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The Best Pokémon Game Boy Games, Ranked

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Before Pokémon made its way to Nintendo 3DS and other consoles, the best Pokémon games were on Game Boy and Game Boy Advance. What are the most popular Game Boy Pokémon games of all time?

Some of the Pokémon games for Game Boy and Game Boy Advance are Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald, and the original Pokémon Red and Blue.

Vote up the best Game Boy Pokémon games, and see where they rank among the best Pokémon games of all time

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    Pokémon Emerald Version, most commonly referred to as simply Pokémon Emerald, is a role-playing video game developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. It was first released in Japan on September 16, 2004, and was later released in North America, Australia, and Europe. It is an enhanced version of Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version and is part of the third generation of the Pokémon video game series. The gameplay and controls are mostly unchanged from previous games in the series; players control a Pokémon trainer from an overhead perspective. As with previous games, the player's general goal is to traverse the Hoenn region...  more
    • Release: 2005
    • Platform: Game Boy Advance

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    Pokémon FireRed Version and LeafGreen Version are enhanced remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue video games, which were released in 1996. The new titles were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance and have compatibility with the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter, which originally came bundled with the games. FireRed and LeafGreen were first released in Japan in January 2004 and released to North America and Europe in September and October respectively. Nearly two years after their original release, Nintendo re-marketed them as Player's Choice titles. FireRed and LeafGreen are members of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games. As in...  more
    • Release: 2004
    • Platform: Game Boy Advance

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    Pokémon Ruby Version and Sapphire Version are the third installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. The games were first released in Japan in late 2002 and internationally in 2003. Pokémon Emerald, a special edition version, was released two years later in each region. These three games are part of the third generation of the Pokémon video game series, also known as the "advanced generation". A remake of the two games, titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, were released for the Nintendo 3DS worldwide on November 21, 2014, exactly twelve years to the date of the original Ruby and Sapphire release...  more
    • Release: 2002
    • Platform: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS
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    Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version are the second installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy. The games were later enhanced for its successor, the Game Boy Color, and marketed for the latter console. They were first released in Japan in 1999, Australia and North America in 2000, and Europe in 2001. Pokémon Crystal, a special edition version, was released for the Game Boy Color roughly a year later in each region. In 2009, Nintendo remade Gold and Silver for the Nintendo DS as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. The games introduce 100 new species of Pokémon, and follow the progress of the central...  more
    • Release: 2000, 2017
    • Platform: Game Boy Color, Game Boy, 3DS Virtual Console

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