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Are there any difference between both console roms? Is it possible to play 3ds games on nds emulator?

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The 3DS is the successor to the NDS. Their ROMs are as different as the NGC's and Wii's, or the Wii's and Wii U's. If there was such a thing as a 3DS emulator, you might be able to play NDS ROMs on it, but not the other way round. That's because not only do they feature different hardware, but the 3DS has more features as well, which the NDS (and thus, NDS emulators as well) does not have. For instance; the 3DS possesses a 3D slider and an analog pad, which the game needs to account for. Trying to access those will undoubtedly lead to a crash or otherwise undefined behaviour on the NDS. – Nolonar May 21 '13 at 18:01
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Well as the name implies the nds is the earlier version of the n3ds....the n3ds proves to be better than its brother with outstanding graphics and more sales....concerning the roms I thinks that will just be a tug of quality...seeing as the 3ds is better I think the nds will be substandard to its brother...3ds is an autostereoscopic device capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories and other than that they are both dual screen device and I fink that a rom for the nds cam work on the 3ds but I am quite sure u cannot use the 3ds rom on the nds because of its backward compatibility

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It is not possible. Although the structure is more or less the same, the 3DS has a new firmware, which has yet to be emulated. There is no 3DS-emulator out yet, but you could hack 3DS-roms like normals ROMs, because the system is still the same.

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Just to re-iterate what the other posters have said:

This all comes down to backward compatibility, as does every other device. A newer device will generally play old content (with a few exceptions). However, an older device will not play newer content; this is either due to drivers, graphics, core framework and the like...

As Looper advised - there is currently no 3DS Emulator out as of yet. So in short - No, it isn't possible to play 3DS games on a standard NDS Emulator.

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