3ds To Cia Converter Without Console

Because of the homebrewing scene the 3DS has had, you can install a variety of emulators. Currently, the New 3DS is capable of running much faster than the older models, making it a much more ideal platform for emulation, but despite this there are still some emulators that have issues regardless. For more information on how to homebrew your 3DS, visit 3ds.hacks.guide.

  • 1Multi-System
  • 2Consoles
  • 3Handhelds
  • 4Computers
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That converter you linked me requires an already decrypted cia file to convert into a 3DS file. This is the thread where everyone laughed at him for suggesting it. I can still try it to see if this file is encrypted or not though.

  1. Now that CDN download is no more, what would be the most efficient way to convert.3ds games to.cia? Any way that could be scripted (say bash or powershell) would be alright for me at least. The reason I ask is that there are 1TB+ torrents around filled with.3ds games, but I haven't found any with.cia games (only one from 2016).
  2. HOW TO CONVERT ANY ROM TO.CIA FILE (GB,GBA,GBC,NES,SNES,FAMICON) 3DS NSUI 2019Link To dowload: https://gbatemp.net/threads/discussion-new-super-ultimate-inj.



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There are preliminary 3DS ports of the following cores: stable 3DS ports

  • 2048
  • FinalBurn Alpha CPS1
  • FinalBurn Alpha CPS2
  • FinalBurn Alpha CPS3 (most games are too slow to run even on New 3DS, though JoJo runs almost full speed)
  • FinalBurn Alpha Neo Geo (A few games are unable to be loaded due to memory constraints)
  • FCEUmm
  • Mednafen NGP
  • Mednafen PCE Fast
  • Mednafen VB
  • Mednafen WonderSwan
  • mGBA (acceptable with Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, but some games are slow to use, even on New 3DS, at present)
  • NXEngine
  • PCSX-ReARMed (see below)
  • Snes9x 2002 (formerly PocketSNES) (less compatible than CATSFC, but can actually run many special chip games at full speed)
  • Snes9x 2005 (formerly CATSFC)
  • Snes9x 2005 Plus (formerly CATSFC Plus) (has more accurate audio, slower)
  • Snes9x 2010 (formerly Snes9x-Next) (too slow to use even on New 3DS at present)

Using current exploits, the New 3DS is capable of running most of these cores at or nearly at full speed on most games. The only cores the older 3DS can reliably run at full speed are 2048, Gambatte, QuickNES, NXEngine, and some older Sega games using PicoDrive.Opposed to normal use of RetroArch, these are all self-contained emulators, albeit sharing the same automatic configuration.Screenshot-taking is broken. Upon exiting RetroArch 3DS, press the Start button.

Unofficial Builds[edit]

There are unofficial ports which add new cores with emulators that do not have a retroarch by default

  • Atari800
  • GW
  • VirtualJaguar



  • 3DNESno longer in development


  • Snes9x for 3DS - runs a good majority of games well, even on old 3DS/2DS's. It's recommended to use a New 3DS if you want to run games that uses the SuperFX or SA-1 chip properly.
  • blargSNES - It works well, but lacks compatibility for games with certain chips (i.e. the SuperFX chip).

Nintendo 64[edit]

  • DaedalusX64 - N64 has always been known to be a hard system to emulate, which is why many were skeptical about how feasible it would be to have an emulator for the system on the 3DS. While still in its beta stage, it has shown a lot of improvements thanks to using a dynamic recompiler, with some games running at a playable state. It also supports using stereoscopic 3D (at the cost of slower performance), which isn't a feature a lot of emulators have.


  • PCSX-ReARMed (RetroArch) - Thanks to the work of many developers, it is now possible to have full speed 60 FPS emulation for a majority of games and support for .CHD compression formats. Generally, 2D games will perform better than 3D, however you can get some better performance by tweaking the settings if necessary. The nightly builds have seen major improvements since the initial release and can even play some of the more demanding games at full speed (See here for some tips), so it's better to use that until the next stable release. NOTE: This emulator is mainly targeted for the New 3DS so don't expect the o3DS to run well if at all.

Atari 2600[edit]

Genesis/32X/Sega CD[edit]

  • PicoDrive for 3DS - 32X and Sega CD are playable on the original 3DS, but works better on New 3DS. Sega CD requires BIOS in order to play, they must be named:

'bios_CD_U.bin', 'bios_CD_J.bin', and 'bios_CD_E.bin' based on the respective regions. BIOS need to be in the /3ds/picodrive_3ds/bios folder.

PC Engine[edit]


  • Vex3DS - Based on vecx


Game Boy[edit]

  • GameYob: forked from a popular emulator used on the DS. Emulates the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The original DS version is actually more polished than the 3DS port, so some of the more hardware pushing games won't work as well as the DS port.

Virtual Boy[edit]

  • r3Ddragon - It's kind of surprising that Nintendo never released a Virtual Console for the Virtual Boy on the 3DS, especially given how small the library of games were for the system and how both utilizes 3D effects and causes eyestrain. What makes this emulator stand out is the fact that it's able to display the graphics in 3D the way it was intended, something that is almost impossible to do on other platforms, unfortunately compatibility is still low and requires a New 3DS to run. Development has since halted.

Pokémon mini[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

The 3DS does include native firmware for a GBA mode which was mainly used to run ambassador releases instead of having to develop an emulator for them. Because it's technically running a 'virtual' GBA, it can't provide features that are normally available on other emulators, such as savestates, screen filtering, or sleep mode, however it does have high compatibility with the exception of cartridges with special hardware. If you're using an old 3DS/2DS, this is the best option to play GBA games. There are two ways to take advantage of this firmware:

  • New Super Ultimate Injector - There are other programs that can do injections, but this one is nice as it can do other Virtual Console injections and some forwarders for emulators. The only problem is each ROM must be injected and installed individually, including the save files, which makes the number of titles that can be installed restricted to the max the 3DS title limit (300 titles, not including pre-installed system titles).
  • open_agb_firm(Name not finalized) - A custom FIRM payload that takes advantage of the built-in GBA firmware, it's still in early development but has an alpha build available. The major advantage of this compared to VC injection is it can load the ROM through the SD card instead of having to convert and install them, but needs to be launched on boot instead of being able to use the 3DS HOME Menu (there's ways to make a forwarder for in on the HOME menu, but requires additional setup to get it to work). One major issue is there's a chance that it may not detect the correct save format or will corrupt the existing save file so make sure to backup your saves beforehand (they are currently trying fix it by having a better database for save detection, if you're interested you can help).
    • To install, simply put the .firm file in the /luma/payloads/ folder and hold START to load up the chainloader to launch it. There's no way of exiting out once the program starts, so you will need to turn it off and redo the step to load it if you wanted to change games.

On the other hand, there are also some homebrew GBA emulators available for 3DS:

  • mGBA(Latest Nightly) - A port of the popular GBA emulator by the same developer, only a handful of GBA games suffer from slowdowns but are still playable. Also works great for GB(C) games and even supports the Gameboy Camera.
  • GBARunner2 - a GBA hypervisor made for the DS(i), can only be ran through TWiLight Menu++ and is included by default with the program (see below). Compatiblity can be a hit-or-miss, but it's still in active development with plans to include interesting features such as gyro control emulation and local wireless multiplayer in the future.
  • CitrAGB - (based on gpSP)

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • TWiLight Menu++ - Not technically an 'emulator', rather it's a frontend for a separate program, nds-bootstrap, which allows for an NDS ROM to be loaded from an SD card. The program is originally designed for the DSi, however it's able to work on the 3DS by utilizing the virtual DSi (aka the TWL_FIRM or 'DS Mode') that the 3DS has for backwards-compatibility. Compatibility isn't the same as using a flashcart, however it's still pretty high with only a few games having issues or triggering anti-piracy protections (newer versions now come with AP patches for most games and will patch them if needed at launch). It also comes pre-bundled with a variety of emulators used on the DS and a work-in-progress GBA hypervisor, GBARunner2, that works to some degree.
  • DeSmuME - an experimental port of DeSmuME that has since been abandoned, it wasn't very compatible.


Because the firmware that the 3DS uses for backwards-compatibility is actually the same as the DSi, it's possible to inject DSiWare as an installable .cia file. There's two ways to do this:

  • GodMode9 - Version 1.8.0 and above has a script that can convert .nds to .cia, 3ds.hacks.guide has more information on how to update to the latest version if needed.
  • DSiWare Conversion Script - This script can be used to convert .bin files from your DSi's SD card to .nds which can then be used to convert into .cia.

These scripts will ONLY work for DSiWare, NOT NDS GAMES.

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TWiLight Menu++ has support for two DSiWare as of v15.1.1 with a special preview of nds-bootstrap, Pop Island and Pop Island: Paperfield. These can also run on the DS.

Atari Lynx[edit]

  • Handy 3DS - port of the Handy emulator to 3DS

Neo Geo Pocket[edit]


Intel CPUs[edit]

  • 3DOS - Based on 8086tiny. Can only emulate 8086 CPUs.


ZX Spectrum[edit]

Commodore 64[edit]




  • Wumiibo - Emulates Amiibo functionality on the 3DS without needing an NFC reader or using tags. You can even use your own Amiibo data, after it's been decrypted, or a generic AmiiboID which are freely available and explains how to get them on the project page.


Super Mario 64[edit]

  • SM64 3DS Port - Thanks to the decompilation project, you can now enjoy SM64 on the 3DS with *analog* support and native rendering (compared to the official DS port). Works pretty much at full speed on the New 3DS, the original model apparently has some slow downs but still playable. You can either build it yourself, or try finding pre-compiled build online (there are multiple versions, you can find some here but it's no longer up-to-date).

Virtual Console Injection[edit]

Some have tried injecting alternate ROMs in the available Virtual Console releases (MD, GG, NES, GBA Ambassador, GBC, Japanese emulated SFC compilations) with varying degrees of success. The emulators used for Virtual Console are not as accurate as other emulators so compatibility isn't perfect (the only exception is GBA since it runs it natively, not emulation), Sega systems in particular have high compatibility however.
There's an easy tool that will convert and inject any supported ROM file as its associated VC application called New Super Ultimate Injector. It's an all in one tool and can even remotely install the injection provided your 3DS is connected to the same network. It's currently in beta, but it's still really useful.

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Required Reading

This is add-on section for region changing your CFW SysNAND. This is done by installing the 11.5.0 CTRTransfer image for the region you want to switch to.

Note that region changing is almost completely unnecessary since Luma3DS supports out-of-region games and individual title Locale Emulation. Additionally, running NDS games with alternative out-of-region languages is supported by TWiLightMenu++.

To use the magnet links on this page, you will need a torrent client like Deluge.

Note that if you have any payload files other than GodMode9.firm in the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card, holding (Start) on boot will display a “chainloader menu” where you will have to use the D-Pad and the (A) button to select “GodMode9” for these instructions.

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This process will unlink your NNID from the system, since it will no longer be compatible with it. NNID’s are locked to the region of your device that created them and cannot be transferred between regions without a very complex and advanced process.

After this process, you will not be able to access the eShop. This includes any feature that uses an NNID, such as game updates, purchasing DLC, or online play in certain games. Region changing to your original region will usually not fix this issue.

Note that occasionally the eShop will inexplicably still not work for devices that it should work for. This is entirely to do with Nintendo’s servers, and I really do not have any control over it. Additionally, note that occasionally the eShop will inexplicably work for devices that it should not (such as some New 3DSs). The cause for this is currently unknown.

Region changing using CTRTransfer (which this method uses) seems to cause reboot patches to break. The cause for this is unknown, but Old 3DS users, for now, will be unable to play extended memory mode games (such as Monster Hunter, Super Smash Bros, and Pokémon Sun / Moon) until they format their devices.

You MUST have already installed Luma3DS and boot9strap to use this.

What You Need

  • The v1.9.2pre1 release of GodMode9
  • The latest release of FBI(the.3dsx file)
  • The 11.5.0 CTRTransfer image for your device and the region that you want to change to:
    • - New 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - EUR - CTRTransfer
    • - New 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - JPN - CTRTransfer
    • - New 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - KOR - CTRTransfer
    • - New 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - USA - CTRTransfer~
    • - Old 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - EUR - CTRTransfer
    • - Old 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - JPN - CTRTransfer
    • - Old 3DS or 2DS - 11.5.0 - USA - CTRTransfer


Section I - Prep Work

  1. Power off your device
  2. Insert your SD card into your computer
  3. Create a folder named 3ds on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  4. Create a folder named cias on the root of your SD card if it does not already exist
  5. Copy GodMode9.firm from the GodMode9 .zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card
  6. Copy the gm9 folder from the GodMode9 .zip to the root of your SD card**
  7. Copy the 11.5.0 CTRTransfer image .bin from the CTRTransfer .zip to the /gm9/ folder on your SD card
  8. Copy FBI.3dsx to the /3ds/ folder on your SD card
  9. Reinsert your SD card into your device

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Section II - NAND Backup

  1. Launch GodMode9 by holding (Start) during boot
  2. If you are prompted to create an essential files backup, press (A) to do so, then press (A) to continue once it has completed
  3. If you are prompted to fix the RTC date&time, press (A) to do so, then set the date and time, then press (A) to continue
    • Note that, if you had to fix the RTC date and time, you will have to fix the time in the System Settings as well after this guide
  4. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  5. Select “Scripts…”
  6. Select “GM9Megascript”
  7. Select “Backup Options”
  8. Select “SysNAND Backup”
  9. Press (A) to confirm
    • This process will take some time
    • If you get an error, make sure that you have at least 1.3GB of free space on your SD card
  10. Press (A) to continue
  11. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  12. Select “Exit”
  13. Press (A) to relock write permissions if prompted
  14. Hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to eject your SD card
  15. Insert your SD card into your computer
  16. Copy <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin and essential.exefs from the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card to a safe location on your computer
    • Make backups in multiple locations (such as online file storage)
    • These backups will save you from a brick and/or help you recover files from the NAND image if anything goes wrong in the future
  17. Delete <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin and <date>_<serialnumber>_sysnand_###.bin.sha from the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card after copying it
  18. Reinsert your SD card into your device
    • If your SD card was not detected, hold (R) and press (B) at the same time to remount it

Section III - CTRTransfer

  1. Navigate to [0:] SDCARD -> gm9
  2. Press (A) on the CTRTransfer .bin to select it
  3. Select “CTRNAND options…”
  4. Select “Transfer image to CTRNAND”
  5. If prompted, select “Transfer to SysNAND”
    • This prompt will only appear if you have an EmuNAND
  6. Press (A) to unlock SysNAND (lvl1) writing, then input the key combo given
    • This process will take some time
  7. Once the transfer has completed, press (A) to continue
  8. Press (B) to decline relocking write permissions if prompted
  9. Press (B) twice to return to the main menu
  10. Press (Home) to bring up the action menu
  11. Select “Scripts…”
  12. Select “GM9Megascript”
  13. Select “Scripts from Plailect’s Guide”
  14. Select “CTRTransfer Ticket Copy”
  15. When prompted, press (A) to proceed
  16. Press (A) to continue
  17. Press (B) to return to the main menu
  18. Select “Exit”
  19. Press (A) to relock write permissions if prompted
  20. Press (Start) to reboot your device
  21. Update your device by going to System Settings, then “Other Settings”, then going all the way to the right and using “System Update”
    • Updates while using B9S + Luma (what you have) are safe
    • If this gives you an error, set your DNS settings to “auto”

Section IV - Launching FBI

  1. Launch the Download Play application (this icon
  2. Press (L) + (Down) + (Select) at the same time to open the Rosalina menu
  3. Select “Miscellaneous options”
  4. Select “Switch the hb. title to the current app.”
  5. Press (B) to continue
  6. Press (B) to return to the Rosalina main menu
  7. Press (B) to exit the Rosalina menu
  8. Press (Home), then close Download Play
  9. Launch the Download Play application
  10. Your device should load the Homebrew Launcher

Section V - Reinstalling Tickets

If script found no user tickets told you to skip this section, then skip this section

  1. Launch FBI from the list of homebrew
  2. Navigate to SD -> cias
  3. Return to the SD directory with (B)
  4. Select “gm9”
  5. Select “out”
  6. Select “ctrtransfer_tickets”
  7. Do the following process for either the eshop folder, unknown folder, or both
    • Navigate to the folder
    • Select “<current directory>”
    • Select “Install and delete all tickets”
    • Wait. The system may appear to freeze, just give it time.
    • Press (A) to confirm
    • Press (B) to decline installing tickets from CDN.
  8. Press (Home) to exit FBI

Section VI - Region settings

  1. Launch the System Settings
  2. Go to “Other Settings”, “Profile”, then “Region Settings”
  3. Select a country from the region you switched to
  4. If prompted, you do not need to set a state

Section VII - Remove CTRTransfer image

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  1. Launch GodMode9 by holding (Start) during boot
  2. Navigate to [0:] SDCARD -> gm9
  3. Press (X) on the CTRTransfer image .bin to delete it
  4. Press (A) to confirm
  5. Press (Start) to reboot your device

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Old 3DSs and 2DSs may need to format (using TinyFormat or the System Settings) to play extended memory mode games (such as Monster Hunter, Super Smash Bros, or Pokemon Sun/Moon).