The DraStic DS Emulator proves that technology really has come a hell of a long way since the orginal GameBoy.
I remember a time when that grey brick ruled the universe but I often thought how will Nintendo top this?
Sometime later came the GameBoy advanced and blew our minds but again I thought what can Nintendo possibly do to surpass this?
They answered with the Nintendo DS and changed the handheld gaming landscape forever.
With its slick dual screen design, touch screen feature, and stylus pen it really showed just how creative Nintendo is.
Everytime Nintendo has pushed it’s limits with new innovative devices and now you can enjoy their DS model right now on your tablet or smartphone with the DraStic DS Emulator.
What is DraStic?
DraStic is a wonderful little android app at allows you to run DS games on android devices and is brought to us by the brilliant minds at Exophase
But just being able to play the games isn’t even the tip of this ice-berg.
Other features include:
- Enhance the game’s 3D graphics to 2 by 2 times their original resolution (this optional feature works best on high end quad core devices)
- Customize the placement and size of the DS screens, for portrait and landscape modes
- Fully supports add-on controllers, and physical controls in devices like nVidia Shield and Xperia Play
- Save and resume your progress anywhere with save states
- Tweak your gaming experience with a database of thousands of cheat codes
- Synchronize your save games with your online Google Drive space
- Increase emulation speed with fast-forward
However being able to play games via multiplayer or online is not possible via the app. Hopefully this doesn’t hamper your experience too much. (didn’t bother me)
The developers are aware that being able to play DS games for free could be abused hence the following quote:
DraStic is only intended for play of private backups of legally acquired Nintendo DS games. This product is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo in any way. Do not ask us for ROMs or help getting them – any request will be ignored.
DraStic has really made a name for itself on the emulation scene with well over 1 million installs for a paid app which is tremendously successful.
Apart from the numbers it always has steller reviews and a forum with thousands of members over at drastic-ds.com (psst I’m one of them)
So how do I use it?
Well put simply it’s an app!
Not too long ago in the early to mid 2000’s if you wanted to play your backups from another game console it would be on a desktop PC but times change and now most mobile phones are more powerful then the best computers from years past which makes emulators more accessible.
Since we all know how to use mobile apps it makes the installation process of DraStic pretty self explanitory.
You can get it right now on the Google Play Store for £3.75 (at the time of this post):
Once you install the app you shall see it showing on your home screen:
Once you launch the app you’ll see a pretty straight forward user interface:
From here you simply select “load a new game” and run the DS ROM or you can create a shortcut to individual games from the home screen.
Now that your game is running further options will appear from the dotted menu button:
In here you can launch your loadstates, customize your controller, change your layout and activate cheat codes.
For example I love the Pokemon games but do not have the time these days for grinding to leveling up my monsters so infinite items really speeds things up a bit.
Thats pretty much all you’d need to know to get going.
What’s it like?
I like to give my own thoughts on an emulator instead of just the Lowdown.
So, if you feel the same or have a different experience you can let us know in the comments below.
From what I’ve seen DraStic is a beast and played every single DS game known to man without breaking a sweat which just shows the awesome programming that went into it.
I personally play it on my Vodafone Smart Tab (don’t ask I got it for free from my mobile phone network). You can play it on your mobile phone but I prefer and recommend using a tablet.
It works great as I can play my DS games on a larger screen than the DS itself. It also has the landscape layout which works very well and just isn’t possible on the original console.
I did have a little difficulty with some games in terms of how playable they were using touch screen controls but this might just be me.
I found that some games like Mario 64 DS would require good reaction time for platform jumps that I struggled to pull off on the touch screen but would probably have zero problems using actual phyiscal buttons.
In that case I tend to stick to my slower paced RPG games such as Pokémon Black.
Yes I know I can just connect an external controller to my tablet but I’m lazy and like to just launch the app then get going.
Since its an app on your android device you can also take advantage of jumping over to Whatsapp, checking your twitter, making a few phone calls then going straight back into your session of Super Mario Bros.
DraStic is a great emulator and arguably the best out there for DS games on the go.
In a sea of emulators in Google Play for the DS, this one has established itself by showing its reliability and having a passionate fan base.
I think if your someone with a tonne of DS backups and no DS this is perfect for you.
You can now enjoy the entire Nintendo DS library you loved on your tablet or smartphone which just makes sense.
That about wraps up what I wanted to say on DraStic. If you ever try it or use it already please leave me a comment or hit me up on twitter with your experiences.
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