Citrafor Windows


Emulate and play Nintendo games on your PC

Citra can emulate many games from the original handheld console Nintendo 3DS. You play games you never had the chance to and experience what made them great.

Nintendo game time on your desktop 

You can play games you’ve never played before at no cost since you don’t need to purchase the handheld console and games. 

Emulators such as Citra run the operating system of another device, such as the Nintendo 3DS. This means you can run games made for the Nintendo 3DS directly on your computer by using Citra.

Citra is capable of running many games, especially all the Pokemon games for the 3DS. These are still the most sought after of the Nintendo range. Since you don’t need to purchase the handheld console and games individually, you save money and have a wider variety of games.

You can revisit classics such as Mario, Pokemon Yellow, Kirby’s Adventure, and Castlevania Mirror of Fate. The main website features a compatibility list, letting you ensure that a game will work before downloading it.

The Nintendo 3DS has two screens, and Citra displays both of these in a variety of modes. You’re capable of focusing the main screen and displaying the secondary in a small corner window. With the console, the second screen works through touch, but in Citra, it works by using your mouse.

Citra brings the same reliability to every operating system. You play with friends and compete for the quickest run, regardless of the operating system they use.

Another huge advantage is that Citra is open source, which means that anyone can contribute and help make the program better.

Where can you run this program?

Citra is available for Windows 7 and up (64-bit versions), Linux and MacOS 10.13 and later. You’ll also need a graphics chip that supports OpenGL 3.3 or newer.

Is there a better alternative?

No, Citra is a brilliant emulator for the 3DS system and has over a hundred developers due to it being open source.

Our take

Citra is a fun way to play classic Nintendo 3DS games on your computer. With a compatibility list available you’ll always know which games you can play.

Should you download it?

Yes, Citra is free and constantly being improved upon by many developers. It’s easy to use and quick to set up.


  • Runs almost all Nintendo 3DS games
  • Available on all desktop systems
  • Free


  • Doesn’t run every game
  • Not available on Android or iOS
  • Doesn’t recognise joysticks

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