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The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked

Updated June 28, 2021 39.6k votes 3.9k voters 34.5k views69 items

List RulesVote up the best Pokemon games of all time, on any system.

Gotta catch 'em all? Start playing 'em all with the best Pokémon games of all time, starting back in 1995 when the ever-popular franchise was just getting going. In the time since, there's been many a new Pokémon game—from the classic Gameboy Pokémon battle games to the PC trading games. In short, Pokémon has long been one of the most popular games and franchises out there, and it's shown no signs of slowing down. So of all the options on this Pokémon games list, which is your favorite?

Whether you're more interested in catching the best fighing Pokémon for battles or you simply like to sit down at the computer and make some trades, there's a long list of awesome Pokémon games. Of course, it's not all collecting Pokémon and trading cards, as we can't forget games like Pokémon Pinball. Nevertheless, it's the battle games that Pokémon players hold so close to their hearts—and there's been a lot of them. From the original Red and Blue Versions to the Sun and Moon games (including new generation 7 Pokémon), the list of Pokémon games is seemingly never ending. 

While all Pokémon games are great in their own right, everyone has their favorite. Check out all the games listed below and vote up the ones you think are the best Pokémon games -- then explore our list of the best monster-battlers that aren't Pokémon.

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  • 1

    Release2009

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Adventure, Role-playing

    Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is a role-playing game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and is the remake of the 1999 Game Boy Color role-playing video games Pokémon Gold and...  more
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  • 2
    1,231
    402

    Release2009

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Platinum Version is a title in the Pokémon series of video games. It was developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console. It is an enhanced remake...  more
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  • 3
    Game Boy Advance
    1,388
    476

    Release2005

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Adventure game, Role-playing video game, Console role-playing game

    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...  more
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  • 4
    1,155
    440

    Release2004

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Strategy

    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...  more
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    #356 of 429 The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time#8 of 84 The Best Game Boy Advance RPGs

  • 5
    Game Boy Color, Game Boy
    1,032
    436

    Release2000, 2017 (3DS)

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    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...  more
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  • 6
    Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS
    865
    389

    Release2002

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    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...  more
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  • 7
    923
    431

    Release1998, 2016 (3DS)

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, more commonly known as Pokémon Yellow Version, is a 1998 role-playing video game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy...  more
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  • 8
    Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
    1,111
    534

    Release1998

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red & Green, are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game...  more
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  • 9

    Release2006

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Diamond Version and Pearl Version are role-playing games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. With the enhanced remake Pokémon Platinum, the games comprise...  more
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  • 10

    Release2014

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing game

    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are two 2014 role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. They...  more
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  • 11
    Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console
    723
    359

    Release2001, 2018 (3DS)

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Crystal Version for the Game Boy Color, is the seventh game in the Pokémon video game series in Japan, and the sixth in North America and Europe. The game is an enhanced version of the...  more
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    #95 of 356 The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made#5 of 12 The Best Pokémon Game Boy Games, Ranked#7 of 23 The Best Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Games, Ranked

  • 12
    735
    375

    Release2011

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing video game, Adventure, Roleplaying

    Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are role-playing games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. They are the first installments in the fifth generation...  more
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    #11 of 94 The Best Nintendo DS RPGs#3 of 8 Every Main Pokemon Game, Ranked From Hardest To Easiest

  • 13

    Release2012

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Black/White Version 2 is a role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company. The game was released in 2012 for Nintendo DS. The game is part of the fifth...  more
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  • 14
    Nintendo 64
    574
    379

    Release1999

    DeveloperHAL Laboratory, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

    Pokémon Stadium, is a strategy video game developed by Nintendo EAD with the assistance of Creatures and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was...  more
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    #4 of 18 The Most Ridiculously Valuable Nintendo 64 Games#1 of 14 The Best Pokémon Console Games, Ranked#8 of 30 The Best Nintendo 64 RPGs

  • 15
    Nintendo 3DS
    570
    381

    Release2013

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing video game

    Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the first installments in the sixth generation of the Pokémon...  more
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  • 16
    404
    316

    Release2004

    DeveloperGenius Sonority

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure, Fighting game

    Pokémon Colosseum is a role-playing video game developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo as part of the Pokémon series. It was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube on November...  more
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  • 17
    214
    151

    Release2019

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. They are the first main series games in the...  more
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  • 18
    Nintendo 64, Wii
    433
    355

    Release1999

    DeveloperHAL Laboratory, Pax Softnica

    Genres (Video game)First-person narrative, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Simulation video game, First-person Shooter

    Pokémon Snap is a first-person rail shooter and simulation video game co-developed by HAL Laboratory and Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was first...  more
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  • 19
    Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console
    326
    264

    Release2009

    DeveloperChunsoft

    Genres (Video game)Dungeon crawl, Adventure, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is an enhanced version of Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan on April 18, 2009; North America on...  more
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  • 20

    Release2006, 2016

    DeveloperChunsoft

    Genres (Video game)Roguelike, Role-playing video game

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, respectively. These two games were...  more
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  • 21

    Release2017

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The games were released worldwide on 17...  more
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  • 22
    350
    296

    Release2000

    DeveloperHAL Laboratory, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

    Pokémon Stadium 2, known as Pocket Monsters' Stadium Kin Gin in Japan, is a video game for the Nintendo 64. It features all 251 Pokémon from the first and second generations. It was released in North...  more
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  • 23

    Release2005

    DeveloperGenius Sonority

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

    Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, released in Japan as Pokémon XD Yami no Kaze Dark Lugia, is the second role-playing video game from Nintendo's Pokémon franchise for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the...  more
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  • 24
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy line
    310
    267

    Release1998

    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Simulation video game, Card game, Collectible card game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

    Pokémon Trading Card Game, originally released in Japan as Pokémon Card GB is a video game adaptation of the original tabletop trading card game of the same name, which in turn was based on the...  more
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  • 25

    Release2018

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch gaming system....  more
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    'Let’s Go, Pikachu!' And 'Let’s Go, Eevee!' Easter Eggs#56 of 124 The Most Popular Video Games Right Now#26 of 124 The Best Current Nintendo Switch Games You Can Play Right Now