DeSmuME 0.9.8 released!

Yes, it’s been a while since the last release, but we haven’t been completely idle. There’s a brand new top shelf Cocoa frontend to make life far more pleasant for OSX users, and a host of compatibility fixes.

Head on over to the download page and check it out!

* edit (09-apr-2012) – the win32 binary was updated to remove the console window which was accidentally left enabled
* edit (18-apr-2012) – the win32 nosse2 binary was updated to fix it so that it was actually what it says it is
* edit (29-jul-2012) – the OSX version doesn’t work in mountain lion. youll get sound but no video. we’ll post an update here when we have a solution for you.

337 Responses to “DeSmuME 0.9.8 released!”

  1. DeSFan says:

    To all who ask about wifi :
    Theres no wifi bc its not yet that stable hope devs find a way to make it work as a real ds soon

  2. Pangea says:

    How do you bring up the START meny in pokemon black & white, i’ve bound the button to space but nothing happends >.<

  3. DeSFan says:

    Oh ok thanks for the fast reply man ill stick with 0.9.8 then stability always comes first than speed :d

    Lol @ the pokemon questions you are getting asked here everyday xD

  4. dharma says:

    I am unable to bring up the start menu in my Pokemon Platinum or my Pokemon Heart Gold (Thankfully it has a menu at the bottom screen for me to use) But start and select do not work no matter what buttons I set them to. Can someone please tell me how to fix this problem? Thank you.

    • zeromus says:

      there is no start menu in DS pokemon games. think about it.

      zekrom: that’s a very difficult project, for someone else to do.

  5. dharma says:

    Oh and I didn’t mention this before, but I have a Mac, so I don’t know if this no-start button problem is for Macs only on Pokemon games. Thanks again to anyone who can help me out

  6. Zekrom says:

    how about create desume’s own wifi server’s?

  7. Chris Shade says:

    Question, is there a way to fix the speed problem DeSmuME always seem to have?

  8. dharma says:

    Then how do you switch your party around, equip items, etc…?

  9. Lan21x says:

    how do you play DSiWare games like Zenonia on desmume?

  10. rennsport says:

    Hey guys,

    Thanks so much for the update! It seems to have fixed the Soul Silver/Heart Gold freezing at trainer battles I was having. Keep up the good work :D

  11. DeSFan says:

    I get black screens after 10m of gameplay when i exit a house with a clean soulsilver eupopean rom.
    No problems if i patch the rom with rudolphs patch tho :d

  12. DeSFan says:

    Hey btw thanks for ur awesome job now we can save firmware settings it feels like a real ds now :d
    I have a suggestion for 0.9.9 can you make skins of real ds (white, black etc) i had a modified no$gba with a cool skin and stylus for my mouse cursor, it would be great if you would add skins for this amazing emu.
    Oh and more color selection for narrow border and an option to enable/disable console would be great :d

  13. Frank O says:

    Ok I have Pokemon Black and im trying to connect to the internet using my WiFi but i cant, can someone help me!!!

    • zeromus says:

      chris shade: read the faq
      desfan: try contacting the modifiers of nocash to get them to make similar modifications for desmume. you can try adding suggestions to our bug tracker on
      frank: theres no wifi support

  14. Tempguest says:

    Is there any way to play 0.9.7 game save files on .8?

  15. NVM says:

    thank you for update desmume :D

  16. Tempguest says:

    I’ve found that you can Shift + F(1-12) on the older version before you download the new game and you can press F(1-12) on the new version and play from the moment you pressed Shift + F(1-12) on the older version.

  17. mieu says:

    can someone help me? when I started playing, the game is so slow… how can i fix that?

  18. ExtremeDude2 says:

    Get a better computer >.>

  19. Ahmed says:

    thank you =)

  20. dharma says:

    So I got everything else to work, but when I beat the Pokemon league in platinum, it won’t allow me to save through the game so I literally can’t do anything else since the save state saves where I am on my computer. When I try to save through the game it says that a save state already exists and it can’t possibly save another. Can anybody offer me any help?

  21. Zero says:

    I would the feature to change the date and time instead of changing my computers date and time.

  22. Titouf says:

    Well now, I just read all posts but there’s no clear answer : Is there any way to fix Pokemon Soul Silver’s freezes ? Saving in-game and restarting every 5 minutes is annoying as hell. And thanks a lot for the nice work ! Except for Pokemon SS I’ve never had any problem with this emulator.. By far the best one. Thanks guys !

  23. Titouf says:

    Ok then, I’ll just go on like that, thanks anyways :)

  24. Luke says:

    Desmume works fine but i cant seem to find the cheats bar i typed it in on the help but i cant find it BTW im using a mac

  25. Sam says:

    To the DeSmu team: This build works far superior to the last builds, Ive done a wrapping on your Windows version to use it on mac. But i found i prefer this new version as it runs much smoother, Take as much time as you need to fix the bugs. Make sure its amazing.

    To the people: If you have simple problems like not finding where the cheats are. Its because you opened it once and didn’t check the menu for it, That or your just dumb and downloaded an older version

  26. rogerman says:

    Actually, the Mac version, as of v0.9.8, has full support for cheats.

    Just use the Emulation > Show Cheats Manager menu option.

  27. Serchman says:

    Please could you tell me how to change the control options in this mac emulator, i have download it and i can’t find the select button, or i doesn’t work, some people tell me it was in the space button but it doesn’t please help :S

  28. Luke says:

    rogerman but when i open the emulation bar it doesn’t show cheats

  29. rogerman says:

    Serchman: Refer to README.MAC for the key bindings. You can also change the key bindings by choosing the DeSmuME > Preferences menu option.

    zeromus: He he he, :p

    Luke: You must be using an older version of DeSmuME for Mac. Be sure to download the latest version, and then try again.

  30. Luke says:

    rogerman okay now i have the latest version but when i load a rom all i see is a grey screen

    P.S: sorry i have been bothering you about this

  31. rogerman says:

    Luke, this is something that shouldn’t be happening. Go ahead and make a post on our tech support forum describing your issue. Be sure to include your OS version and the ROM you are trying to load, and I will be happy to help you.

  32. MorroW says:

    Hey, I’m getting a wierd problem where everything for some reason is going in slow motion no matter what game im playing. ive checked through all the different options and cant see anything to speed the game up

    any help would be appreciated, thanks.

  33. yoru says:

    well i downloaded it and when i did i got a white screen. and when i open a rom the screen size chenges even when i do get the rom open the screen is white and when i try to open the 3d settings the screen size just changes in its place :I plz help

  34. Jay says:

    This is probably the best emulator for DS games currently available! I love it and use it often.

    I made some Dock Icons for it, if anyone’s interested. They come in blue, light blue, green, red, silver, white, pink and yellow. Check them out:

  35. akazukichacha says:

    mr. desmume i love your worKs.. caN you create the Ds emulator For Psp??? thank you

  36. mike says:

    sorry if someone has all ready mentioned this..but there are a lot of posts to read through…
    got the kingdom hearts re-coded rom,
    plays fine, and i can even save,
    however if i then quit the game and close desmume by clicking on the red close button i can’t reload the save.
    has anyone got a fix to this??

  37. madapaka1000 says:

    i love this emulator… but can i ask.. are you guys gonna make another and new version of this emulator??? or this is really the final release?

  38. 14DWright says:

    To everyone who is on a Mac who still has no idea how to speed up the emulation, I find that it is best to disable auto frame skip and disable speed limit

  39. JoeX009 says:

    when is it going to have wifi

  40. teeheepowah says:

    this is the best emulator i have ever found :) oh andthis is going to be a long shot but does anyone know where to get a nds emulator for android?

  41. momo says:

    can you add a turbo button like there was on the vba please. this is my first ds emulator and i really like it, only hope for a speed/turbo like vba had (space bar). BUT YOU GUYS ARE TOO KIND TAKING TIME OUT TO DO THIS! THANK YOU! looking forward to the next update and hopefully you guys may add a turbo button. :D

  42. AceGreed says:

    Thanks A lot for doing this Emulator! <3 and please dont take my wrong its awesome! it would also be cooler if it had the Turbo bottom like the vba xD But Awesome job you guys! :D

  43. shinmegami30 says:

    In Suikoden Teikries, the dub are very slow, and when the game played a movie clip a echo dub was played. I don’t know why, Wish that anyone here can help me. . .

  44. AFRAN says:


  45. gabe05 says:

    Hey guys! i’m truly thankful for this new update, 0.9.7 on mac was really slow, but now with this version it’s so fast that it makes me feel like i’m playing on a actual ds!, also it would be really great if you could do something like a dual link up for trading pokemons so the wifi could discarded just a thought! but again thank you very much for making the mac version better than ever

  46. guest86 says:

    Oh I see. Admin need to fix problem. Hold on Tab is not good idea, it will make your finger’s muscle sore or pain when hold on tab key for a long time. I know due to RPG games must speed up and play in no time! I know all RPG games are put us wait more more time like slow!! RPG games are waste our time right? Answer is Yes! Then speed up and will help us play RPG games faster. Need to fix problem, instead press on Tab tab one time, then game will speed up, when you want to stop speed up, just hit Tab key again to return back to normal. I tink you need to move setting to – (to slow down speed) and + (to speed up) keys on keyboard will be great idea. Desktop and laptops already had – and + keys, not hard to find, really easy to do it. :-)

    Similar to Snes9x 1.51 Emulator, I always press on – (to speed down under 100% such as 75%, 50% @ 25% – very slower) and + (to speed up) buttons of key from my keyboard to speed up or speed down. Have slower speed like 50% up to 417% (extreme fastest), 100% is default speed settings = normal speed.

  47. Elite says:

    Hey can we migrate Pokemon from The 5 GBA Games in this Emulator?
    If yes How to do it and do i need a save file from the GBA Game that i want to migrate the Pokemon from?

    Thanks for the Emulator Devs i tested some games good speed no bugs very good compatibility and many good options i can even save Firmware settings this is like a Real DS :D
    I hope you this gets Wi-Fi someday :P

  48. Zabian says:

    Please prioritize ad hoc local wifi (Not the one through nintendo’s servers, that one is scary). Would be great if we could connect emulators through lan. Thanks!

  49. guest86 says:

    - and + keys not work on Desmume emulator.

    Only on Super Nintendo emulator – Snes9x 1.51 Emulator. Key (-) to turn speed down to slow game down. Key (+) to turn speed up like increase to make game faster than normal speed.

    • zeromus says:

      check the hotkey config dialog, if you cant find a hotkey. try the OTHER – and + keys, the ones not on the numpad.

  50. WritZ says:

    Spiderman 3 not working! Saying cannot save, and to remove the DS card.
    Any clues!!