Top 11 Best 3DS Homebrew Apps in 2020

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In itself, the Nintendo DS is already one amazing gaming system and many people will agree with this. But, when you add R4 DS card into the equisaion and in addition to that a few dedicated homebrew programmers, you will definitely be able to appreciate this ultra cool handheld console.

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3. CTR Streaming Server

Free download

CTR Streaming Server is a homebrew app for the Nintendo 3DS. It serves as a network server for playing both audio and video types of media sent to it from other network devices and HID reporting over the network.

CTR Streaming Server

CTR Streaming Server

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by Helen Curtisreviewed on March 14, 2019

    by Helen Curtisreviewed on March 14, 2019

    3DS homebrew network server is used for playing media sent to it from other network devices. It is a great way to store your media and files

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by Maricela Cervantesreviewed on July 16, 2018

    by Maricela Cervantesreviewed on July 16, 2018

    Out of all the homebrew streaming apps available on 3DS, this is possibly the best one due to its fast buffering and smooth interface

Best 3ds Homebrew Apps 2021

Best 3ds homebrew Apps
Best 3ds homebrew Apps
  • 3Ds Homebrew Browser
  • 3Ds Paint
  • CTRXplorer
  • Reddit
  • FTPony

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3Ds Homebrew Browser

3ds homebrew browser
3ds homebrew browser

First of all, let us start with the browsing homebrew application. As we all knew that every smartphone or computer comes up with a pre-made browser. Browser is all we need in any kind of console. Likewise, the 3ds homebrew browser is the most recommended one for download and install any other apps for the 3ds system.

After the installation of desired apps and Softwares, the browser helps to save the downloaded stuff directly on the device. Thus it provides direct access to the applications with a simple user interface. It is quite simple to browse all kinds of stuff in this app. That’s why this app is most favorable for the users, who want to explore newly released applications day by day.

3Ds Paint

3ds paint
3ds paint

Secondly, we are going to discuss the 3Ds paint application. This paint application works well with the standard features like drawing, editing the image, working with shapes, color palette, and so on. All the drawings can be saved on the SD card.In addition to that, it replaces the file manager for your console. It is pretty simple to store all the local drawing stuff in local storage for future use.

3d paint not only works as a paint tool but also works as a file manager. It stores the drawings in the .bmp image format in your local storage area. With this app, you can draw any of your art and erase it wherever you want.

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CTRXplorer

CTRexplorer
CTRexplorer

We all have file explorer in our hand-in devices as well as computers. Right?Because we know the frequent usage of the file explorer. Likewise, the CTRXplorer is an awesome app that is designed to serve as a file explorer for Nintendo Console. The highlight of this particular app is its virtual keyboard. Moreover, it is an open-source file managing application that works well for 3ds.

You can able to do all the basic and advanced file managing options on this app. It includes copying the files, moving from source to destination, deleting the unwanted files, rename the files, creating directories for files, view, and edit as per your wish. CTRXplorer is a great functional tool for generating better performance of the console.

Reddit

Reddit
Reddit

If you spend most of your time on Internet, then you must come across the platform named Reddit. It is another great homebrew application, available on both iOS and Android devices. However, Reddit lets you raise your voice in the Reddit community, posting queries and get the answers back too. Also, Reddit has a massive collection of user base across the Internet world.

Reddit has impressive features and options. That includes subreddits, threads, links, news feeds, current events, discussions, and more. Once you entered into Reddit, you must go with some unknown information. Since, it is well-known for informative websites. Furthermore, it allows the user to put votes for the desired post and share them with your friends. Pick this impressive application for your 3Ds console.

FTPony

FTPony is an excellent homebrew app for your 3ds console systems. Usually, we need to transfer the files to a required destination. File Transfer Protocol is simply abbreviated as FTP. It aims to work with managing and transferring the files.FTPony serves as a File transferring server and uses for transfer the files without removing and replacing the SD card. It reduces the manual work and does the job well. FTP is truly a time-saving tool. You need not reinsert the SD card to transfer the files. To use this app, you must have some basic computer knowledge.

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6. 3DS Paint

Free download

3DS Paint is a homebrew application for Nintendo 3DS. With this app, you can draw anything you want, with 7 colors and an eraser. You can also save your drawing to the SDCARD in .bmp image format.

3DS Paint

3DS Paint

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by Rachel Hunterreviewed on March 14, 2019

    by Rachel Hunterreviewed on March 14, 2019

    I’ve started using this app a few months back when Paint on my laptop stopped working for some stupid reason. I thought this would be a temp solutions, but I realized soon that its acc better than paint itself. Sure the screen is smaller than a laptops, but the options are more vast More

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by Jack Aguilarreviewed on March 22, 2018

    by Jack Aguilarreviewed on March 22, 2018

    fits topic

5. 3DS Paint

3DS Paint is a homebrew application for Nintendo 3DS that allows we to draw, image editing, and many other features in our system. It is available for all class of people and is categorized under 3DS homebrew app. One can install this app in many ways. We can also save our drawing to the SD card. We can find some instructions on the 3DS’s top screen. This is a fully capable file manager and as such per definition a powerful tool. While its implementation tries to prevent us from accidentally doing anything stupid, it still assumes us to know what we are doing.For example, nothing will prevent us from just deleting the “Nintendo 3ds” folder. While being thoroughly tested and in daily by the growing number of users, we can still not fully exclude that there are some bugs left.

Unlocked Potential

Homebrew software installed in Luma3DS
Homebrew software installed in Luma3DS

Personally, when I hear the term custom firmware I think of something like DD-WRT or Aaron Christophel’s work with Xiaomi Bluetooth thermometers. In other words,  firmware replacements that leave you with essentially a completely different device. So part of me was surprised when I rebooted my system into Luma3DS and everything appeared to be exactly the same. I even wondered for a minute or two if I’d done something wrong.

After a closer look at the project’s GitHub repository, the situation became clearer. While the community refers to it as a custom firmware, it would be more accurate to say that Luma3DS patches the system’s stock firmware to enable an extended feature set. A major part of that is enabling the user to install and run non-Nintendo applications, but there’s also a system menu, accessed with a special button combination, that lets you tweak more advanced settings.

With Luma3DS installed, the 3DS retains 100% of its original functionality. You can still play all your games, connect to the eShop to download new titles, and play online with others. It’s apparently even safe to install an official firmware update with it installed, though again, it’s unlikely any more of those are coming down the pike.

8. PlayCoin

This is just the right hack. Installing this will allow Ninjhax users to tinker with the number of coins to play with. Using this app is pretty simple and easy. All you need to do is just choose the number of coins you want. So this is nothing but a booty of infinite play coins at your disposal. This is one of the best 3ds homebrew apps. But no more than 300 coins can be held in one instance. That is the limit set by the system.

Two-Dimensional Action: MegaETK

Fans of the Mega Man series will find a lot to like about MegaETK, a homebrew game that combines 2D platforming action with minor RPG elements. Jump around, blast enemies, take on colorful bosses, save money, and burden your little Mega Man clone with a shopping addiction.

Strategy: DiceWars DS

DiceWars DS is an addictive strategy game that plays a lot like Risk. It's you versus seven computer-controlled opponents, and everybody is hungry for land. If you're a fan of Risk, don't let this one slip you by.

DSTwitter – Twitter client



 DSTwitter was a very simple twitter client for

 DSTwitter was a very simple twitter client for the Nintendo DS, it worked very well to read and even reply to tweets. Unfortunately as it only ever has support for basic Twitter authentication and no OAuth support, it no longer works as twitter removed basic auth in 2009 3.

Cultural Differences

Just like the custom firmware installation process, switching your system’s region is very well documented. I had no problem getting the US firmware on my 3DS, though it should be said the process takes considerably longer than getting Luma3DS installed in the first place. Unfortunately, once the region is switched, you can no longer access Nintendo’s official services for purchasing software, downloading updates, or playing online. That said, local wireless multiplayer with American consoles works as expected and you can still run physical retail games.

I’ve noticed a few odd glitches as well, though nothing really critical. One time, the system claimed it needed to install a firmware update, and then after a minute or two of downloading files, tossed up an error message. The firmware will also lock up after I check the system notifications, but they are fairly annoying in the first place so I just turned them off.

So is switching regions worth it? I’d say that depends on how you plan on using the system. If you’re more interested in running your old favorites through RetroArch than you are playing modern games, absolutely. But if you want to get the most out of the system, including its various online functions, the downsides from switching regions will likely outweigh the financial savings.

List of 3DS homebrew – WikiTemp, the GBAtemp wiki

3DS Homebrew Demo Make a black screen by filling each pixel with black. Write text on screen. – ARM9 homebrew Snailface: 3DS Homebrew Touch – ARM9 homebrew Snailface: 3DS Life Increase/decrease random cells spawn speed Helreizer543: Git: 3dsmandelbrot: Arm11 homebrew. Mandelbrot, with zoom function xantoz: 3DS-PAD

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