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