Ranking the best Pokemon games of all time!
Pokemon is fast approaching its 20th anniversary. It only seemed like yesterday when Pokemon Red and Green took the world by storm and started the Pocket Monster phenomenon. Fast forward to today and Pokemon still remains remarkably popular; consistently selling in the multi-millions with each new entry. With the anniversary celebrations bound to happen in a matter of months, I would like to share another top 10 list.
As you may have already guessed, this is my opinion on what are the top 10 Pokemon games of all time. For clarification sake, the list will mostly have inclusions from the mainline series. The reason is obvious; the best games that the series has to offer are from the mainline branch. You can check out our Top 5 Pokemon Spin-off games list.
Please note that this is just my opinion, so do not feel offended if you disagree. And please do feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. (Note: Remakes and directors cut will be counted as separate games.)
10. Pokemon Platinum
In my opinion, Pokemon Platinum isn’t worth a purchase if you already own Diamond/Pearl. I believe there isn’t enough changes and new content to justify double dipping into the world of Sinnoh. Still, Pokemon Platinum does offer a number of new innovations that should be recognized. Perhaps the most important new feature is the VS recorder, which records and saves all your online matches into your game. This feature was a godsend for all YouTubers as it was an easier means to record, commentate and uploaded Wi-fi battles up onto YouTube.
9. Pokemon Emerald
Pokemon Emerald is my favorite directors cut title. Pokemon Emerald correctly and interestingly expands the lore of Kyogre and Groudon to effective incorporate Rayquaza. In my opinion, Pokemon Emerald is the gold standard for the directors cut titles, a standard that Game Freaks that hasn’t effectively maintained since. Pokemon Emerald can stand proud among almost all the original games and a definitely worth a play for all new Pokemon games.
8. Pokemon Black/White
Admittedly, Pokemon Black/White (Pokemon B/W) isn’t my favorite original Pokemon game. For some reason, I couldn’t get into the universe around Unova and the lore behind the signature legendary Pokemon. However, Pokemon B/W does push the series in a number of meaningful ways such as the hidden abilities, team previews before battles and rotation battles. I particularly like the inclusion of hidden abilities as they do give new life to tired Pokemon.
7. Pokemon Black 2/White 2
Serving as a direct sequel to Pokemon Black/White, Pokemon Black 2/White 2 (Pokemon B2/W2) changes up the formula opting out of a directors cut by offering an expand universe to the story of the B/W. Set two years after the events of Black 2/ White 2 offers a new story, new areas and new features (like Pokemon World Tournament and Pokemon Studios). In my opinion, Pokemon Black 2/White 2 is superior in every way to its respective prequel.
6. Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green
At number 6 is Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green (Pokemon FR/LG), a modern remake of the original Pokemon games. I’d imagine that many fans have a soft spot for the original game and playing an upgraded version complete with pleasant visuals would be pure ecstasy for them. Finding a copy of Pokemon FR/LG and a working GBA may be a little difficult at the moment, but it is definitely worth it, if you want to play the game that started it all at its most pleasant form.