Nintendo DS(i) Dumping Guide

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[hopefully upcoming: a way to use ds download play to dump carts without a flashcart]

Nintendo DS wooddumper Slot-2 Method

Tools

  • A Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite with a slot-1 flashcart
  • A slot-2 flashcart compatible with your slot-1 flashcart.
  • wooddumper

Dumping

  • Run wooddumper
  • Follow the on-screen instructions

Nintendo DS wooddumper Wi-Fi Method

Tools

  • A Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite with a slot-1 flashcart
  • A way to create an unsecured or WEP-secured Wi-Fi network
  • A computer connected to said network
  • An FTP client on said computer (many browsers and file managers have basic FTP clients built-in)
  • wooddumper

Dumping

  • Setup your DS to connect to the Wi-Fi network using a DS game with Wi-Fi support (the DSOrganise homebrew may also work)
  • Run wooddumper
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Open the on-screen ip address in your FTP client
  • Copy the .nds and .txt file to your computer

Nintendo 3DS GodMode9 Method

Tools

Dumping

  • Run GodMode9
  • Navigate into "GAMECART"
  • Copy the .nds file without "trim" in the name to the SD card

Nintendo DSi wooddumper Method

[may not work with DSi carts]

Tools

Dumping

  • [Use the built-in wooddumper port]

Nintendo 3DS wooddumper Method

[may not work with DSi carts]

Tools

Dumping

  • [Use wooddumper 3ds]

Standalone Cart Dumper Hardware Method

[todo]

Gathering Dump Info

  • CRC32: Generated from the ROM file.
  • MD5: Ditto.
  • SHA-1: Ditto.
  • Encrypted CRC32: Generated from the ROM file using GameHeader.
  • Encrypted MD5: Ditto: Generated from the ROM file using GameHeader.
  • Encrypted SHA-1: Ditto: Generated from the ROM file using GameHeader.
  • Game title: Most obvious, is located everywhere. Please include subtitle if any.
  • Region: The region the disc originated from like USA, Japan or Europe
  • ROM Revision: The revision found in the ROM data.
  • ROM Serial: The four-character serial found in the ROM data.
  • Languages/Language Select: Some games either show a language selection screen at startup or in the game options. Many games will boot with different languages depending on the active language selected in the BIOS. Booting the game with each language selected in the bios is necessary to identify the supported languages for these games. Note that it is possible to submit a game without checking the languages, but this then needs to be stated in your submission.
    • Tip: Using an emulator like Desmume can speed up the language checking dramatically since you can switch the BIOS language in the emulator settings much faster than on a real DS.
    • You can hold down the tab key to speed up emulation.
  • Cart Serial: It is located on the label on the front of the cart the form of "NTR-XXXX-XXX" (where X is a letter or number), also it may have a number (Like -1 or -2) appended.
  • Additional Cart Serial (optional): The serial printed on the back of the cart. Example: A2DPN0J08.
  • Case Barcode (optional): The number on the case displayed beneath the vertical lines, see Barcode.
  • Case Serials (optional): The serial on the case. Example: NTR P A2DP, NTR-A2DP-UKV
  • Size: The size of the ROM in bytes.
  • PCB serial(s): The string of characters displayed on the part of the board inside the cart that is visible from outside the cart.
  • Chip(s) serial(s) (optional): The codes on the ROM chip inside the cart. You would need to break open the cart to see these.
  • Scans (optional): The following scans (or photos) would be good to have: Front and back of the following items - box, cart and PCB.
  • wooddumper log (optional): This is the .txt file produced by wooddumper