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The Best Pokémon Video Games, Ranked

Updated July 28, 2020 42.4k votes 3.5k voters 30.1k views68 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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  • 1
    Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
    1,896
    560

    Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

    Nintendo DS

    Release2009

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  • 2
    Pokémon Emerald
    1,470
    527

    Pokémon Emerald

    Game Boy Advance

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Pokémon Platinum
    1,260
    449

    Pokémon Platinum

    Nintendo DS

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
    1,263
    479

    Release2004

    DeveloperGame 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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Pokémon Gold and Silver
    1,150
    462

    Pokémon Gold and Silver

    Game Boy Color, Game Boy

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Pokémon Red and Blue
    1,281
    571

    Pokémon Red and Blue

    Game Boy, Game Boy Advance

    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:... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
    931
    414

    Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

    Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition
    1,018
    459

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Pokémon Crystal
    781
    378

    Pokémon Crystal

    Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
    855
    422

    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo 3DS

    Release2014

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing game

    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are two 2014 role-playing video games developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Pokémon Black and White
    753
    406

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Pokémon Black/White Version 2
    623
    394

    Pokémon Black/White Version 2

    Nintendo DS

    Release2012

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing video game

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  • 14
    Pokémon Stadium
    640
    409

    Pokémon Stadium

    Nintendo 64

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Pokémon X and Y
    595
    408

    Pokémon X and Y

    Nintendo 3DS

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Pokémon Colosseum
    445
    330

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Pokémon Sword and Shield
    128
    81

    Release2019

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Pokémon Sword and Shield are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
    338
    273

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

    Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

    Release2017

    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Pokémon Stadium 2
    381
    327

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Pokémon Trading Card Game
    332
    285

    Pokémon Trading Card Game

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy line

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
    332
    287

    Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

    GameCube

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

    Release2018

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Genres (Video game)Role-playing

    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are role-playing video games... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Pokémon Snap
    450
    402

    Pokémon Snap

    Nintendo 64, Wii

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button