Best Pokemon Games

The Top TenXW

1Pokemon 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.

Pokemon emerald is the best Pokemon game

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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.

Nostalgia and memory shouldn't be why the game was good. The hardware sucked and there were to many glitches. - MrQuaz680

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.

Just like that

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3Pokemon Platinum

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?



I don't have platinum but I want it mainly because I want the starters, turtwig and piplup. they're SO DARN CUTE.

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4Pokemon 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 ...more

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!

Brings back old memories

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5Pokemon 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

My first Pokemon game ever

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6Pokemon 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!

I love this one as you get turtwig

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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 ...more

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.

The new games are so stupid with the childish stories and the not at all creative Pokemon

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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

Best Original are good

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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 ...more

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.

Probably one of the best games ever.

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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 ...more

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.

Black and White are the best. Similar to Red and Blue with its fresh approach. Beautiful graphics, amazing storyline and it just has so much style. I think people who are Perhaps resistant to change will find bad things to say about gen 5 but I personally love these games. Give 'em a try if you're a new player and want to buy more Pokémon games.

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The Contenders

11Pokemon 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

Pokemon X is the BEST!

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12Pokemon 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!

DO NOT use three level 100 event Pokemon to complete this game. It takes the fun out of it. I learned this the hard way.

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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

Yes because of the mega evaluation

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14Pokemon 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 ...more

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 ...more

Come on this was better then black

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15Pokemon 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.

Really this ain't number 5 - spodermanfan1000

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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.

I love Pokemon blue not just my favorite Pokemon game but my favorite game of all time this game made me a Pokemon master

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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!

This game was great, but Emerald outclasses it in almost every way. Emerald for the win!

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18Pokemon White 2

Pokemon White 2 is by far the best pokemon game ever. It's amazing how it makes you take a stroll down memory lane-- revisiting Unova, discovering the remnants of team Plasma and going to the previous main character's house (Pokemon White). This game is AWESOME!

It is a really good pokemon game for being a new one, lot's of locations, amazingly huge regional dex, and a wide variety of pokemon to choose from to make a team. From Bulbasaur to Genesect, there are 649. This game offers about 400 of them to be obtained. 400 in my opinion. But either way, I love this game. I got it in October, it is now Dec 28th, and I have 130+ hours on it.

It is an awesome game and has more features and is really fun the tournament and the white hollow really challenges you

Why isn't this #1?

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19Pokemon 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 ...more

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 ...more

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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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.

This is the first pokemon game I ever had and still remember catching my first legendary (zapdos) unfortunately I caught it with a master ball leaving me only with ultra balls to catch suicine later in the game

I remember playing it when I was young I finished the game with a level 100 blastoise

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