Youtube user ‘hunterb‘ has uploaded a video that shows him playing as Maxie, the villain from the new Pokemon remakes, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby.
Using a ROM hack and a player model swap, hunterb was able to use the villainous leader of Team Magma, the enemies of Pokemon Omega Ruby specifically.
It’s certainly impressive, as the video shows Maxie is able to do everything a regular player could, including visiting Pokemon Centres, battling wild Pokemon and using the move Fly to get around the map. Maxie also has his own animations separate from the regular player character, such as the way he walks and summons his Pokemon into battle.
Whether the same is possible with the villain of Alpha Sapphire, Archie, isn’t clear, but it’s highly likely. However, you should be careful when considering whether or not to hack your game – messing around with it could result in the loss of your data, or even it becoming corrupted.