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The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked 

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Updated March 6, 2020 31.8k votes 3.3k voters 28.6k views 69 items

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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Pokémon HeartGold... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

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Pokémon Emerald ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Emerald Released: 2005 (Game 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 ...more

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Pokémon Platinum ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Platinum Released: 2009 (Game 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 ...more
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Pokémon FireRed a... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Game Freak)

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

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 ...more

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Pokémon Red and B... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked

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 ...more

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Pokémon Gold and ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2000 (Game 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 ...more

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Pokémon Yellow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked

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 ...more

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Pokémon Ruby and ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Released: 2002 (Game 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 ...more

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Pokémon Omega Rub... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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 ...more
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Pokémon Diamond a... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2006 (Game 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, ...more
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Pokémon Crystal ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2001 (Game 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 ...more
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Pokémon Black and... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2011 (Game 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 ...more
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Pokémon Stadium ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Stadium Released: 1999 (HAL Laboratory)

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. ...more

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Pokémon Black/Whi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Black/White Version 2

Genres (Video game): Role-playing video game

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Pokémon X and Y ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2013 (Game 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 ...more

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Pokémon Colosseum... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2004 (Genius Sonority)

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

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 ...more
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Pokémon: Let's Go... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2018 (Game 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 ...more

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Pokémon Ultra Sun... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
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 ...more
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Pokémon Snap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 1999 (HAL Laboratory)

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

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 ...more

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Pokémon Stadium 2... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2000 (HAL Laboratory)

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 ...more
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Pokémon Mystery D... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 2006 (Chunsoft)

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, ...more
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Pokémon Sun and M... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon[a] are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the first ...more
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Pokémon Mystery D... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

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 ...more
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Pokémon XD: Gale ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Released: 2005 (Genius Sonority)

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

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 ...more
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Pokémon Trading C... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked
Released: 1998 (Hudson 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 ...more