DraStic Nintendo DS Emulator gets major update — brings MOGA and ART support

by: Andrew GrushDecember 31, 2013


If you are looking to play some of their DS favorites without having to worry about lugging around both a Nintendo DS and your Android phone (or tablet), there’s actually quite a few emulators out there that help solve this issue. One of the best on Google Play is DraStic, a powerful emulator with a wide range of supported games. And what was already good is now getting even better thanks to a new major update.

In version 2.2 of DraStic, the developer is not only bringing bug fixes and increased compatibility for tons of popular DS games, it’s also working to optimize the emulator so it works better with X86 and Tegra 2 processors.

Still not enough for you? The app is also adding support for both the Moga controller and the iCade. This means you no longer have to settle for on-screen buttons. With a split screen touch experience and a physical controller, the DraStic comes as close to the real DS experience as possible on Android. For those of us rocking Android 4.4, the app also officially supports ART, which is a nice touch.

If you’re a Nintendo and Android fan, there’s few better choices out there than DraStic. On the downside, all these features don’t come cheap — DraStic comes in at $7.99, though it does offer a demo version for those looking to try before they buy. Keep in mind that this is just an emulator, and that means you need to provide your own game data to make it work. To learn more about DraStic, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

  • Azeem

    I use it, and I love it. It plays Pokemon Black and White without lag (except it does slow down a bit when entering building, but nothing huge).

  • pixareon

    Been long since last October update.
    Good to see Tegra 2 support. I might give this version a try for my tegra phone.

  • hettar

    Out of curiosity, how do you get the game from the little Dds cartridges onto the phone? My kids have ds’s and I wouldn’t mind trying this.

    • Dave

      you can download the games from many online sources the files are .nds they are good but the websites that you get them from are riddled with viruses in my experience.

      • hettar

        Ahh, so no easy way of copying it off the cartridges they have then. Sounds dodgy.

        • Braedon

          There is an easy way it’s just not generally legal. But the websites are not at all hard to find and I’ve not gotten one virus to date Google a game u want and then put ROM after it one of the first 3 sites on the list should be the best just make sure u don’t fall for any fake download buttons (they’re obvious )

          • Shieru Fantomuhaivu

            It is not illegal to download roms that you own cartridges for. Hell, the odds of being caught and prosecuted for downloading any rom is almost zero, unless you turn yourself in for it. They don’t go after those who download them, but those who host them on their websites.

    • Dave

      also the games are illegal since there in no legal way to get them.

    • lechuck

      Use flash cart, wi-fi, and some softwares on pc. It’s a bit complex, but it’s the only legal way.

      Some people believe downloading game rom is still legal as long as you own the physical game cartridge. If you have to resort to download rom, first disable javascript in your browser to avoid virus/malware risk. Reputable rom site still allow download even when javascript turned off (can’t give you the link here sorry).

      Remember: only download rom that you own the game cartridge yourself. It’s tempting to download various rom collection there, but if you didn’t own the physical cartridge, downloading can be considered illegal.

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