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Pokemon Red Full Color Hack

Hack of Pokémon: Red Version


This is a colorization hack of Pokemon Red and Blue, done entirely using ASM. It takes full advantage of Gameboy Color hardware, which is much more capable than the Super Gameboy. The overworld is fully and properly colorized, and with colorized attack sprites, even battles are more colorful!

In addition to color, Pokemon and Trainer sprites have been imported from Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal, and so has the battle HUD. If you don’t want this, the “vanilla” patch does not touch these.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Country: USA/EUR
  • Internal Checksum: 91e6
  • MD5: 3d45c1ee9abd5738df46d2bdda8b57dc



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
FroggestSpiritOriginal HackingStarted this hack, colorized the overworld
Danny-E 33GraphicsCreated the gen 2 graphics patch
IIMarckusHackingMade the Pokemon Red disassembly
DrennHackingColorized everything else

User Review Information

Essentially perfect compatibility with flashable cart

Reviewed By: ScoopDunk on 02 Oct 2023

I flashed this hack to an inside gadgets 2mb 32kb fram cart using my gbxcart. The game held its save just fine and ran with no problems. There was a handful of graphical “garbage” towards the end of the game, but nothing too jarring. A few tiles weren’t displayed correctly.

The save file was also compatible with my 3DS Virtual console red version. Using homebrew, I was able to inject my full color save into my 3DS and transfer my pokemon to Pokemon Bank. The full color save is recognized as a regular red save, as long as its properly named of course. As far as I can tell there is no compatibility issues with Poke transporter, Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Home. This romhack is the bees knees. I played it for 80 hours on real hardware with essentially no issues. This is the definitely the way to go if you want to experience a vanilla red version without the ugliness of a colorless game.

There also exists another version of this romhack that implements an exp bar during battle and the pokeball caught symbol when you encounter a wild Pokemon. These quality of life changes while keeping the game as vanilla as possible has made this my all time favorite romhack.

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Essentially perfect compatibility with flashable cartScoopDunk02 Oct 20231.2Yes
Trip down memory lane!snakeye35529 Jan 20221.2Yes
Looks unreal! But needs gen 1 spritesatpstudios23 Dec 20211.2Yes
Great hackTimBTW19 Oct 20211.2Yes
Wild Gen 1.5 Appeared!Eldrethor25 Aug 20211.2Yes
The Best version of Red, butsemolous04 Dec 20201.2Yes
Needs an universal patch.RealGaea28 Jul 20171.2Yes
WonderfulCeroAbsoluto15 Jul 20161.0Yes
A Better Looking Pokemon Reddewhi10016 Jan 2014N/AYes