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Issues with save game editing


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I apologize for the question, but I'm having some problems with getting the edits I make to game saves to reflect on the game. I'm just starting off with this, so I was trying to keep it "simple" at first until I figured out what I was doing.


  • Nintendo DS
  • NDS Adapter Plus (Firmware updated to v3.05)
  • Pokemon Heart Gold
  • Pokegen 3.1.13

Steps I've Followed

  1. Download save to my PC with the NDS Adapter
  2. Clear my save file off of Heart Gold
  3. Go into Pokegen and open up the save file
  4. Make desired changes (for now I was just trying to increase my starter's level and stats)
  5. Save my updates (this creates the .bak file)
  6. Restore my save file (the one without the .bak) to the cart with the NDS adapter

So I'm successful in backing up and restoring the save file, and when I initially check my updates to the save files, it appears that the updates have gone through, but once I restore it and boot the game back up on my DS it doesn't seem to have held the changes.

I'm feeling like I'm missing something, I tried doing some google searches but either it's just the instructions that I thought I was following, or videos of how to edit them for XY/ORAS.

My overall goal was to make a "legit" Mew so I can transfer it over to my X/Y so I can fill out my Pokedex (and otherwise just enjoy Mew in all it's 3-D goodness).

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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