Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Last updated: 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

The two Legend of Zelda games that were released on the Nintendo DS were classics of their time. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) is a follow up to Wind Waker (NGC, 2003), and has a Metacritc score of 90 today. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009) is a mix of action and puzzle gameplay, and has a Metacritic score of 87. When I first fired up my Retroid Pocket 2, I was excited to try these games on my new device. Thing is, they are built for stylus controls, and so at face value, these games are virtually uplayable on handheld emulation devices.

Luckily, someone also had this same problem, and they’ve figured out a way to mod the original ROM files so that they respond to d-pad controls. I’ve tested both games, and they feel like what you’d expect from a gamepad-based Zelda game (in other words, they’re awesome). This method requires a bit of Windows wizardry, but I’ll walk you through the process.

As a bonus, I’ve also included instructions on how to patch d-pad controls for another game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

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Guide: Nintendo DS on the Retroid Pocket 2

Guide: Nintendo DS on the Retroid Pocket 2

Last updated 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

One of my most pleasant surprises with a new Retroid Pocket 2 is that it can play Nintendo DS games surprisingly well. I just didn’t think that was possible with a single screen, let alone a lack of touchscreen, but it turns out that many games are very manageable with the Retroid Pocket 2, thanks to a special DS emulator called DraStic. So in this guide I’ll walk you through how to download and configure DraStic, and list off some games that perform really well with the Retroid Pocket 2.

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