How to Hook Nintendo DS Up to TV

Updated March 23, 2017

The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming system that was first released in 2004. Since then, numerous upgrades and models have been developed. The DS is a handheld device with touch-screen technology and a quality 3D display. Because it is portable, the DS screen is rather small. For this reason, it is beneficial for DS owners to know how to connect the device to the TV for a larger view of the game.

Purchase a screen covered adaptor for the Nintendo DS, and place it over the top of the Nintendo DS screen. The adaptor should be placed securely onto the DS screen, so the screen images are clearly projected onto the TV screen. The Siliconera website explains that the adaptor transfers the gaming images onto the TV screen.

Plug the RCA cables into the "Video Out" ports on the back of the screen adaptor. Plug the other end of the RCA cables into the "Video In" ports on the back of the TV.

Turn on the television and Nintendo DS. Ensure that all RCA cables are connected securely. Press the "Input" button on the TV remote control repeatedly, until the DS images appear on the TV screen.

Insert a Nintendo DS game, and wait for it to load.

Press the "Start" button on the Nintendo DS to begin game play and test the image. All game images should appear clearly on the television screen. If they are not straight or centred, adjust the screen adaptor to ensure it is secured correctly on the gaming system.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen covered adaptor
  • RCA cables
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