3DS Hacks - Installing Games and Homebrew Apps

Installing games (.cia files) is a simple process using the FBI application, many homebrew applications also come in .cia format and will appear in the Home menu once installed. Homebrew applications in .3dsx format are not installed, instead, they must be copied to your SD card and loaded via the Homebrew Launcher. This guide will show you how to install backup games and homebrew applications from your SD card onto your hacked 3DS.

Hacked (New) Nintendo 3DS (XL) Console

  • A hacked 3DS with FBI and the Homebrew Launcher are required to install games and homebrew applications
  • These are usually installed as part of the hacking process for 3DS
  • Follow this guide (with pictures) or Plailect’s guide on hacking your 3DS if you have not done so before
  • An SD Card is required to store the exploit files and homebrew apps
  • 32GB or more is recommended to store games
  • The SD card must be formatted to FAT32
  • MicroSD cards are compatible with Old 3DS consoles via a MicroSD to SD adapter

Installing Games (.cia files)

  1. Place any .cia files you wish to install in the /cia/ folder on your SD card3ds install cia game sd folder
  2. Insert your SD card into your 3DS and power it on
  3. Launch FBI and navigate to SD -> cia3ds fbi sd cia folder
  4. Select your .cia -> [Install and delete CIA]3ds install cia fbi
  5. Once installed, press [Home] your game can be found in the home menu3ds install cia home menu cfwaifu

Launching Homebrew Applications (.3dsx files)

3DS Homebrew Application come in the form of .3dsx files and can be run via the Homebrew Launcher

  1. Place your .3dsx file in the /3ds/ folder on your 3DS SD card3ds folder sd card
  2. Insert your SD card into your 3DS and power it on
  3. Launch the Homebrew Launcher from the home menuhomebrew launcher 3ds
  4. Select your app from the list to launch ithomebrew app menu 3ds

3DS Homebrew and Hacks

Convert 3DS ROMs for Installation

  • Use GodMode9 to convert your .3ds ROM’s to .cia files that can be installed on your 3DS

Dump Cartridges to SD

  • Play your games without the cartridge inserted by dumping them directly to your SD card with GodMode9
  • Cartridges can be dumped as multiple formats: .cia for 3DS consoles, .3ds for emulators or .nds for Nintendo DS games

Play DS Games with TWiLight Menu++

  • Play Nintendo DS ROM’s flawlessly using TWiLight Menu++
  • The application also features a built-in cheats manager

Install Virtual Console Games (GBC, GBA, SNES etc)

  • Convert ROM’s to Virtual Console titles and install them directly to your Home menu using New Super Ultimate Injector

Luma3DS Cheats with Checkpoint

  • Easily load game cheats with Checkpoint and activate them using the cheat manager in the Rosalina menu (Luma3DS)