Pokémon Red and Blue Hack Lets You Play As A Girl

Fun fact: the concept art for Pokémon Red and Blue games showcased a female character that never actually made it into the final game. Actually, gender options for the main character didn’t appear until Pokémon Crystal, in 2001.


While the option is now present in modern Pokémon games (including the remakes), it’s the O.G. games that people remember most fondly. Tinkerer mahoushoujorose went back to those original games and edited them with the additional trainer option, and you can see the hack in action in the video above. It’s a small detail, but it’s still cool to have.

You can download the ROM edit here.

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Ravenous Sophovore

There were so damn few opportunities to play as a girl in games growing up. It was pretty much a given that just about any game you picked up was going to star a (white) male character until I was well into college.

Sometimes it’s hard to see how far we’ve come and only focus on where we’re still lacking, but we really have made some impressive strides in allowing everyone to see themselves reflected in the media around them. It’s kind of awesome.