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Every Mainline Pokemon Game in Order of Release Date

Every Mainline Pokemon Game in Order of Release Date

The Pokemon series is one of the most successful in video game history.

It has come a long way since the days of Pokemon Red and Blue and we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane to chronologically order the main Pokemon games.

Here’s every mainline Pokemon game in order of release date from oldest to newest:

Pokemon GameGenerationPlatformRelease Year
Red, Green and BlueGen 1Game Boy1998 (US)
YellowGen 1Game Boy1999
Gold, Silver and CrystalGen 2Game Boy Color2000/2001
Ruby, Sapphire and EmeraldGen 3Game Boy Advance2003/2005
FireRed and LeafGreenGen 1Game Boy Advance2004
Diamond, Pearl and PlatinumGen 4Nintendo DS2007/2009
HeartGold and SoulSilverGen 2Nintendo DS2010
Black and WhiteGen 5Nintendo DS2011
Black and White 2Gen 5Nintendo DS2012
X and YGen 6Nintendo 3DS2012
Omega Ruby and Alpha SapphireGen 6Nintendo 3DS2014
Sun and MoonGen 7Nintendo 3DS2016
Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonGen 7Nintendo 3DS2017
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go EeveeGen 1Switch2018
Sword and ShieldGen 8Switch2019
Brilliant Diamond and Shining PearlGen 4Switch2021
Legends: ArceusGen 8Switch2022
Scarlet and VioletGen 9Switch2022

More information can be found on each game below.

Pokemon Red, Green, and Blue

Pokemon Gen 1 games - Red, Blue, and Green
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  • Release Date: September 28, 1998 (US), February 27, 1996 (Japan)
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Region: Kanto
  • Platform: Game Boy

This is what started it all! From catching critters and battling trainers, to defeating the Elite Four and stopping a team of hoodlums – these games established the Pokemon series we know and love today.

You take on the role of Red, an 11-year-old boy who is about to start his Pokemon journey.

You pick a starter Pokemon – Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle – from Professor Oak, gain a rival called Blue, and are told to complete your Pokedex.

Along the way, you fight goons from Team Rocket, who use Pokemon for profit and plan on taking over Silph Co. for the Master Ball.

A lot of us now look at Team Rocket as a goofy group of amusing oddballs thanks to Jessie, James, and Meowth, but in Gen 1 games they pretty much harmed Pokemon and kidnapped an old man.

In your journey, your rival sometimes pops up to battle you. You also fight various Gym Leaders, and eventually aim to be a champion by defeating four of the best trainers in the region, the Elite Four. Whew, what a journey, but this is only the start.

The first mainline games released in Japan were actually Red and Green. Blue followed as an updated version. When they decided to make an international release, Game Freaks made an English Red and Blue based on the revised Blue version.

Oh, and fun fact, Shigeru Miyamoto actually suggested seven different colored versions to mirror a rainbow. Eventually, they settled with Red and Green, which are Mario and Luigi’s colors!

Red, Green, and Blue sold more than 10 million copies in Japan, while Red and Blue sold almost 10 million in the US. And yep, the rest is history.

Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition

Pokemon Yellow with Pikachu as companion
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  • Release Date: October 1, 1999
  • Generation: Gen 1
  • Region: Kanto
  • Platform: Game Boy

After the first batch of games became successful, the Pokemon franchise exploded in popularity. It had merch, spin-off games, and even an animated series. This is how Pokemon Yellow was born.

While it’s mostly based on Red and Blue/Green, Yellow’s story and gameplay got tweaked to reference the anime a lot. The player gets a Pikachu instead of any Gen 1 starters, while your rival gets an Eevee.

Jessie and James are present and replace some Team Rocket grunts. Some anime characters replace random trainers too.

Most importantly, your Pikachu stays outside its Pokeball to walk next to you and will refuse evolution attempts – just like Pikachu in the anime! This was definitely mindblowing for a Pokemon fan back then.

Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokemon Gen 2 games - Gold, Silver, and Crystal
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  • Release Date: October 15, 2000 (Gold and Silver), July 29, 2001 (Crystal)
  • Generation: Gen 2
  • Region: Johto
  • Platform: Game Boy Color

This much-awaited sequel had huge shoes to fill, but it certainly delivered!

Aside from the riveting tale of a young Pokemon trainer starting his journey, picking a starter (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile), gaining a rival, taking care of an egg, collecting Gym Badges, and stopping Team Rocket’s nefarious plans, the games get quite an upgrade too.

You get 100 new Pokemon, the addition of Dark and Steel types, plus Shiny Pokemon.

You now have a better Pokedex, bag compartments, the ability to hold items, two Special stats (SpA and SpD), and the implementation of a time system and Pokemon breeding. Oh, and if you remember Pokerus, yep, it started in this generation.

You also feast your eyes on improved graphics with color, thanks to Game Boy Color’s tech.

Pokemon Crystal, like Blue, was later released as an upgraded version that fixed some bugs and gave the option of a female player!

And after all those impressive things, the train for how amazing these games are doesn’t stop yet.

Once you finish the game’s main adventure, your journey opens up to a bonus adventure of actually going to Kanto! You literally get a bonus world!

Even 26 years later, Gold, Silver, and Crystal remain as excellent highlights among the current plethora of Pokemon games.

More importantly, it’s also a great memory for Pokemon fans of what a mindblowing sequel can be.

Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Pokemon Gen 3 games - Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2003 (Ruby and Sapphire, US), May 1, 2005 (Emerald, US)
  • Generation: Gen 3
  • Region: Hoenn
  • Platform: Game Boy Advance

If the previous games had big shoes to fill, Gen 3 had an even bigger pair of boots to fill due to how amazing Gold, Silver, and Crystal were. 

Suffice it to say, it definitely did great and became the best-selling games on the GBA. It also brought new things to the table that are now mainstays in the series.

You start off as a player who just moved from Johto to a new region called Hoenn due to your father’s new job as a Gym Leader. The lore continuation and inclusion of the player’s father are quite notable!

You get a starter (Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip), as well as a rival, who is the opposite gender you didn’t pick and also the kid of this region’s professor.

Your father encourages you to explore Hoenn, become a great trainer, and collect badges from Gyms.

Along the way, you encounter and stop Team Magma, who wants to get more land mass, or Team Aqua, who wants to expand the oceans. In Emerald, you get to fight both. 

Both teams awaken their respective Legendaries, which makes the weather go haywire. If Team Rocket was on Pokemon exploitation, Gen 3 teams were on a world-changing scale.

Aside from this interesting plot, these Gen 3 games added 135 new Pokemon, now with Abilities and Natures.

You also get new gameplay additions like PokeNav, Ribbons, Pokemon Contests, and Double Battles. Not bad, not bad at all.

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen battle mechanics
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  • Release Date: September 9, 2004 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 3
  • Region: Kanto
  • Platform: Game Boy Advance

Before releasing Emerald, Game Freak and Nintendo actually managed to squeeze in a remake for Pokemon Red and Green.

Seeing as how these first Pokemon games took the world by storm, Game Freak was eager to bring it back with updated mechanics and graphics.

By and large, the story is about the same, with a few additions here and there.

You get new areas like the Sevii Islands with Gen 2 Pokemon, and updated visuals and gameplay quality-of-life improvement from Gen 3. You can even play as a girl trainer and connect with other players to play minigames!

These were actually the first remakes in the franchise. And although Red and Green were absolutely loved by gamers at that time, and a lot of critics praised these revamps, it’s still the lowest-selling remakes among mainline Pokemon games.

We’ll see if Nintendo decides to re-remake Red, Green, and maybe Blue in the near future. Who knows, they might even add more types and type combinations.

Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Pokemon Gen 4 games - Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
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  • Release Date: April 22, 2007 (Diamond and Pearl, US), March 22, 2009 (Platinum, US)
  • Generation: Gen 4
  • Region: Sinnoh
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

By Gen 4, you can actually see the mainline Pokemon games settle in the gameplay flow and template we’re all familiar with by now.

You play as a young kid, meet up with the new region’s professor, get given a Pokemon starter (Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup), and set off on your Pokemon journey, defeating Gym Leaders and an evil team along the way.

But Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum tried to shake things up a bit by introducing a best friend-turned-rival character, in addition to your usual opposite-gender rival, as well as re-introducing walkable Pokemon from Pokemon Yellow.

Combat-wise, there are now Physical or Special attacks. You’re also only fighting one team this time, Team Galactic, who is hellbent on recreating the entire Pokemon universe.

These Gen 4 games also get 107 new Pokemon, plus the return of day and night cycles. You even get a cool Poke Watch (Poketch)!

But the best thing these games brought to Pokemon fans is the Wi-Fi features of the game. You can easily battle, trade, and even voice chat with other players around the world. The Global Trade System or GTS even makes random trading easier.

Although some players think the graphics could be better, the success of Gen 4 can’t be scoffed at. The games became the first DS games to sell 5 million together!

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokemon remake - HeartGold and SoulSilver
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  • Release Date: March 14, 2010 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 2
  • Region: Johto
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

During this time, Pokemon games were now an established worldwide phenomenon. So for Gold and Silver’s 10th anniversary, it was a great time to re-introduce these games to the world in all its updated glory.

Revamped Gold and Silver took what Crystal and new Pokemon games improved on.

While the plot is mostly the same, there was some Crystal stuff added, as well as the ability to link with Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games for new Pokemon.

Gameplay got revamped as well. The new battle system, types, and other quality-of-life improvements can be found in these remakes. And those who love to walk and hike got a kick out of the bonus Pokewalker too!

Overall, those who loved Gen 2 got its expected awesomeness and more.

Because of its additional content and improved Nintendo DS graphics, it is definitely easier to pick these up than the original Game Boy Color versions if you’re feeling nostalgic.

Pokemon Black and White

Pokemon Gen 5 games - Black and White
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  • Release Date: March 6, 2011 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 5
  • Region: Unova
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

While the previous games’ stories were far from bad, Black and White showed that Pokemon games are capable of having deeper stories.

It still had the iconic Pokemon game flow, where the player starts their Pokemon journey, gets a starter Pokemon (Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott), defeats Gym Leaders, completes the Pokedex, fights their rival, and ultimately stops a nefarious team.

However, like its predecessors, Black and White brought something new. You get two friends, Cheren and Bianca, plus a mysterious rival called N. Upon reaching the Pokemon League, Team Plasma and N stop you.

Team Plasma and N’s goals seem quite different from previous teams. We’ve had Pokemon exploitation and world destruction, but for N he just wants a world where Pokemon are safe from humans. 

Due to his heartbreaking past, N has seen how cruel humans can be to Pokemon. Unfortunately, his adoptive father, Ghetsis, was manipulating him all along. Ghetsis actually wants all Pokemon for himself. 

If you think this is quite heavy for a Pokemon game, that’s because Game Freak spent more than a year developing the story and characters.

It’s no wonder it’s one of the highest-rated Pokemon games, even garnering a perfect score from Famitsu.

Aside from its captivating story, these games were praised for its improved graphics with animated sprites and dynamic camera angles. Except for walkable Pokemon and the Battle Frontier, all previous features were present.

You also get 156 new Pokemon, seasons, Triple Battles, Rotation Battles, Musical Contests, C-Gear, Entralink for wireless multiplayer, and Pokemon Global Link with Pokemon Dream World.

But despite the praises and upgrades, Black and White remain to be the lowest-selling mainline Pokemon games, with only 15 million copies sold. Tragic, really.

Pokemon Black and White 2

Pokemon Gen 5 games - Black 2 and White 2
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  • Release Date: October 7, 2012 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 5
  • Region: Unova
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

From the get-go, Black 2 and White 2 stand out as the only direct sequel and numbered Pokemon mainline games ever.

And just like its direct predecessor, it still brought a solid story and notable upgrades to the games.

Set two years after Black and White, you now play the role of a different young trainer who’s eager to explore Unova. You get your Pokemon from Bianca this time, who is now a professor assistant.

Your rival is named Hugh, who seemed like a typical rival at first, but later reveals that he doesn’t wanna compete with you in the Pokemon League.

He just wants to get some stolen Pokemon back from Team Plasma.

Yes, Team Plasma is still alive and kicking and wants to fuse the Legendary Dragon Kyurem with other Legendaries.

So you go and stop them and Ghetsis, with N showing up as well, before heading to the Pokemon League.

You can tell that Game Freak put a lot of effort into the story by giving players the Memory Link feature, which can access flashbacks.

The games also brought difficulty modes, Pokestar Studios for short clips, and a Pokemon World Tournament where you can fight past Gym Leaders.

If Black and White gave quite the upgrade in graphics, the sequels redesigned and remixed almost everything, and added more frames to trainer animated sprites.

But despite these things, a lot of people usually skip these games due to its title and sequel situation. It didn’t help that it came out towards the end of the DS’s lifespan.

Still, they are solid games as sequels and on their own.

Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon Gen 6 games - X and Y
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  • Release Date: October 12, 2012 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 6
  • Region: Kalos
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Set in the France-inspired region of Kalos, you start your Pokemon journey with your starter (Fennekin, Froakie, or Chespin), neighbor-turned rival, and three other friends. 

While the usual stuff happens, like battling Gym Leaders and catching Pokemon, the plot takes a historical and magical lore turn when you meet Team Flare who wants to destroy the world with an ancient weapon from a giant king of the past.

At this point, Game Freak has already established a winning formula for Pokemon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t surprise fans with new and exciting features and gimmicks. And you bet they definitely tried with X and Y!

X and Y were the first Pokemon games to get a simultaneous worldwide release. It also brought a new type, Fairy, along with a new Eeveelution, Sylveon, at the helm.

And to keep combat and Pokemon collecting fresh and thrilling, they also added Mega Evolutions.

Players also get 72 new Pokemon, trainer customization, Sky Battles, Pokemon horde encounters, and a chance to bond with your Pokemon through Pokemon-amie.

Nintendo really pushed the concept of 3D with the 3DS, so these games became 3D-centric with its gameplay, models, and stereoscopic 3D scenes.

Not only were the games rated highly, X and Y became an important turning point in Pokemon games. International fans didn’t have to wait anymore for a later release and it directed the franchise to a 3D path.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon remake - Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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  • Release Date: November 21, 2014 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 6
  • Region: Hoenn
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

With this remake, players visit the Hoenn region once again, but with updated graphics, gameplay, and features. 

The story mostly remained the same, with slight changes that definitely improved the plot and characters. Certain trainers, namely the rival or the unpicked player, got an extended role in the story. 

Team Aqua and Magma slightly changed their goals too. Instead of simply having more water or gaining land, Aqua wants to revert the Earth to prehistoric times to restore Pokemon habitats, while Magma wants more land for progress and innovation.

Also, their Legendaries showed up in their Primal forms!

However, the most notable changes added to these Gen 3 favorites are the incorporation of features from recent Pokemon games. Mega Evolution, the new Fairy type, Pokemon-amie, 3D graphics, and new artwork and models are all present in this remake. 

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Gen 7 games - Sun and Moon
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  • Release Date: November 18, 2016 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 7
  • Region: Alola
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

New gen, new region – and this time, Game Freak takes us to a tropical paradise known as Alola for Pokemon’s 20th anniversary.

The Pokemon games always bring something new in each generation. And for Sun and Moon, we get a story that deals with heartbreaking family matters, alien Pokemon, and a unique twist on Gym challenges.

The story heavily focuses on other characters, with the player aiding them along with Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio as a starter.

You accompany Lillie, the professor’s assistant with a traumatic past. You also get a very cheerful rival in the form of Hau.

Instead of Gym Leaders, you get Island Challenges and Kahunas. Each island also gets a Legendary Guardian Deity.

Add in 81 new Pokemon, Regional Forms, Z-Moves, Battle Royals, Poke Rides, Poke Pelago, Malasada snacks, and a Rotom as a Pokedex, and you get one fresh Pokemon game for the 3DS!

The removal of the National Pokedex is a sore spot for many fans, but the good things seem to outweigh it for a lot of players.

Sun and Moon became the fastest-selling Nintendo games in North America, selling 3.7 million copies in just two weeks after release!

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokemon Gen 7 games - Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
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  • Release Date: November 17, 2017 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 7
  • Region: Alola
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

We’ve seen Game Freaks deal with direct sequels like Black 2 and White 2, but what about alternate storylines and more sun, sea, and space? Well, that’s exactly the case with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon!

Just like Blue, Emerald, and Crystal, the Ultra versions are a technical and gameplay upgrade to the original games.

You get updated animation and graphics, wild Pokemon wandering in the background, new locations (more space and wormholes, anyone?), and even surfing!

You also get 5 new Pokemon, which is a first for mid-gen Pokemon games. New Pokemon forms, new Z-Moves, and a solid postgame are also great additions.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee
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  • Release Date: November 16, 2018 (US)
  • Generation: Gen 7
  • Region: Kanto
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

Keeping the fun and magic for little kids has become a big thing for the Pokemon series over the years.

In this remake of Pokemon Yellow, almost 20 years later, the Let’s Go games incorporated Gen 1 favorites, gameplay changes, and fun tech upgrades.

You get the same story but with different playable characters and rivals. You can even customize yourself and your starter Pikachu or Eevee!

And when it comes to walkable Pokemon, you can have any of your team walk with you. Some can even be ridden!

The beloved Team Rocket with Jessie, James, and Meowth are back – now with Double Battles. There are even legendary trainers from Gen 1 that will surprise you later on!

Postgame, you are given the option of battling the strongest trainers from Gen 1 – with just one Pokemon and no medicines allowed!

Those who enjoy Pokemon GO will also enjoy Let’s Go’s link to it. You get two new Mythical Pokemon Meltan and Melmetal.

But the biggest advertised feature for Let’s Go is its Joy-con movement.

You can use it for multiplayer, combat, and Pokemon catching! It definitely brings in the fun, although some players might feel limited by it.

Pokemon games have become popular for kids and grownups alike.

While the Let’s Go games seem to be geared toward younger players with its Joy-Con mechanics, it has enough nostalgia and difficulty levels to keep veterans playing.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokemon Gen 8 games - Sword and Shield
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  • Release Date: November 15, 2019
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Region: Galar
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

While the Let’s Go games were a great start for Pokemon on the Nintendo Switch, fans were still waiting for a proper mainline game on Nintendo’s latest home console. 

Enter Sword and Shield, the highly awaited Pokemon Switch game set in the Galar region.

Since Galar is heavily inspired by the United Kingdom, you see football, curry, fae lore, and industrialization references in the games. 

The games start and proceed like any other Pokemon games – you pick a starter (Scorbunny, Grookey, or Sobble), travel the land to catch Pokemon and beat Gym leaders, and ultimately become a Pokemon champion.

However, there are some slight tweaks and twists introduced to keep it fresh.  Instead of the region professor, the current champion welcomes you and even gives you your starter Pokemon.

He’s also the brother of your rival. You can set up camp to heal, feed, and bond with your Pokemon – you can even do this with online friends!

If you had Mega Evolution and Z-Moves before, this time your Pokemon becomes huge! Through Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, your Pokemon transforms into a humongous version of itself.

There is also a big area in central Galar, called the Wild Area, where wild Pokemon roam free.

It has different weather and habitat for various Pokemon on different levels. This seems to be Game Freak’s early attempt at an open-world Pokemon.

While these new additions are cool and exciting, criticisms of its subpar graphics and incomplete Pokedex were quite vocal.

Still, Sword and Shield became the second best-selling Pokemon games in the US and the first of the core games to get an expansion pass.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon remake - Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
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  • Release Date: November 19, 2021
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Region: Sinnoh
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

Up next in the remake list is Gen 4’s Diamond and Pearl. This time, they become even more brilliant and shining!

As enhanced remakes, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl bring the Gen 4 games to a new light. It gets a totally new look with a lot of modern Pokemon features added in, and we get to see the dinosaur-like Legendaries again! 

But unlike other recent Pokemon games, these remakes go back to a lot of old Pokemon staples. 

The top-down camera angle is back, the character models show in chibi form in the overworld, and players get random encounters for Pokemon instead. And since there isn’t any second screen on the Switch, viewing the Poketch has been tweaked a bit.

Most notably, these are the first core Pokemon games not to be developed by Game Freak. While this is a welcome change for some, other fans have been critical of the very chibi forms of the models. 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Pokemon Legends Arceus map and screenshots
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  • Release Date: January 28, 2022
  • Generation: Gen 8
  • Region: Hisui
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

At this point, we’ve got 26 years of Pokemon games, all with a familiar foundation in gameplay and game flow. So it’s no surprise that a lot of fans clamored for something different.

To the surprise of many, Legends: Arceus delivered just that. It is a completely new and refreshing take on a Pokemon game, with a heavy focus on exploration in its open areas and catching Pokemon.

The plot is totally different too. You get sent back in time by Arceus and are given the task of “seeking out all Pokemon” with your Arc Phone (who knew Arceus can make phones, too). 

Your starter is a mix from different regions — you get Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott. All three get a twist in their final evolutions, both in form and typing!

The game has also added seven new Pokemon and several new Hisuian forms.

All wild Pokemon are visible in the overworld, where you can now crouch or roll to avoid them or throw things at them, like Poke Balls.

It’s important to master how to crouch or roll away because in this game the trainer can absolutely faint!

The majority of the criticisms come from how empty and dull the open areas can be. However, it is undeniable that the changes and new features in Legends: Arceus definitely breathed new life into Pokemon games.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Gen 9 games - Scarlet and Violet screenshots
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  • Release Date: November 18, 2022
  • Generation: Gen 9
  • Region: Paldea
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

And now our trip down memory lane ends here. Last stop – the Paldea region!

Just like how evolution is a theme in these games, Scarlet and Violet definitely show how much the games have evolved over the years.

Compared to the top-down pixel adventure from 26 years ago, Scarlet and Violet have 3D models, a movable camera view, and an open world to explore.

You start with Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly as your starter, and branch out to three stories or explorations that you can pursue whenever and however, you like.

This time, not only do you get 100+ new Pokemon, with new Paldean forms and Tera types, but you also get version-exclusive professors, which is a first for Pokemon.

You also get extensive player customization, online play, and a picnic set-up with your Pokemon.

Unfortunately, the games came out a buggy mess. Many of these glitches and bugs even became memes. It’s all good and fun, but it definitely affected Scarlet and Violet’s review scores.

These games are currently the lowest-rated Pokemon games in history but hold the highest number of pre-orders and sales within three days after launch.

So despite the low scores, Scarlet and Violet did many notable new things for the game franchise that a lot of fans hope will stick to in the future.

It is only fitting that we take a look back on Pokemon’s past and talk about what it can be in the future under Scarlet and Violet.

Here’s hoping the next releases will build on what Scarlet and Violet have but without the bugs.


That’s a lot of games and a lot of Pokemon!

Interestingly the newer games don’t necessarily have more Pokemon available. That means some you can only get by trading.

Here are the Pokemon games that have the most Pokemon available to catch.