Use The Internet To Get Your Kadabra To Evolve

If you grew up playing Pokemon Red or Blue, you might have moved far away from your childhood friends by now. If you’re still playing Pokemon Red or Blue, you can now literally reconnect with these friends using [Pepijn]’s new and improved Game Boy link that lets players trade Pokemon over the internet.

Based on [Pepijn]’s previous work building an Arduino-based Pokemon storage system (which was inspired by a separate project that was able to spoof trades), the device allows a Game Boy (including Pocket, Color, and Advance versions) to connect to the Internet via a Teensy shield. The online waiting room software is called TCPoke which facilitates the Internetting of the Game Boys. From there, all you have to do is connect via the project’s wiki!

The TCPoke software is available on the project’s site. Also, be sure to check out the video below which shows a demonstration of how the software works. There is noticeable delay compared to a direct link between Game Boys, but it functions very well. We didn’t see this link system work for a battle, but it would be interesting to see if it is possible. If so, you might never have to go to a Pokemon League meeting again!

13 thoughts on “Use The Internet To Get Your Kadabra To Evolve

    1. Yes it is amazing. There are limits though. I once tried an internet connected circulatory system but the delays were too great and the patient died. Oh well.. lesson learned.

  1. I see that the creator mentioned that the way the pokemon games are programmed he was able to trick them into working with an asynchronous connection. Are the pokemon games truly the only ones that can be made to work with something like this? Or just the only ones he was interested in programming it for?

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