Files with 3ds file extension are related to the ROM image format used by emulators of Nintendo 3DS portable game console.

There is one other file type using
the 3DS file extension!

3ds file icon.3ds - 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) graphics [common]

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Software that works with 3ds file extension

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3DS file extension - Nintendo 3DS ROM image

What is 3ds file? How to open 3ds files?

File type specification:

Disk image (ISO) binary file type icon Disk image (ISO) binary file type

The 3ds file extension is related to the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld video gaming console developed by Nintendo and released in 2011.

The 3ds file contains captured ROM from Nintendo 3DS game cartridge.

The default software associated to 3ds file type:

Citra icon

Citra  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
  Citra Emulator Project

Citra is cross-platform emulator of  Nintendo 3DS video gaming console. Citra can currently emulate a wide variety of different homebrew programs and commercial software.

Help how to open 3DS files:

Use Citra to open *.3ds ROM images.

How to convert file with extension 3DS:

As far as we know, this .3ds file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .3ds file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open 3ds file, edit 3ds file, convert 3ds file, view 3ds file, play 3ds file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

  • Open 3ds file

Software that open 3ds file - Nintendo 3DS ROM image

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open 3ds file action.

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