Pokémon Emerald goes from GBA classic to text adventure thanks to AI


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Pokémon Emerald isn’t just a GBA game anymore as a fan used AI to turn it into a text adventure. The result is a surprisingly straightforward experience that some fans are finding fun, so it’s good to know the experiment paid off.

Dan Dangond, the person who made this happen, revealed that he made this happen through GPT-4. Apparently, the AI app knows enough about the GBA classic to turn it into a text-based adventure like in the pre-NES days. We don’t know why people would play the game like this but it beats doing nothing.

We see some of the results through Dangond’s screenshots, showing how Pokémon Emerald is recreated as a text adventure. Though the player getting out of a moving van isn’t part of it, we do see what matters most; choosing your Pokémon and taking part in battles. From there, users can choose where to go and explore, like in the game.

It’s definitely interesting, though doesn’t beat playing the actual game itself. Pokémon Emerald, an enhanced version of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, is often considered to be one of the best games in the series. Aside from keeping the beautiful pixel visuals, the game also added plenty of features that weren’t in Ruby or Sapphire, like double battles.

Considering all of the merchandise that comes from this franchise, we’re surprised that there isn’t any official text-based adventures of Pokémon. Then again, it’s a bit of an outdated medium these days, especially since most Pokémon video games are way more fun than a text game. We’re interested in seeing what else GPT-4 can do with Pokémon and other franchises.

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Unfortunately, unless you have an original GBA cartridge, there’s no way to play Pokémon Emerald legally. We’re sure there are other ways to play this classic RPG but fans can figure that out for themselves.

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