Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)
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The Virtual Console titles are merely shells for any game that is contained within it. They support a variety of systems right out of the box, simply requiring a swap of the game binary contained within the RomFS (as well as a bit of editing, depending on the game format) to run a different system.
Supported binaries are NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. However, the Game Boy Color Virtual Console emulator can run Game Boy Advance, NES, and FDS games, although the NES Virtual Console emulator can only run other NES games.
Game Boy Advance Support
While there are 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games that do run at full speed (only ever made available for 3DS Ambassadors), they rely on hardware backward-compatibility via rebooting into a separate firmware called AGB_FIRM, thus they lack certain features including sleep support and save states. However, there is also a software-based emulator built into the Game Boy Color Virtual Console container.
It does work to a degree, but it's incredibly slow and unstable. However, it has full support for the main functions that other Virtual Console games have, such as save states and resuming where you left off, both of which are used for the GBA Virtual Console on the Wii U. It's likely Nintendo tried to do proper GBA emulation on the 3DS, rather than rely on hardware backwards-compatibility.
Document the full debug mode (some screenshots by Hiccup).
While only compatible with the NES Virtual Console container, if multiple NES binaries are placed within the /rom/ directory of the Virtual Console RomFS and modified appropriately to run, when you start the application you'll be presented with a menu in which you can explore the Virtual Console's RomFS contents and boot a different game, although to change the game you're playing does require you close and restart the application.
Unannounced SNES Titles
On March 1, 2016, Nintendo announced and began releasing SNES Virtual Console games to New Nintendo 3DS users. Hidden within the emulator binary is a list of games, some of which were released, and others were not. The text is stored in the .code of the ExeFS in Shift-JIS.
Green backgrounds denote released games.
|String Name||Game Title|
|Super Marioworld||Super Mario World|
|Super Picross||Mario no Super Picross|
|Zeldanodensetsu||Zelda no Densetsu (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)|
|Super Donkey Kong||Super Donkey Kong 1 (Donkey Kong Country)|
|Shvc Fireemblem||Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem|
|ﾊﾟﾈﾙ ﾃﾞ ﾎﾟﾝ||Paneru de Pon (Tetris Attack)|
|Sutte Hakkun Np||Sutte Hakkun|
|Fireemblem4||Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War|
|Picross Np Vol.1||Picross NP Vol1|
|Kirby Bowl||Kirby Bowl (Kirby's Dream Course)|
|Street Fighter 2||Street Fighter II|
|Akumajo Dracula||Akumajo Dracula (Super Castlevania IV)|
|Seikendensetsu 2||Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana)|
|Sfx Dragonballz2||Dragon Ball Z 2|
|Goemon 4||Ganbare Goemon 4|
|Kamaitachi No Yoru||Kamaitachi no Yoru|
|R-type 3||R-Type III|
|Final Fight||Final Fight|
|Torneconodaibouken||Torneko no Dai Bouken|
|Gradius 3||Gradius III|
|Herakles 3||Heracles III (Glory of Heracles III: Silence of the Gods)|
|Digital Devil Story||Shin Megami Tensei|
|Hu Super Bomberman 3||Super Bomberman 3|
|Super Mario Kart||Super Mario Kart|
|Supermario Collection||Super Mario Collection (Super Mario All-Stars)|
|Super Metroid||Super Metroid|
|Mother-2||Mother 2 (EarthBound)|
|Super Punch-out!!||Super Punch-Out!!|
|Super Donkey Kong 2||Super Donkey Kong 2 (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)|
|Super Donkey Kong 3||Super Donkey Kong 3 (Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble)|
|ﾍｲｾｲ ｼﾝｵﾆｶﾞｼﾏ ｾﾞﾝﾍﾟﾝ||Heisei Sin Onigasima Zen|
|ﾍｲｾｲ ｼﾝｵﾆｶﾞｼﾏ ｺｳﾍﾝ||Heisei Sin Onigasima Kou|
|Gk-wrecking Crew||Wrecking Crew 98|
|Mini4ku Lets&go Wgp2||Mini Yonku Let's & Go!! 2|
|Kirby No Kira Kizzu||Kirby no Kirakira Kids|
|Power Soukoban||Power Soukoban|
|Picross Np Vol.2||Picross NP Vol2|
|Picross Np Vol.3||Picross NP Vol3|
|Picross Np Vol.4||Picross NP Vol4|
|ﾊｼﾞﾏﾘﾉ ﾓﾘ||HAJIMARI NO MORI|
|ｼｮﾀﾞｲ ﾈｯｹﾂ ｺｳﾊ ｸﾆｵｸﾝ||Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun|
|ﾄﾚｼﾞｬｰﾊﾝﾀｰg||Treasure Hunter G|
|ﾍﾗｸﾚｽ4 ｶﾐｶﾞﾐｶﾗﾉｵｸﾘﾓﾉ||Hercules IV (Glory of Heracles IV: Gift from the Gods)|
|ｽｰﾊﾟｰﾜｷﾞｬﾝﾗﾝﾄﾞ||Super Wagyan Land|
|Final Fantasy 5||Final Fantasy 5|
|Final Fantasy 6||Final Fantasy 6|
|Clock Tower Sfx||Clock Tower Sfx|
|Dragonquest 1･2||Dragon Quest 1+2|
|Dragonquest3||Dragon Quest 3|
|ｸﾆｵｸﾝﾉ ﾄﾞｯｼﾞﾎﾞ-ﾙ||Kunio Kun No Dodgeball|
|M A J I N T E N S E I||Majintensei|
|ﾏ ｼﾞﾝ ﾃ ﾝ ｾ ｲ 2||Majintensei2|
|Default Apps||Nintendo 3DS Camera • Mii Maker • StreetPass Mii Plaza • Face Raiders • AR Games • Activity Log • Nintendo Zone • System Settings|
|Included with System Update||Nintendo eShop • Miiverse • Nintendo Network Settings • Internet Browser|
|Downloadable Apps||Virtual Console • YouTube • Swapnote|