What are the complete Pokémon Games list?
In the world of gaming, the Pokemon franchise is one of the famous and reputable franchises ever.
In this article, we go down memory lane as we review all main Pokemon games in their order of release.
Note: this list excludes games not part of the Pokemon main series, such as Pokemon Go, Battle Revolution, etc.
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Complete Pokémon Games List
19. Pokemon Red, Green & Blue
Japan The Pokemon Red, Green & Blue were the first installment of the Pokemon franchise to be released in 1996 in Japan only.
It was developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Gameboy.
The game is played from an overhead perspective where players control the series protagonist Ash, attempting to become the Indigo League champion by defeating several Gym Leaders and the Elite four.
The game received positive reviews from game critics, especially the multiplayer mode.
It is one of the best selling role-playing games.
18. Pokemon Red & Blue: U.S
Pokemon Red & Blue are remakes of the 1996 installment.
It was released in the U.S in 1998 and was the first Pokemon game to be released outside Japan.
Its gameplay is remarkably similar to the original 1996 version but holds a slight difference in the graphic quality with a more improved graphic.
It was released for the Game Boy and Nintendo 3Ds console.
It is the best-selling role-playing game of all time.
17. Pokemon Yellow
This is a more enhanced version of the Red and Blue installment.
It is played from an overhead perspective and features the same game mission as the Red and Blue but holds a little touch of difference in its additional new features.
Upon release in 1999, it became one of Pokemon’s fastest-selling game titles in the U.K and won numerous gaming awards.
It was developed by Game Freak and Published by Nintendo.
16. Pokemon Gold and Silver
Pokemon Gold and Silver was developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in North America.
Similar to its predecessor, its story plot sees the protagonist in a quest towards an objective mission of becoming a Pokemon Master while wading through battles and challenges to militate against the goal.
It features new spices of Pokemon that can be traded or trained for battle.
It was released in 2000 and has sold over 10 million copies globally.
It is one of the greatest games in the Pokemon series.
15. Pokemon Crystal
Pokemon Crystal is an improved version of the Gold and Silver installment.
Its story plot is the same as its precursor but includes exciting new features such as changing the sex of characters, exploring subplots, and interacting with sprites.
It was released in 2001 and received positive reviews from critics.
It sold more than 1.8 million copies for the Game Boy Color in Japan, thus becoming one of Japan’s second best-selling game.
14. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
In Ruby and Sapphire, players must defeat the Elite four and also conquer a criminal organization threatening to control the region.
As usual, it is played from the third-person overhead perspective.
It was initially released in 2002 in Japan, but the following year saw a worldwide release.
It sold over 16 million copies worldwide and became Pokemon’s best-selling titles for the Game Boy Advance.
13. Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen
Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen is an improved remake of Pokemon Red and Blue. It was released in 2004.
This was the first improved remake of the Pokemon franchise’s previous games.
They follow the same style and mission objective as its predecessor.
Upon release, critics praised the game for its improved graphics and several other added features.
It has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
12. Pokemon Emerald
This is an enhanced version of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, released in 2004 in Japan and globally in 2005.
It story plots see players in their journey towards becoming a Pokemon master by fighting eight Gym Leaders and the Elite four and fighting off criminal organizations seeking to control legendary Pokemon power.
11. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
The first installment of the fourth generation in the Pokemon series is the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
It continues in the same signature Pokemon story plot, players’ adventure towards becoming master and thwarting criminal gangs’ plans in the Pokemon world.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have sold over 18 million copies to date.
It was released in 2006.
10. Pokemon Platinum
Released two years after Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon Platinum host similar gameplay to its predecessor.
Players get to choose either to be a male or female character and explore mountainous terrains, snowy regions, and vast grasslands in their quest for Pokemon glory.
It was released in 2008 and became the fastest-selling game in Japan that year.
As of March 2010, it’s sold over 7.6 million copies globally.
9. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Pokemon
HeartGold and SoulSilver are enhanced remakes of Pokemon Gold and Silver.
It was released in 2009.
In this HeartGold and SoulSilver installment, players endeavor to become the best Pokemon trainer in Kanto and Johto’s region and face several enemies in battle.
Players will be required to catalog a lot of Pokemon to achieve the game mission objective.
It sold more than 12.72 million copies worldwide.
8. Pokemon Black and White
Just like predecessors Pokemon games, Pokemon Black and White, the first installment in the fifth generation sees trainers striving to level up their status in the Pokemon Word and end the threat of a criminal organization.
However, several new features in Black and White differentiate it from other Pokemon games.
There are 156 new Pokemon, a seasonal cycle, and rotation battles.
Game critics gave the game positive reviews. It sold over 15.6 million copies globally.
7. Pokemon Black and White 2
The success of Pokemon Black and White prompted the release of the sequel, Black and White 2, which was the first-ever sequel in the Pokemon game series.
Its event is set two years after the happenings of Pokemon Black and White on the western side of the Unova region.
Black and White 2 features 300 new Pokemon and a new game mechanic that allows players involved actively in the filming of a movie with multiple characters and Pokemon.
It was released in 2012, and by 2013 it had peaked at over 7.8 million copies sales worldwide.
It was met with generally favorable reviews in the gaming community.
6. Pokemon X and Y
In Pokemon X and Y, the first installment in the sixth generation of the Pokemon video game series, which takes place in the Kalos region, players continue their plight of training Pokemon and battle game antagonists in an attempts to thwart the schemes of Team Flare.
It was released in 2013 and became the second best-selling game for the Nintendo 3Ds.
Gaming critics gave X and Y positive reviews.
5. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, released in 2014.
Although Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feature new game elements not present in the original Ruby and Sapphire, including the ability to use Latios or Latias to fly, its story plot is largely similar.
Critics gave the game, which sold almost 3 million copies in the first three days of release, positive reviews.
So far, the game has sold over 14 million copies globally.
4. Pokemon Sun and Moon
Pokemon Sun and Moon was a celebration release in 2016 for the Pokemon video game series as the franchise clocked its 20th year in the gaming industry.
As with the predecessor installment of the Pokemon series, Sun and Moon centers on the journey of a young Pokemon trainer in the region Alola with the objective to complete the island challenge and fight different Pokemon trainers.
Upon release, it became one of Nintendo’s fast-selling games and was praised for its gameplay.
3. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
As the name implies, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are remakes of 2016 Pokemon Sun and Moon.
It was released for the Nintendo 3Ds in 2017.
It features the same story plot as the 2016 installment; however, it includes new characters, Pokemon, and a difference in gameplay features with an alternate storyline.
As of the end of 2018, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon had sold more than eight million copies globally.
2. Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!
This was the first-ever Pokemon game released for home game console.
It is the remake of Pokemon Yellow and features similar elements present in the main series.
It takes place in the Kanto region.
The game met mixed reviews from critics; however, it rises to become one of Nintendo Switch’s best-selling games with global sales of 11.9 million as of March 2020.
1. Pokemon Sword and Shield
At the top of our Pokémon games list is Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Pokémon Sword and Shield setting take place in the new Gakar region.
Playable character strives to become the next Pokemon Champion by dethroning current Pokemon League Champion in a competitive tournament involving various Gym Leaders and rivals.
Sword and Shield feature 81 new Pokemon as well 13 pre-existing Pokemon.
It was released in 2019 and has sold over 18 million copies to date.
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