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Pokemon Rom Hacks: How to Emulate and Play

Pokemon ROM hacks

Pokemon is a series that has brought magic to every trainer dedicated to it. And for those fans who can’t muster the patience to wait for the next official release, there is a solution: Pokemon ROM hacks. For those who don’t know, Pokemon ROM hacks are when fans hack the ROM of a Pokemon game, like FireRed, Leafgreen, Black, and others, and make a fan-made game from them. Famous ROM hacks include Pokemon Ash Grey, Pokemon Adventures Red Chapter, Pokemon Gaia, Pokemon Light Platinum, and many more. The ROM hack community is huge and there’s always a new one to play if one is bored. However, players must have a proper emulator. This article will go over how to emulate a Pokemon ROM.

Step 1: Get the Correct Emulator(s)

Obviously, before emulating a certain ROM, one must get the right emulator for the job. This can be done by typing in emulators into Google and seeing what there is to download. Sometimes, however, it can be good to know what type of emulator one is looking for. For example, in order to emulate a Playstation or Gameboy game, players need an emulator that supports both of them or one emulator for each. Here are examples of emulators one could use for Pokemon.

Visualboy Advanced (Gameboy + Advanced)

Desmume (Nintendo DS)

OpenEmu (Multi-use)

Open Emulator is one that we at The Game Haus recommend due to it being able to handle games from multiple families of systems. Once players choose their desired emulators, they can download and install it on their computer.

Step 2: Find the Desired ROM

In order to find the ROM, official, or ROM hack, players will have to visit a ROM site (such as CoolROMS back in the day). Using as an example, one would then just need to download the game’s files. If the player has the right emulator for the game, they only need to click on it and it will start. Each emulator is different and this article will link individual guides for the best working and most popular emulators.

One other thing to keep in mind is that some of these ROM sites might be a little sketchy. So, it is encouraged to do research on which sites to avoid. Some examples are Vimmslair, Emuparadise, ROMspedia, and many more. Players can also use adblock to make sure that they don’t become susceptible to ads that contain malware.


Pokemon ROM hacks are some of the most fun and creative experiences that a fan can get in on. And though Nintendo would try to silence the fam game community, these titles are some of the most love-filled and high-effort projects that keep fans occupied while waiting to support the next official release. Now that people know how to emulate a Pokemon ROM, get out there, download an emulator, and find the ROMs worth playing.

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Pokemon Rom Hacks: How to Emulate and Play - The Game Haus - Pokémon News April 19, 2022 at 1:06 am

[…] This piece will show players how to emulate a Pokemon ROM. ROM hacks are a fun way to pass the time until the next official Pokemon game.View full source […]


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