Without a doubt Nintendo DS is the best selling handheld gaming device nowadays. The first version was released back in 2004 and had a simple clamshell design. There is also the Nintendo DS Lite which is basically the same console just slimmer, lighter and with a brighter screen. Other models like the DSi and TWL also exist.

The DS is really popular and this is why there is a huge demand for DS downloads. You can get free DS downloads at most retail stores that carry Nintendo DS games.

At stores offering DS downloads you will get free downloads of game demos and also other content. Owners can simply go to the stores, click on “DS Download Play” and choose what they want to download. The great thing is that all of this is done wirelessly. The demo games are transmitted directly onto your DS.

That is the simplest and most direct way to get official demos and free stuff from Nintendo. It’s free and you can sample whatever games you want before buying them. You are also permitted to play these demos for as long as you want, even if you leave the store without buying anything. However, the demo is gone as soon as you turn of your DS, because it is not stored on it.

These Nintendo DS downloads are the ones most DS gamers know of. A great advantage of downloading at retail stores is that you will get updated regularly by the Nintendo company and game makers.

You can also find free DS downloads on the internet. However, this is not safe. If you don’t have an updated virus scanner installed, you might download malicious code and malware to your DS and run the risk ruining it. Games might fail to start or be too buggy to play.

If you want to download games off the internet you will need a R4 card which has to be plugged into your PC

Now, unfortunately it is very hard to know if you are downloading a usable game or a malicious program uploaded by a hacker. There are several websites online offering free DS downloads or offering paid memberships. Search for the most reliable and safe ones. Look for user reviews that seem authentic.