The Ultimate List Of The Best 20 Pokemon Games

Have you been looking for a list of the best Pokemon games of all times? We know it and we also know that most lists you discovered rank the games according to the generation they belong to. We wanted to take a look at the separate games and to provide you with the ultimate list. Now is the time to proudly present you the best list of the best Pokemon games ever developed and launched.

Top 20 Pokemon Best-Sellers

20. Hey You, Pikachu!

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You will probably like this game. It is quite different than all the others from the list. In it, you will have a pet who is Pikachu. You will have to communicate with him. He actually has 256 words in his database. The game was released in 1998 in Japan and in the United States in 2000. This is one of two games that uses Voice Recognition Unit (VRU) ever released.

19. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

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This version was released in 2005 as well and it is the successor to the Pokemon Colosseum. It contains 83 Pokemons in total and they are captured using Snag Machine. The game is slightly different than other sequels and considered to be one of the best. The biggest advantage is being able to connect it to other versions developed for the Game Boy Advance platform.

18. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team

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Perhaps this is a game with the longest title, but obit is also one of the best. It was released in 2005/2006 and it was designed for Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Each platform got 6 new Pokemons. The story is completely different than usual. Now players are turned into Pokemons and they have amnesia. Your mission is to discover who you are and what happened to you. For most gamers, the story is one of the best of all times.

17. Pokémon Colosseum

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This version of Pokemons is completely unique. It features 350 Pokemons, which is the biggest advantage. In the game, you had to use snag to capture each one and they are not spread across the region like in other versions. The game is located in Orre region, but most of the game occurs in the arena, known as Colosseum. In addition, you will play as Team Snagem and you have a companion, Rui who is a non-playable character. The game was sold in 1.15 million copies.

16. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

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Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen have been with us since 2004 and they are best-known for being the first remakes of Pokemon games of all times. They are members of the third generation and they were sold in over 12 million copies. The game offered an option for players to connect using link cable and collect up to 350 Pokemons. The gameplay is identical to other sequels, so it is known as standard gameplay.

15. Pokémon Sun and Moon

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They are members of the 7th generation and they were released in 2016 globally. These two games are placed on Alola region, identical to Hawaii. There are 81 new Pokemons added and now players can capture them using better graphics, more capable devices, and more possibilities. The game was sold in 10 million copies.

The biggest changes to the game were Z-moves, Ultra Beasts (powerful creatures) and significantly better 3D graphics. The version in question is similar to Pokemon X and Y and they share a lot of things in common.

14. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are enhanced versions of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire released originally in 2002. The remake was launched in 2012. The game is a member of the sixth generation and one of the more popular developments. It was sold in 14.2 million copies. The main elements are identical as in Pokemon X and Y versions with Mega Evolution, Super Training and etc.

13. Pokémon Black and White 2

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This game refers to the sequel of Pokemon Black and White. It is set two years in the future, in Unova region and it has 300 Pokemons released in the region. The story simply continues and the main mechanics were the same as in the first sequel. Of course, better graphics and more upgrades, items, and moves were implemented.

The game is a part of the 5th generation. The main addition are 2 Pokemons known as White Kyurem and Black Kyurem. The game was released in 2012. An interesting fact is that Pokemon Gray should be released as well, but due to title conflict, it was cancelled.

12. Pokémon Gold and Silver

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Pokémon Gold and Silver was released in 1999 in Japan and in 2000 in the United States. The rest of the world got the game a year later. The biggest improvement was the addition of 100 new Pokemons. The customization was enhanced as well and players had more freedom while playing.

The version in question is a part of the second generation (first installation) and it is well-known for the trading of the Pokemons and the ability to mix and match in order to get the most powerful ones. Keep in mind that this version was sold in over 23 million copies.

11. Pokémon Crystal

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Pokémon Crystal is a remake of Pokemon Gold and Silver version and was released in 2000 in Japan and 2001 in other parts of the world. This particular version was sold in over 1.8 million copies. The game is mostly the same as Gold and Silver with several modifications.

Now, players were able to choose the gender of the character and to customize it additionally. The biggest advantage was the Battle Tower. It is a new building which allows players to fight using Pokemons on stadiums. The version in Japan was delivered with Mobile Adapter GB, allowing players to connect using mobile phone and play.

10. Pokémon Yellow

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Pokémon Yellow is a rare game, but reasonably popular. It was released in 1998 and it is based on Pokemon Red and Blue. Basically, it is the same, with smaller modifications. This version was released alongside Game Boy Color in yellow. The idea was to mix the console and the game.

9. Pokémon X and Y

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Pokémon X and Y are the 6th generation of Pokemon franchise released in 2013. It was sold in 16.3 million copies and therefore deserves a place on our list. The game brought improvements regarding 3D development, new possibilities to customize your character and Mega Evolution (30 of them were available). Mega Evolutions allows players to make new Pokemons, more powerful and more dangerous to the enemies.

The game is based on Kallos region, which is actually based on France. It has been one of the best regions, according to Pokemon fans and the one that is very appealing to play. Battles were updated as well. Now they are more complex and offer more details.

8. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

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It was released in 2002 in Japan and one year later in the rest of the world. The game is identical to other sequels, except for some modifications. For instance, it brought 130 new Pokemons and it was designed for Game Boy Advance. Now 4 players were able to play at the same time. The game was adored thanks to the impressive graphics. It was sold in 16.2 million copies.

7. Pokémon Red and Blue


Pokémon Red and Blue are the first installments that were released in Japan in 1996. It became available in the United States 2 years after. This particular sequel is known for the presence of 150 Pokemons and the ability for 2 players to play using link cable. It was sold in over 300 million copies, which makes it one of the most popular games of all times.

In the game, you had to complete two things. The first one is to defeat Elite Four, by winning badges of 8 gyms. The second was to complete Pokédex. It is basically an encyclopedia with all Pokemons. To complete it, you must capture all 150 Pokemons.

6. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

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Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are games released in 2006 in Japan and in 2007 in the rest of the world. It brought several improvements. The only major similarity with other sequels is the region. This version is also located in the Sinnoh region. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is a member of the 4th generation.

The game brought Wi-Fi capabilities and internet support. This meant that players were able to hook online and play versus other players, hundreds of miles away. The next, biggest improvement was the addition of 107 new Pokemons. When a player starts the game, he gets one of three Pokemons and doesn't have Pokeballs. This particular version was sold in 18 million copies.

5. Pokémon Black and White

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Pokémon Black and White started their life in 2011 and soon, millions of players had to get their hands on new Pokemons. There were 156 Pokemons in total, 5 more than in the previous sequel. The gaming was the same, without major changes.

This version was sold in over 12 million copies, which simply makes it one of the most popular games in general. The game is a member of 5th generation and the action is located in Unova region, which is loaded with cities.

4. Pokemon Fire Red

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It is another remake. This version was released in 2004 and it is based on Pokemon Red and Blue, games which were popular in 1996. The major improvements were linked to the multiplayer options. What this means is that players could use the wireless option and join the union room. Up to 30 players were able to join at the same time, trade, fight and chat together.

The remake was very popular and it reached 12 million copies in the sale. It is still known as one of the most popular sequels of all times and the one that enjoys major compatibility. This version could be linked with Ruby, Sapphire and Colosseum versions using link cable and characters could be traded. The total count of Pokemons is 350.

3. Pokemon SoulSilver

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Pokemon SoulSilver is actually a remake of the original Silver version of the game. It brings better graphics, better technology but the plot and the main idea are the same. We can rate it as a separate game due to the fact it has a lot of differences, all of which are already mentioned.

The game also takes place in Johto region and the mechanics of the game is standard, same as in original sequels. This remake was released in 2009, while the original game was released in 1999. It is the 8th best-selling DS game of all times.

2. Pokemon Platinum

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This version was released in 2009 and soon became the best and the most popular. The mechanics of the game is standard as in other sequels, but there are several differences. First of all, you were able to start a game as a male or female child and you could choose one of three Pokemons. They are Crimchar, Turtwig or Piplup. The game will be the same regardless of which character you choose, but their capabilities are different.

This version of the game is located in Sinnoh region. Other parts of the game are standard and they do not differ from other Pokemon sequels. The version in question is known as one of the best of all times, according to many gamers and one of the fastest selling games in Japan. In one year it was sold in over 7 million copies.

1. Pokemon Emerald

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Pokemon Emerald is a stunning game that had millions of gamers intrigued and interested in completing the last level. In the game, a player controls a trainer and the goal is to defeat 8 gyms and challenge the Elite Four. If a player wins him, he becomes the best player. In addition, this sequel takes place in Hoenn region and the story is basically the same as in Ruby and Sapphire.

While playing the game, players were able to capture various Pokemons and to defeat other trainers. When the battle begins, the game shifts into a new mode, a battle mode. The first player is located on the left alongside his trainer and Pokemons. Pokemons were available in grass, forests, cities and in all parts of the region.

Pick your Favorite Pokemon Game and Enjoy

Now you know which Pokemon games are the best, why they are stunning and now you know which ones deserve your full attention. This was an impossible task. Pokemon games are thrilling, impressive and desirable for all players of all ages. We only hope that there will be plenty more sequels in the future.