Get ready to check out the best Digimon ROM hacks of the year…
… all 9 of them.
Yes, unfortunately there just aren’t that many Digimon ROM hacks out there in the world for us to talk about. We’ve listed the best 9 for you… because there’s only 9 out there worth looking at.
But why are there so few? Why are there tonnes of the best Pokemon ROM hacks for various handhelds and so few based in the Digital World?
Well, ask anyone to name a Pokemon and then name a Digimon, and you’ll get the answer.
In comparison, Digimon just isn’t as popular. I know that will hurt the fans, but it’s the truth. And sadly, that means there aren’t as many ROM hacks out there.
Still, we’ve found the ones that matter and listed them here for you below. So, if your a fan of the best Digimon games, then experience your favourites in a new light thanks to the mods below!
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9. Digimon Rumble Arena: Japanese Soundtrack Patch
Not all of the best Digimon ROM hacks add insane levels or new characters to the fold.
Some just change the jukebox settings.
Yes, this mod simply changes the soundtrack from the Western music to the Japanese music, basically one for the fans of the original Japanese anime series.
If you’re a stickler for original music, then you’ll be all over this.
8. Digimon Anode/Cathode Tamer Palette Restoration
From jukebox fixes to a hack that changes a garish colour… we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one.
Digimon Anode/Cathode Tamer might not be that familiar to a lot of you. That’s because its a WonderSwan Color game, and a rare one at that.
You see, this is an English version of the game, but there are some nasty graphics errors that make for some horrible-looking colours in one specific server room.
This patch sorts that out, restoring the scene to its original glory as the designers created it….
… I hope the next hack isn’t about a Jukebox again…
7. Digimon World – Giromon Jukebox Fix
… I spoke too soon.
The next hack in our best Digimon ROM Hacks list takes us back to the music player once again.
This time, in the American version of Digimon World there’s a jukebox that freezes in a restaurant.
Another case of too much going on at once, causing something to crash and not work properly.
This hack brings life back to music, as Daft Punk once put so eloquently.
6. Black Agumon & Black Greymon in Digimon World
Ever wished that you could play as Black Agumon or Black Greymon in Digimon World?
Well thanks to this hack, now you can!
The main difference is that Black Agumon is a virus type instead of a vaccine type Digimon, and Black Greymon is considered way more feral…
… though it’s all a computer game, so take that as you will.
5. Digimon World 2: Hardmode
Ever thought that Digimon World 2 was too easy? No, me neither… but now there’s a super hard mode for you to play through anyway!
This hack adds an extra boss on the 99th floor of the Tera Domain and makes the whole domain a lot tougher. There’s no running from battle and the bosses are much tougher, with focuses attacks and revamped skills.
Definitely one for the Digimon fan that likes setting themselves the ultimate challenge
4. Rhyme Rider Kerorican – The Digimon Rhythm Collection Part 1
We’re heading back to the WonderSwan Color for this next entry in our best Digimon ROM hacks list.
This hack is all about sorting out those audio cues and song vibes, though I guess you wouldn’t expect anything else from ‘The Rhythm Collection’.
The hack itself makes the songs sound more like a WonderSwan game should sound and adds new obstacles into levels that match the song playing in the background.
Ok, so it’s not revolutionary, but it does add a new element to the original game and makes it interesting for fans to explore.
3. Digimon NovaRed
Finally; now we’re talking! Digimon NovaRed takes the bronze medal in our list of the best Digimon ROM hacks.
So what’s the story here then?
Well, all of the original 151 Pokemon from the Red Version have been swapped for Digimon characters. They all have different moves and types that tie in with the Digimon series, and 150 of the 151 digital monsters can be captured.
The gym leaders and Elite Four are all much harder to beat too.
Dialogue has changed to mirror the new Digimon switch, and there’s no need for trade evolutions thanks to a ‘Max Happiness’ hack.
2. Pokemon Dark Rising Origins: World’s Collide
Ever wanted a crossover between the worlds of Pokemon and Digimon?
Well, now you’ve got it!
Join the Dark Rising team as you set out to defeat some brutal Demon Lords.
There are 193 Pokemon and 193 Digimon to collect on this game from Gen 4-6. We’re talking Fairy types, mega evolutions; the works.
Greymon vs Slowbro; it’s the fight we’ve all wanted to see for years, right?
1. Digimon FireRed
Digimon FireRed is the best Digimon ROM Hack of all time!
Seriously, this is one of the most in-depth ROM hacks I’ve ever seen, It’s more than just a jukebox change or adding extra bosses into the mix; this is a whole new adventure of epic proportions.
For starters, after meeting Prof Oak, players head off to meet a Digimon Professor. There are 750 Digimon to catch from all the Digimon series, and lots of mechanics from the Digimon games appear in this hack too.
We’re talking Digivices, Digimon meltdowns, Digivolving.
Use Digi eggs, train on the Digi-Farm, and play on 3 PVP themed islands.
It’s the ultimate ROM hack for Digimon lovers and a seriously slick game that we know you’ll love.
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.