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.

Man, you couldn't have said that better. Your post about nostalgia is spot on.

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.

Stop calling fans of Gen 1, the genwunners. Its how Pokemon started and many believed Pokemon was just a 90s fad until Pokemon Go came out.
Sure Gen 1 had some weird Pokemon (Muk remember him? the annoying Zubat.)
But now Pokemon look worser Trubbish, Garbodor, Ferroseed, and Ferrothorn for example.

Oh the memories... Pokemon cards banned in wanting the shiny card...haha...oh time flies and sorry but the "genwunners" gave you Pokemon.

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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.

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.

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

How can u catch legend w/ premier ball!?

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3 Pokemon Black

You are obviously oblivious to the storyline.

And the music.

And the character development.

And the scenery.

And the game itself.

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.

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

This isn't the stuff that genwunners hate. They hate the fact that if you wanna get the originals with out trading then you have to beat the game. I'd be surprised if genwunners even PLAYED this game. It's actually pretty good, and has one of the best storylines. - Darktail_of_FireClan

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4 Pokemon Diamond

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.

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.

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

Crap is overrated. Tell me one good thing about this game besides the split of attack/special attack & defense/special defense & music & graphics? Oh right you can’t. Barry sucks, team galactic is boring, majority of the Pokemon in this gen are ugly & stupid looking (worse than isshu), it’s easy, and all around boring as heck. Pokemon co would do good not remaking this lame boring game & move on to better things.

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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.

Yawn... This game is so terrible and boring. I've played it, and overall, the worst. Pikachu even hated me and he always keeps on fainting, and refusing to evolve. Worthless! - CutieLuxrayGirl

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?

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.

Your an absolutely insane human, first of all if you think that Pokémon heart gold and soul silver are in the top ten worst games of Pokémon handheld history you must have an issue. Second heart gold and soul silver on all other websites (the sane ones) are in top 5 at least. If it's not in top five usually they rank black and white 2 as number one. So if you are trying to rank this game badly I give your reviewing skills at #1 on worst reviewers ever. I bid you ado.

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10 Pokemon Pearl

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 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.

14 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.

X and y are good they just lack Mega evolutions are a broken mess the exp share is broken because if I get a Pokemon I want to train it I don't want to let all that exp get given to some other Pokemon and mine only get a little bit also the Pokemon are great but there are only 71 of them you may think that isn't bad but lets look at the other generations 1:151 2:100 3:136 4:107 5:156 6:71 but not all new additions are bad roller skates are good wonder trade is good super training is good and the graphics are good but the music lacks

Why would that even go on this

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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 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

17 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

Its absolute garbage compared to the "enhanced red and blue"

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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

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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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