Some folks scoff at Mists of Pandaria‘s pet battles as being similar to a Pokémon MMO.

But what if you could play the real thing?

A group of Pokémon fans are taking a shot at something Nintendo‘s never tried: making a fully MMO out of a Pokémon game.

PokéMMO is a mod that lets players interact, chat, and do battle, all within the confines of the original Pokémon Red game world. The mod works on a PC ROM of the original game.

While still in alpha, just a brief look at the trailer video should be enough to get any online gamer/Pokémon fan’s blood pumping like water from a Squirtle. A list of development tasks on the forums also looks tantalizingly complete, especially considering that the project only got started in January.

Would you play a Pokémon MMO, even from an unofficial source? Or would you rather wait for the “real thing” from Nintendo — even if it never comes?

Jason Winter has held several positions in the tabletop and video-gaming industry since 1996, including writer, editor, marketing coordinator, and game designer. He's the former editor of Beckett Massive Online Gamer and almost considers himself competent in PvP. In addition to his work with, he also blogs about video games at
  • Krionion

    That’s actually not the original pokemon red cartridge. It’s FireRed which is from the 2000s (it has Generation 1 to Generation 3)

  • Robert Lyons

    nintendo has shutdown many of these in the past, surely this will get shut down by them too

    • HarmonBlues

       Pokemon World Online was a pretty fun fan-made MMORPG. If I remember right, it combined a good deal of content between red/blue/yellow and gold/silver/crystal. They still had a lot of things to implement and a good deal of bugs to work on, but it was fun.

      I believe they’ve shut down for small periods of time here and there, but always came back up. I think they’ve been going longer than any other.

  • Kagitaar

    There actually is an MMO in development for the DS, Dragon Quest X.