Top 10 Worst Pokemon Games for Handhelds


The Top Ten

1 Pokemon Red

While I admit Red and Gen1 invented the formula, it was improved by ALL the other generations. Anyone who says this game is good, and/or better than the others is blinded by nostalgia. Even the Pokemon in this gen aren't as good. While People brag these were the best Pokemon that is just because they were the first. If you looked at the rosters backwards, people would HATE gen1. But nostalgia and "originality" is always a factor.

Well the remakes fire red and leaf green improved it. But I'd rather play the remakes. For Pokemon gamers any game gold/silver or after you should play red and blue and yellow have nothing for the post game all subsequent games have rematches and a battle tower of some sort. - Roach

I'm not saying that people are wrong for thinking that Gen 1 is the best, but the only reason they love this game and hate all of the others is because they grew up with it. That's all! It's the only reason. Oh, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y? I didn't grow up with it, so it sucks. And that's pretty much how it is. But the only reason I think that Pokemon Red is worse than Pokemon Blue is because it has that stupid overrated Charizard on the cover. Come on guys, just because the game was made when you where a kid doesn't mean that it's the best. I bet that if you were born years later, you would have loved Pokemon X and Y. Pokemon Red is not the best, because EVERY SINGLE GAME AFTER had learnt from its mistakes and improved. Now it isn't full of stupid game-breaking glitches.

This game is just protected by a coat of nostalgia and an army of idiots who think that anything after generation 1 isn't Pokemon. It was glitchy, sprites were terrible, and it was just really, really, really bad altogether.

Extremely outdated and riddled with bugs the eye can see. Yellow version and its remakes are better.

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2 Pokemon Go

What an unpolished broken glitchy mess... I was so disappointed when it came out, why couldn't it be like the trailer? It actually made the game look better.

It sucks people call themselves pokemon fans but the only pokemon game they play is pokemon go this should be number 1

Gym battles ruined... no enough content or battles... too many hacked versions... Incomplete game only good for a Summer. Every other game has lasted, but not Go.

Pokemon Go is for mobile devises, not handhelds - USGC

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3 Pokemon Diamond

This Was a great Game it was My first game ever I have always like it, the Pokemon were pretty cool, and it deserves to be on one of the top 10 Pokemon games.

After RSE I had such high expectations and Diamond crushed them mercilessly. Very little improvement over the previous installments other than moves being divided into physical and special. The storyline was uninspired, the gameplay painfully slow (saving took hours and I hated the bogs and the snow), only few of the new pokes were good in a sea of ugly new evolutions for old ones. The only game of the franchise that felt like a waste of time.

Diamond and pearl are the bane of my bad handheld experiences. Game freak thought it would be smart to slow down the game for new players. The battles ended up being incredibly slow and monotonous the entire game. Ruby/Sapphire ran great so why slow it down? And it's only Diamond/Pearl because they fixed the slow pace when they released Platinum. This is the only Pokemon game that I never replayed. Every version red/blue/gold/silver etc. I've played too many times to count including Black/white but Diamond/Pearl remain the games that were left untouched after the first play through. The story may be great and Pokemon unique but the flaw of gamespeed makes this by far the worst Pokemon ever

I would have to admit that this (and Pokémon Sun and moon) is the worst Pokémon games. All the battles are slow. I don’t know how else to put it. It saves slowly and it loads slowly Also garchomp being Ubers was stupid). It did ad some amazing knew Pokémon though!

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4 Pokemon Black

You are obviously oblivious to the storyline.

And the music.

And the character development.

And the scenery.

And the game itself.

Not the best game, but should definitely not be in the top ten. - SQUlRTLE

Dream World completely ruined this gen. It seemed great a while ago, but that was when Nintendo still supported it. Now that they cut off all ties with it, you can hardly do anything. My one regret is never growing enough berries.

Shouldn't reshiram be the cover legendary for white or... no? Ok I'll just sit down... - Mattblue66

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5 Pokemon Yellow

Pokemon Yellow makes Pikachu sound like a demon, ruins some NPCs, gives Pikachu a million times more praise than it deserves, and lastly, just takes out a lot of the fun that was to be had in Red, Green, and Blue.

Pikachu isn't an actual Starter, making this game inaccurate to the series and more-so based off of the anime, which again takes away from the game itself.

I put Pikachu in the PC and used a Pidgey and evolved it and used that to play the game instead.

What! Gen 1 was the best. I really liked Blue and Yellow was also pretty much the same game except Pikachu is now a starter that U walk with and talk to. - POKEGAMERZ

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6 Pokemon Ranger

Since I'm the one of the few people who actually remember most of the Pokemon Ranger series (I only played the sequels), maybe I'll break it down as to why the first Pokemon Ranger is inferior to its later installments. Since I haven't played the first Pokemon Ranger myself, I can't really say for myself that it's a bad game. In fact, it seems far from it. However, one REALLY frustrating thing about this game that most fans were glad was fixed in Shadows of Almia and Guardian Signs was the capture mechanic. That's right. In the first Pokemon Ranger, you had to keep drawing circles around a Pokemon consecutively WITHOUT stopping or lifting up your stylus or else you had to start all over again. Again, Pokemon Ranger is probably still a decent game, but when you compare its flawed capture mechanic that was much improved upon in later games, the first installment is arguably the weakest in the series. Thankfully, as I said earlier, later games fixed the capture mechanic up by ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I actually LIKE this game (u mad bro? ). I mean, just because u release Pokemon in the wild after usage doesn't mean it's the worst game ever! I like the unique controls that were responsive. The story is at least similar to the other games! Hero goes on quest, discovers evil team, defeats evil team. And for pete's sake, people WANT Nintendo to prove that Pokemon aren't slaves! Releasing them makes sense along with the fact that they are EVERYWHERE! Doesn't anyone realize that there are the same Pokemon everywhere around every turn? They are very useful, in battles or missions, which have pretty complex puzzles for a regular Pokemon game's "push this rocky thingy" and "use surf" puzzles. In other words, this is just judging a book by its cover! Give it a CHANCE DARN IT! JEEZ!

This game destroyed my DS screen... NEVER AGAIN!

It also took out everything that made the Pokemon series so great to begin with. Collecting Pokemon? Nah lets just release them into the wild and use a spinny thing to catch Pokemon.

Plus it's linear as hell, you can't backtrack or you'll get told you're going the wrong way. Awful game, it makes ET on the Atari look like solid gold in comparison.

I actually hurt myself making all those damn circles!

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7 Pokémon Dash

Pokemon dash was boring and had no point. I actually thought that Pokemon ranger was pretty good, but Pokemon dash was just terrible and sucked.

Pokemon Dash. Where do I even start with this? In Pokemon Trash, you have only a limited amount of tracks, your hot air balloon only hurts you, and it completely ruins the Mario 64 face stretch part.

I bought this game using some of my birthday money a few years back. 30 bucks for it. Needless to say, I threw it away in under 5 minutes of gameplay. - SQUlRTLE


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8 Hey You Pikachu

It's not handheld, and it's just a crappy game. Not worth it. If you haven't played it before, don't buy or play it. You'll be sorry for your money loss. :( - CutieLuxrayGirl

It's terrible, but it isn't handheld. - RalphBob

Even though it's not a handheld. This should still be at the top of the list

It Could be a Great Game If they made a remake on 3ds so the voice controls work.

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9 Pokemon HeartGold

HeartGold and SoulSilver literally have the most amount of content of any Pokemon game in this history of the franchise, and is the only main game which allows you to travel to more than 1 region. This game also introduces the Pokewalker, and for some people, isn't completely bad, as it adds another fun aspect to the game. This game shouldn't be getting heat for having the most content, but hey, it's the internet's decision, right?

I agree with you but the original versions and Crystal had major and johto. - Roach

HeartGold/SoulSilver were the very first Pokemon games I ever played, if not the very first video game I ever played. I don't agree here.

... Heart gold is the exact same as Soul silver, the only difference is you get Kyogre in this one, and one other reason, but still soul silver should be right next to this.

Kyogre is in sapphire which is gen 3. Ho oh is gold and lugia is silver. - Roach

Hey, this is the first Pokemon game I completed. Do not diss heart gold at all, or I'll send my Dragonite... use surf! - Mattblue66

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10 Pokemon Pearl

Has dull areas and colors, some of the least original Pokemon ideas, some of the most predictable trainers and gym leaders, a lot of the time to code for pokemon moves bug out and do crazy damage when it should be not ver effective, and final the story isn't as good as some people say

This one is the best

It's the best Pokemon gen, platinum is the best game.

Best no doubt

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The Contenders

11 Pokemon White

It is really a good game according to me. For some reason it will take a long time stopping simply

Pokemon Black and White are on here?

12 Pokemon Black 2

You want me to solve all your problems k let me start I hate it when people say the newer gens suck or the older gens suck I mean their good but gen 4 and 5 are really underrated I mean just because one thing is bad doesn't mean the whole thing is the Pokemon in gen 5 are bad ass like haxorus volcarona hydreigon and Kyurem my favorite Pokemon from that gen gen 4 rules it is the best and the best thing of it is Arceus the older games are good but the newer games are also good mainly the core series games on the list are awesome (red black 2 black heart gold heart gold diamond etc. ) but the spinoffs (ranger stadium rumbleblast etc. ) suck so see the core series games of gen I - VI are awesome but the spinoffs suck so stop arguing I just solved it

No! Who would put this on here?

This game looks broken, brings back the oldest Pokemon, and adds the final evolved Pokemon with lower levels, I don't know what to say.

Loved Black but black 2 for me was a slog fest really put me off pokemon for a while too but I have enjoyed all the other main series I love gen 2 but my god soul silver and heart gold really improd gen 2 and I have gotten so many people why hated pokemon in to it with ss and hg. *cough*

any way this game not for me but I understand why others like it.

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13 Pokemon Y

"This game sucks on graphics"

Are you retarded? The games are 3D! If you want to see sucky graphics go play gens 1 and 2.

Okay those gens have reason to have bad graphics; the technology wasn't as advanced back then. Also I don't know a single person who hates on even THOSE graphics. - Darktail_of_FireClan

If you want a taste of REAL bad Pokemon games, go play Pokemon Japanese Red or Green.

The graphics of this game were unbeatable! But storyline was not so good.

If it wasn't for the fact that gen 1 aged poorly, this would be considered the worst game - USGC

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14 Super Pokemon Rumble

Pokemon Rumble now has as many game iterations as Mystery Dungeon. Think about that disgusting fact for a second. Granted, Mystery Dungeon lost it with Gates to Infinity, but some games are respectable. Pokemon Rumble, on the other hand, is the most button-mashy zero-strategy game I have ever played. You don't get attached to any of your toys because they are unimprovable. Much like this entire spin off series.

Do you mean Pokemon Rumble, Pokemon Rumble Blast, or Pokemon Rumble you ( the obvious worst out of the 3 )?

Pokemon Rumble games are horrible in general. Constantly changing Pokemon, they die often. A pain to evolve them or really train anything. It's about as close to freemium mechanics without being free.

15 Pokemon White 2

This is the best Pokemon game ever

I hate black and white they tried a new art style in diamond and pearl and it worked in my opinion black and white? Oh lets take ordinary objects and make them Pokemon

I don't like the champion on this game...

You think this game is bad... however I DISAGREE! the story lane was Great the gym leaders had personality and I LOVED How They talked about What happend 2 years ago, How bianca became the profesors asistant and cheren A gym leader it had some great pokemon like gigalith and haxourus and Even leavanny the animation were awesome Yes I liked the old ones to but They Was just like statues and it Also had great pokemon from other gens like sandslash,arcanine and aggron and admid it you loved being at the giant screen after deafeded Elesa the only reason you dislike it is Because you are A genwoner/nonpokemon fan Yeah it had very few water types and the Champion was kinna lame. But three words CORLESS BATTLE MUSIC that soundtrack was literaly priceless

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16 Pokemon Green

That was just an urban legend. Nobody died from Lavender Town.

Actually, nobody died from it. I'm taking this post down because it doesn't make any sense.

Same thing I said with Pokemon Red and Blue being on the list. - POKEGAMERZ

1.It sucks 2.It sucks even more 3.go die in a hole pokemon green you were trash.

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17 Pokemon Blue

Glitch party invitation!
Where: Pokemon Blue
When: October 15, 1996
Come and glitch up and have some glitchy fun!

Go ahead. Hate me for liking X and Y better. - RiverClanRocks

What! Y this on the list. - POKEGAMERZ

Pokemon blue is not the worst game ever one day I had a frigging level 70 blastios the next a level 2 sqirtle

18 Pokemon Conquest

For years, Pokemon has been trying to convince us that Pokemon aren't used as weapons. We've got characters like Cynthia, Team Plasma and the Dragon's Den Master. Then what do they do? They give us a franchise mix up where they've literally replaced the weapons with Pokemon. I'm sure the game play is fun, but I can't get past the concept, definitely not the best Pokemon spin off.

Cynthia: :Pokemon are partners, not weapons.
Team Plasma: Pokemon are partners, not tools.
Every Professor: Pokemon are partners, not tools and weapons.
Pokemon conquest: a game where you defeat other nations, but all of the weapons and tools are Pokemon.

This game
" We're in a war, well let's use are God dang Pokemon and they will die

Not even a proper Pokémon games come on FIFA 10 is better

19 Pokemon X

Gen 6: flying wrestlers, hypnosis squids, and ghost trees.
Gen 1: Pterodactyls, psychic bearded creatures, scythe bugs, and poison ghosts.
Gen 6: cotton candy ( since when was it not delicious? ), pumpkins, and rabbits.
Gen 1: Decomposing poop, magnets, 6 eggs, and pig monkeys.
Every generation has their victories and their duds.

Sure they didn't have garbage Pokemon in Gen 1. They had farts, magnets, and killer sludge to make up for it.

Wow really?! Pokemon x is one of my favorite games ever in Pokemon!

B B BBBoring

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20 Pokemon LeafGreen

This game is my childhood, doesn't deserve to he here

At least Fire Red was okay. This hunk of junk gives Venusaur, my favorite grass type starter, a bad name.

It's basically the gen 1 games all over again with very little new features (basically what gen 2 and 3 introduced). Sevii Islands is a pretty boring post-game part. Also, running shoes only obtainable after the first badge and the evolutions from gen 2 completely unavailable, seriously GameFreak?

WTF1 These R just the gen 1 games remade with more locations and Pokemon from gens 2 and 3. - POKEGAMERZ

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21 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Meh, it was okay I guess. But the fact that you couldn't befriend all the Pokemon up to that generation (like they've done in almost every past mystery dungeon games) was just disappointing. The story was kinda boring honestly, and the bittercold was extremely underwhelming. Not nearly as bad as the abominations that the Japanese wiiware mystery dungeon games are though. Those would fit right in on this list.

When I was 8, I got my hopes up for a better PMD experience, and when I played it it was cute, but it started to feel like eating moldy artichoke while hearing nails on a chalkboard. Bad gameplay, horrible graphics, not a lot of pokemon, and a not very good soundtrack. If you were to buy a good spin-off pokemon game, get Explorers of sky. and this list is terrible reguarding people's tastes. (Diamond as number 1!? Seriously!? )

Meh, it was okay I guess. I was really disappointed when I found out that you couldn't befriend all Pokemon up to that generation (like you could do in almost every previous mystery dungeon game). The story was kinda boring, and the Bittercold was excruciatingly underwhelming. Not nearly as bad as the abominations that are the Japanese wiiware mystery dungeon games. Those would fit right in on this list. - SQUlRTLE

22 Pokemon Stadium 2

This Game has Amazing Graphics for the N64 - TinHead123

This game is great! Of course, the cups are no fun if you don't have a transfer pack with a Pokemon Gold save.

Nintendo 64, my favorite handheld!


23 Pokemon Dash

Awful, just awful. Only Pre-Evolutions just dashing and running and it only has 6-5 Races and great job just wasted money on this crap.

This is on the list twice. =3

24 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team

Such an addictive little game. It gets repetitive after a while, but all Pokemon games are like that.

This is my childhood! Get this off the list now!

Never heard of it

25 Pokemon Snap

Most boring Pokemon game I played. That was a waste of Wii shop points. - Mattblue66

Sir this is not portable this is on a home console

Not a handheld, but still crap.

You take pictures of Pokemon instead of capturing them. AND, you can't even move around the island outside the minecart! And the Pokemon professor is lazy! It's Porffessor Oak from the Anime!

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26 Pokemon Sun

Okay! You guys seriously need to understand the definition of "worst". THIS IS THE BEST GAME OF ALL TIMES... I CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS ON THE LIST... And whoever wrote "poor story" should crawl into a hole and die!

This game has poor pacing, poor 3-d animation, poor story, and will make you grind your teeth on the battles.

This game is terrible, ORAS was waaayy better

Fuc you

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27 Pokemon Art Academy

Who put this on here? Pokemon Art Academy taught me loads of different techniques to draw Pokemon. Just because it isn't a game where you enslave creatures and make them fight to death doesn't mean that it's bad. It may be bad for you, but some calmer sensible people prefer to sit down and relax and draw. They can draw better than you can.

It's too short, I'd love to art the Pokemon but please do more!

Yes it is a handheld.

I actually love this game. It's fun, relaxing, and good for long car journeys. Plus I get to rub it in the face of my real-life Pokemon and Artist rival's face. We're still mates though. ^_^

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28 Pokemon Channel

Its Just A Channel Game

Abysmal, and boring

29 Pokemon SoulSilver

Are you mad? It's best Pokemon game I ever played. I have been playing Pokemon since generation 1. I have played all from Red blue to Omega ruby alpha sapphire. This one is best Pokemon game.

Best game ever whoever put this is an idiot this gen has some of the best starters after sapphire emerald and ruby.

:( I actually LIKE this game, it was my first game ever and I still play it, Typhlosion is still my favorite Pokemon.

I will admit, its not the worst pokemon game ever, but it is just so boring, the pokemon in the region is either bland, or just devolutions, or evolutions of kanto pokemon, and the gameplay sucked. I stopped playing half way. - USGC

You stopped playing half way you missed out on the wonderful ending. Sorry for your loss. - Roach

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30 Pokemon Platinum

Don't see why its on here. It saved gen 4 from being the worst gen and the most boring and made it more interesting! The frame rate improved and the glitches improved. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Best gen. of Pokemon. Amazing legendary designs, well mixed leaders, and all three starters were dual-typed. Plus, it was a mashup of diamond and pearl, so there were no version specific 'mons.

Why is this game even on here, it was the best game I ever played

My favourite Pokémon game ever

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31 Pokemon Moon

The cut-scenes ruin all replay value because of how long, boring, and often they appear. Seriously, why are there so many cut-scenes.

Hate it so much

90% of the pokemon use Pursuit, levelling feels slow and sluggish, pokemon in the starting area are garbage, no gyms, trials feels sluggish and/or boring, Confusion nerfed when used on enemies, had to use wondertrade to get a level 57 hariyama to beat 2/3 trial people in the 2nd island. Also some pop-in problems.

The only good thing I can say about this game is it's gorgeous, has wonderful new pokemon, and at least the Z-moves are cool.

32 Pokemon: FireRed Version

It's good game, but it could be boring quick when you finish the game.

Bad remake of an AWFUL game. I hate gen 1, so why remake them?

33 Pokemon Gold

Why do people hate this game? Just because it's overrated? Being an overrated is not an excuse. The GRAPHICS is bad The GRAPHICS is bad blah blah blah. It's a GAMEBOY game What would you expect a 3D graphics in a gameboy?

Alright, you people are just making up excuses. "X/Y has terrible graphics."
Like, what? The graphics are 50 times better than Red and Blue. Heck, ANY game has better graphics than Red and Blue.

How do so many people like this gen? Sh*t Pokemon they put no effort into designing, about 35% of the Pokemon are Normal types, the region sucks, the graphics suck, they mono-typed the starters (whhy), although the starters suck in the first place. I completely skipped this gen. I played every other gen, but not this crap gen.

This gen is way overrated. sorry. it is way too easy, offers only one good electric type in jhoto, (in kanto, magneton can't even get thunderbolt by level up), offers horrible tms, the dogs are douchebags, and kanto is too easy. also, getting the stones was tedious, and sometimes near impossible to get. I was legit bored by the time I got to kanto. I didn't even want to play it then. at least the remakes were more challenging. I liked them. they made pretty much the entire game too easy except for red, who is way too high leveled, and the Pokemon you grind off of are complete. if you're gonna make red really high leveled, at least make kanto challenging as well. this game is barely better than platinum or 5th gen. this game isn't quite my least favorite, but I just had to vent about this gen, because it got way too much credit from people, especially older Pokemon fans such as myself. I am one of the few who didn't really like this game as much. I almost dislike this game even more ...more - katzinhatz1

34 Pokemon Omega Ruby

If you guys think that Groudon is weak, think again. Groudon has that awesome ability to make all water attacks deal no damage to him, and if that's not enough, Groudon learns Solar Beam, a grass type move. You whiny Kyogre fans happy now?

This game is amazing but I think AS is better

I meant kyogre

Team Magma vs. Team Aqua
I chose to make a team delta.

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35 Pokemon Crystal

Why can you only be a girl in this game? Is it because of the character Crystal in the manga being a girl? - Mattblue66

Are you kidding? This game is pretty good!


The game was EASY.

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36 Pokemon Picross

This game has nothing to do with Pokemon and the only thing is the pictures

37 Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

You no I cat affood a 3Ds so tats why it the wost game ever.

I have played the game like 10000 times

The only "recent" pokemon game I actually completed the pokedex in.
God I have clocked so many hours on this game

38 Pokemon Silver

Who put this on here? This game is old school so lay off.

It is such a stupid game just like Pokemon yellow

39 Pokémon Ultra Sun
40 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky

No. Just no. This games story is the best in the series; no, the whole franchise. Gameplay was fun, even if it's too random. But once again, the story is one of the sadddest, most tear jerking, and most mature out of all of them. Pokemon will never do anything on this scale again. And the soundtrack. It fits perfectly with the contrasting atmospheres in this game. It can shift from happy to sad on a dime. Why is this here? Why is it on this list?

Who the hell put this on the list? This game was amazing, possibly the best Pokemon spinoff ever created! - DemonSpider253

This game was amazing.

How did this get

41 Pokemon Emerald

It's a good game

This game is overrated

42 Pokemon Shuffle

Makes all their money off microtransactions

43 Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia

The Pokemon Ranger games are the worst.

44 Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

Pokemon Go: 60 bucks paid controller edition - B1ueNew

Bland. Gamefreak needs to stop gen 1 pandering.

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