is not with the file itself but with the R4 chip. most of the games that didnt work on the chinese version of the R4 (the one i have) work perfectly on the english version of the R4.

  9. Planet Malaysia on December 30th, 2007 12:23 pm

    If you found an error message during new loading ” Can’t find the SAV for this file. Do you want to create it?”, please select OK(A) to continue. Basically SAV file is your history save game file.

  10. Wirdo on December 30th, 2007 5:53 pm

    Hey! I have problems on unzipping the games i hav download, what software should i use??

  11. Planet Malaysia on December 31st, 2007 5:50 pm
  12. Planet Malaysia on December 31st, 2007 5:51 pm

    Wirdo, I used WINRAR for Windows box.

  13. Maureen on January 2nd, 2008 9:43 am


    I found the answer to why it says saved data could not be read. That means the games are a new games and you need to upgrade your R4 operating systems. You can download the latest version of the operating systems for a website.. ( i just google R4 operationg system.) and then unzip it and save it in your r4 card. when it says data already exist, replace them. Then you have an updated operating system on your r4 card. then the new games will work. :)

  14. Maureen on January 2nd, 2008 9:46 am

    the latest version is 1.14

  15. DarkBalze on January 4th, 2008 11:49 pm

    Refer from NOOB…. Can anybody tell me how can i differentiate between the chineese version of R4 and the one with the english version?

  16. Planet Malaysia on January 6th, 2008 4:41 pm

    Dude, please check How to upgrade R4 Kernel”:

  17. Skywalker on February 1st, 2008 11:25 am

    Keep unzip the rar file until you get xxx.nds file, that’s the file that you need to transfer into your Mircro SD memory card, finally insert your Micro SD memory card into R4 and input it into the nds card slot.

  18. Adi on February 18th, 2008 1:41 am

    I’m Selling Nintendo DS Games, over than 600 titles…
    check it out

  19. HoTDoG on March 27th, 2008 6:02 am

    why are you selling these games Adi lol … as there are over 50 sites that a FREE and have over 2300 titles available lol …

    So no one will buy from you when they can get them free free free free free

  20. Speedo1000 on April 10th, 2008 9:44 am

    when i was done downloading the games i decided to test it out. when i pressed games it had the games i downloaded but the picture was a folder and it said directory on all of the games. i dont know what to do!

  21. MinefieD on April 11th, 2008 12:30 am

    ok mate first of all .. On ur micro SD card you should have

    moonshell (folder)
    _system_ (folder)
    _DS_MENU.DAT (file)
    _DS_MSHL.NDS (file)

    Ok now create a folder Named (Games)

    Now on ur pc all the games you have downloaded either unzip or unrar then put them all into a folder so they look something like

    call of duty 4.nds

    when you have done this to all ur games copy them to ur games folder on ur micro SD.

    start ur DS and select games and you will now see all ur games listed on the upper screen . Scroll down with the Dpad and then press A or tap the game icon to start the game .. there we go .The DS will ask you to create a save file for each game when you first start the game , Select yes and there you go.

  22. Speedo1000 on April 11th, 2008 8:55 am

    thank you soo much MinefieD! but how do you unzip your file?

  23. Speedo1000 on April 11th, 2008 9:01 am

    nvm,i got it. lol. i guess it was easy after all. a took me 3 days.

  24. Speedo1000 on April 11th, 2008 9:07 am

    when you copy your .nds file, do u copy it in your r4 or in the games folder?

  25. lily on June 27th, 2008 3:03 pm

    If I D/L a game that unzips to a folder containing .nds, .diz and .ndo files do I need to put a) the whole folder, b) all three files, or c) just the .nds file on my R4?

  26. lily on June 27th, 2008 3:06 pm

    Sorry about the typo – that should say “.nfo”, not “.ndo”

  27. DarkBalze on June 29th, 2008 8:37 pm

    juz place .nds file will make it fine….
    later, when u run the file a .sav file will be created automatically as ur save file.

  28. TC on July 10th, 2008 3:25 pm

    my ds game always comes up saying save data could not be found. please switch off and re insert the game. what shall i do?

  29. help. on July 16th, 2008 4:41 am

    so how long does this whole process take? i download my games off of mini nova, and it takes HOURS. i just wanna know because i dont want to have to wait that long anymore, and some of the games on my R4 oh yeah, and how do you get the “cheats” on there?

  30. help. on July 16th, 2008 4:42 am

    oh, and what i mean by “cheats” is the button at the bottom where you can click all the codes you want on it.

  31. MinefielD on July 17th, 2008 9:21 pm

    for the problem of games not saving , i would reformat the microsd card after saving ur game of course and then installing the new r4 firmware onto it , i think the firmware is upto 1.18 now . Iv never tried the cheats mate but i will find out for you .

    Post on forums at a few of my mates have just signed upto that, its not busy like but they all start somewhere.

  32. sharmaine on July 18th, 2008 10:52 am

    i just got a R4 but i don’t know what i need to make it work. firstly when i went to the r4 web site. i tried to follow the instructions but the r4 didn’t even come with the cd. i don’t have the _DS_MENU.DAT, _DS_MSHL.NDS and the moonshell folder thingy. currently i am clueless. if anyone is so kind to help me send all Those Necessary stuff to my email: so i can just download all the links you give me to my r4 will make it so much easier.

    PLease Help i am sooo desperate

  33. sharmaine on July 18th, 2008 11:36 am

    i just got a R4 but i don’t know what i need to make it work. firstly when i went to the r4 web site. i tried to follow the instructions but the r4 didn’t even come with the cd. i don’t have the _DS_MENU.DAT, _DS_MSHL.NDS and the moonshell folder thingy. currently i am clueless. if anyone is so kind to help me send all Those Necessary stuff to my email: undefined so i can just download all the links you give me to my r4 will make it so much easier.

    PLease Help i am sooo desperate

  34. sharmaine on July 18th, 2008 11:48 am

    where can i download_DS_MENU.DAT, _DS_MSHL.NDS

  35. lily on July 18th, 2008 9:25 pm

    You can get the necessary stuff to make it work here:

  36. joyce on July 18th, 2008 11:27 pm

    i have all the files needed except the DS_MSHL.NDS file. can anyone just send me that file to my email? because i don’t have the time to bother and find it. my email (

  37. aurora on July 19th, 2008 12:20 pm

    how do you unRAR a file?

  38. lily on July 21st, 2008 7:06 pm

    joyce: you can get it here –

    aurora: RAR is just a compression format – it should decompress when you try to open it, or you may need to use something like stuffit expander.

  39. clairetap69 on July 30th, 2008 3:56 am

    Hi, I have an R4 with a micro SD memory Card which has games on it. If I want to download my own games onto a different memory card what do i need to do?? I have downloaded games thro utorrent and unzipped them with winrar… this correct???? When I copy the game onto new SD card & insert it into DS it says DS menu dat not found. Could someone please help me out with where i get this menu from and how to get it onto sd card. Thx Claire

  40. Joshua Beach on July 30th, 2008 12:09 pm

    I just got my R4 Card. And I go to the webpage for the software and all I get is an error. Does anyone have the software already downloaded that you can just zip and e-mail me? Please say yes and I will get my e-mail address to you. Please help. A desperate artist who wants to get Colors! up and running.

  41. lily on July 30th, 2008 10:23 pm

    Joshua – I’ve put it on megaupload:

    Claire – you need to load the kernel (above) onto the memory card.

  42. Frank Davie on August 17th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Hi Guys,
    My son bought one of the r4 cards from thailand recently and starting his pwn downloading and palying on to the card.No problem exept he decided to delete some games and it would seem some important files we need to boot the games.He now only gets the menu options instead of loading the actual games.Can I download the needed files anywhere and what are there names,extensions.



  43. Frank Davie on August 17th, 2008 8:14 pm

    Hi again guys,
    To elaborate a bit more. I quizzed my boy as to what exactly it was he deleted and by his description it was a little yellow disk wih a triangle inside.He said he clicked on it and it counted to 10 then done nothing else so he assumed it was a useless file,this then caused the failure of the games to boot up in the nintendo lite ds.

    I have downloaded the files as suggested here – kernel4 and moonshell folders,added them to the chip all to no avail. Now when I transfered files from the original chip to another (with games) I needed to have one of the files lying outside of the folder in order to get the machine to boot the games,however I have forgotten what file that was,can anyone perhaps point me in the right direction here.I hope I have explained enough here.



  44. NewToR4 on August 19th, 2008 3:04 pm

    How do you stop the game and play something else? Do you always have to turn it off and back on?

  45. Planet Malaysia on August 19th, 2008 9:55 pm

    yes very stupid NDS

  46. new2r4ds on August 21st, 2008 10:00 pm

    i am new to the R4 ds software and i have read every thing pervious to this message but i am still confused on were to get the games i want for free could anyone help me or point me in the right direction via email or this board. thanks in advance

  47. billy jones on August 23rd, 2008 9:52 am

    when i just got my r4 for my ds i downloaded some games inserted into my ds then turn it on, and it says there is no ds card inserted. PLEASE HELP

  48. lily on August 23rd, 2008 7:30 pm

    The kernels needed to run the R4 can be found here:

  49. mika on August 27th, 2008 3:09 am

    i love these things but whitch site?

  50. GAM on August 30th, 2008 6:01 am

    I’ve done everything instructed above, however when I turn on the DS, it just says “loading” and doesn’t do anything else.

  51. Ruth on August 31st, 2008 8:27 pm

    I’m new to the R4 cards for the ds. some downloads don’t appear to have an NDS file to copy onto the card. they have sfv and rar. how do i get these to work?

  52. new2r4ds on September 2nd, 2008 4:54 am

    can anyone suggest any sites were i can download only the games i want directly not through a torrent

  53. starlight on September 2nd, 2008 11:37 am

    Hi guys,

    I was trying to update the kernel for my lil bro’s r4. I tried using the site for the english kernels… however… i realized that my lil bro’s is a chinese r4. I was wondering, where can i find a chinese kernel or a method to fix it. (I’m fine w/ using a chinese kernel cuz i can read chinese.)


  54. starlight on September 2nd, 2008 11:38 am


    i found a good site today 😛 courtesy of my friends…


  55. starlight on September 2nd, 2008 12:11 pm

    Sorry, I found out how to fix my problem!

    Here’s the link as to what to do:


  56. starlight1 on September 2nd, 2008 12:13 pm

    Sorry, I found out how to fix my problem. It turns out I just needed a patch. All the instructions can be found here:


    I use enjoy!

  57. GAM on September 2nd, 2008 9:40 pm

    can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong…. I’ve done everything that people have mentioned above but only get “LOADING”. No game ever plays from the ones I have downloaded… please HELP! email me at: if you know what I need to do!!!!!!

  58. GAM on September 2nd, 2008 9:42 pm

    try for games

  59. lily on September 2nd, 2008 10:12 pm

    Ruth – a .rar is a compressed file. Use an unzipping program to open it and the .nds file should be in there.

    GAM, if you have the kernels and the nds files loaded, all I can think of is to erase the micro sd then start from scratch – there could be a corrupted file somewhere.

  60. Ruth on September 3rd, 2008 11:48 pm

    Thanks Lily, I’ve downloaded an unzipper and finally figured out how to do it!

  61. new2r4ds on September 4th, 2008 1:11 am

    GAM it could be the games you are getting if you are getting them off of rom-freaks because i have gotten 10 games from there and none of them work yet i can run games from another site i have found

    try some games from here

  62. debbie on September 10th, 2008 10:21 am

    hi, i need some help… i purchased an NDS for my niece and the guy at the shop loaded in games to the R4 card. Problem is when I select a game, there is no option to exit. it goes around in a loop and i need to power off in order to go back to the games listing again. anyone can help me with this? i think its kinda silly to be turning the unit off everytime i want to exit a game. please help!

  63. DarkBlaze on September 10th, 2008 11:56 am

    It is a normal thing. really….
    juz only some cases if the game can enable its ‘soft reset’ function then it is another story.
    so, don’t worry bout that….

  64. henry on September 13th, 2008 8:30 pm

    i want to play my ds game and it say ds menu data can not be found.please i want u people to help me

  65. henry on September 13th, 2008 8:33 pm

    i want to play my ds game and it say ds menu data can not be found.please i want u people to help me.send me the solution.

  66. Steve on September 14th, 2008 6:08 pm

    HELP! – I’ve got an R4 and it’s all working perfectly except it’s not saving game data (I create the saved game files as I’m told to when prompted). Anyone have any ideas what’s going wrong?

  67. new2r4ds on September 15th, 2008 2:55 pm

    hi im having a problem with a few games like carnival games ds when ever i load the game it goes to the language screen i choose a language and it says the ‘saved data cannot be read please turn of the ds and reinsert the cartridge and try again’ i do but it just keeps saying it can some one help

  68. vicky on September 20th, 2008 4:16 pm

    my screen keeps saying loading…when i insert the card

  69. TM on September 20th, 2008 10:21 pm

    i’ve followed the steps for upgrading the kernels (copied .Dat & .nds). however, when i switch on the DS, it says “system is not compatiable”, what’s happening here???

  70. Helena on September 24th, 2008 12:12 am

    I have managed to put all my games onto my ds but am finding that when i want to exit a game, the only way to do this is to power off and then back on, my question is does anyone else find that it takes quite a while for the ds to load???

  71. new2r4ds on September 24th, 2008 4:07 am

    i had that problem before, it is the amount of games you have on ur cartridge. if you remove some it should work fine

  72. maxine on September 24th, 2008 7:13 pm

    i have bought an r4 for my son and have 3 days b4 his birthday to have it working…
    it came without the disc… i have no clue wat to do..please help x

  73. lily on September 24th, 2008 10:44 pm

    Maxine, you need a Micro SD memory card (from the mobile phone section at an electronics/phone store), you need to download the kernels (try and games from a torrent site and put them on the Micro SD card using a USB adapter to plug it into your computer.

  74. tomy_pham on October 2nd, 2008 2:12 pm

    Thanks for ur info, very helpful. good.

  75. Nathan on October 4th, 2008 4:49 pm

    Every time I download a game it’s corrupted.
    What do I do?

  76. lily on October 4th, 2008 5:54 pm

    Nathan, it could be the site you’re using. I’ve heard bad reports about a lot of the NDS D/L sites. Try a torrent site like isohunt.

  77. Nathan on October 5th, 2008 6:56 am

    thanks lily

  78. Nathan on October 5th, 2008 7:54 am

    but my games always worked on the same website till now

  79. Nathan on October 5th, 2008 3:28 pm

    Hey billy jones

    what you have to do is keep on re inserting the R4 until it works

  80. huzzy on October 8th, 2008 4:20 am

    what do u mean by “Copy Nintendo DS game file extension .nds into your Micro SD memory card. “

  81. Norrge on October 14th, 2008 1:29 am

    Can any1 help me. I just bought a new red DS lite console and my old R4 unit with games inserted shows no DS card. R4 games is fine with my old DS lite console.

  82. Carlie on October 18th, 2008 9:20 pm

    Hi i am new i have just purchased a ds and i am wanting to get the disk that has over 2000 games i would like to download it somewhere instead of having to buy it from some where, i have looked everywhere and cannot seem to find it, i would love some help please of a link wherei can download the torrent. Thanks heaps in advance… Carlie

  83. Ronster on October 23rd, 2008 7:08 pm

    so whenever I save its a text document…

    can someone help me..

    How can I turn it back to normal?
    How can I turn it into a .nds file?

  84. Reanne on October 24th, 2008 12:04 am

    i need help T_T
    Im trying to download games from websites. and whenever i downloaded a game and tried to unzip it. It keep says that “unexpected ran of achieve/ file might be unknown or damaged”.. can anyone tell me what should i do? I just got my DS and i dont even have a game T_T
    Please introduce me some cool website for games as well..Thanks=)

  85. bridie-ann on October 24th, 2008 2:16 am

    where can i find free websites to donload games onto my R4 ?

  86. Ronster on October 24th, 2008 3:45 pm

    does it matter if you download a text document and if it does.. how do you change it back to normal?

  87. megann on October 28th, 2008 6:24 pm

    basically, there’s this game i wanna play, whenever i run it, it says ‘cannot run SAV file’ or something like that;
    i’ve got the newest R4 kernel and it still doesn’t run.
    can someone help me ?

  88. Planet Malaysia on October 31st, 2008 7:51 am

    Hi megann, basically SAV file is the game that you have been save. Try delete SAV file and start again.

  89. henry on October 31st, 2008 9:24 pm

    hi megann

    you have a very litte problem,send me some mails with this email i.d.
    so that i can tell you what to do next with your ds.have a nice day

  90. Theo on November 8th, 2008 10:14 pm

    Help please I have downloaded all the softwre and all I get is Loading….Loading….Loading for ever.

    Someone said to delete and try a different version but that has not worked. Can anyone help and send me a link to correct this. Email address is Thanks guys.

  91. Daisydog on November 9th, 2008 6:17 pm

    hi I have downloaded a game for my son onto his new R4 this is all up and running – however I went back to try and download other day onto it and after extracting nds file when I try to copy it over it say ‘ write protected’ can anyone help!! Thanks

  92. Jessica on November 10th, 2008 4:24 pm

    Hi! ive been having the same problem as Theo above. I have just recently bought an R4 and I have downloaded the recent kernell and all i get is loading. It doesnt load and i have tried 3 versions so im not too sure about whats wrong with it if anyone knows can you please post the answer? Thanks

  93. UKboy90 on November 13th, 2008 2:47 am

    yeah i have the same problem as Jessica’s, whenever I put any version of the new R4 updates and all I see is Loading.. I couldn’t even get to the menu.. please someone tell me what to do?

  94. Harry on November 14th, 2008 3:19 am

    Theo, Jessica and UKboy90, you may all have the same problem. What I mean by that is; you may well all have re-badged N5 cards. The N5 are notorious for the problems you are having.
    My best advice is take the card back to where you bought it and get them to exchange it for a true R4.

  95. gill on November 15th, 2008 3:12 am

    hi ive got new r4 card and its driving me mad ive done the operation etc…. when i put it in my ds before even get to game screen it comes up error while loadin please help ive gone through it over and over dont know what am doin wrong.

  96. gill on November 15th, 2008 3:36 am

    hi just clicked onto game i choose and its came up no support adapter please help what hav i done wrong .

  97. Debbie on November 16th, 2008 6:41 am

    I have copied the new version 1.21 on to the sd card for my R4 but it comes up saying loading. I have deleted it and started again with no success. Please help before I lose the plot.

  98. hi on November 18th, 2008 5:14 am

    everytime i try to extract this happens:
    Windows Diagnostic Messages

    ! C:\Users\Chen\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\D508J2B3\2904_Pokemon_Ranger_Shadows_of_Almia_NDS-VENOM[1].zip: Cannot open C:\Users\Chen\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\D508J2B3\2904_Pokemon_Ranger_Shadows_of_Almia_NDS-VENOM[1].zip
    ! The system cannot find the file specified.

    Help PLEASE

  99. gee_maxx on November 20th, 2008 5:52 am

    i ave jus got r4 package with out cd !!!
    wot to do i dunno !!!??
    please assit me wid ur elp

    true londoner


  100. mark on November 23rd, 2008 11:45 pm

    my son has just got a r4 for his nds, i have read all the things been said, but i can not get it to go past loading screen i have got Update English-1.21 if any can help me please many thanks my email is

  101. Fred on November 29th, 2008 1:02 pm
  102. emOliciOus anGeL on December 7th, 2008 1:51 pm

    Hi,Passing by oni^^ i am oni a kid…all you need to do is download WinRar to find tis software try google or any search engine availble…WinRar is for you to UNZIP the .rar files i downloaded a free trail for 40days^^ How to unzipp .rar after downloading WinRar, double cilck on those .rar files they will open in a new windows drag the files inside and drop it on the desktop all where ever u like^^ i downloaded ds games for r4 at here===> all you need to do is register free^^ click the rom saw the ver on top,cilck the arrow that goes up than,see the go to page..cilck the last page for the newest games^^ then choose a game you like than,click details then scoll down u may wan to see the screenshots^^ jus dun click the numbers at there jus make ur mouse on it then you really wan to download,scoll down, than you will see a colum stated download beside it will be something like tis Logged In

    Clean Rom :

    MiHD ( Help )

    MiHD Link (Part 1 / 1)

    there will be two link jus cilck one will do then,you can download^^ hope tis help^^

  103. paula on December 8th, 2008 11:15 pm

    Hi !

    I have purchased an R4 and have downloaded the games onto it but when I use in the DS it comes up with : couldn’t find _ds_menu.dat

    What can I do ??

  104. Planet Malaysia on December 9th, 2008 8:55 am

    Hi Paula, please make sure your R4 card have _ds_menu.dat file, else you may have to download from R4 website or upgrade R4 kernel. Please refer to

  105. liam on December 10th, 2008 2:39 am

    will some 1 plz help me i dont no what i have to do i have got the R4 card and then i dont no what to do from there

  106. Maine on December 12th, 2008 7:49 pm

    hi, i’ve downloaded ds games but when being prompt to create SAV file, games are unable to load. Why is it so?

  107. Planet Malaysia on December 13th, 2008 3:11 pm

    Hi Maine, I have the same issue when I run FIFA 2009. The problem solved after upgrade to latest kernel.

  108. liam on December 13th, 2008 6:15 pm

    does any1 no were you can get cheap R4 cards from plz plz plz thnks

  109. eligah on December 27th, 2008 9:19 pm

    where do u download free nds games for R4?

  110. eligah on December 27th, 2008 9:21 pm

    u canget r4 wif 1gb sd at jusco near bukit indah 3rd floor shop name gamestation

  111. Andy on December 31st, 2008 5:47 am

    Hi, I have or seem to have the most recent version 1.18 but a couple of games have come up with the “saved data could not be read. Please turn off the power and re insert the game.” message. Any suggestions?

  112. Vicoria on January 3rd, 2009 9:18 am

    I downloaded a game but its for some reason in a zipped file.Any help here?

  113. Vicoria on January 3rd, 2009 9:20 am


  114. Andy on January 3rd, 2009 6:30 pm

    Vicoria. I’ve found that you need to open the zipped file and then transfer the game onto the memory card before it will work ok. Hope this helps

  115. Tony on January 6th, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hi all. Does anyone know how to get a game SAV file of the NDS Original Game Card and onto the R4?

  116. JoJo on January 10th, 2009 6:45 pm

    Um..Well I have the .SAV and .NDS files but when i tried the game i downloaded it said ‘Data could not be read…..’

    Help please?

  117. Planet Malaysia on January 12th, 2009 10:30 pm

    Jojo, please make sure you have latest R4 kernel install.

  118. Jennifer Kim on January 15th, 2009 9:16 am


    I just purchased a R4 card, and loaded it up with nds files, but it doesn’t work. I dled a few different NDS files and placed them in folder in the micro SD chip, but when I turn the nintendo DS on, a “loading” sign appears, and nothing else happens. This is the second chip I better work.

    Could anyone tell me what might be wrong?


  119. Ilona on January 17th, 2009 7:45 am

    do you know a site with allready .nds files?
    it would be easier because I don’t understand everything that I’ve got to do…
    I’m not english maybe that’s the problem :p
    please help…


  120. Crystal on January 17th, 2009 5:58 pm

    I followed the directions in installing the kernel with the most updated version. All my games are .nds but once I turn my ds it continues to just say “Loading…”
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  121. soph on January 19th, 2009 7:14 am

    hey all
    i am looking to buy a R4 card for my DS but i need a good website that i can download all my games from. can any 1 help me please??

  122. josh on January 20th, 2009 5:09 pm

    i have already got a heap of ds games and i was wondering how to get them onto my r4

  123. Steven on January 21st, 2009 3:38 am

    Crystal, Jennifer Kim did you fix the problem you had? As im having same issue with “Loading” on screen. Thanks

  124. billy on January 21st, 2009 2:51 pm

    hi every body

    i bought an r4 chip then did all the stuff it told me and it worked fine. then i realised i needed a bigger sd memory card so i got one and did the same stuff but now it just gets stuck on the loading screen

  125. Andy on January 22nd, 2009 1:03 am

    If you see the “loading” on screen could it be that you are an incompatible card? I have seen this happen when I use a MicroSDC card in an R4 SDHC card.

    Josh – Don’t know the answer. Waiting for someone to advise how you can get original DS games (bought ones) onto a R4 card.

  126. Jenny on January 22nd, 2009 1:32 am


    For a R4, what type of micro card do I need? I think I have a MicroSDC card, which I used for a DSTT card I had, but that didn’t work so I got an R4. Can I get the card from like a Best Buy store?

  127. billy on January 22nd, 2009 7:51 am

    sorry to bother you all again but could somebody please give me a list of compatible brands for the micro sd memory chip.

  128. adelle on January 23rd, 2009 4:21 am

    hi can someone please help me i have an n5 and it works perfect have just bought my sons one each and both are stuck on loading please can someone tell me why i cant play on this. how do i formatt as well i ahve no idea many THANKS

  129. LIMA on January 29th, 2009 8:47 am


  130. IrllyNeddssumhelp on February 2nd, 2009 3:55 am

    Okay , heres the thing. How come whenever i start up my ds, then it goes to the three icon things, but the only thing that shows it is !!! then something in chinese!! PLEASE HELPP ( i put i in the new kernal thing…. is that the problem??)

  131. IrllyNeddssumhelp on February 2nd, 2009 5:16 am

    Help plsss !!!!! my other comment is up there!! /\

  132. al on February 2nd, 2009 6:15 am

    can anyone help!?!? my other gAMES on r4 are working fine but wen i get other new games it says data can not be read then it says please turn of your ds something liek that can anyone help??? please! help!

  133. JTD on February 5th, 2009 12:45 am

    Some games were deleted from my R4, the .sav file is still there but the .nds is gone. I’ve read on some sites that i need to copy the .sav file across and it will put the deleted games back onto the menu but i don’t know where i’m to copy from or to. Bit thick i know, please help.

  134. adelle on February 5th, 2009 5:10 pm

    hi all if you have problems with the save file it normaly means the software your using needs up dating try downloading the lastest kernel from thE web site free then RELOAD ALL THE GAMES IT WILL WORK HAPPY PLAYING X

  135. ghetto on February 12th, 2009 4:03 am

    if i start the nds on it says Menu?

    i think it search for menu but it don’t starting…

    Can someone help me?

  136. Benny on February 15th, 2009 12:21 am

    for an easier solution, and the one I use, why not try

  137. thiago on February 16th, 2009 12:55 am


  138. ryan on February 17th, 2009 6:38 pm

    each time i try and copy games on to the mirco ds card it says write protected what do i need to do?
    aswell when i did get a couple of games on to the r4ds i it say saved data accured can some1 help many thanx

  139. mina on February 20th, 2009 1:59 am

    do you need a disc to download games on the r4

  140. circlemaker on March 6th, 2009 11:02 pm

    all the “LOADING” screen problems you are having maybe connected to the fact you are using the wrong kernel. try downloading from
    I wasted a few hours trying to install the official r4 s/w on my 4gb sd card and found this to be the only solution, at time of writing they were up to 1.53 kernel. Hope that helps some of you out.

  141. daniel on March 13th, 2009 4:26 pm

    i got my r4 at Trash and Treasure market in Melbourne

  142. Steffen on March 15th, 2009 11:04 pm

    To all who had the same problem as I with

    “LOADING” for a long time.

    Solution: remember to format the micro SD before you use it.
    Right click on the memorycard icon in ‘my computer’ and choose ‘format’.
    Afterwards you instal the Kernel files, and files you want to use (games etc.)
    Then the problem is solved.

  143. linda on March 23rd, 2009 12:37 am


    i bought a NDS lite this week.
    i want to download free games,
    i just got one question,
    do i need to adjust / convert my ds,
    or can i just use the games right away?

  144. iu luunoiuoiuio on March 25th, 2009 2:26 am

    i downkoaded the new kernal but it still says …save file cannot be found…
    wht do i do

  145. Hatblob on March 25th, 2009 4:49 am

    U need to unrar th game files. Just get winrar and then go into ur downloads on my documents right clikc the game file and click on extract files then select a place and there you go, just drag and drop the file to ur micro sd.

  146. Galen on March 25th, 2009 4:41 pm

    Hi.Im having the same problem as many of you guys are.the previous games i downloaded were working perfectly but recently,the games i download are not working.when i boot it,it says save data could not be found please restart your ds something like that.PLEASE HELP.i need to solve this quick!!

  147. Chuythorns on March 26th, 2009 5:54 pm

    ok i downloaded the newest kernel rar. but i dont know where in the files to put in PLEASE HELP. doo i put it in moonshel or in tt menu or do i remove moonshel and leave the file in that folder????????

  148. Chuythorns on March 26th, 2009 6:02 pm

    also where can i get the sofware i put on the computer my r4 didnt come with a cd

  149. Chuythorns on March 27th, 2009 12:38 pm

    so i un rared the newest kernel and i still cant use my new games I NEED HELP PLEEEEASE

  150. circlemaker on March 29th, 2009 4:53 am

    linda – you need to get a card called an R4 (or there are others) and micro sd card from ebay, do a search for it and go from there.
    chuythorns – go to the r4 website and depending on which card you have (may mean experimenting and seeing which kernal works) and download the software, my r4 did not like the r4 sites download and came up with the “loading” screen. if this happens go to and get the download from there.

  151. Chuythorns on March 30th, 2009 1:59 am


    ive been triying to update my r4 fo weeks and i am about to give up plus i havent had a single response from any one here. i desided to delete everithing and i was wondering if someone could shuts send me all the files in their r4. if someone replies i can give my email

  152. Chuythorns on March 30th, 2009 2:06 am

    oyea for anione ho dosnt know where to get games you should go to its free and its in spanisch but you have to sign up

    also please respond to my other comments

  153. Andy on March 30th, 2009 4:34 am

    Chuythorns – you’re not having much luck getting a response I can see. I found much the same but only have one small unresolved issue.

    I can send you the files (from the R4 disc if that would help).

    Let me know

  154. diane on March 30th, 2009 7:36 pm

    Could any1 tell me where to get free ds games for download,, ive tried a few and they seem to be deleted ,, so now i need new site … PLEASE HELP!!!! THANKS XXX

  155. Galen on April 5th, 2009 3:29 pm

    diane:you could try

  156. Chuythorns on April 5th, 2009 11:58 pm

    YEEEEEEEEEEES THANK YOU ANDY is my e-mail but i havent been able to give or reseave any messages lately

  157. Chuythorns on April 6th, 2009 12:00 am

    oh sorry i took so long im not so good at this i forgot the name of this site

  158. Chuythorns on April 6th, 2009 2:05 am

    sorri its

  159. Chuythorns on April 6th, 2009 2:48 am

    never mind my email dosnt seem to work

    can you shust tell me were u got the upgrade

  160. Andy on April 7th, 2009 3:35 am

    Chuythorns – difficulty emailing through the files. Try this link
    V1.18 is the latest one I have and works ok. Simply download drop and drag the files onto the SD card and you should be ready to go. Fingers crossed.

  161. Chuythorns on April 8th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Andy-SD card i have tt card i dont think they work the same ive hadd a kernel 1.19 it s=didnt work for my card .


  162. megan on April 12th, 2009 1:47 am

    how do you work this thing

  163. nobody2know on April 16th, 2009 7:04 am

    would it work without a memory card?

  164. michelle on April 20th, 2009 10:10 pm

    i already do it all but when i extract it it come a folde thingy with a sfv file and no nds file

  165. thelma on April 27th, 2009 3:24 am

    when putting r4 card into nds games that were loaded onto memory card nothing showing can you help

  166. jordy on April 28th, 2009 4:48 am

    can u do this without the usb stick because my r4 didnt come with one nor the disk

  167. kalea on May 1st, 2009 1:40 am

    hi jus got a new R4 but just carnt seem to get games on it!
    ive tried everything, i have a free download manager and everytime i put games on to the R4 an put it in the DS it jus says COULD NOT FIND DS MENU DATA?????? wat do i do?? xx

  168. colin on May 3rd, 2009 5:36 am

    What happen if the R4 is write-protected an you cant copy. Tell me the directions to remove the write-protected.Thanks.

  169. fddd on May 13th, 2009 12:05 am

    can u tell me or giv me a website wer i can buy this thing please i really need badly

  170. w4te on May 14th, 2009 12:28 am

    From where to download ds_menu.dat、 _ds_mshl.nds

  171. simon on May 23rd, 2009 1:12 am

    hi iv down loaded a game to my r4, but when placed into ds it just say’s loading and nothing happens. can anyone help me please

  172. R4 expert on June 2nd, 2009 2:04 am

    go to for free downloads (quick)

  173. Gemma on June 12th, 2009 1:52 am

    Please help – i have downloaded all the correct files and unzipped the games to nds files and i have transferred one over to the R4 SDHC card, but when in nintendo it just says ‘menu?’, does any please know what to do?


  174. stefan on June 12th, 2009 9:28 pm

    hi i put some nds games on the microsd card and i am unable to play them am i doing any thing wrong? it works when i put it on my sisters but not on the one i have

  175. r4 on June 12th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Do you think it will work without a memory card?

  176. simon on June 13th, 2009 12:58 am

    hi to all iv brought the super ds one card for my ds lite, i found it better than the r4. with the super ds one card you get a free mircosd card reader and writer plus a disc which there is software what help you to download game which will work.

  177. sean on June 13th, 2009 5:19 pm

    Hi. I have some .nds files (games). I have loaded them on to my micro sd..inserted that into my lovely R4 which in turn goes into my DS lite. I get “couldn’t fine_DS_menu.dat” when I fire up the DS. Could some please point me in the right direction as to what to do next?. Appreciate it.

  178. Sam on July 1st, 2009 5:01 am

    Hiya, I have the same problem as Sean above me. I have tried all the firmwares (I think) but every time I try to load the cartridge in the ds it comes up couldn’t find menu-dat. Please help as I have ordered this for someone else and I am not sure if I have a faulty cartridge or not. Thanks much appreciated.

  179. carol on July 10th, 2009 12:13 am

    I have managed to do everything everyone is saying but when I put R4 in my ds nothing…. says there is no DS card inserted anyone please!!!

  180. Eddie on July 15th, 2009 4:50 am

    how do i download the games onto the chip ?????

  181. simon on July 16th, 2009 5:41 am

    forget the r4, sell it or bin it. you need to buy a ds one card it come with software you need

  182. alin on July 18th, 2009 2:27 pm

    i did not understand japan but iwant english how to do that

  183. JimB on July 22nd, 2009 10:22 am

    Make sure to load the operating system in system folder or you will get can not find menu-dat.

  184. jane on August 1st, 2009 2:25 am

    my R4 card was working perfectly until silly me decided to put the micro card in my phone, since then i have been unable to access the games it keeps saying an error has been detected. the “moonshi folder” has disappeared (how do i get this back)can any1 help me please

  185. az on August 1st, 2009 6:04 am

    what site do you need to go to to download games???

  186. unknown on August 10th, 2009 6:22 am

    i cant play my r4, it says ?menu when i turn it on

  187. james on August 13th, 2009 6:49 pm


    i was just wounderin wats the best website to get the games off??????

  188. henry on August 15th, 2009 2:22 am

    dude go to

    can someone tell me how 2 downlaod a r4 dat file or syestem file?

  189. james on August 15th, 2009 8:40 pm


  190. faz on August 18th, 2009 8:29 am

    Does it matter if I rename the files before I put them on the SD card (which will go into the r4 card)? Will that affect loading the game onto the NDS?

  191. angel ani on August 22nd, 2009 8:51 pm

    hey can anyone tell me best place to download ra games as sites ive used before have closed down

  192. untet on August 27th, 2009 1:14 am

    faz-it doesnt matter if u rename it,just make sure it end wit .nds extention

    go to and go to r4 section for your r4ds file and for best n new download go to it help u all :)

  193. untet on August 27th, 2009 1:33 am

    in my opinion if ur nds in loading and cant boot ,probably the firmware is corrupt or yur microsd is broken ,try using new micro sd ,and clean format it,and make sure if u got the original r4ds and not clone ,it only support 2 gig and not compatible sdhc micro sd

    you can also go

    it have many firmware for ur r4ds ,make sure u get the correct one .hope it help u all :)

  194. Alfee on September 3rd, 2009 10:25 pm

    I cant seem to drag games into my micro sd!
    There are no files inside but they say the memory is full, may i know why is this happening?

  195. aHouse on September 5th, 2009 1:10 am

    hey i lost the cd that came with my r4. anyone have a suggestion? tried searchin for the files i need through various torrent engines. anyway anyone can send me the needed files or point me where i can possibly download them??

  196. untet on September 22nd, 2009 5:25 pm

    maybe ur microsd is corrupt ,try format it using this utility ,the sd formatter


    i am using this for my r4

    download and extract it to the root dir of your microsd

  197. untet on September 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm

    format ur microsd first with this utility

    then use
    r4 ver 1.22. downlaod it and unzip in ur root microsd.

  198. kookly on September 25th, 2009 4:19 pm

    when i downloaded the games into the r4, but when i insert my r4 card into my DS,it keeps on loading.what’s going on?

  199. untet on October 2nd, 2009 12:07 pm

    kookly- i encounter this problem recently ,and for my problem the microsd is dead/rosak .try using 2 gb micro sd not the hc one coz its not supported by r4ds

    format ur microsd first with this utility

    then use
    r4 ver 1.22. download it and unzip in ur root microsd.

    hope it help

  200. kenneth on October 9th, 2009 10:01 am

    do u need winrar?

  201. untet on October 12th, 2009 5:07 pm

    any unzipping utility will do.mine using free alzip.try search it in internet.

    btw if anyone got the cheap r4i sdhc .try using this instead coz the r4ds firmware not work on this card.btw make sure to download the correct firmware according the boxart

  202. Beth Smith on October 25th, 2009 3:34 am

    Have just bought R4 cards for the children and although I have the files needed to play some of the games the newer games wont play. Could anyone tell me where I can download the latest files so my children can play all of their games.

    Many thanks in advance

  203. untet on November 1st, 2009 1:20 am

    dear beth ,if u r using the original r4ds,u r out of luck, buy the newer card instead such the cheap r4i sdhc ,my old r4ds cant work with the game like gta chinatown but it work on r4i sdhc ,its the same rom btw. i try using the ysmenu and such but its the same,so i buy r4i sdhc,mabe it have the dma good luck- p/s -im not working for r4i sdhc ,u can also use acekard or dstt that support sdhc memory :)( i think so)

  204. sharon on November 9th, 2009 4:54 am

    i have just got a r4 for my daughter and a friend as manages to mess it up she has lost all her games on it and the mintendo ds lite is not saying its there and when i go on y comp there is 3 crupt files on there but i cant get them of so can you please help me to sort it out please thx

  205. sharon on November 9th, 2009 4:56 am

    oh all so can you help me with what sight to go on to download free games for the ds lite please i have lost the one i used and cant remember the name of it
    thx sharon

  206. untet on November 16th, 2009 8:50 am

    go to need to register but free :)

  207. colter on November 25th, 2009 3:46 pm

    While I switch on nds, it keep loading and loading.. how can i solve it?

  208. untet on November 25th, 2009 10:04 pm

    dear colter
    maybe ur card is corrupt ,try the step i mention before in the board :)

  209. samy on November 27th, 2009 11:36 am

    wen i put my ds in the slot it says loading for ages,i dont know wat to do.

  210. Fernando on November 30th, 2009 1:02 am

    I have an R4.

    In general, it works fine. But I have a problem with some games. It is that every time I load them, they create again the savegame file, so that I am not able to save games in practice. I mean, it seems they are saved, but next time I run again, the file is re-created, so I lose all the info.

    Any idea?

  211. steve on December 12th, 2009 3:33 am

    hi just wondering if anybody knows how to copy from one r4 to another, keeping original r4 in tact?

  212. Bob on December 13th, 2009 9:27 am

    After I download my games(.rar files), extract them, and then put then on my r4, its says untitled when I try to play it. The screen turns black when I try to play it. Any ideas?

  213. untet on December 18th, 2009 2:54 pm

    -samy, try update the firmware if it support the game.

    -fernando ,what type of r4 u have? the clone one usually does dat…try formatting ur microsd ,prolly it corrupt , b4 dat try safe ur file in pc first hehe

    -steve , u just copy all teh file and transfer it in the new microsd ,btw make sure teh r4 cartridge is the same coz the clone save it diffrently

    -bob ,is it with .nds ending ? .if teh game aka 2009 and above prolly u need to update ur firmware

  214. danpee2002 on December 23rd, 2009 3:11 am

    hie , i have just bought an r4i upgrade v1.4 card , tried to download all the game kernels but still saying ‘savfile not found ,please reset the system’. i have tried reseting the nds lite but alas no joy still the same message. i can access all the games downloaded but can’t download. please help? thanx Enos

  215. Becky on December 24th, 2009 8:33 am

    Hi I have just got an r4 and downloaded and copied all the files of v 1.18 kernel-problem is when I turn on the ds the r4 logo comes up and when i touch on games it comes up with ‘an error was detected when trying to access disc or file…..’ Any ideas? I’ve spent hours on this and what to give my kids it for christmas!

  216. lee on December 24th, 2009 6:01 pm

    what is the latest operating system for r4 card as im getting save data could not be accessed on some games but some are working fine? any help would be great

  217. Katie on December 28th, 2009 7:46 am

    I downloaded a game on my r4, but I can’t play it on my r4, I need to change it to an nds file right now its a sav file. Any ideas how I can do that?

  218. julie on December 28th, 2009 8:18 am

    hi i bought tt chips for my kids ds but was thinking of getting th r4 set i have 3 kids will th r4 work with the ttadapter or do i need to buy 3 r4 cards please help…..i have 3 sd cards but when i buy r4 set you only get one adapter what should i do

  219. Evi on December 29th, 2009 2:53 pm

    i just bought the R4 revolution for fs card a few days ago… my “PC MicroSD connector” seems to be broken/computers not picking it up.. is there a way around having to use it?

  220. r4 on December 31st, 2009 2:55 am

    I love the R4, great price and features !

  221. GG on December 31st, 2009 6:13 am

    My R4 won’t pick up a document! I drag it into games then eject the USB and it doesn’t come up when I try to play it!!

  222. Seig on January 2nd, 2010 4:31 am

    Hey, I’m having major issues with my R4 card. I have been playing games on it for a couple of months, and all of a sudden it doesn’t want to load anymore. I try to format the card but it says “The disk is write protected” can anyone help? :/

  223. untet on January 3rd, 2010 2:31 pm

    hello y’all . as far that i know some new game cannot save properly coz of the pirate protection such as gta n kingdom heart ,try downloading new cheat file and enable the fix savegame cheat .hope it help .n go to romulation for any game with save fix

    becky – there are tonne of r4 clone ,try other kernel . go to gbatemp for this issue

    seig- sadly ur microsdcard is broken,try new one

    ok cheers

  224. Jessicaaaaa on January 5th, 2010 9:51 am

    umm.. i downloaded all my games and now they dont work because it says “the saved data could not be accessed.Please turn the power off and re-insert the DS Card.
    Like i tried extracting the file but THERE ISNT A SAV FILE..
    How do i get an SAV file
    god this is so hard

  225. Anon on January 5th, 2010 3:40 pm

    Please help. After doing everything that has been mentioned, it shows a blank screen. I donot know what I am doing wrong. Somebody please help. I downloaded the R4 OS from : v1.09b.

    This is the manufacturers R4 site and I am using a 2GB microSD card.

    Please help.

  226. nds9 on January 7th, 2010 9:22 am

    i find a free software named DS happy box for ds console and r4 card,it can download games and movies for free using ds happy box. For more details:

  227. untet on January 7th, 2010 2:19 pm

    jessicaa-new game got protection canot save so u need game fix.try go to for the gamefix.the sav game file is not the same,some save 256kb ,some 512,and if u using emulator n want to save the .sav file in ur nds ,it not working rite now.other method try the game save converter at

    anon-for the standard r4ds revolution is kernel 1.21 the newest .go to gbatemp for this kernel,but for r4i-sdhc is 1.9b.the two of them not the same kernel .please make sure the correct one installed

    -hope it help :)

  228. nds9 on January 8th, 2010 11:35 am

    Guys you know what, today when I’m viewing, accidentally I found a great software called Ds Happy Box, it’s just perfect for nds gamer like me. you know all the resources like games, music, films are all for free!! It has just everything you want`~~trust me, you will like it ~~just check it out~

  229. John on January 8th, 2010 11:42 am

    i find a free software named DS happy box for ds console and r4 card,it can download games and movies for free using ds happy box. For more details:

    IT’s really a good website~~!1

  230. Barry on January 9th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Hi all.

    tried to follow a lot that is written here but struggling.

    i bought 2 x R4 Upgrade SDHC Christmas edition from memorycardzoo for my kids.

    I formatted as FAT32, and put on the files i downloaded from the Memorycardzoo site as instructed to do.

    I downloaded some games and they work just great. Except they do not save. I checked and all of the 512 .SAV files are in the Games folder.

    Is there a fix for this?

  231. untet on January 10th, 2010 2:41 pm

    barry -if the new game it have game save protect ,meaning u cant save ,go to the cheat option and try enabling the game save patch fix (make sure u have the newest cheat database. or game fix for certain game in go to . -game such as kingdom heart n gta chinatown war.

  232. Barry on January 10th, 2010 3:33 pm

    Thank you Untet!

    I will try this out. How do I navigate to the cheat option? When I open the ds it just says Games, Media and Slot 2 I cant find this cheat option anywhere.

    Sorry for being stupid, first time I have used one of these game machines

  233. alextay66 on January 14th, 2010 10:52 am

    How does this procedure change if I am downloading from a disc with games on it to the R4? Thanks

  234. Vince on January 15th, 2010 7:30 pm

    I have bought a new R4 card and micro for Nin DS,my son lost his original, I have games ready to install on hard drive of PC, I have downloaded the kernals to the Micro chip and tried downloading games to the same, everything looks good and that games have installed onto micro chip,untill you switch on the DS all I am getting in the middle of the screen is a red square with MENU wrtten in red with a question mark and nothing else.of course when I press MENU nothing happens. much appreciate any help or suggestions. many thanks Vince

  235. dawn mainwood on January 15th, 2010 9:42 pm

    hi i av downloaded games through limewire but they have come through as rar files and i dont know how to extract them could you please help me as its for my daughter thanks

  236. untet on January 17th, 2010 4:09 pm

    barry- u select the game and got to the game u need and press x or y to go to the cheat menu for r4isdhc and for r4 revolution just press y and activate any cheat u need and try booting it ,hope it help :).

    alextay66 – for game u got from cd its the same ,just save it in game folder ,but some game older game u got from cd without .nds ending cannot play coz of the bad dump.

    Vince- ahh u need the r4i sdhc coz the usual r4 kernel not work ,just go to r4i sdhc and download the kernel .pick the righ kernel coz the ver 1.4 not work for the plain one ,check the box wether u got the 1.4 or the plain one

    dawn- u jest need teh rar extractor ,try googling it ,any kind will do such as winrar or alzip .after u install it u can extract the rar file with those .if u got r001 file and such u must complete download all of them and save all ofthem in one folder and extract the first one normally .
    hope it help u all .cheers :)

  237. eman on January 23rd, 2010 1:04 pm

    i download final fantasy 4 at any downloading outlets in the mall, but when i play it, why is it not playing? Did you think if I download my own FF4 will start and can be played?

  238. untet on January 24th, 2010 10:24 am

    eman- i dont understand ur qustion ,do u donwload the rom with .nds extention or not? or the ff4 u downlaod just didnt turn on or blank screen?-if it got the .nds extention ,sure can play ,if not weter ur dwonload not complete or corrupt dump of the rom.try for ur game dwonload :)

  239. eman on January 25th, 2010 4:21 pm

    I dunno, I just choose the ff4 game, and asked to the sales clerk to download it, but when it finished, I turn on the game but it is not playing, it only turns to a totally whole white screen.

  240. untet on January 27th, 2010 2:14 pm

    white screen probabaly ur r4 kernel is old or the rom is corrupt , try the latest r4 revolution at ,pick the right kernel for ur card ,btw the 1.25 is the latest ,im using 1.21 ,works fine for my r4ds

  241. thu nguyen on February 5th, 2010 3:51 pm

    i got the r4 card and i got someone to put some games on there for me but my son was playing with the ds and somehow deleted some games off of it. how can i get it back?

  242. Reezvy on February 10th, 2010 1:25 pm

    Hi… I have just downloaded a game according to your plan but i am stuck on one bit… When it has finished downloading I found a winzip file opened it and found another bunch of files… Do i just extract that one that is written rar. at the end or do i put all of them on my R4? Please respond fast because my son’s birthday is coming up

  243. vicky on February 12th, 2010 7:12 am

    hi can some1 help me i have put games on my ds but when i put it in it says ds menu dat i have tried downloaing kernal but it just takes me to 3 million different things n then asks me for 29 pounds really dont no wat ime doing help……….

  244. shivan on February 16th, 2010 10:47 pm

    Hi im 10 and I need to down load some games
    but I dont get how to download the games? please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  245. Anna on February 19th, 2010 2:11 pm


    Inside my R4 there are the follwing files:
    mpxv1.mpd, pcv5.mpd, harvesterdb (DAT file) and 0 (DAT file) but I couldn’t play the games.
    Are they the correct files? Do I need to reformat?

    Pls help.
    Would appreciate if someone could assist to provide me the step by step on where and how to download the necessary. Thank you very much!


  246. casper on February 19th, 2010 10:58 pm

    i have downloaded and copied the game but there won’t be a SAV File created, how do i create one?

  247. Reezvy on February 21st, 2010 7:16 am

    Hi Anna
    If any files appear with ‘rar.’ then upload that onto your R4. If there isn’t then I recommend you go to ROMFreaks to download your games. You should be able to find the right stuff there

  248. Anna on February 22nd, 2010 12:55 am

    thanks reezvy!

  249. alex on February 23rd, 2010 2:33 pm

    What should i do if i accidentally delete the games from my nds but when i open the memory at the pc there is still the said games.can i still use it?how?

  250. liilii on March 4th, 2010 1:27 am

    hy evribody my name is lisa and i am from belguim . and i olly want to ask if sombody can help me to put some game’s in my r4 . beth there is a site and the site is close duswi i am asking if sombody can help me to pute some game . or to give me a site bcs i live in belguim the site thet it’s close is ds download dose sombody now a site ??
    and yh i dont have de cd rome i didn’t have it ,and i hav’nt resive it dan peas sombody help me ?? and tis is my e-ameil :

  251. untet on March 4th, 2010 3:16 pm

    hello y’all sorry for late reply -busy on work..

    u just extract all file until it end with the extention .nds .example gta.nds

    the sav file usually automatically generated when u save the game.

    if the game extention ended with .nds yes u can ,try renaming it tho wether it recognize it,if u got the .sav only ,u r out of luck ,try donload again :(

  252. nichola on March 7th, 2010 4:10 pm

    hi, when u have downloaded games it says no data can be found?? please help

  253. untet on March 10th, 2010 1:06 pm

    nichola -try donloading again ,maybe the file is corrupt ,if ur in zip try downloading all the file and extract in one folder.

  254. liilii on March 10th, 2010 9:04 pm

    can sombody help me i still didn’t find a site to put som game’s on my r4ds

  255. untet on March 18th, 2010 2:09 pm

    lili- u just go to ,register there for free , and download any rom u need :)

  256. untet on March 18th, 2010 2:14 pm

    after u register click at the download section and pick nintendo ds and choose any game u want and dowload :)

  257. untet on March 18th, 2010 2:18 pm

    after that pick the america or europe server n start download ,just download 1 game at a time

  258. vinos on March 20th, 2010 5:53 am

    i got the r4 chip and the files i want downloaded on it i just cant figure out with file within the memory card to place the video games in? it says images photos even videos but it doesnt have a spot for games, anyone got an idea?

  259. nichola on March 22nd, 2010 10:55 pm

    i have been using a r4 fine and now it has starting saying loading??

  260. untet on March 23rd, 2010 4:36 pm

    vinos- u just create new folder in ur memory card and rename it to game and add ur nds rom there

    nichola- it is wether ur microsd is broken or ur nds gamerom is corrupt or have the safety code ,try downloading the game again or if it have patch ,try using it

  261. Annwn on March 28th, 2010 5:59 am

    I can do all this but everytime I try to play a game I’ve downloaded onto the R4 it’s not there and it’s put in the Moonshell folder instead. It also says “not support ext”. Can anyone help?

  262. untet on April 3rd, 2010 11:56 am

    annwn-make sure its unzip properly and have an extension .nds example = gta.nds

  263. Jonestown on April 8th, 2010 5:36 am

    Hi, i cant load my save games on R4 card, eg on pokemon soulsilver, the game loads up, press any button, and straight away goes to new game. Same on Warioware DIY. Ive looked on SD card and the .sav files are there, in the games folder, but how do you load them?

  264. ofiona on April 10th, 2010 6:28 am

    I have had an R4 for a few months working fine. ‘Somehow’ a few games were deleted so when I tried to reload them (I have a back up on my laptop) they now won’t load once inserted in the DSL. I have tried to download the operating system again and load that, no luck. Any ideas?

  265. untet on April 12th, 2010 4:09 pm

    jonestown – its probably is teh bad dump of the game rom or the anti pirating protection save ,try downloading other dump or wait for the save fix :)-if u cannot wait u can buy the original cart :).

    ofiona- usually rom is in zip format ,try unzip it , n before that try formatting ur microsd and clean install new o.s .

  266. sotheara an on April 22nd, 2010 9:51 am

    ummm i bought an r4 but i dont no how 2 put games in it im only 11 yrs old and hav a yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  267. dee dee on April 24th, 2010 3:29 am

    i have downloaded everthing when i go to play a game it says savefile not found! please reset system. please help its for my r4 upgrade v1.4

  268. Anthony P on April 25th, 2010 8:35 pm

    HI!! where does the mirco sd card cme from!!! ??? plzzz answer back and maybe tell me what website i hav to download the torrent!!!! thanks and plzz write bck!!

  269. r4 on May 1st, 2010 7:21 pm

    Great artilce and guide, thanks fro sharing the info on using the r4.

  270. farhat on May 19th, 2010 12:55 am

    i have a r4i card which i recently bought with a dsi,it didnot work at first then i replaced theold software with a new version,then it worked but there was still a problem,every game i tried a message kept appearing ‘savfile cannot be founded please reset system’,i looked up this problem on google,the solution that were given to me were,1 less space on memory card but that could not be right as it is a 4gb card with over 1gb left,2 copy all the files to computer and format the memory card several times but it did not help,now i have come here hoping someone here could help as soon as possible as my daughters birthday is coming up and i need this fixed as soon as possible…..

  271. ridhwaan on May 24th, 2010 9:36 am

    i bought a dsi xl and i bought a r4i sdhc christmas v1.4 i pplayed only 5 times and the sixth time it froze before it said happy box 2010 what do i do please help.

  272. rohul on May 25th, 2010 12:49 am

    how do i extract my rar file

  273. Planet Malaysia on May 25th, 2010 8:38 am

    try Winrar.

  274. kosmas on June 1st, 2010 1:39 am

    my DSi cant open all the games from the R4i Gold revolution…some of the games appeared in a full black screen…anybody have solution?

  275. Aram on June 8th, 2010 8:52 pm

    I have downloaded a game on the micro sd card with the extension NDS, but if I start the Nitendo DS it has the following message “Couldn’t find_DS_menu.dat” any who can help here??

  276. HELP on June 16th, 2010 7:49 am

    Help i dont know how or where to download the .rar and i dont know how to extract the file D:

  277. untet on June 16th, 2010 1:50 pm

    ridhwan- try backup ur microsd n then full format it ,after that update ur r4i sdhc firmware the latest 1.9c .hope it help.

    kosmas – it porbably ur r4i firmware is not updated to support new game release.try update it

    aram – if ur using r4i sdhc ,try update the latest firmware coz ur fw probably corrupt. go to to download the latest fw

  278. samantha on June 16th, 2010 4:49 pm

    hi im new to this R4D, ive downloading those files you talk about, and placed some games onto the micro SD card but when i put it into my DSI it shows up nto choose the game then one of the screens goes blank and the other shows a picture of a red card with menu and a ? through it. what do i need to do to be able to play these games onto my console/ DS.

  279. Ralen11 on June 29th, 2010 9:43 am

    Hi guys..I have my NDS Lite And i b0ught an R4i shdc. What version of firm ware should i use to download for my R4i shdc???? Pls somebody help me…Pls…

  280. Ralen11 on June 29th, 2010 9:52 am

    And 1 more thing… Isn’t it ok if i’d used an r4i shdc instead of using an r4ds from my NDS Lite??… I mean are they c0mpatible?? Im sorry for my questions, it is my first time using an NDS…Pls help me guys

  281. Ralen11 on June 29th, 2010 9:59 am

    Sorry for the “shdc” it must be this “sdhc” ty..Hope someone here help me.

  282. untet on July 8th, 2010 2:02 pm

    samantha – probabaly u use the wrong firmware .r4ds and r4isdhc use diffrent firmwre . choose the correct one tht compatbile with ur cart..

    ralen11– i also own r4ds original and r4isdhc and its firmware its not the same.
    u can go here and choose firmware according ur cart

    or u 2 can go to and pick the latest firmware according ur cart .hope it help u guys ..cheers:)

  283. Put a DS Rom File on My Nintendo MicroSD on July 22nd, 2010 1:13 am

    Put a DS Rom File on My Nintendo MicroSD

    Step 1

    Locate the backup copy of your game on your computer and right-click it. On the menu that pops up, select “Properties” and make sure the file will fit on your MicroSD card.
    Step 2

    Insert your MicroSD card into your MicroSD adapter.
    Step 3

    Plug the adapter into the SD card slot on your computer or use a USB card reader.
    Step 4

    Navigate to “My computer” and double-click on the SD Card icon. Drag your rom file into the window that appears.

    Nintendo Rom Download

  284. susan on July 31st, 2010 3:31 pm

    i’ve got a problem, when i go on my r4, all the games i downloaded say “untitled” and i can’t open them, can someone help?

  285. esteban on August 5th, 2010 6:21 pm

    OMG…I was having such a hard time when i upgraded my firmware without taking my save files and games off of my NDSL R4 revolution card. Ok if u are having the same problem and u do not want to restart your long hours of hard work then follow these few simple steps.

    Go back into your r4 and open where your save files are.

    If they are named “.NDS.SAV” Rename them to just
    “.SAV” in all caps.


    fossil fighters.NDS (GAME file)
    Fossil fighters.nds.sav (Save file)

    fossil fighters.NDS (GAME file)
    Fossil fighters.SAV (Save file)

    After you do that remove your micro Sd card and put it into the R4 and you are good to continue from your last save.

  286. esteban on August 5th, 2010 6:23 pm

    Oh i forgot to say my cheats did not work when it came from the factory until i updated the firmware to Version 1.18.

  287. Gemma on August 7th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Dear planet malaysia,
    i would like to know if you have a list of R4 games, in which i could down load? I have brought a new R4 and it works, but i need games, but unfortunatly i cannot find a site wich will do them. Could you tell me the reason why and if so, about having the downloading site.

    Your Sincerley
    Gemma George

  288. Planet Malaysia on August 8th, 2010 8:43 am

    Hi Gemma George, please see some of the comment links.

  289. erickhuang on August 9th, 2010 4:29 pm

    Hello , everyone , i have a question about AceKard 2 , would you please help me about it . how to run my R4DS and AceKard 2 . i bought AceKard 2 and R4DS from last week , but when i get it , i dont know how to run it , any can help , i really appreciate it , thanks !

  290. super sailor venus on August 13th, 2010 6:58 pm

    I have a R4 on DS. When I wanted to play a game, I pressed A as usual but chinese characters were on the icon instead. I restarted the DS and found that half of my games are gone. I looked on the other menu’s and saw the game but didn’t work when I pressed it.

  291. Sergio on September 6th, 2010 2:21 am

    Help please! I can not read the Micro SD card on my PC. I have tried on other PCs with no success. The card seems to work fine on the DS but I just can read (or paste anything on it) in my PC. What can I do?

  292. TKizzll on October 10th, 2010 5:49 am

    hi planet malaysia,
    ive been reading this whole page and cannot come up with a solution. i recently bought an r4 revolution card for my ds lite, and for some reason when i put my card in with the r4 kernel and the game, the screen just says “loading…” now i know other peple on this page have had this problem, but ive tried all the soultions you’ve suggested and they havent worked. today, though, i put in a 64 mb micro sd and the menu and everything worked, and i was even able to play a music file. the problem is that whenever i try to do the same thing with a 4gb or 8gb card, it just says loading. im kind of stuck here since the only card that works isnt big enough to hold the game. any suggestions? im not really in favor of returning anything since it took about two weeks for my r4 to get here from Hong Kong.

  293. Cly on October 15th, 2010 11:09 am

    need help here. when I open a RAR file, it contains multiple RAR files and each of them are the same size at 4883kb (unzipped), and each one contains an .nds file when u unzipped it. dont think there is anything wrong with my NDS, because when i just put in one of the files into my MicroSD, the game icon did show up in my NDS, able to load it, but goes blank after that but can still hear the music of the game running!! the game that im mentioning are a few, but u guys can try download: might and magic, clash of heroes. the site where i downloaaded from is from freakrom. all the games i downloaded from there is playable, but only problem is this multipls rar file

    cheers and thanks in advance.

  294. jobi52 on October 25th, 2010 11:21 am

    i just bought AceKard 2i from , But i dont know how to run it again, Help help help

  295. teresa on December 4th, 2010 4:42 pm

    hi a freind has just downloaded loads of games on to my r4 card but when i put it in my ds all i get is a box with menu and ? mark in it on the top screen why is this please can someone help me

  296. Eugene Kang on December 22nd, 2010 8:01 pm

    Its really awsome to have it!

  297. ds r4 card on January 13th, 2011 10:51 am

    thank you for sharing ,R4 Revolution is really useful.

  298. Shayari on February 10th, 2011 2:27 pm

    I was always facing problem to open a .rar file . Window was showing an error “window cannot open this file ” .Now my problem hasbeen solved .Thank’s for this tip

  299. nigel on February 18th, 2011 9:49 pm

    l canot get the software for my nintendo DS lite card reader for my micro SD to put games in it

  300. Lakenya Tacderen on March 4th, 2011 12:37 am

    I’m not sure why but this website is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  301. ryu on March 5th, 2011 10:11 pm

    witch one is best deluge or vuze

  302. ryu on March 11th, 2011 8:53 pm

    witch r4 is better r4i r4 r4 revouloution gold r4

  303. ryu on March 11th, 2011 8:55 pm

    witch one is better deluge or vuze and wicth one is better r4i or r4 revouloution

  304. lily on March 12th, 2011 1:00 am

    i’ve downloaded games but how come they don’t work?
    it says ‘the game cannot be saved. please turn off and start again’
    i’ve restarted it again but it still doesn’t work.
    what shall i do?

  305. ryu on March 12th, 2011 8:37 am

    does it has no vires

  306. Time on April 6th, 2011 6:09 pm

    I’ve been playing ndsl with r4 for a long time but suddenly, when i started to download newer games, the screen just turns white. what would be the problem?

  307. Retro on April 6th, 2011 11:48 pm

    Either change firmware to R4 Wood or change to acekard 2i

  308. Rob on April 14th, 2011 9:25 pm

    Hi bought a R4 King LL with 200 games and it will not load now for my son..all i get is a white screen and the . So i am thinking the best thing is to reformat the SD card and put the system files back on and just download some games on their for my son. Where can i get the system files from?

  309. Lisa on April 15th, 2011 1:34 pm

    A friend down loaded games for me on a TTI card and they worked for a year but now the cards just say error when you start up the ds. What can i do to fix this, or can I not? I really don’t know anything about computer lingo!

  310. samuel on April 20th, 2011 10:56 pm

    this site is the best it helped me so much thx

  311. susan on April 28th, 2011 9:35 am

    my sister accidently deleted the nds. files for the games, but it still has the sav. files. is there any way i can retore the games?

  312. Vicki on May 7th, 2011 3:44 am

    Does anyone have the latest update for the DS please, I can’t find it anywhere?

    Thanks in advance

  313. nigel on May 9th, 2011 6:17 pm

    l got the upgrade for kernel on my r4 but it dosnt work on my ds

  314. ang on May 29th, 2011 6:44 am

    ive eventually mastered downloading games that we can play on,my problem is when we play a game to a certain point we cant save anymore, when got card in computer dont really know what im doing noticed all tje sav files are the same size presume this is thje problem, how do i make them bigger , thought deleting some games might help but same problem,

  315. aden11111111111111 on July 18th, 2011 3:11 pm

    i really need help my r4 does not work anymore now that i have copyied a game of the computer. it stops when its loading and says ? MENU please help me get it to work again:(

  316. aidiloo on July 22nd, 2011 4:09 pm

    macam mana nak download game yg ditahan usa

  317. untet on July 26th, 2011 10:29 pm

    wassap ppl:)

    susan-sadly the .sav is only for the save game .u need the .nds (its the game)

    vicki& nigel- u need to look at ur cart and donlod at its maker website coz there are thousand of clone r4 that not compatible with each other
    u can go here if u wanna look at respective r4 cart os

    hope it help u guy

    aden11111= u need to install new os coz the one with menu is corrupt .please look at ur r4 card and download the exact version in their respective company coz there are many version(pirate one) such as r4ds ,r4dsi, r4isdhc and so on.

    aidiloo- aisey kawan. pegi je ,free register ,pas tu donlod sesuka hati korang :0

    ok peeps , bye for now

  318. Dancing 'Hunk on October 28th, 2011 11:58 pm

    When I open the rar file iot contains a jpg. , .r01, r.02, r.03 (and continue until r.08), also .nfo ,again a rar and a .sfv file. Also it contains a folder with .nds, .nfo and a jpg.
    Do I need to open the rar?
    Or should I place the .nds file into the games file of my r4?

  319. Dancing 'Hunk on October 28th, 2011 11:58 pm

    O thnx anyway

  320. Dancing 'Hunk on October 29th, 2011 12:11 am

    Hey I tried to my last option to put (only) the .nds file in my games folder on my R4 but after loading, I get competely whitescreened.
    What do I need to do?

  321. as on November 13th, 2011 1:35 pm

    i accidentaly forgot to unrar the file and i put it in my ds and now my ds wont work what should i do?

  322. r4 on December 24th, 2011 5:47 pm

    This is very nice information for the R4 cards users. With the help of this information they can easily NDS games into R4 revolution.

  323. pipo on January 26th, 2012 4:23 pm


    what is extention of 3ds games for R4i card?

  324. pipo on January 26th, 2012 4:27 pm

    I downloaded games example mario kart 7.
    the file name is lgc-mk7.3ds
    but the game does not work.
    what must i do to make game work.

  325. vivek on March 29th, 2012 1:31 pm

    can anybody help me i have mistakely deleted all of my files from the sd card now i have downloaded the kernel r4_v1.18_english everytime when i put these file to the sd card i got error please put the loader xxx file into the sd card my ds_menu_file display’s multimedia icon but in the videos the icon is not like mine plzz help me

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