Best Pokemon Games

The all time best of pokemon. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Pokemon Emerald
I was so addicted to this game that I played till 3Am, Those were the good times now I just do homework till 3AM!
I love this game, is the best because you can catch almost all the pokemons from the hoen region, also you are able to catch Kyogre, Rayquaza and Groudon. Another awesome thing about Emerald is that it introduces the Battle Frontier. Without doubt, if you are a true fan of the Pokemon franchise you MUST have this awesome game!
My first pokemon game was gold but I think this one was even better. There were so many places to explore even after beating the pokemon league like the sea and abandoned ship. And when you were done with that you could start catching the 7 legendary pokemon, and go the the battle frontier. Definitely the best game.
[Newest]I like this game his hard but I like it
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2Pokemon Fire Red
Those of you who are claiming that games like Diamond and Pearl can compete with the original Pokemon games or the remakes of the originals must have joined the Pokemon party late. The original games will forever be a masterpiece and hallmark of gaming. Those games launched a frenzy in their heyday the likes we will never see again. The nostalgia and memories will always make them top dog.
I love this game. I think the original Pokemon game was the best, because hey, nothing beats the original! (I'm talking about Pokemon Blue/Red) But this game has much better quality to it, and better music, you can play it on the DS, and frankly it has Charizard on the cover who the ____ doesn't like Charizard? LOVE THIS GAME
This is my favorite Pokemon game because I spent the most time on it. I have totaled 431 hours on it alone.
[Newest]This is the best by so far but that's what I think
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3Pokemon SoulSilver
Unbelievable... Stunning graphics... And nothing to meddle with old memories... Definitely top notch on the behalf of Nintendo! New mixes with old, with not only a connection to Kanto, but the ability to look at Sinnoh and Hoenn through the pokemon make this best yet!
For me, the Silver-Gold remakes are my number one games. I simply put SoulSilver first because I prefer Lugia over Ho-Oh. I've played every game in the main series since the beginning with Blue and let me tell you, SoulSilver is the best game and deserves it.

Not talking about nostalgia, since I hadn't played Silver before this game, SoulSilver had outstanding graphics. The traditional Chinese environment Johto hosted made you really feel as if you were on an adventure in a foreign country. The houses, the cities, heck even people were based on a traditional Chinese society.

In addition to that, everything had an incredible backstory. The Ruins of Alph, the Sprout Tower, the Burned Tower, Bell Tower, Whirl Islands etc. Everything had a well-made, interesting legend. The legendary Pokemon were much more interesting than any other version, with the Legendary beasts supposedly embodying one of the three natural disasters that brought down the Tower, with Lugia flying off and Ho-Oh awaiting for a trainer to redeem humanity. Plus, Team Rocket's return was amazing. It was the first time a villainous team actually had a nice plot in mind. They let us see their whole plan taking place, the way they tested the radio signals in Mahogany till the very end when they hijacked the Radio Tower.

Also, one of the most important features, after the elite four you have the choice to visit Kanto and take on a second gym challenge. I mean, I think the only thing that can compete with a second gym challenge is the World Tournament in Driftveil, Black - White 2.
This game is by far my favorite of all the Pokemon games. This is because in most of the games after the elite four your done. This one there a whole different region to play through. Graphix are great and the amount of quality Pokemon you can get is unmatched. Pokemon SoulSilver all the way!
[Newest]So many memories and had 16 badges
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4Pokemon Platinum
WHATS UP GUYS!
DIAMOND IS ON 3rd position and you are ignoring platinum
Well, I completely agree, for the fact that it does actually have a lot of differences between diamond and pearl. For instance:
You get a level 20 eevee at hearhome from bebe, but in D+P, That was lv.5
The drifloon you get at the valley windoworks, is now level 15 instead of 22.
You can walk with your starter in Hearthome!
Not to mention the different designs!

Am I right?

Yes.
POKEMON PLATINUM: BEST POKEMON GAME BEYOND ANY CREATIONS! TO BE THE TOP! BOP TO THE TOP!
[Newest]Basically Pokémon Diamond and pearl combined with added fun.
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5Pokemon Diamond
This game is awesome great graphics great sound and animation lets face it this game rocks awesome pokemon and dialga is beast my favorite pokemon is lucario and he was invented here
Pokemon diamond is the best. The graphics are good but they don't over do it like black and white. This game has the best pokemon ever! Girintina and my favorite Torterra. This was my second game after fire red (gameboy advanced version) so this was the game that actually taught me about pokemon it helped me understand pokemon. I also like this game because this game has more pokemon to catch, the hardest E4 and more legendaries than any other game. Finally this game was a great adventure because Sinnoh is the largest region, it let me explore and have a great time. I've played this game 400 hours and I'm not stopping. Any REAL pokemon fan should have this. And don't bother getting black and white its the easiest game ever!
Pkmn diamond is a great adventure game that prevents you from giving up. Out out of all of my pkmn games, pkmn diamond is my favorite game. Most of people should like it too. Games like it are awesome!
[Newest]Has the best setup and Pokemon.
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6Pokemon HeartGold
I've spent so much time on this game! It's fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Pokemon game. It takes a while to complete owing to the 16 badges rather than 8 and you can get a Johto starter, a Kanto starter and a Hoenn starter, unlike the other games. You can also get over 10 legendaries completely legitimately which is one of the highest numbers that you get in the game. Plus, you get the pokewalker, which is great if your out and about a lot, and an even easier way of portably playing and leveling up your Pokemon!
Good game. I found the title more attractive, since I'm a girl lol
Great game! Good to entertain you till black and white is out
[Newest]Gives me more nostalgia than half the games I played back when I was a kid.
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7Pokemon Silver
I grew up playing Pokemon and I started with Pokemon Blue, I used to bring my gameboy to primary school with my friends and we would play all day and I loved every moment of it and then Silver and Gold were released. Me and my sister rushed to get them. Pokemon Silver and Gold are have the best story, the best Pokemon (100 awesome additions to already amazing Pokemon) and 2 main story's I mean after beating the E4 in most games that's basically it you've won but to send the player to Kanto and have a whole other story involved that goes beyond good creating. My favorite pokemon of all time is in this game as well (Espeon) after this game the quality in pokemon declined but I still enjoy playing them all again however Silver and Gold are my favorite along with Blue and Red, it's just unfortunate that so many young people growing up now never got to experience the magical days of Pokemon like me and so many other lucky people did it truly makes me happy to remember those days of playing pokemon and watching it on T.V. and I will never forget them.
This pokemon game had the best story, and you can go on MUCH longer than other games, they had pokemon that didn't suck, and stories that didn't make you wanna lie down and die. The problem to the newest pokemon games is that it feels like they have drawn a random creature and given it a random name. Then think they'll make millions.

I really look forward to a generation of pokemon where they make something similar, and adds some more excitement too.

People who grew up after blue don't see the quality, and I am sorry for them.
My first Pokemon game! Nostalgia... I'm from Poland, and when I was playing that game, I was six. I didn't understand anything, but that was EPIC. Sorry for my english, but I think that's even better than Fire Red.
[Newest]The first and second gens are awesome but overrated older gen fans I like them too but try the new ones they are as good
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8Pokemon Yellow
Nothing beats this one. It brings back so many memories for me and I love how it is just simple and to the point. Oh and Pikachu following you around is so adorable.

TheAxlErmin

Pokemon R/B/Y set are the best. They will always be. 151 pokes were the first creations and they are genious designs. The followers are just found through a pile of what is left in the animal/plant kingdom. I might say yellow is so stuck with pikachu but still you collect all the starters and Team Rocket is more fun.
You can't beat the originals. By far the best game of the series. So fun
[Newest]This game is the best and for me this is as good as gold
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9Pokemon Crystal
Hands down one of the best Pokemon games of all time! With so much depth in the story and so many great new places in the Johto region, along with the original Kanto region (with some minor tweaks, like Veridian Forest an the Power Plant). The great characters stories like your Rival being a criminal who becomes good have never been matched by newer characters. Even Joey and his Rattata had more depth than any new Black and White trainer, and who didn't get annoyed by his constant calling, but still not feel bad for him whenever that Pidgey escaped his grasp?
Not to mention the new additions that forever changed Pokemon for what it is today: Genders in Pokemon an Main Characters alike, Breeding, Shiny Pokemon... The list goes on and on! The first game to have animated sprites and to have pokeballs that were made from apricorns. An amazing and haunting soundtrack (Who doesn't get nostalgic from Ecruteak City's theme song? and the first game to add different music for the "bad guys" and Legendaries.

Pokemon Crystal had not 8, but 16 obtainable badges! An elite 4 like no other, and a final battle against Red from the original games! What more could you want?

The first game to add a radio or communication device and re-matches as well. It added mysteries and puzzles like no other Pokemon Game. The Ruins of Alph still rank as one of the hardest puzzles in Pokemon history!

I still remember the first time I had played this game. I loved Red and Yellow, but Gold and Crystal blew them right out of the water for me. Along with a great story, they have a great amount of new Pokemon! Pre-Volutions like Pichu have been loved and never forgotten through all of Pokemons advances. New pokemon like Togepi and Togetic were some of my favourites. And the Legendaries like Suicune and Ho-Oh are some of the coolest and toughest Legenaries ever added to Pokemon and events to obtain special Pokemon like Celebi through e-reader cards were so fun and unique.

Not only has Crystal been fun on it's own. But it also has one of the funniest translated versions of Pokemon ever! Pokemon Vietnamese Crystal is something any die hard Pokemon fan needs to search up and watch/play (be warned though, as there is some bad language due to translating errors).

All in all, nothing brings back the childhood memories you cherish like Pokemon, and Crystal is one of the best ways of bringing those memories back.
It's a great game! I've had mine for 8 years of my life. The first two regions are all I ever cared about because they were my childhood. I have right about 800 hours on mine. If I included the time spent before restarting, it might be about 820. The amount of time this game can accumulate annihilates any Wii, GameCube, or N64 game I've played!
This game has pokemon from both the Kanto and Johto regions. So why vote for Pokemon Red or Blue? I understand that the newer games have more pokemon and some of the same ones. Some people just like the first and second generation pokemon more than the newer ones. This game should be rated #1.
[Newest]Pokemon Vietnamese Crystal is very unique... for more information use Google...
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10Pokemon Black
Why black is 15th? It's so much better! I can't believe that!
I think the Black and White series have the most fleshed out and deep plots of the Pokemon series. Most people admittedly identify with the first generation more purely because of nostalgia, and I don't think that's fair to the later generations. 5th gen actually expanded its storyline with a second game and even provided back story to its characters (namely N) that we didn't have to find out via the manga or anime. The soundtrack was amazing, and I actually teared up at the end when N flew off with his dragon. That's a first for any of the main Pokemon games for me. I play games mainly for story, and that's why the 5th gen ranks as number 1 for me. I cared about the characters, especially the returning ones in the sequels since they were familiar and I had previous baggage from the last game I brought along. The music helped drive the story more and I thought the dialogue was excellently written. There's some sweet cut scenes thrown in too just for that much epic. Hell, even the mythos behind how the Tao trio came to be is awesome. Yes, I have played all the generations previous to it and started with the original Gold version so I do know what I'm comparing. For me, this is the first Pokemon game that felt like an actual JRPG and not just another formulaic "gotta catch them all and get all the badges and we might throw a bit of story on the side, yeah" game. I hope they continue to develop that path further with X and Y.
Pokemon black is the best Pokemon game ever! It has awesome, amazing graphics, as well as a super cool storyline! Don't even get me started on the super cool Pokemon in this game.
[Newest]Pokemon black is one of the best games I've ever played I think it rocks it totally takes away time from doing chores so love it
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The Contenders

11Pokemon White
Pokemon White gives us a new world to explore, full with new pokemon for us to catch, and in my opinion its the ultimate pokémon Experience.
If you are a true Pokemon fan you gotta love this!
It is a awesome game with lots of new pokemon, a new region with better pokemon, should be number 1 no doubt zekrom is beast anyway
With 3D effects a whole new world lots of fun and even good after game this should definitely be the best game on the list. Oh and it should be ahead of pokemon black diamond platinum and soul silver at least!
[Newest]This game is great! It is in between all the ones before that were really hard but not complete in five days easy like the ones that came after it! I also think it's better than black. Better Pokemon.
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12Pokemon X
Why isn't this at the top? It looks like the best yet! I mean, come on. Pokémon battles in 3D!
Let's be honest it has by far the best graphics and before this the Pokemon games had really been taking a turn for the worse, but this game has really turned it around and it should definitely be in the top five. It is only down here because it is new and no one is willing to buy a new 3DS just for this game, but I did and I think that it was well worth it because I did not even sleep the night after I got it... It really is that addicting.
Great graphics so far and pretty decent Pokemon designs unlike generation 5, plus it looks like there will be a huge regional pokedex including a lot of older pokemon. Really exited for new battle systems like sky and horde battles. Can't wait
[Newest]Can I download it
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13Pokemon Y
To me, it doesn't look as good as Pokemon X but I still like it.
Awesome, got it the day it came out! As well the trading system of random pokemon, it doesn't get any better!
Are you kidding this is easily the best
[Newest]If it wasn't so easy it would be near perfect.
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14Pokemon Red
The original pokemon games were definitely the best of all of them. You can't beat the original 150. We didn't even now mew existed until we saw it in the intro of the anime that came out later on in the pokemon era. There was more mystery to the game because the internet wasn't very popular yet. Take not children that the originals are th
I Like this game a lot! It's not all to well, I say FireRed is better. Lots of people say this is the best because its old, but that is a really stupid thing to say. I like this game not because its old but because it has good gameplay. It is all fun which is what I think the reason for most people liking this game should be. Thank You.
I remember when there were only 150 of you, well technically 151 if you are counting mew. But I digress I guess I spent the best years of my life surfing Cinibar Island to get 126 revives. And I miss the Pokemon center. I miss the music too. And the way that snorlax looked like lapras on water. Pokemon what happened to you. Now legendary means nothing to me. And one of a kind creatures add up to thirty. And I only want three choices for my evee. I won't accept your leaf green. They'll always be red and blue to me.
[Newest]It aged horribly, deal with it.

15Pokemon Black 2
Pokemon Black 2 is the best. No doubt, hands down everyone. Although I must admit I'm not really a fan of the mascot in the game (Black Kyurem). Besides that I think it's an absolutely wonderful game. I just absolutely love Humilau City so much it's like a paradise island! The gym is just an great experience with the relaxing music and all! But besides that you can even link back to the previous games Black and White and have flashbacks which to me is really awesome. People might complain that since it's a remake it's basically the same as the previous games. Wrong! Many new things such as The Black Tower (Black 2) is a brand new challenges which is tough and difficult to face, just what anyone would want. New characters including Colress and two other gym leaders Roxie and Marlon make the game a lot interesting to play. Also the Xtransceiver has for features including being able to talk to some of the main characters of the game and also four way calls! That way a maximum of 4 players can wirelessly interact with each other just like in the game. Also, I think a lot of Black 2 fans will agree that Hugh is the best rival a main character will ever have. Why? For once in a game you don't get a rival who calls you a total loser or acts like a jerk and is arrogant in every. Instead he acts like a total friend. Also, he actually helps out nearly most of the time with your quest to defeat Team Plasma nearly every time which in other games other rivals don't help as such. Ok, so he asks you keep his back which is not to much to ask and he doesn't come up with lame excuses as to why he lost or that you won because you were lucky or things like that. Besides Hugh's theme song is just awesome I mean it really get's me fired up. Also, the story line is quite different with new routes and places (e.G. lentimas Town) and cool scenes from Team Plasma. There's way more things I could say about this amazing game but I hope you get the point! So please vote and thanks for reading!
This game is below Pokemon Mystery Dungeon? That's a disgrace in my opinion!

This is one of the best pokemon games of all time and just because it's a sequel and uses the same region, it doesn't mean this has to be at the bottom. Just look at Pokemon Silver, that was a sequel which re-used the Kanto region and it's No. 3 on the list.

I've been a pokemon fan since that generation and I think this game deserves a chance. I can understand if nostalgic games such as Red & Blue are at the top of this list but to me, this is the best pokemon game to date and deserves to be closer to the top.
If one should take off the nostalgia goggles for a second and look at what we're supposed to be voting on you won't have to look any further for an absolutely perfect Pokemon game. Why do I say Black and White 2 are the best? Well Without any attachment to any Pokemon whatsoever these are the most balanced games. While Pokémon Diamond, pearl, and platinum were relatively difficult and required a lot of grinding, and Pokémon X, Y and soforth are relatively easy. Black and White two are difficult but not too difficult. You have to grind but you don't spend hours on it, rather an average playtime requires it but it isn't all you're doing, the story was easy to follow and pretty dark and interesting. Your rival was cool and actually helped you take down the villains. The gym leaders weren't pushovers despite having only three Pokemon each, and let's not forget a glorius postgame only overtaken by Gold, Silver, and their respective remakes. Black and White 2 were the all around best experience, we'll always hold specific games and Pokemon in our hearts, heck I hold Soulsilver and Emerald especially close. But these bad boys deserve to be recognized as some of the best.
[Newest]Black 2 is the best game, and that is tops. It has only been 1 year since I bought it, and already nostalgia is seeping in. Just like Black, the post-game content was VERY vast, and you almost never get bored. The characters were fleshed out, and you could connect to them in so many ways. If you look at the top, basically nostalgia rules. Diamond and HeartGold deserve their spots (maybe Emerald) but the other ones are just "NOSTALGIA".

16Pokemon Blue
This is the Alpha and Omega of not just the Pokémon game franchise, but the entire Pokémon Empire as a whole! Think about it. Both Red and Blue version are still one of the top selling games of all time, without them Nintendo wouldn't be the power house they are today.
The other Pokémon games add more land, more items, and more Pokémon (but after #251, Celebi, they all sucked), which definitely improved the games in some respects. But nothing can compare to the eldest of them all.
*Also in Blue and Red version you do actually have a chance to catch them all!

masongilbert74

This game brings back such memories. Even only being a 12 year old! Pokemon Blue was the first video game that I've EVER played! Sadly, modernization has brought the big square game paks out, and furthermore, just game paks completely out of the picture. I'd like to see a modernized version of a Gameboy released! A bit of graphic enhancing (not too much though. I still want to see that charming squarey art that brings nostalgia to the eyes... Oh, not to mention keeping the music! ) could probably make this a hit among adults who KNOW what the good games are, and possibly even bring a light of classic respect to the eyes of the modern generation... Sorry about my blabbering.
While games like Silver, Gold, Ruby, and Sapphire have all become amazing games, you can't forget where it all started. This game is still played today showing just how great the classic Pokemon fan-base was. If you don't think this is one of the best Pokemon games then you haven't played it yet.
[Newest]Nostalgia by its purest definition. I still play this on my gameboy color.

17Pokemon Sapphire
At the time this game was released I was probably 5 or 6, I had no idea they would be releasing another Pokemon game. Before Sapphire I had finally accomplished my goal of getting my Typhlosion to level. 100 and was actually content. But once I started on this game I doubled and almost even tripled the hours spent on Golf version. This game was so much fun for me and I spent countless hours on it. I don't think there is a best Pokemon game but I do think the memories we have of them affect how we think of each of them. This game was truly my favorite not for the story or the game, but because of all the time I spent trading and battling my cousin. It's just not as common these days to battle and trade with friends either because everyone has grown up or they are too ashamed to be themselves. I personally have been playing Pokemon for around 10 years now and I am not in the least bit ashamed or embarrassed to admit it.
When you remember back to the few years between silver and gold and sapphire and ruby, the popularity began to dip and people were saying that the pokemon craze was over. But when sapphire came out, their stock rose like crazy, bringing back the awesomeness pokemon is known for. That is why I believe it should top the list.
It's really fun, you get an awesome legendary, and you get rain at the end of the game when the world gets destroyed. Besides, Team Magma is more awesome to be on sides with!
[Newest]Pokemon Sapphire at 20 :, (

18Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness
This game and Colosseum both offered a much darker and grittier atmosphere than other Pokemon games. From the thugs running around in the littered town of Pyrite to the sinister factory of Cipher Key Lair these games were something else. The concept is unique too. Instead of running around through some tall grass hoping to catch something good you simply snag powerful Pokemon from other trainers. Yeah. You get to steal Pokemon in this game. These games also introduced shadow Pokemon which are stronger than the ordinary Pokemon. An evil organization is using them for wrongful deeds which is why you steal the shadow Pokemon from other trainers and purify them so they can return to their normal state. Not only that, this game is packed with double battles. About 95% of the battles in this game are double which opens up many strategy opportunities and is really a cooler battling experience. If you are a Pokemon fan looking fro something a little different then look no further than Pokemon. And just as I mentioned before, Colosseum isn't half bad either for it's the same concept. This is my favorite Pokemon game of all time and I really hope they do something like this again. It was such an awesome concept and sadly, it appears they abandoned the idea of shadow Pokemon.
Great game. The way of catching pokemon is unique. So much better than all the others. Even though you can't be a girl (which pisses me off -_-) it's still an amazing game. It has pokemon from red/blue and silver/gold, so it's a really good mix and a great number of different pokemon. LOVE IT.
Don't worry, I still absolutely ADORE the original styled Pokemon games, I pre-order them whenever a new game comes out! I'm obsessed with Pokemon! But it's nice to have a totally different concept every once in a while, don't you agree? Gale of Darkness is my absolute favorite Pokemon game for multiple reasons! I love the fact that there's more to the storyline than just catching Pokemon and training them, then catching the main legendary Pokemon near the end and defeating the Elite Four. This game brought up a totally new concept to the Pokemon world! You don't search in tall grass, you get to steal other people's Pokemon! Then you proceed to purify them and train them as your own. I also LOVED the fact that it was in 3D! AWESOME. I just liked that there was more to training your Pokemon other than just blatantly training. You had to purify them as well! I loved that there was an ACTUAL STORYLINE AND PLOT. No gym leaders, and THE BEST TRAINING METHOD EVER. I absolutely LOVE the place where you can continuously beat people and your Pokemon get revived after every battle and there's prizes AND you get EXP! I'm sorry but, this is definitely the best Pokemon game.
[Newest]It is a beautiful game that has a really cool story line and I will be confused if no one votes for this
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19Pokemon Pearl
Best one ever, the gym leaders are awesome and when you catch Palkia, who rule!
I would like to vote because I have this game and it is very good
Pokemon Pearl is the best thing that happened in game history after pokemon crater.
[Newest]I love this game! I try over and over getting the legendarily. It's hard, but I want them!

20Pokemon Leaf Green
I used to love playing this game. I still do and I'm 16. I play sports and I'm not a nerd. great game!
OK WHY ISN'T THIS FIRST? I always thought this was way better than fire red... This game has to be the best Pokemon game ever... I could play this all day long... Just wish I hadn't sold my game boy.
Why is this 47th?! It is the same as firered laugh out loud... This is my first ever pokemon game I played. I remember playing this when I was young and finishing the game with only a level 90 blastoise! This should be higher up vote for this game guys!
[Newest]My first Pokemon game and still the best Pokemon game

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