Best Pokemon Games

The Top Ten
1 Pokemon Emerald

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

Pokemon Emerald represents some of the best story and battle mechanics of the series. The story was filled with interest and intrigue, and a complex plot involving two ideological religions fighting for the fate of an entire region. The battle system was smooth, without too much clutter. The Pokemon of 3rd gen were all very interesting and very well balanced, and the starters were amazing. This is the generation of Swampert and Blaziken, two of the strongest Pokemon in existence due to their incredible strength, and speed for Blaziken, defense for Swampert.

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

This is THE definitive Gen 3 game. And Gen three got a LOT of things right. Granted a lot of the Pokémon were rehashes of Gen 1 (feels/magikarp anyone) I think that's what made it so GOOD. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The main thing about this game was the STORY. I know some people might think I'm weird but I thought there was a LOT of depth in this story and a lot of heart. Maybe not as much as Gold or Silver but still quite a bit. And of course the game mechanics that it introduced (FINALLY I CAN RUN) really seal the deal for me. Hands down the go-to Pokemon game I play every time I get nostalgic. Who doesn't grind their Ralts into a Gardevoir and OP everything before you beat the first gym? Haha! Great times with a GREAT game!

P.S. And Rayquaza is just TOO badass to pass up!

2 Pokemon Platinum

I think soundtrack is what shines through Gen 4, I mean, the music is perfect for long hikes through the mountains and woods. And the themes for Eterna Forest and Mt. Coronet are just that. And coming fresh from Pokemon Emerald, I thought the soundtrack for DPP felt very dynamic and jazzy-sounding, and it's to the point where I wanted to listen to actual jazz music for myself. And so, I brought a bunch of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago CDs later in my life, and it sounded almost like Gen 4's soundtrack, but different. The battle themes are a joy to listen to, as well, as it has a rock edge to it. And the town themes... they are amazing. Eterna City sounded like a slow country tune fitting for the location it's in, Sunyshore City sounded like upbeat new wave music, it's just one of those game soundtracks I grew up with.

Over my harsh past with Nintendo I've had some happiness and upsets as well. This of which was my first either me being about 6 or 5. I loved this game for giving me such a powerful bond for the gamer I am today. This was truly a beautiful game along with a challenge. I had all of my ds and games due to issues with home when I was 9. Now that I'm almost 14 when I play this game I barely got back, it just bring tears to my eyes. At of all Pokemon games I can honestly say that not due to favoritism but experience that if you play this you will love this game. Believe in yourself like I did and have an exciting adventure of your very special own!

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.

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

3 Pokemon SoulSilver

To be honest, these are still my favorite Pokemon remakes to this day. Compared to modern Pokemon games, where Game Freak mainly milks the traditional formula and makes quick bucks out of it, this felt like an actual tried-and-true remake, compared to BDSP, which felt soulless and incomplete. I also loved ORAS, as well, but that's another story. These remakes take everything wrong with the Gen 2 games, such as the internal battery running dry, and fixes it, for the most part. The story also has been tweaked, as Team Rocket were actual threatening villains in the vein of Team Galactic. The games also had a ton of content, as a lot of stuff from DPP were carried to this game, such as the Battle Frontier. Have I mentioned that the soundtrack is amazing and serves as great background music? That's how much HGSS impresses me, it's just a massive nostalgia bomb that still holds up to this day.

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.

This game was my life back when I was around 8 years old. I literally could not get enough of it! I trained 3 of my pokemon to level 100 in one day, and then, tragically I lost it.

SoulSilver and HeartGold are remakes of Silver and Gold, 2 already very good Pokemon games, and adds some extra attributes to them and fixed existing problems.

You can also get most of the legendaries with only 1 copy! (Which, unfortunately isn't very common in Pokemon games.

The graphics, especially considering the DS's capabilities is pretty good, and the battles have never been better!

Overall, I give this game a 10/10. Absolutely one of, if not THE best Pokemon game out there.

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

4 Pokemon 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.

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.

This game was my life as a kid. I remember when I bought it when I was kid, it was the first Pokemon game that I had. My brother had Crystal, Yellow etc. and I was always jealous I never had one of my own. I couldn't wait to get home and play this. I chose Charmander just because I loved the little guy on the T.V. show. I went on doing amazing things on this Pokemon journey, like defeating my rival over and over again, defeating the Elite four and then the Champion, catching Mewtwo with a normal pokeball and defeating Team Rocket. This game got me interested in Pokemon as a kid and I never stopped since then. I don't understand why people think of it as a kids game, I mean it says everyone on the case so everyone young or old can play it. I will never stop playing this gem of a remake and keep it with me my whole life.

5 Pokemon HeartGold

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.

This is definitely the best remakes of old Pokemon games, period. I liked FireRed and Leafgreen, as well as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but this game is just beautiful. Ho Oh is a great legendary, Team Rocket actually has personality, and the cities. Oh, the cities! Goldenrod City is the epitome of the "great big city" trope, Ecruteak City is a Japanese-inspired city based on Kyoto with music that makes you want to meditate with the shamisen and koto playing in the background, and Cianwood City is a peaceful beach town with some of the most beautiful music to ever grace a Pokemon game. This is the best remakes of an original Pokemon game, and I can see why.

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!

6 Pokemon Diamond

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!

Also, there's another feature that the Pokemon franchise forgot... escorting trainers. This feature was introduced in Gen 4 and reintroduced in BDSP, despite the remakes being lackluster compared to previous remakes. One of my favorite characters in the franchise must be Cheryl because I have a lot of ways I can relate to her. Cheryl is a mountain/forest girl, and I grew up near a forest nature reserve in a small town, kind of like Eterna City, even though Eterna City is rural and the small town I grew up in was very suburban. Don't forget Cheryl's massive fear of bug types, as well. I have so much to relate to Cheryl that it's just amazing.

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

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.

7 Pokemon X

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.

I am honestly surprised at how low this is compared to some of the much worse games in the series (only in my opinion). I used to like Pokemon heart gold the best, and I was in that phase for around 3 years. It still is in my top 5 easy. When I first tried this game, it rapidly soared up the ranks of my favorite games. In a few hours, it was easily my favorite. Now I know that many of you complain that it only introduced about 70 new Pokemon. Put what not many people understand is that the devs had to change EVERY SINGLE Pokemon, just to fit the 3-D graphics.

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).

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.

8 Pokemon Black

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

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

I'm voting Black here because it makes more logical sense, as the main villans pursuit as "Ideals" make more sense. Anyways, Black and White was very different, but still very good. It's plot was rich for a Pokemon game, and characters, while perhaps annoying, grew and developed, instead of remaining one note or a simple line denouting how they changed; no, you saw how their views radically changed, and not just your allies, but the main antagonist as well. Put a classic Pokemon spin on it, and there's no doubt in my mind that Pokemon Black and White are the best Pokemon games of all time.

To be honest, I haven't played the other games much, but am I the only one who prefers the look of the newer Pokemon to the older generations? I'm speaking generally, of course, but in previous versions, it seemed as though you could really only get awesome looking Pokemon like Houndour late in the game, while in B&W the starers are quite cute, in my opinion. Fire piggy, water otter, smug lil' Snivy! Not to mention the comparatively interesting villains, the seasons, and bright, animated graphics, which make the game feel more alive.

9 Pokemon Yellow

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've played every generation of Pokemon games (excluding X and Y) and this is by far my favorite due to elements of both gameplay and nostalgia. This is my favorite RPG and one of my favorite games ever. My only complaint is because you have pikachu, you have an electric Pokemon against the first gym leader and have no choice but to train some lame Pokemon from the beginning of the game in order to move on.

10 Pokemon Crystal

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, Red, Silver, X And SoulSilver are Favourite - simple to join and play famous Pokemon to the series of yet. Controls are Decent and it is fairly responsive when using controls. Neat.

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.

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!

The Contenders
11 Pokemon White

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.)

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.

This game started my Pokemon obsession. I'd always wanted to play my sisters Pokemon games. Then I wanted my own so I got the most recent, Pokemon White. I thought it looked super cool. So I played it, caught all kinds of Pokemon, and Now I'm where I am. Victory Road, My 13 other games where I play on and great fun. This game is what caused my craving for the beloved world of Pokemon.

True Pokemon fans don't just stick with red and blue. That game was so unbalanced. Psychic types were unfair and mewtwo could beat any Pokemon. There's no fun in that! The game was a glitch fest, and the music sounded horrible. You won't like the game unless it is for memories. Just admit it, newer games are far superior to the older ones.

12 Pokemon Black 2

Although the sequels are weaker than the original Black & White, they're still damn good Pokemon games and like the games before, it never fails to deliver. The sequels just radiate 80s throwback energy, with the soundtrack's heavy usage of drum machines and synths, most of the films in Pokestar Studios harken back to 80s film franchises, like Ghostbusters and Robocop, and two of the gym leaders just scream 80s, as well, such as Roxie and Elesa. The Unova region is now expanded, as there are new cities and towns, like the quaint Floccesy Town and the cyberpunky Virbank City. The new places are cool, too. Like the Marine Tunnel. The sequels are not as strong as the originals, but they still hold up today, enough said.

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.

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

The game was incredibly fun, although a good chunk of the game was from Black and White, I think Black 2 and White 2 really expanded it forward. Fantastic music, my favorite storyline of ANY Pokemon game and a fair difficult challenge able to be changed via through key swapping.

Come on! Why isn't this a lot higher on the list!? It's the ONLY video game in existence I've played that I've given a ten out of ten! Several features make this hands down the most fun Pokemon game I've ever owned.

13 Pokemon White 2

Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are now 10 years old... and I feel old now because of that. I swear, 2012 and 2013 were the best years of the 2010s, despite all the problems... Anyways, what I like about those sequels is that they make use of the Unova region very well compared to the originals, where it's just straight lines connecting to cities and the occasional big dungeon. It also has an expansive postgame, with the Black Tower/White Treehollow being my favorite out of these games, basically a roguelike, Pokemon-style. You also start out in a city instead of a small rural town, where you can catch a Riolu later in the beginning of the game. Reminds me of the time where I played out mock Pokemon battles with dogs when I grew up on a farm in NY, even though I didn't encourage them to hurt each other. These games are underappreciated in many ways and yes, I still have my old save file from 2013 and both versions. These games are so good.

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.

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.

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

14 Pokemon Silver

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

I enjoyed this game, so much. It brings back so much passion, I played Pokemon Silver until I caught every Pokemon in the Dex. This is the only game in the franchise, I can ever say I truly finished. As a kid of the nineties, people would trade and play in Maths! You weren't a kid in the nineties unless you owned a copy of this game. I sometimes have emotional moments when I remember school and being popular was about your skill at a video game.
To tick my final boxes, one of my two favourite Pokemon ever was in this game. Slowking.
I am in university now and I still play Pokemon. Silver is attribute to this. The storyline is amazing. The fact that one can explore Kanto is extraodinary, it was so good that remakes had to be made. And when I heard that this was happening. I waited outside EB Games, waiting for the doors to open bought the game and was hooked.

Moments which nostalgia overcame me was when I caught my Slowpoke, battled Team Rocket, catching Lugia, evolving ...more

G/S/C hands down, there all the same to me, but I'll always choose silver cause you get cooler Pokemon that wont appear in the others. Cool story with your rival being an actual badguy, Team Rocket is back, everything is better, night and day bug catching contests, when you beat the first story you have to go back to kanto and beat the original 8 gym leaders, you even battle Ash, you know the guy from the original, and who you always wanted to battle, because after watching the show how the hell is a pikachu that strong! They say the original 151, but I always thought 252 was enough and didn't care much for 253. This started my dream of one daying playing a master Pokemon game, in which you get to go to all four or five areas kanto Johto, etc. , with all the remakes you think it would have happend by now, but sadly not and I outgrew the new Pokemon, but always found time for the classics, you don't get made fun of for playing them. Ha

I would have chosen Gold, but it could see it, and as there is no huge difference between gold and silver. I voted silver. It just one of the greatest memories from my childhood, so nostalgic, laugh out loud!
I have only tried the newer games on computer emulator, some of them are okay, especially Emerald. But it's just not as good as G/S. I feel like there is no ending in the game, there is always something to do. The fact that there is 16 badges gives you a lot more value for the money.

15 Pokemon Y

I thought that the original Pokemon games were the best until I played these masterpieces. such detail, great Pokemon, amazing soundtrack, cool story, fun characters, meaningful messages, awesome legendary Pokemon even though Xerneas just looks like the great forest spirit from Princess Mononoke. lol but this game I think has a better Pokemon selection slightly than X both games are great though. And they defiantly should be way higher on this list. I mean some of these games took so long to even save that they were so hard to play. Definitely my favorite Pokemon game.

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.

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 (yes I'm late to the series) and it is amazing. I've been going back to play older games and it's very jarring. Not only does Gen 6 LOOK better, but the EXP sharing removes the bulk of the tedious level grinding the old games are full of. Add in Mega Evolution, Fairy Types, and Yveltal (best Legendary ever! ) and Gen 6 is just where it is at.

16 Pokemon Omega Ruby

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!

I've been a die-hard Pokemon fan for years, and no game I own can compare to this one. The graphics are beautiful (for when it came out, SM and LGPLGE have much better graphics), beautiful Pokemon (shoutout to my boi Aggron), and beautiful music (Lament of Falling Stars, Zinnia's Battle Theme, Soaring Illusions, and Credits Theme). The Delta Episode, by far, outshines every big event in Pokemon games, and basically, Omega Ruby is the best.

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.

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!

17 Pokemon 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.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire sucked due to bad graphics even for its time (let's thank the awful GUI), a ridiculously convoluted story fueled by idiocy, numerous glitches, lack of features, and a poorly-made region.

Emerald and ORAS fixed these by adding new features and improving the story, but all-in-all, these are a stain on the franchise and are only lived because of nostalgia. Go play Platinum instead.

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.

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

18 Pokemon Red

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.

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.

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

19 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time

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.

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.

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.

The story was one of the best and most diverse story in a Pokemon game EVER! And just when you think you have beaten the game, you (SPOILER) have an entire adventure to do! You even get to vs Darkrai! And the music was fantastic! When I heard the happy music, I actually felt happy and ready for an adventure! And when the sad music played, I actually began to fell sad!

20 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon ORAS will always be one of the best modern Pokemon games in existence, along with Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Sword and Shield (despite its many flaws) and X and Y. It has a good story, with themes of global warming and environmentalism. And the postgame is just awesome. Zinnia is a character that goes through a ton of character development once we learn her backstory, and it ends with you going to space on Mega Rayquaza and fighting Deoxys, who was inside a meteor! And the ending is one of the very few tear-jerking moments in the game. The song didn't help matters at all, as I'm a sensitive autistic person. Well, that's ORAS for ya. Probably some of the best Pokemon game remakes out there.

These games made me wanna get a 3DS in the first place. I was so happy on ORAS's release that I played 2000s crunk and hip hop songs for its release because you know, RSE came out in the 2000s, I had to play 2000s crunk and hip hop music. I actually got it on the day it came out because you know, played the originals when I was a teen in the 2000s. The Delta episode was pretty good, as well. I wasn't expecting a brand new postgame story after the main game. And I cried during the ending. The music didn't help either... Anyway, my childhood revisited. Let's hope the Diamond and Pearl remakes are good.

I got omega Ruby but my bro got alpha sapphire and said it is better than omega Ruby. He just said that while I was posting this comment. But it is not true that alpha sapphire is better than omega Ruby. My brother just called it omega rubbish. It's definitely better than alpha sapphire in every way. (Except for the fact that it has lugia and dialga.

Yes I realize this probably wasn't out when this list was made. But it's awesome! It takes Pokemon sapphire to a whole new level. Yes, it is kinda easy for people with experience on playing Pokemon. And yes, if you have a strong team in X or Y, you can transfer them. But the starters are awesome. Also there are legendaries for days. It's so fun to try to catch all of the legendaries. I've done it once, and I'm working on it again.

21 Pokemon Gold

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 don't know why, but this game is definitely better than silver. Only Pokemon game I've cared about enough to finish.

22 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team

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 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

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.

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

So unique and different! I love this game so much! It's different than all the other games and that's why I love it so much. Don't get me wrong, I love EVERY Pokemon game, but this one is just the best in my eyes. It was just a totally different approach! The only bad thing I'd have to say about it is that I wish you could be a girl... But I love the music, characters, story, shadow Pokemon, 3D animation, and more!

24 Pokemon Moon

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.

my biggest issue with pokemon games is that, while they're mostly fun overall, the game plot of the games bounces between "nice but nothing special" and "pretty awful", there hasn't been a great plot in the series.

Sun/Moon broke this trend.

The plot, characters and respective development were great, on top of that the region is very pretty and the Pokemon design might be the best one yet.

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.

All the way down here? But it's so awesome!
Cultivating berries is easy
Pheromones learns false swipe
Lunala is cooler than Solgaleo
Day is night, so Dusk Ball can be used in real life day game night effectively
Completing UB challenges gives you a million bucks
Silvally looks cool

Celesteela is ugly
Wimped is ugly

Flaws in every game:
People trade trash on Wonder Trade
People put ridiculous trades on GTS

Two flaws compared to lots of yays?
Moon needs to be higher!
Plus, a bonus:
Lunalas typing does not make it a living joke.
The sun is fire. Solgaleo is weak to fire.

25 Pokemon Pearl

The story is fantastic and the Pokemon are awesome. I don't understand why people think dialga is better? I used to play Pokemon yellow, gold and emerald on emulators on my computer but pearl was my first bought and, sitting on my sofa the first night I got the game, fighting with my Chimchar and watching day then to night was just the most magical experience I have ever had in a game. 450+ hours of gameplay and still going and I'm still not bored. I still get a kick after beating Cynthia of the elite 4. This game taught me everything I can ever know about Pokemon and it had done in such an unforgettable manner. Kicking everyone's ass who tried to beat me. My team and I were unbeatable and sometimes I was unfairly outmatched. I miss my childhood days playing this game with my friends, and stealing each other's flags underground. Not going I forget this wonderful game, it was just so magical!

Gen 4 brought back the Pokemon magic that first hit in Gen 1. And it really felt like as it acknowledged the older fans, being probably the most challenging but also rewarding Pokemon game, but at the same time, even though it felt like a grand return, it also kept the simplicity that Pokemon is famous for. In that way, it was also fun to a newer generation of Pokemon fans, carrying a DS rather than a Game Boy.

An outstanding game. The graphics are spectacular and the controls and movement are smooth. The game runs at a great pace and has an enormous range of post-Pokemon league quests and possibilities. From defeating the gym leaders and exploring new towns to hunting ledgendaries and taking on the dastardly team Galactic, this game is a MUST HAVE for any big Pokemon fan!

Amazing game! First Pokemon game I ever bought whilst my friend bought diamond so we had tons of fun trading the Pokemon between the different versions. Team Galactic were also an interesting team, especially Cyrus and having the mascot be the controller of dimensions!? Sorry, but that is some cool stuff right there.

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