ROM Emulator Game Hacks – Pokemon Jupiter

This is something that I have not mentioned yet but actually its one of the coolest things about playing games on an emulator. Of course its great fun playing games on your PC that were meant for different consoles. Its also great fun playing old games that are no longer available on current consoles. However, by far the best thing about emulators is that you can play modified games that you simply cannot play anywhere else. In fact, some of these games don’t officially exist anywhere else. This is really cool as you can imagine.

Pokemon Ruby – the modified version

This is the perfect example of a game that has been modified specifically for a ROM emulator. Pokemon Ruby is a popular game that was produced and sold for the Nintendo and the Game Boy Advanced. The game was first released back in 2002 when it came out in Japan. So it is a pretty old game anyway, and it had fantastic game play. In fact its one of those games that should, and hopefully will, live on forever.

However, there were some things about the game that were not that great, and maybe because of this, or maybe just for the pure entertainment value, someone decided to “hack” the game and release a custom version in the form of a ROM image, made for the emulator.

The hacked version of the game was named Pokemon Jupiter and it was produced in 2008 and subsequently released in 2009 by Corvus of the Black Night. This is the “online handle” of a Poke Community member and the person who is responsible for this amazing game.

Pokemon Jupiter ROM is essentially a combination of the original Pokemon series and the Golden Sun series. The Golden Sun series were known for involving a lot of tactical game play and required advanced gaming skills, to say the least. Equally, the original Pokemon series also made the original game-play a lot more challenging.decent tactical games that require advanced skills. Meanwhile, the original Pokemon series accentuate certain aspects of the same game and make them more challenging.

The Jupiter game hack featured a full texture redesign as well, so the game had a completely new look and feel, as well as some cool new in-game features and amazing game-play.

Overall it pretty much felt like you were playing a brand new game, but at the same time it had all of the cool story-line and the addictive game-play of the original Pokemon Ruby game.

I can only recommend that you download a Nintendo emulator and get yourself a copy of this game to try it out. It is a must if you have ever played the original game and even if you haven’t its a great game in its own right, and well worth a short.

You can download the game from ROM Universe using this link – http://www.romsuniverse.com/download/gameboy-advance/pokemon-jupiter-6-04-rom20

You can play it using one of these GBA emulators (Game Boy Advanced) – https://www.emuparadise.me/Nintendo_Gameboy_Advance_Emulators/Windows/31

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A Quick Introduction to ROM Emulators

A ROM Emulator is really just a software program that runs on your PC and allows you to play games that were built for different devices such as PlayStation or Nintendo DS, for example. That is the simple definition.

In more complicated terms, the ROM emulator actually mimics another type of gaming device – a games console for example – and then you load an actual game from that console, in the form of a ROM image, into the emulator and it will play exactly as it would on the console. In fact, the game itself thinks it is playing on the console – because the software is emulating (or pretending to be) that console.

What are ROMs?

ROM is a computer term that stands for Read Only Memory. A good example of ROM is a CD – not one of the more modern CDs that you can write to multiple times, but the traditional CD disk that you could only write to once. After you had written data to this disk, it could not be changed, but rather it could only be read from. Hence the name; read only. The opposite to ROM media is RAM. An example of RAM is the memory that is stored in your computer and used to write temporary data to – this type of media can be written to and read from and the name RAM stands for Random Access Memory.

Console games are also written to ROM media whether that is a CD or a cassette. the console reads the game data from the media but cannot write to it. In fact, that’s why a lot of consoles come with memory sticks for saving game data – because they are writable.

In order to play the game on another device, we take a copy of this ROM, or the game data, and transport it to another storage medium – typically the computer hard drive. We save this ROM in the form of an ISO. Whilst we may keep it in a read only format for the emulator, we may also chose to edit the ROM image first of all, to make it compatible with the emulator – as once we have removed it from the ROM media (the games original CD for example) then technically speaking it is no longer read only, and we can edit it as required.

How does an emulator work?

Once we have a copy of the game on the computer, we can set the emulator to read that game. Clever people have reversed engineered all different types of games consoles in order to understand how they work, how they read the data from the games and how they translate that to the screen and the controllers for that console. Using that information they have essentially built their own version of that console from the ground up, but instead of building a physical device, they have done so in software form.

So the end result is a software version of each different type of games console. For this reason you tend to get different emulators that are dedicated to running games from a particular games console. For example, you get emulators made specifically to run Nintendo Switch console games.

You then plug in an actual game from that console, into the software – this is done in the form of a ROM or an ISO image of the original game. The emulator then loads that game into its memory in very much the same way as the original console would have done. It will then play the game just like the console. If we assumed the game had its own thought process, it would think it was being played on the console; it would not know any different.