Best Pokemon Games

The Top Ten
1 Pokemon Emerald Pokemon Emerald Product Image

Just an amazing game. No words can describe it. I remember my first Pokemon game I ever owned was Fire Red when I was six years old. Played that game for hours and hours and never got tired of it. Never beat the elite four though. (Also I used my Master Ball on an Onix. I wish I knew it's power back then instead of wasting it...). But then, on a beautiful day, I was at my cousins house. He was a few years older than me but we were still close. We were just hanging around, I was playing whatever the heck I was playing, and then he just randomly asked if I wanted his Emerald. I was like "sure, cool". And there, started my true journey to be a Pokemon master. The game had so much more than Fire Red in it and I had a blast. Probably spent 1/4 of my total play time at contests, haha. Probably another 1/4 messing around with the secret bases. I get goosebumps every time I hear the Little Root town music now :') Looking forward to Omega Ruby!

Generation 3 games have a special place in my heart. It is very hard to pick which Pokemon game is best, but this is the one that I feel the most attachment for. I've been a fan since Gen 1, but this one means so much to me because it came out at the time when Pokemon was losing its status as a worldwide phenomenon and people began shunning it, but I still loved Pokemon. I'm so glad I gave this game a chance and didn't forget about Pokemon like 90% of my friends did at the time. It had a decent story by Pokemon standards, had a lot of cool new Pokemon like Metagross, Blaziken, Swampert, Absol, Gardevoir, and of course Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza etc. I wouldn't say it has the best selection of Pokemon available, but it has my favorite overall soundtrack, and my favorite region/map design. There's also neat things that you won't see in the other games like having your own Secret Base. There's also the lengthy and challenging post-game, the Battle Frontier. I cannot wait for the ...more

This my 5th Pokemon game, I just started playing it on my Ipad, I think is a good game, but, I don't know why I like more the platinum version (NDS), I'm not one of those people which think graphics are the most important thinks on a game, however I rather a game with good graphics and good story, but Pokemon is not a game of graphics so it doesn't really matter, okay back to the point. I just have my second bandage but right now I don't really like this Pokemon map (world) I prefer platinum, soy I think this should be in 2nd place. Platinum has more option, more Pokemon, better map, more features, as I said before, I played 5 Pokemon games; yellow, black, platinum, greenleaf and heartgold, and my favorite is the platinum and then emerald

Gen 3 is the best by far. The music as fantastic, the Pokemon were really diverse, the map had a perfect balance between challenging and fun. I would also like to mention the fact that this generation of graphics is the best. All the other generations of Pokemon graphics are a bit too much. I'm not a big fan of the 3D look and I don't think I'm going to like X and Y because of that reason. I would like to make the point that in one of the cities on White2/Black2, it is hard to tell it's even a Pokemon game anymore because of the free roam aspect it presents through the city. I hope this some of you find this helpful if you're looking for a good Pokemon game to purchase. If you buy any of them, you're not going to go wrong, but as far as the best, GEN3 baby.

2 Pokemon Platinum Pokemon Platinum Product Image

Pearl was my first pokemon game, but to be honest this one is best because it takes the already great gen 4 games and adds even more greatness to them.

Platinum is by far the best Pokemon to have ever exsisted. The music in DPPT are all so amazing, the little details they added to platinum (a little bit of snow and I feel like the colors are a slight darker than DP), make it so much better. The pokemon are great, the story here is far greater than RSE story in my opinion, the sountrack is perfect, the character designs are vibrant, and the region truely feels open, unlike SM, SW/SH, and XY. I love how gen 4 really expanded on the past pokemon as well as created new ones. Also Giratina is probably the best possible legendary to have for the main guy here. The post game stuff with Heatran, Regigigas, and Creselia are all amazing with their own little stories to keep you playing.

Platinum expanded off of DP with the previously slow combat, slower paced game, and slow surfing and made it so much better. I really don't think there will ever be a game as good as Pokemon Platinum.

Best post game, don't @ me.
Giratina Origin Forme is hella lit, and Cynthia is queen.
Though the elite four is a bit forgettable-- except for the Ronald McDonald looking' dude, the champion really makes up for it. Also, the battle frontier in this generation is crazy.
The pokemon in this game are much better than the pokemon that are available in D&P, as those games lack good fire types (if you didn't pick Infernape, the best fire type no question). Empoleon is also a pretty good and its typing is very noice. Only flaw about this game is the fact that in order to transfer pokemon from previous gens, you have to catch all the sinnoh pokemon and obtain the national dex. 10/10

I don't understand how Pokemon FireRed is above this masterpiece simply because of nostalgia. I don't think they rated the game unbiased. I will try to rate this without and bias. So to start off, the graphics were amazing. To think that these came after Emerald, is just outstanding. Yes, I realize it was on a different console but still. Second of all, this game had so much more story and other things added to it than Diamond and Pearl. Third, the music was amazing. If you ask anyone, they'll say Cynthia Champion Battle music is one of the best Pokemon themes out there. Now I will agree that team Galactic didn't make much sense sometimes but they were still a great evil team. And there was so much story. Overall I think that this game is overshadowed by nostalgia and I think its time everyone took off their nostalgia glasses and actually look at the facts.

3 Pokemon SoulSilver Pokemon SoulSilver Product Image

I'll be the first to admit that while gen 2 was good, The graphics were underwhelming and kind of damaged my opinion of the game. This installment fixed that problem while adding so much new. This new take on Johto was so fun to explore especially on my first playthrough. The music was amazing and although some towns shared music. The music was so good that it didn't even bother me. There was so much content in this game. There were a seemingly endless amount of side quests minigames, secret areas and of course. Pokemon. After beating the main story you unlock kanto. A WHOLE NEW REGION. They basically gave you a whole new game. Kanto is pretty challenging and full of legendary pokemon. Some of my fondest gaming memories were finding the safari zone without a guide. Catching Mewtwo. Rematching lance and of course. Beating red on my first try. If you own a DS, PLEASE play this game. Please

My first Pokemon game. I got this when I got my first game console (A Blue Nintendo DS Original, I actually still have it even though the touchscreen doesn't work correctly and the hinge is broken). I have so many fond memories of this game. I was so happy to beat the Pokemon League and catch Mewtwo. This game is still (in my opinion) the best Pokemon game though I also enjoyed Pokemon Blue, Ruby and UltraSun, this game is the best one even though there is Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The first Pokemon game I ever played was Silver and it was shared among me and my two brothers. We had a blast playing through it. We must have had over 300 hours on it and eventually we couldn't save anymore because we had played too much. I eventually got Ruby, FireRed, and eventually Pearl, but nothing was the same experience as this. When the news came out that Gold and Silver were being re-made I was ecstatic. This game has successfully kept everything that was wonderful in Silver (two regions, great Pokemon, awesome story) and made it better by updating it for the DS. By far the best game for me, although the original generation two games are classic.

Ugh... please do us justice and get this masterpiece known as SoulSilver and HeartGold... come on guys, these games ARE literally the best. I always in my spare time go on my DS and revisit the beautiful Johto... so nostalgic! And don't forget AMAZING graphics AND story... and seeing your buddy trail along with you! Never will let go of this game. Let it forever remain untarnished.

4 Pokemon Fire Red Pokemon Fire Red Product Image

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.

Pokemon Fire red was the first pokemon game I ever played. If you say that the new generation of games (platinum, heartgold, and diamond) are better than the old ones, you probably have never played them. But not every single old pokemon game is as good as Pokemon Fire Red! I mean, Charizard is the best starter evolution EVER! The fire flying combination and the way it looks is just the best pokemon EVER! I have played over 300 hours of this game on my gameboy! (that's 12 full days) And with the emulator, it doesn't give that special feeling to ANY pokemon game that you've helped nintendo and bought there products. It also just doesn't feel like Pokemon anymore.

So far, I don't think there are really any other Pokemon game (besides Ruby/Sapphire) that has a sense of adventure. Catching Pokemon actually meant something in this game. You had to solve problems like waking up that Snorlax or finding something that can help you see a dead Pokemon so that you can fight it. For me Diamond/Pearl was meh, it was like you just go to the next town, then beat the gym leader. Fire red/leaf green was about adventure, exploring and becoming a Pokemon master! There were no gimmicks in this game, besides trading, this game was the most genuine and the best Pokemon game ever. I don't think I ever got sick of it.

The top 3 is on point, this game improved the graphics and added much more features to the original game, but honestly all of the gens have something to love about them, Pokemon Black and White had the best villain story line arc, emerald allowed you to explore both Johto and Kanto and had the best final surprise battle with Red, The original had the best rival ever no one beats Gary has a rival, Pokemon platinum had the best Champion, Pokemon Sun completely took away the dynamic that every game before it played making it a different experience, Ruby/sapphire had team magma and team aqua, and X & Y brought the first 3-D experience that wasn't a handheld game

5 Pokemon HeartGold Pokemon HeartGold Product Image

The HeartGold and SoulSilver games were the peak of Pokemon games. They really do the Gold and Silver games justice, and on top of that have beautiful graphics and soundtrack. After these games, Pokemon steadily went downhill, becoming easier and less gratifying, less special.

If you want a game with better aesthetics and soundtrack, but don't want the blandness and simplicity of newer Pokemon games, I suggest Heartgold or SoulSilver.

And as someone whose first Pokemon game was the original Gold version, it makes you feel really nostalgic.

Easily the best Pokemon game ever. There are so many little pieces of extra plot, and awesome mini games that you get addicted to after a while (pokeathlon, the bug catching thing above goldenrod city, the battle frontier, and the slot machines in celadon city). Also, you can go in Johto, my favorite region of all, and kanto. Also the story line is preferably my favorite, right after Emerald, which I feel is more important than anything else in a Pokemon game. I have clocked in more than 400 hours on this game and I plan on playing one of the 2nd gen. games to get more out of the story, (which will be hard to do). This is easily the best Pokemon game in my eyes, and everything, and I mean everything, about it is crazy amazing and I just love it so much I am not even able to describe it all. just thinking about it makes me insane with joy, so many memories. I know it is just a game, but this game this game influenced my life forever.

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!

Best game out of the DS ones, the 3D graphics for XY, OR AS and Sun and Moon look cool but the 3DS is really expensive and I wouldn't buy one just for that. You can catch the most legendaries in this one, you can travel to Kanto, get one of the Kanto starters, beat 16 gyms, 2 elite fours and even challenge Red from the old games which is pretty awesome to add. The Pokemon are all very well designed and are fun to catch or play with, its like platinum but with all the things I loved about the older games. Walking your Pokemon is also a really nice touch, the plot is good and I truly enjoyed playing it.

6 Pokemon Black Pokemon Black Product Image

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

This game is definitely great. It is DEFINITELY a game you would play to take yourself to extreme levels in video-gaming, because they're so many confusing trails and paths to go through, you use your brain in battles (well mostly), and I loved the storyline. Made a lot of sense and was very creative. The battles were VERY hard at times, but that just made me stronger and learn more about the game. You may buy a bunch or repels, because you know what? Doesn't matter which cave, your whole team can be completely knocked out because the Pokemon are really strong. Oh yeah, I loved the characters, especially N. Play this game if you want a nice and hard-core Pokemon game. The 6th generation sucks a lot. X and Y was HELL to easy, loved the clothes, though. ORAS was good, but made a lot more easier and took the story of Rayquaza in the most boring way, because Emerald... You know. So, yeah. Black for the win!

The reason I think this game should be higher is yes one it has the best story out of all the pokemon games and I think that it is awesome that they continued the story in pokemon black 2. Also "most" of the pokemon from the region were good and they were cool in their own way. And it made you have to experiment with new pokemon that you didn't know either I know black gets hate for not letting you use old pokemon from old regions but I think that it was cool and that they wanted you to use more that just the pokemon that you always use. Also hands down...hands down to having it be the first pokemon game (and only game) that you could just transfer your pokemon from past gens. Without having to have the old Ds lite to do it in diamond. You could just go to download play and use your pokemon black to obtain these pokemon. This in my openan is my favorite pokemon game that I have completed and based on the facts not nostaga.

When this came out in 2010, I bought it for $50 and played it all day and night my parents were mad at me for playing it when I should have been doing homework. I was 11 and I really enjoyed it when it first came out. All of the anticipation and build-up and hype was the best part of my craving for it. I was so excited for it, and I remember how long I played because I had a log for it just so that if my friends said that they played longer than me, I could prove me wrong. I played for 56 hours and 24 of those hours was one day straight of me on my couch with my DSi playing and playing. I remember telling my parents, who were mad at me for spending $50 on it, "It's great! ", and "I love it so much! ". I calmed them down after a bit, because they thought I had wasted quite a bit of my allowance. Chores earned me $6 a week, and I had recently made a deal that if I did something extra each week, they would give me an extra $1. The only reason I asked for that deal was because I wanted to ...more

7 Pokemon X Pokemon X Product Image

This holds a special place in my heart since it was one of my first games. (I was nine), and it was really exciting to see the graphics. While, sure, it added a small number of Pokemon, they all looked amazing and was focused more on "quality" than "quantity" I loved the starters, the legendaries, the new typing, it was all amazing! I mean, not everyone's gonna love it like I do, but yeah...It's probably my favorite.

I remember when this came out and I was like woah cool graphics because this was like so good compared to black 2 and white 2(still good games) but I watched my brother played it and it looked fun.

As many others have stated, this game boasts impressive graphics, but graphics don't make a great game all by themselves. This game adds a relatively small number of Pokemon but after the gen 5 games filled with Pokemon that were clearly added to meet the requirement of filling up a region, the team on this game drilled down and made every new Pokemon unique and interesting along with bringing back classics from the earliest generations. Finally and foremost for me, this game has an actual story with actual character development. This might seem like a no brainier but this story is uniquely developed in the history of Pokemon. While not everyone loves this game as much as I do, it will forever hold a place in my heart as the best of the series.

Pokemon XY/ORAS has great graphics and the PSS is great because it lets you trade/battle from wherever. But I don't think this game deserves to be number one because the story felt really watered down to me and I didn't really feel compelled to beat it. Like what's team flare even trying to do? Destroy the world? Make the world "beautiful"? What? Also, I find a lot of the gym leaders in this game forgettable. And this is just preference, but I don't really like the starters or legendaries of this game, they just looked kinda odd and over complex and industrial to me (don't get me wrong gen 6 had some great Pokemon).

8 Pokemon Diamond Pokemon Diamond Product Image

Honestly I may be a little biased for this is my first ever pokemon game, but this is in my opinion one of the best games. I even loved the anime part of it! The song tracks are beautiful, the graphics are nice and classic and not overdone, the pokemon there are awesome! I love the places you can go to as well. I would play this game for hours sometimes and it is the probably the only game I've ever played where I would pay double the price if I could play it again. Playing this game was my favorite part of my youngness as you could say, as now school and homework take over. Thanks Nintendo for making this game

For me it was the first Pokemon game I've played for my own (my bro helped me with Emerald, Sapphire and Fire Red) and I really enjoyed it. Despite the story not being the best one it is still my favourite Pokemon game, just like Emerald (Yeah I have two games on my first place). All new Pokemons were great and I remember spending countless hours training my Infernape to get level. 100. I've beaten League so many times I can't ever remember now (something like 100, really. It was my first Pokemon game for DS and I could have played it for hours, and even at night.). It's a great Pokemon game to start with and I really recommend playing this one.

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 it's the easiest game ever!

You've gotta love diamond. Although it seems kind of biased for me since it was my first game, I've played other games and Diamond does not have as good graphics as the other games, and that's what makes you feel warm inside while playing it. It allows you to relax your eyes while playing a video game, which is quite nice. Not only that but it has lots of pokemon and legendaries for you to catch. I mean like, heck dude, I had a whole team of legendaries after a couple of months! Its not too hard to play, which makes up the balance of easiness and hardness (that probably didn't make any sense at all). Its also VERY addicting if you're a big pokemon fan. When things get too hard and it makes it feel impossible, you'll get it a couple of hours or days. Every pokemon fan should have this version.

9 Pokemon Yellow Pokemon Yellow Product Image

Ah, Pokemon Yellow. It's honestly a classic, and for a gameboy game there was just so much on it. I appreciate the extremely unfriendly rival that's always one step ahead of you, and an evil team that's essentially The Pokemon Mafia. With colorful characters and a catchy soundtrack, this game holds a special place in my heart. Red, Blue, and Green were all pretty good but Yellow feels like a slightly more complete version to me, and the addition of Pikachu is pretty adorable. I love the little dance he does if you leave him above a ledge after you jump off of it!

Yellow is not only my favorite Pokemon game, but also my 13th favorite video game of all time. It was just pure awesomeness from the start. This was my second Pokemon game (blue was my first) and after owning almost every generation, yellow is still my favorite due to the newness of the concept at the time, the replay value, and of course the nostalgia. I even like how glitchy the game is! Aside from that, I think that yellow and crystal should be much higher.

Pokemon Yellow, my first Pokemon game got it when I was five with one of the old brick type Gameboys. This game is the reason I have a love for Pokemon due to the fact you could get Charizard, Blastoise and Venusaur in comparison to any other Pokemon game they have nothing on this game, and if you hate pickachu then put him in the box and that's it. The 1st generation is the best the 5th is the worst, although I am happy that fire red came first as when I was 10 years old that game ruled my life enough said...

I am sorry, Yellow may have pikachu, which he or she is not a legendary Pokemon, you know good and darn well, Pokemon Yellow was the best, you could not only have pikachu, which he couldn't evolve, but you could have charizard, blastoise, and venisaur (however you spell the name) you had to get them through people and to evolve them. But you could've had them all. I think they need to redo this game, so it will blow this list out of the smoke.

10 Pokemon Crystal Pokemon Crystal Product Image

I gotta say, this game was the first Pokemon game that I really played through as a kid, but after a little while, I lost it and couldn't play it anymore. I was heartbroken and when I saw it again at a yard sale, I bought it in a heartbeat. It starts off with the best story of any Pokemon game and also has one of the largest pokedexes to boot during the time when it came out. It was the first to incorporate moving Pokemon which I thought was awesome and it had probably the longest story out of any Pokemon game ever. What other game lets you fight Red? Sure silver and gold come close, but this is a step ahead of even those games. If you are a newbie to Pokemon, I suggest this one as a starting game.

The hands down best Pokemon game ever, great storyline. I adore how it's like you have to prove yourself to the legendary dogs (Suicune, really) but the story doesn't prevent you from easily getting through the gyms like in black in white. My one peeve is how easily Typhlosion can walk through the gyms, and how easy victory road is. That doesn't mean that this game is not challenging, the ice path can be very tough to figure out. Another plus to this game is access to 2 regions! 16 badges of awesomeness and epic battles vs Red packing level 80s. Pokemon Crystal is hands down the greatest Pokemon game of all time!

Crystal was when I first started playing Pokemon. The graphics suck, but adding more color was still a big step from the previous generation. This game has more stuff to do in it than just about any other version. I can still remember all the best things from it: torching the Sprout Tower with Cyndaquil, raging at Whitney's Miltank, trying to catch that red Gyrados, buying RageCandyBars for no reason, and beating the Elite Four with the Electabuzz I hatched! And then it was on to Kanto do explore the rest of the world.

This game and region can't be beat. It had the right number of Pokemon, and I loved the artistic style of them. Crystal forever!

This is definitely an upgrade over Gold and Silver. The animated sprites are fantastic for an 8-bit handheld, the cartridge is the best looking cartridge in my collection, and the odd egg allowed mire diverse types to be on your team. People just prefer Silver because it features Lugia. Silver had the bottom of the barrel exclusive Pokemon. Lugia is super overrated and Ho-Oh is better.

The Newcomers

? Pokemon Smile

An interesting game that encourages children to brush their teeth and get certain pokemon as a reward. I swear, these types of games are slowly ingraining to our lifestyles.

The Contenders
11 Pokemon White Pokemon White Product Image

My game says I've spent more than 999 hours playing this game and I think it might be true. I love this game and everything about it. I could have played it for hours even during night. I remember battling with my friends during nights in my house. It was great and I love sequel even more for it's gameplay and Pokemons. I've played all Pokemon games and I'm like an expert and this game is on my number 1 place. (Just with Diamond and Emerald and White 2 and Souls Silver and every other Pokemon game from the main series and Explorers of Time. Yeah I have more than one game on my first place.)

I got this game a game stop but it didn't had the case and some girl name koashi already playes it and all the wall up to mistralton city but I didn't mind it this is my favorite generation and I love every bit of it. Wish I hadn't lost it though

The game that allow me to discover the pokemon universe. I like Zekrom, the scenario, and the place. The battle are difficult enough and I love the pokemon inside. My favorite game!

Man, I love White version to death. Poor Unova isn't the most loved region in the franchise... Which I think is a little unfair. Yes, a few Pokemon were a little uncreative, but that has been the case starting from pokemon red. I mean, do poor vanillite and trubbish deserve all the hate? Yet, this one definitely had an amazing story, soundtrack, characters, and a lot more pokemon look cool than people give gen 5 credit for. I love this game.

12 Pokemon White 2 Pokemon White 2 Product Image

This truly was my favorite of all, tying with Pokemon pearl for onereason and one reason only: These games made me love Lucario so much. I was like 5 when I played through pearl, and I got a Riolu egg from my brother. Before I could hatch it I lost the game. 5 years later Pokemon White 2 comes out and I getand train a Lucario, naming him Lux. I found my pearl game after, forgeting bout the egg. It hatched and as a joke I named the riolu Lux (I now had like a level 89 Lucario who swept everything out in it's path, not boasting in any way) and soon after I got the idea for my Pokemon fan fiction series. So, without this game, my charcters wouldn't exist. And let me say they are very important characters, each having their own sad backstory.

While personally, White 1 is my favorite game due to nostalgic reasons and story (Yes, I like the BW story better than the SM story), BW2 are better games from a technological standpoint. PWT, the improved region, the AMAZING soundtrack (In my opinion, better than DPPT), and the serious memories that come from this game, especially as someone who got really attached to BW, along with so many other factors, like the unique Gym themes, and the level of challenge that they decided to add with White Hollow and again, the PWT (seeing all of those familiar characters was really nice), and the great characters, make Pokemon White 2 one of my favorite games, along with White, out of the entire Pokemon franchise.

Listen, x and y are good Pokemon games but this game is in my opinion, is more creative. When the 3ds came out, I didn't get one until like two years after. I thought this game was going to only be for 3ds, not the regular ds. I was extremely happy and the additions of the old Pokemon to the unova Pokemon made the game seem way more nostalgic. Don't get me started on how cool the champion is! The music is excellent and this at least deserves number 10 because Pokemon emerald is great, but this should be 2

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.

13 Pokemon Black 2 Pokemon Black 2 Product Image

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.

This and black 1 were the games that brought me into loving the Pokemon series, why the heck is this 14th, even though I love Pokemon black 1 and 2 so much, I would have to go with black 2. I will start with my complaints: I hate how you can only catch kyurem post game, and also, you can't go to dragonspiral tower until post game. Here are my pros now: The Pokemon World Tournament is super fun in this game and you can fight so many guys that you know in it, there is the pokestar studios which is an amazing touch, you can even get more items from it, the stunning cutscenewhen team plasma attacks on their airship, it looks like it would fit on some ridiculous console, which was amazing for the DS, and last but not least, it has a story. Yeah, I know what your thinking, A STORY, IN A POKEMON GAME, WHAT THE HECK! But if you are wondering, and no, it isn't just the overused get the gym badges, beat the elite four, and become the Pokemon champion. This isn't just one of the best Pokemon ...more

This pokemon game is really good because theres so much minigame/quest like PWT, Yanny/Cirrus, Pokestar studio, Completing pokedex to catch free shiny Haxorus in nature preserve. Also flashback which sometimes make me really sad especially that one with Elesa&Skyla. I can't stop imagining N alone forever :( Overall I think this game deserve top5.

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

14 Pokemon Y Pokemon Y Product Image

Really? Only 13? This game was my favorite installment in the series. The story was deep,
Emotional, and deliciously complex. People like the older games because they bring back nostalgia, but honestly, I had much more fun with the newer installments, especially this one! I personally liked Y better for its legendary Pokemon, but it really depends on your style. I love the gym puzzles, and there's so much to do when your done. Collecting Pokemon, making friends, and finding secrets are just a few things that you can do. Along with Black and White, X and Y are the finest in the series no doubt!?

My first pokemon game admittedly, but that is not the reason I love it so much. I love it because the Graphics are beautiful! The same credit admittedly goes to X, but do you know what Y does better (and yes I've played both)? The legendary! Now, pokemon x may have the legend with the type advantage, but if you saw THIS thing... Also, something to both games, the music in these games was top notch, I have not yet seen a pokemon game to top the music in the kalos region

The definitive Pokemon experience. No more waiting in lobbies to battle or trade, simplified training, 600+ unique and memorable monsters, 3d battles, beautiful environments, captivating music, and a charming story in which. There are also mega-evolutions now which buff up old Pokemon who really needed buffs (except Blaziken) and an added sense of freedom as you get your first Pokemon and badge within the first 45 minutes. Battling and trading other people is easier to initiate then ever and there are many other new features like o-powers and wonder trading. If you haven't played X or Y, do it! You wont regret it. (like previous games in the series the only difference between X and Y are the Pokemon and the title screen, all Pokemon can be obtained through trading, but I prefer Y because the logo is red, Yvital looks cool, Mewtwo Y looks slick, Charizard Y looks like a true mega evolution to Charizard and Tyranitar) Also, the new Pokemon like Sylveon, Froakie, Goodra, and Greinja are ...more

It is amazing how much credit goes to other games up higher because they are more popular.Gen is arguably one of the worst Pokemon generations, XY is my favorite entry in the series thus far. While All games in the Pokemon series stand out in some way shape or form I feel XY definitely outshines the rest being the first Pokemon game with 3D graphics, great starters, interesting travel companions, and one of the best of the Pokemon animes.

15 Pokemon Silver Pokemon Silver Product Image

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.

Over-throwing the old Pokemon Champion, Trainer Red (Ash) felt so good in this game and brought me back to when I had once played as that character in my Pokemon RED version. Everything about this game was a respected nod at the original Red, Blue, Green and Yellow games. GameFreak improved everything-- they added so many features like Day and Night, Pokemon egg-hatching, apricorns and so much more. As an added perk-- your Mom loved you in this game, she kept your money like a bank and fed you volcano burgers. Also TEAM ROCKET RETURNS! I simply love this series-- both Silver and Gold. I personally think these games overcast the originals, but the game does it with respect like allowing the gamer to go back and revisit Kanto.

Ah, Pokemon Silver, in my opinion the peak of Pokemon gaming. The reason later Pokemon games pale in comparison is that they lacked the depth and back story that Silver managed to gain from being a sequel to Red and Blue, such as Koga, member of the elite four, used to actually be the gym leader of Fusia city (which everyone knows, of course). All this back story could be revealed after beating all the Johto gyms and the elite four, and then heading back to Kanto to beat the old gym leaders again. The two regions was absolutely fantastic, giving Silver the longest post game content out of any Pokemon game. Going back to Kanto and seeing what had changed since your Pokemon Red play through was simply amazing, my favorite example of this being the eruption of Cinnabar island and finding Blaine's gym in the Sea foam Islands. Silver was strengthened by the legacy of Red and Blue and vice versa, making both set of games truly better. Playing Red and Blue was essentially playing Silver in ...more

16 Pokemon Omega Ruby Pokemon Omega Ruby Product Image

My first pokemon game. I'm like genwunner, but for gen 3. Only pokemon game where my team hit level 100 before I got tired of looking for them all. Also got my first shiny in this game before I knew what shines were. Realizing it was different, I caught it. A duskull. I love the sound track, the stories, the locations, hoard battles, the little thing that tells you which pokemon are in the area, the post game secret bases, everything. I LOVE THIS GAME!

Honestly, Heart Gold/Soul Silver are my favourite in terms of memories (I only played a bit of the original Red Version and skipped the original Gold/Silver/Crystal and original Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, after that I got Heart Gold and my brother got Soul Silver, so I love them both, after that I got Platinum, Black/White but skipped Black/White 2 and X/Y - Although I really want to get X/Y) so when I played Omega Ruby I was just blown away. Having watched the series as well, I was never much of a fan of Hoenn but this game made me love it! Technically, it is the best, at least in my opinion, just not my favourite (that belongs to Soul Silver/Heart Gold) but boy do I love this game!

OH MY GOD YOU GET TO FLY INTO SPACE ON MOTHER RAYQUAZA. You get to capture tons of legendaries, and Deoxys without an event. The characters are even more developed in these games than RSE. Wally's character development was amazing, and May/Brendan's interactions with the protagonist seemed real and genuine. The new megas were great, and ORAS in general was a huge improvement on the originals. Also the redesigns. May, Brendan, Wally and basically everyone else looks so much better. Steven's redesign was also amazing. The battle with him was actually difficult, with his Mega Metagross and others. This game deserves so much more respect.


IGN can go suck it. This game is one of the best games because: it's gen 3 with X and Y graphics, you can fly around the region with latios/ latias, there are new mega evolutions given to the starters, rayquaza, many other Pokemon and the awesome primal evolutions of Kyogre and Groudon and the delta episode. The only problems are that they didn't remake emerald, the best version of the original games and the best special version of Pokemon itself and the battle frontier is gone.

17 Pokemon Sapphire Pokemon Sapphire Product Image

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.

I played all of the originals, Silver, and Crystal before this one, but Sapphire will always be my favorite. The battles in Gen 1 were too easy (and the maps were too hard), and Gen 2 felt more like an add-on with fixes than a new game. But I remember when Blaziken was revealed in the anime, and it blew my mind. Sapphire was the culmination of Pokemon games, featuring a ton of innovation (weather, abilities, team battles, berries, contests, RUNNING etc.). The games since have been tweaking the formula (usually for the worst...DPP is SO boring) and while I get Emerald being ranked so high thanks to boyfriend, let's be honest, E4 is what matters, and Wallace is lame and easy compared to Steven. The elemental legendaries feel much more like Pokemon than all the new 'god' crap, and it just gets boring when they keep trying to one-up the creation myth theme that Sapphire established without going overboard and creating a multiverse. Looking forward to Sword and Shield though since it looks ...more

Not only this gave us the flying space man. But we were given a game that provided dual battles, and the replay value that is essential in gaming. For this, you can train a Raichu to level 100 and give us the show that is amazing. Besides that it's inspired from Emerald, which was inspired from Sapphire. Lastly, you finally meet your father. #yolo

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.

18 Pokemon Red Pokemon Red Product Image

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.

You can't beat the classics. It gives you 3 starters (No one is not Pikachu) and I kind of like that. It gives you choice, and games have been missing that for a while (cough, cough Call of Duty). It also has the most iconic (and my personal favorite) starters in the game (Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle) and if you REALLY want a Pikachu, you can still catch one in the wild.

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 know its lame, but it's the original and I have too many memories of playing this game to not vote for it. It was one of my obsessions and secrets as a child, and I still play it now. Nothing beats my original team of Charizard, Vaporeon, Dugtrio, Snorlax, Clefable, Mewtwo, and Pidgeot (my one back up)..who because of the wonders of technology, I have been able to save copies of in all kinds of media.

19 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time Product Image

Just listening to the track 'I don't want to say goodbye' makes me tear up a little. As a kid I loved every bit of this game from the sense of excitement of discovering a new dungeon to the feeling of adventure during the expedition arc to way the story can make see the beauty in everyday life or a simple sunrise, or to the heartwarming and heartbreaking parts of the story that I feel really stayed with me. This game influenced my life and got me into video games and made me want to go into game design, it's a huge part of my childhood that I'll remember and I'll always be grateful to the writers and composers who designed such a beautiful story.

Thanks to this game, Grovyle is my favorite Pokemon of all time now, and in every one of my fantasy Pokemon stories Grovyle is my OC. Actually, he didn't die, though. He was captured by the evil Dusknoir, but defeated him before he could alter the future. Best game ever. One of my first Pokemon games, I actually cried when I beat Primal Dialga and my character disappeared. I rage quit and never played it again. Now I'm older, and I play Explorers Of Sky. I beat the whole game, recruited Mewtwo and beat all the 99 floor dungeons, and evolved my Treecko and Totodile into Sceptile and Feraligatr. BEST. GAME. EVER.

I beat this game, and it was so sad. :(
Otherwise, it was a great game. I don't like the fact that your character only has thoughts and he doesn't talk.

This is my favorite game of all time. played it when I was younger, first Pokemon game I ever played. BEST. If someone asked me for my favorite game, I would say this, regardless of age. amazing soundtrack (people still make remixes! ), Amazing and sad story, and the gameplay was, in my opinion, the best out of all of the Pokemon games in existence. This outclasses every Pokemon game before it, and all that have been made after it so far.

20 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Product Image

Alpha sapphire is one of my favorite pokemon games. It is better than x,y,bw,bw2, sun, and moon, in my opinion. But others may disagree and that's okay. Some of the best parts of this game are the cool gyms, flying on mega latias, both team leaders, the big cities and, my personal favorite, the pokemon contests.That is why I think Alpha sapphire is best.

Sapphire used to be my favourite, but this improved significantly on an already amazing game. The epitome of Pokemon games.

Why isn't this higher up its practically the same game as OR (omega ruby) just some slight changes. For me this is the game to go

This game is so better the OR. Kyorge is amazing. And in my opinion, I rather have all water then all land. It would make the world a better place

21 Pokemon Gold Pokemon Gold Product Image

Pokemon Gold, one of my favorite games of all time. I spent almost all my time on this when I was younger, whenever I came home from school, almost instantly I would pick up my Gameboy Color and spend hours upon hours. It really is sad to see how low on the list this is... Considering Silver and Crystal are way higher, when these games didn't have many differences besides the available Pokemon.

I have no clue why Silver is so high up on this list and Gold is so low. These two games were almost identical. This game is one of my favorites of all time. I grew up playing this game and also Red version. I am completely flabbergasted.

Why is silver higher than pokemon gold remember in rudolph the red nosed reindeer where the miner dude likes silver AND gold in the beggining but in the end he's like screw silver I want gold.

I feel insulted and sad when I see this game so low. It should be at least top 10. So many memories and nostalgia. My first Pokemon game and the best for me. Classic,long...just fantastic! Brings back the good ol' days

22 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team Product Image

This games music is by far the best of any soundtrack, it brings back the most memories for me, and is much more personal than any of the other games. The storyline is the best, as well as the post game play. The fact that you can get every single legendary is so much more fun becuase it doesn't limit one to a game, or even a few to a game, you can get and of them throughout the game. Also, this game is awesome to play over and over again, becuase the gameplasy changes each time you play, with each character.

The one I got was a recycled game and apparently, it was hacked to be a creepypasta cartridge. Everyone I spoke to was like "Help us... Help us..." and I couldn't delete the save. It also took me to a background with�"if you don't like gore turn back now�"dead Pokemon in the background. I swear, I want to get a sledgehammer and crush the damn thing to pieces and throw it off the peak of Mt. Everest so it can go to hell where it belongs. Worst game ever, and it has a bad plot too. Point here is: never buy from a recycled game stock with a game that is a decade old.

My first Pokemon game and hands down my favorite Pokemon game. Its great because you can get every single Pokemon without having to trade with other people. Also the way the Pokemons' moves are played out are a bit more... Realistic, in the sense that they bring in aspects such as range. I have lost so many hours of my life playing this game.

This game wasnt the first Pokemon game that I ever owned, but it was by farm my favorite. Looking back on it now, this game is the most nostalgic for me, not only because the music was my favorite, but becuase it was the first game that I LOVED.

23 Pokemon Moon

I love the music, the battle, the region. I know it may be linear, but I absolutely love the atheistic. My favorite thing about these games and their alternate universe counterparts are all the side quests. It made the world feel real. I can't go back to any Pokemon game after playing this one. Pokemon Sword felt empty in my opinion.

Diamond was always my favorite Pokémon game before this, but I've gotta say Moon is my new one. This game is a breath of fresh air for the series. Replacing running around cities for gym badges with exploring islands and completing the island trials was a very refreshing take. The music in this game is beautiful, the storyline is AMAZING, it has good humor, improved graphics, and the characters in this game are, in my opinion, the best set of characters we've seen in a Pokémon game. I loved the storyline and characters so much (especially Lillie) that I was dreading the post game. I can't remember the last time I was this affected and emotionally moved by a game. Nothing short of phenomal. A masterpiece by Game Freak.

I Love Pokemon Moon. The new pokemon are so cool (Especially Lunala) and all the characters are great (Especially Nebby.) I also think the Exeggutor Alolan Form is hilarious, my favourite Alolan form yet. It's so different from the other pokemon games which is what I think makes it great. It's probably better than X/Y because X/Y was a bit of a letdown, while SuMo added all sorts of highly demanded features such as Poke Ride (riding pokemon) and an option on GTS that will block out the newbies asking for UBs, Mythicals, Legendaries, etc.

This game is definitely better than Pokemon sun and I don't see why it isn't way on top. The whole concept is much better and I just love that night and day are inverted. The legendary is way more unique and this game should be on top not way down at 40!

24 Pokemon Sun Pokemon Sun Product Image

Pokemon games are getting better and better with more features, the formula is getting perfected each time and without that the games would be too similar. Older games are very plain and very little to do besides the basics, the newer games also have more and better story and even more and better dialogue. The only exception is are Let's go games, but at least they were better than R/B/G/Y for being more personal and having more dialogue. I think Sun and Moon deserves a much higher place, same with X and Y.

Pokemon Sun/Moon is a more unique game, having 'trials' rather than traditional gym. It also introduces an SOS system, where wild Pokemon can call for help/backup. I love feeding and petting my Pokemon in the new Pokemon Refresh feature. The story is absolutely amazing and to me, the plot is the second best in all of Pokemon Games, behind Pokemon Black/White.

Holy Cow this game was fantastic, the AI was ten times better than gen 6 and the story had the best characters in any game in the series. It felt very fair and took a bunch of risks that paid off, like trials and Z-moves and Ultra Beasts. Character customization and abundant fanservice thrown in for good measure, and we ahve easily one of the if not the best game in the series!

When I an writing this, Pokemon sun and moon are out, and are the most pre ordered video game from Nintendo EVER. Pretty much everywhere it sold out. I was lucky enough to get on for Christmas, and it is way better than my other Pokemon game, Omega ruby. I don't know why it isn't at the top

25 Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness Product Image

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

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

I think this one was definitely one of the best. Besides the fact that you have to be a boy. (Which sucked! ) I love that it had a different story than the gotta catch em' all, cath the main legendary, get all eight badges, and beat the elite four. It might sound weird, but you kinda grow a bond with your Pokemon throughout the game. Having to have them open their heart to you, purify them, and train them fr there. It just made me grow Attatched to them. Probably sounds kinda weird. Ha. But yeah. This one's a winner for me.

I believe this game is better than all of the DS games because it more animated and for example when you use tackle your Pokemon actually rushes forward instead of barely moving forward on the screen and when the Pokemon are defeated they actually go through a death animation instead of just making a noise and falling through the floor in addition to all of that is all battle are double battles which I find adds an interesting mechanic to the game and opens up much more strategy.

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