Version: 1.0.0   Filesize: 18.8MB

  • Open Source
  • In English
  • Scanned
  • 4.75
  • (8.21 K Downloads)

Citra is one of the versatile and powerful Nintendo 3DS console emulators that can run homebrew titles and commercial games at faster and stable speeds. Using Citra you can relieve those nostalgia days from when you enjoyed your favorite game and still wish to play, but it never saw an official PC port or Console ones. Games like Pokemon X, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds which are most popular for their immersive gameplay and one-of-a-kind storyline can be experienced on your PC and Android platforms with good compatibility and graphical improvements. 

Built from the ground-up by devs of Citra, it fully draws out the power of PC hardware for running major titles for Nintendo 3DS and is an open-source project that is worked by 170 developers all around the world. This app is available for Windows, Linux, or Mac systems. 

Features of Citra

Supports many commercial games
Citra is one of the first and the most official emulator for Nintendo 3DS out there that includes many titles that are playable in-game and has a list of compatible titles included on their website. It can run from small 3DS games to fully commercial and high graphic games like Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater 3D, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Pokemon series, and many more. The only catch is that you have to dump your ROMs legally into the emulator to enjoy the games.

Split screens
One of the best and technically challenging features Citra managed to implement is its two screens and can run several different viewing modes specific to each game. With that, users can view one or both screens simultaneously and switch between them with an assigned key. Although it is recommended to use the upper screen in full screen and leaving the lower one in the native resolution in a corner, in case you need it. 

Gamepad support
There are times when playing with touchscreen controls can be difficult, and requires complex button inputs that are very difficult to pull off in the game. To remedy this, Citra devs also included gamepad support that lets you play with the gamepad and supports almost every gamepad. Allowing you to fully enjoy the game with intuitive controls. In case you face any issues in getting your gamepad to work, there’s an official discord server of Citra as well. You can reach out to them and explain your issues and they’ll come up with fixes and address the bugs.

Frequent updates
The developers of Citra continuously refine the emulator to perfection and receives frequent updates and new features added to the emulator at frequent intervals. Features like Internal resolution that lets you increase the resolution of the game, something which was not possible in the original Nintendo 3DS, GPU emulation, OpenGL ES tweaks as well as fixing many graphical and layout issues, support for save states, and many more.

Steps to download and install Citra

  • 1.  To download Citra, click on the green download button on the upper right side
  • 2.  Downloading of the program will start shortly, wait for few moments
  • 3.  Find the .exe file of Citra in the download folder where the file is saved.
  • 4.  Run the setup file of the emulator and follow the installation instructions.
  • 5.  After installation, you can launch the utility using the desktop icon or start menu.


  • Networking support
  • Runs many commercial Nintendo 3DS games
  • Gamepad support


  • Needs more refining
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App Name: Citra

License: Open Source

OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 7 64 / Windows 8 64 / Windows 10 64

Latest Version: V1.0.0

Latest Update: 2021-02-24

Developer: Citra Emulator Project

User Rating: 4.75

Category: Desktop Enhancements