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Downloading, Installing and Updating RetroArch for both 3DS and 2DS Family


  • CFW You must have custom firmware to run RetroArch on your 3DS or 2DS.
  • Installer You can either use FBI installer or Rosalina Menu from Luma.

Downloading and installing

There are multiple ways of downloading RetroArch for your 3DS or 2DS.


You can either choose Nightlies or Stable bundle, you can find a bundle with RetroArch, all the cores and all the assets here - pick the latest version, go to nintendo/3ds and download RetroArch_3dsx.7z or RetroArch_cia.7z.

For Nightlies here - pick the latest version(based on date), and download ...RetroArch_3dsx.7z or ...RetroArch_cia.7z.

Just extract RetroArch folder to the root of your SD card RetroArch.cia anywhere else, to install cores use FBI installer. Go to the RetroArchfolder and open the Cores folder. Select and install the Cores you want to use. For example; install pcsx_rearmed_libretro.cia for Playstation 1 Roms.

Video Tutorial

Quick Video Demonstration