Can the Nintendo 3DS Play DS Games?

Pokemon Black/White
Pokemon Black/White on the Nintendo 3DS. Image © Nintendo

Question: Can the Nintendo 3DS Play Nintendo DS Games?

Answer: Yes indeed. The Nintendo DS library is backward comparable with the Nintendo 3DS. Simply plug your Nintendo DS game into the 3DS cartridge slot, tap the game cartridge icon from the 3DS bottom menu, and away you go.

However, you should keep in mind that the Nintendo 3DS utilizes a different screen resolution than the Nintendo DS. As a result, any Nintendo DS game that you play on the 3DS might look a bit stretched out and blurry.

Luckily, it's possible to boot your Nintendo DS games in their original resolution. Before selecting your Nintendo DS game from the bottom menu, hold either the START or SELECT button. Then tap the icon for the game cartridge. Keep holding the START or SELECT button. If your game boots at a smaller resolution than what's normal for 3DS games, that means you've done it correctly.

Now you can play your Nintendo DS games as you remember them: Crisp and clean.