M3 DS – Play Homebrew games on your Nintndo DS

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M3 DS

I’m not a massive gamer but I do own a Nintendo DS which I won from a machine at a bowling alley (something like a million to one odds there) which my daughter soon took ownership of. My friend Steve from Gadgetz4All has just sent me this nifty little gadget the M3 DS Simply Complete 1GB Kit which basically lets you play copied backed-up “homebrew” games on your Nintendo DS.

The kit consists of an M3 DS Simply Card that you plug-in to your Nintendo in place of a regular cartridge, a 1 GB Kingston MicroSD card and a couple of adapters to read the SD card on your PC, either via USB or an SD memory adapter and card reader (not included). It also comes complete with the required software to make the M3 card do its stuff.

Once you’ve connected the card to your PC and installed the software you can drag games, videos and music over to the MicroSD card. This can then be plugged into the M3 DS which when connected to your Nintendo it provides you with a skin able interface to choose what you want to play, view or listen to out of what you dragged over. The 1 GB card is enough to hold about 35 DS games, most games I saw were around 30MB and the largest I saw was 128MB.

As a test I did a search to see how easy it was to find Nintendo DS games available for download, I’m not particularly familiar with bit torrents or file sharing but a search on my mates edition of Bear Share for NDS files brought up a load.

It’s certainly a cool little product, though whether it’s designed for purely “homebrew” uses I’ll leave to you to decide. The M3 DS Simply Complete 1GB Kit is available from Gadgetz4all for £39.95, about the price of a DS game, funny that.

12 reviews or comments

Edward Says: May 18, 2007 at 5:16 pm

can you download games and play them on the m3 ds simply.
is it for storing other games or is it for games you can download for free and play?

x-75 Says: June 2, 2007 at 5:04 pm

this is crazy!!!!!!!!!!to everyone who doesent know,u can get the ds card at best buy and even wal-mart.but,my question is where do u get the memory card from?????

1xDark Says: June 13, 2007 at 6:05 pm

:P instead of m3 , i have an R4, which is about the same thing, however, whenever i try to insert my card into the
USB and into my pc, it says disk not inserted, can anybody help me :S

xvgfddh Says: October 7, 2007 at 12:42 pm

i have th m3 kit but i dont know where to download games. can someone help me please?

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Maryam Says: May 14, 2008 at 4:09 pm

So wht exaclty does the M3 DS Simple 1GB kit contain?

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Edwin Says: May 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Sorry to hear :(

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