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5 Best Pokemon Games of All Time

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The World of Pokemon

Pokémon(or Pocket Monsters) is one of the best-selling games of all time and is responsible for some of our favorite gaming memories. Most of us have played at least one of these games at some point of time. This article is a personal list of what I think are the 5 best games of all time. So, regardless of whether you are a beginner new to the world of Pocket Monsters, looking to begin your adventure or a veteran, looking to restart your journey, this article will help you decide how to 'catch 'em all' in the best and in most fun way possible.

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A variety of games on display.

5. Diamond & Pearl

Diamond and Pearl were the fifth installment in the series and were released for the Nintendo DS in 2006 in Japan and in 2007 in North America and the rest of the world. While it received good reviews, many thought that it featured the same storyline and gameplay from previous games making it less engaging for veteran players. The 3D employed in Diamond and Pearl was also up for debate. While some felt that the game featured a clever use of 2D and 3D, others had their qualms regarding the use and the quality of 3D in Diamond and Pearl. Despite all these flaws, it was and still is a very good game and will get you addicted like every other game in the series before it, and is definitely worth playing.

4. Black & White

Black and White were released for the Nintendo DS in 2012.The games were well received and sold millions of copies, only being surpassed in sales by Diamond and Pearl. Many praised the addition of the new Pokémon as well as the updated gameplay and improved single-player storyline. It features a healthy amount of new content while still keeping the core mechanics intact. This was the primary reason so many people came back to the franchise and the reason for Black and White’s commercial success. In conclusion, Black and White is a very good game to immerse yourself in. If you’re done with Black and White and wish to try something newer, check out their sequels Black 2 and White 2 on the Nintendo DS.

Pokemon Black and White
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Covers of Black and White.

3. Red/Blue/Yellow

Red and Blue are the games that started the Pokémon Revolution. The games that got millions hooked and made them fall in love with the world of Pokémon. Red and Blue are perhaps regarded as the best Pokémon games of all time and in fact, all the top 3 games in this list are equal and are ranked only because I absolutely have to. Yellow improved upon both Red and Blue and was one of the best games to play for those who had watched the TV series as it was made to closely resemble it. Remakes of Red and Blue by the name of FireRed and LeafGreen were released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance with updated graphics, better PC and running shoes for faster movement which was absent in the original.

2. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald were the third generation games in the franchise. Ruby and Sapphire were released in 2003 while Emerald featuring minor improvements over both was released in 2005. All three games feature similar gameplay although there are slight differences in the storyline. The games were very well received and sold about 16 million units overall. Emerald gets the best of both worlds as it had gameplay elements and characters from both Ruby and Sapphire. Emerald was and still is extremely popular and even considered the best game in the franchise by many. The games were remade into Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014 and received extremely good reviews for improving upon their predecessors while keeping the core intact.

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire
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Ruby and Sapphire.

1. Gold/Silver

Gold and Silver were the second generation games of the franchise. They were released for the Game Boy in 2000 including a special edition Game Boy Color for Pokémon Gold. It received critical reception and rave reviews particularly for the addition of the internal game clock which adds new functionality like time-specific Pokémon and time-specific events. It enjoyed the enormous success of its predecessors Red and Blue and had sold over 23 million copies by 2010. In 2009, remakes of Gold and Silver called HeartGold and SoulSilver were released with updated graphics and other improvements for the Nintendo DS. So, if you’re looking to relive the magic of Gold and Silver but can’t find a Game Boy try HeartGold or SoulSilver on the Nintendo DS instead. It doesn’t matter whether you play the remakes or the originals, both are sure to get you hooked and have you playing for hours and hours.

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The Game Boy Color with Pokemon Gold.

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
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The covers of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the remakes of Gold and Silver.

Conclusion

This list represent my view of what I think are the 5 best Pokemon games of all-time . However, this list is by no means a definitive one and there is no compulsion to play the games in this specific order, but for beginners this list may help you decide how to start your adventure. All Pokémon games are definitely worth playing, but these represent the best of the best of the popular franchise.

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