How to emulate and play

Pokemon is a series that has brought magic to every trainer dedicated to it. And for fans who don’t have 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 it a fan-made game. 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 is always a new one to play if you get bored. However, players must have a suitable emulator. This article will explain how to emulate a Pokemon ROM.

Step 1: Get the correct emulator(s)

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

Advanced Visualboy (Gameboy + Advanced)

Desmume (Nintendo DS)

OpenEmu (Multi-use)

Open Emulator is the one we recommend at The Game Haus because it is able to handle games from multiple system families. Once gamers 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, the official hack or ROM, players will have to visit a ROM site (like CoolROMS at the time). Using as an example, it would then be enough to download the game files. If the player has the correct emulator for the game, they just need to click on it and it will start. Every emulator is different and this article will link individual guides for the best and most popular emulators.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some of these ROM sites can be a bit sketchy. Thus, it is encouraged to do research on sites to avoid. Some examples are Vimmslair, Emuparadise, ROMspedia and many more. Players can also use adblock to ensure that they do not become susceptible to advertisements containing malware.


Pokemon ROM hacks are some of the most fun and creative experiences a fan can take part in. And although Nintendo is trying to silence the fam gaming community, these titles are some of the most loving and demanding projects that keep fans occupied while waiting to support the next official release. Now that people know how to emulate a Pokemon ROM, go ahead and download an emulator and find the ROMs worth playing.

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