Check out this 3DS Pokemon ROM Hacks Collection featuring ROM Hacks of Pokemon X/Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun/Moon, and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. These ROM hacks add a ton of new features and experiences! All you will need to play is the Homebrew Launcher on your 3DS.
- 1 What is a Rom Hack?
- 2 3DS Pokemon ROM Hacks Collection
- 2.1 Pokemon Rutile Ruby and Star Sapphire
- 2.2 Pokémon Rising Ruby and Sinking Sapphire
- 2.3 Screenshots
- 2.4 How to install
- 2.5 Pokemon Eternal X and Wilting Y
- 2.6 Pokemon Neo X and Neo Y
- 2.7 Pokemon Nova Sun and Umbra Moon
- 2.8 Pokemon Supernova Sun and Penumbra Moon
What is a Rom Hack?
ROM hacking is the process of modifying or patching a ROM image (usually of a video game) to alter the game’s graphics, dialogue, levels, gameplay, and/or other elements.
Why play ROM Hacks?
There are many reasons to play ROM hacks. Some of them are:
- Fresh New Gameplay – If you love a game and wish you could experience more of it, playing a ROM hack is for you. ROM Hacks usually add new content, worlds, and features to a game.
- Translations – Many games are released in Japanese before they’re released in English or any other language. In most cases, they’re released in Japanese years before they’re localized. Sometimes they don’t get localized at all and never see the light of day outside of Japan.
- Improvements – Sometimes a game mechanic is not implemented well in a game, or the UI is not so good. ROM Hacks can help improve the games features, user interface, and more without necessarily altering the actual story or levels.
3DS Pokemon ROM Hacks Collection
Pokémon Rutile Ruby and Star Sapphire are ROM hacks of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Their main purpose is to provide a more challenging game experience while not artificially limiting the player. The premier feature of Rutile Ruby and Star Sapphire is the ground-up redesign of Pokémon Trainers in the world to increase the game’s challenge. Every trainer in the game has been edited, and the level curve expects use of the Experience Share, which means that you level up very quickly. You should be hitting Level 100 by the time you get to the Elite Four.
The secondary focus of RR/SS is to function as a sort of “20XX Hack Pack” where everything obtainable is 100% legal for real online battles, and some features are designed to make preparing competitive teams much less of a hassle.
How to Install
If you have a CFW and .cia of the game you can follow the installation instructions in the official release thread.
Rising Ruby and Sinking Sapphire are modifications of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire that allow you to play through the main game with all 721 Pokémon obtainable. They go through the challenge of a significantly stronger Pokémon League. A huge emphasis has been placed on Pokémon availability, with most areas in the game offering 10 or 11 species that haven’t been seen before that point. The mostly equal chance of encountering any of the Pokémon in an area also mean you’re unlikely to get the same thing twice on the first encounter, making the game lend itself well to Nuzlocke runs (if you can handle the extra challenge from the trainer battles!).
How to install
For instructions read the readme file in the .zip archive linked above.
Eternal X & Wilting Y are typical difficulty/721 hacks. All Pokémon are obtainable in all versions of the games. Trade evolutions are optional and they are, of course, more difficult than the base games. Both EX and WY come in three versions:
- The Legal Version makes useful Hidden Abilities easily available, and adds many egg and tutor moves to almost every Pokémon’s level up moves, all of which are legal in the official games (hence the name).
- The Rebalanced Version includes all of these changes, as well as base stat, type and movepool changes intended to make weaker Pokémon more fun to use.
- Finally, the third version available is Insanity Mode; this is essentially the Rebalanced Version with some more challenging Trainer battles.
How to Install
Installation instructions Method 1
Installation instructions Method 2
Neo X & Neo Y are ROM hacks of Pokemon X and Y designed to offer the player greater difficulty through expanded trainers and better variety through edited wild Pokemon encounters along with a plethora of other features. Neo X & Y are pretty much identical at this stage.
How to Install
- Easy Installation PDF Document
- NeoXY installation video using Homebrew
- Alternative Installation video using Homebrew
Pokémon Nova Sun and Umbra Moon are mods for Pokémon Sun and Moon. Their main purpose is to provide a more challenging game experience while not artificially limiting the player. The premier feature of Nova Sun and Umbra Moon is the ground-up redesign of Pokémon Trainers in the world to increase the game’s challenge. Every trainer in the game has been edited, and the level curve expects use of the Experience Share, which means that the player levels up very quickly. Every Pokémon in Trainers’ teams has a hold item and a proper moveset. The end-game of the main story features trainers with Levels in the mid-nineties
How To Install
Pokémon Supernova Sun and Penumbra Moon are mods for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Their main purpose is to provide a more challenging game experience while not artificially limiting the player. The premier feature of Supernova Sun and Penumbra Moon is the ground-up redesign of Pokémon Trainers in the world to increase the game’s challenge. Every trainer in the game has been edited, and the level curve expects use of the Experience Share, which means that the player levels up very quickly. Every Pokémon in Trainers’ teams has a proper moveset and many are holding items. The Elite Four and Champion are Level 100, and the player doesn’t need to grind to equal that!
These mods are very expansive. For example, in addition to Trainers, Supernova Sun and Penumbra Moon also feature edited:
- Wild Pokémon availability (in three different ways!)
- Wild Pokémon hold items
- Item availability in Poké Marts and from special vendors
- Evolution methods for Trade Evolutions and “Level up in a specific area/version” Evolutions
- Level-Up movesets to handle the increased level curve and add access to TM and Tutor moves (details)
- And much more!
How To Install
Hope you enjoyed this 3DS Pokemon Rom Hacks Collection! I will continue to update this post as new ROM hacks get released. Let me know what your favorite is in the comment section below!