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This article is about Digital Monsters 3. For the GBA port of Digimon Adventure by Sintax named Digimon 3, see Digimon Adventure (Game Boy Advance). For the unlicensed GBA game named Digimon Ruby, see Digimon Ruby. For other games named Digimon Emerald, see Digimon Emerald.

Digital Monsters 3, named Digimon 3 - Chao Meng Ban (數碼暴龍3 超夢版) in Taiwan and also known as Digimon 3 Crystal (數碼暴龍3 水晶版), Digimon Ruby, and Digimon Emerald, is a bootleg original game loosely based on the Digimon Adventure anime for the Game Boy Color released in 2001. While the developer of the game is not explicitly credited, it is attributed to Vast Fame, an unlicensed game developer and publisher from Taiwan focused on producing games for the Nintendo Game Boy line of handhelds.


The game, while featuring characters from the Digimon Adventure anime, seems to have its own plot. The player can choose from the eight main characters to play as, though all it changes is the starter Digimon and player graphics.

It plays similarly to the Pokémon games, but instead of using items to capture an enemy during battle the player must give the wild Digimon enough of an item they enjoy (categorized between vaccine, virus and data) and defeat them. The Digimon evolve by leveling up to a certain point and then do so manually at their base, which the player can choose depending on what base guard they talked to first. The Digimon the player obtains from the base leader depends on which one they chose.


Multiple releases of Digital Monsters 3 were produced throughout the 2000s. The definitive, and presumably original, release of the game was in Taiwan as 數碼暴龍3 超夢版, or Digimon 3 - Chao Meng Ban. It was published under the "NEW GB COLOR" name and was likely released as late as 2001. The game would be released in mainland China by Kongfeng in 2001 under the name 數碼暴龍 水晶版, and features different artwork on the cartridge label from the Taiwan release. It is unknown if this release contains the Digimon 3 Crystal version of the game, but multiple pirate carts would eventually be released that contain this version of the game, and Li Cheng would also release this version of the game under the same name as the Kongfeng release, 数码暴龙-水晶版, which has the ID CBA011.

In regards to the Chinese releases, at least three unique versions are dumped, all of them being based on the Digimon 3 Crystal version of Digital Monsters 3. One version was dumped from a generic pirate cart in 2012 and contains an original soundtrack, while another version that was dumped prior contains music from the Vast Fame game Shui Hi Shen Shou and leaves the intro and title screen mute. The Li Cheng version is also dumped, and is based on the version of Digimon 3 Crystal with original music. The Taiwanese version is known to be undumped and differences from the dumped versions are currently unknown.

English versions of Digital Monsters 3 would also be released by an unknown company under the "New Game Color Advance" brand name. Two versions of the game translated in English were released by this company, named Digimon Ruby (not to be confused with the unlicensed Game Boy Advance game of the same name) and Digimon Emerald. At least in Digimon Ruby, the English translation used is very poor. At least one of these releases has minor debug functionality left in, such as a strangely varied team with some monsters starting with 0HP and some others at level 99 and 50.



  • This game features two different soundtracks: one which features three tracks taken from Shui Hu Shen Shou (found in the common Chinese dump and Digimon Ruby) and another with a bigger, brand-new soundtrack (found in all other releases.)
  • One NPC the player meets in the sewers (named "Shutulin" in Ruby) is used as the playable character in Digimon Adventure Pocket, another Game Boy Color game with connections to Vast Fame.
  • The boot logo in the regular releases is an italic "DIGI" instead of Vast Fame's standard one.