RetroArch: Fix Touch Screen not working on NDS games

  • This tutorial detailed the steps to fix touch screen not working issue when playing NDS games on RetroArch.
  • The steps work for Android, iOS as well as Computer running Windows, Mac or Linux.
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Playing Nintendo DS (NDS) games on RetroArch and found that the touchscreen is not working as expected / intended? Don’t worry, it’s not the NDS cores problems (either DesMuMe or MelonDS) but rather a config you need to first setup and change when playing NDS games for the first time on RetroArch.

Check out the simple fix below to enable touchscreen when playing NDS games on RetroArch.

How to activate Touch Screen control when playing NDS games on RetroArch

These are the steps you need to do to activate touch screen control when playing NDS games on RetroArch – works for Android, iOS or Computer (Win / Linux / Mac).

nintendo ds and nintendo ds lite
Nintendo DS comes with 2 screens, where the screen at the bottom is touch-enabled screen. Image courtesy of Nintendo.

1) Run the NDS game as usual.

2) Once the game started, press the RetroArch button to bring up the Quick Menu.

3) Follow the instruction below based on your RetroArch platform.

On Android deviceOn the Quick Menu, navigate to the Options > Touch Mode > Touch.
On iOS deviceOn the Quick Menu, navigate to the Options > Pointer Type > Touch.
On Computer (Win / Linux / Mac)On the Quick Menu, navigate to the Options > Touch Mode > Mouse.

Now try to resume your NDS games, by right you should now be able to navigate the game using touch screen like how it’s intended on the original NDS handheld.

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3 thoughts on “RetroArch: Fix Touch Screen not working on NDS games

  • September 8, 2021 at 3:35 am

    Thanks so much for the help!!!

  • June 3, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    In picross 3d you have in the same time to select the tool to breaks or mark and to touch on the block. Then it is multitouch. It does not work. Do you think it is possible to make it work?


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