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Windows 95 running on a 3DS looks as awesome as it sounds

Someone went out and put a modified version of Windows 95 on their Nintendo 3DS, though it's only the operating system proper at this point.

Published Sun, Jan 3 2016 11:41 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

As seems to be the tradition in the hardware hacking and modding community, someone has installed Windows 95 on their Nintendo 3DS. Why? Why not!

Windows 95 running on a 3DS looks as awesome as it sounds |

Having Windows 95 running is a bit of a hallmark, similar to getting an emulated version of Doom running on various bits of hardware. Just two year ago an astute modder was able to run Windows 95 on a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch. And why? Simply because it has never been done before, and because they could!

So that means that soon we'll have instructions on how to run an emulated version of Windows 95 on your 3DS or 3DSXL. But like all great efforts in the beginning, this doesn't have much functionality yet. The touchscreen doesn't work and no other programs can be run after getting to the desktop. Once the touchscreen issue is taken care of and the controller is functional, we might just see Doom running on it too.


Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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