13 Best Pokemon Games to Play in 2020

In 2016, Pokémon Go took the mobile gaming world by storm. The game gained instant worldwide popularity, causing Nintendo’s shares to hike for more than 10% within a week. And there was a time when Pokémon Go frenzy gamers were everywhere.

For first-timers, it was a whole new experience. But what many people don’t know about the Pokémon universe is that it’s way more than just one game. The Pokémon gaming series is developed by Japanese video game developer Game Freak and was published by Nintendo for the first time in 1996.

The Pokémon gaming universe is so big that it is almost always overwhelming for newcomers. So let’s say you are a new player in the series and don’t know where to start; sometimes even experienced ones get confused.

Allow us to rank the best Pokémon games so you can focus on the game instead of spending your time searching for the best. Presenting 13 of the best Pokémon games to play this year. We have included only the core games and popular spin-offs.

13. Pokémon Trozei

Pokémon Trozei

Platform: Nintendo DS
Genre: Puzzle

Trozei is basically Tetris for Nintendo with Pokémon. Instead of blocks of different colors, you have a Pokémon box falling off the top of the screen. All you have to do is make a match of Pokémon blocks; four same types of Pokémon in a row will make those blocks disappear. Even though the game isn’t groundbreaking or some sort, it is generally considered as a moderately challenging game.

12. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

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Platform: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, 3DS
Genres: Roguelike, Role-Playing

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is an entertaining spin-off of the main Pokémon series, where you play as a Pokémon rather than a human. In many versions of this game, you have to take a short personality test before the start to determine which Pokémon you should be.

After you start playing as your assigned Pokémon you gradually form a small team of other Pokémon while navigating the dungeon to take on different missions. Since its release in 2005,  it has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

11. Pokémon Ranger

Pokemon ranger

Platform: Nintendo DS
Genres: Action RPG

Pokémon Ranger is a whole new game with almost no similarity with the traditional RPG styled Pokémon games. It’s basically a role-playing game, where you control a Pokémon Ranger and catch Pokémon (temporarily) in the Fiore region. The story has ten principal missions and many sub-missions. Those captured Pokémon are used to complete various tasks throughout the missions.

10. Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go

Platform: Android, iOS
Genres: Augmented Reality

Pokémon Go is one of the most recent additions to the long line of Pokémon games. It is developed by an American software development company Niantic in a collaboration with Nintendo. The game became a worldwide sensation in 2016 when it broke every record in the app industry.

It is a great game in many aspects and is praised for advanced real-world concepts. However, it is often ridden with technical problems, frequent server outages, and common authentication errors.

9. Pokémon Snap

Pokemon Snap

Platform: Nintendo 64
Genres: First Person shoot, Simulation

Pokémon Snap is one of the first console-based spin-off game of the original series. It is a first-person simulation game, where the main character Todd Snap moves on a rail. His objective is to take images of Pokémon – better the quality of images, better will be the scores after the end of each round.

Yes, the game is old, but it still has its groove. In 1999, Snap ranked fourth on the top-selling games in Japan and slipped to fifth in the next couple of months. In the United States alone, about 151,000 copies were released in public.

8. Pokémon Generation VII

generation VII

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Genres: Role Playing

For first-timers and people who don’t know all the genuine Pokémon products are chronologically divided into generations. Whenever a new official game in the main series is released with new Pokémon or with other significant features, that sequel is considered as the beginning of a new generation.

In 2016, two such sequels were introduced titled Pokémon Sun and Moon. The two games and their ultra follow-ups, which were launched a few months after their original one, are perhaps the most graphically intense games in the entire series and it is not surprising either. In total, this generation bought 84 new Pokémon with many new features and modifications to the older ones.

7. Pokémon Generation VI

generation VI

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Genres: Role Playing

In 2013, Nintendo announced the arrival of sixth-generation Pokémon games with the new Pokémon X and Y. With the 3D-rendering feature, these two games revolutionized the Pokemon franchise. In this generation, 72 new Pokémon species were introduced, including Fairy type and Mega Evolution Pokémon.

Other notable features were enhanced trainer customization and three new battle modes; Horde Encounters, Sky Battles and Inverse Battles. Pokémon X and Y were also the first games to be compatible with Pokémon Bank. Nearly two years after the arrival of X and Y, Nintendo launched the second main series game of the sixth generation titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon X and Y received mostly positive reactions from critics, however, the story was pretty disappointing for a single-player RPG.

6. Pokémon Conquest

conquest

Platform: Nintendo DS
Genres: TRPG

Pokémon Conquest remains one of the popular spin-offs of the Pokémon games in existence. Basically, it is a crossover between Pokémon and other famous Japanese game known as Nobunaga’s Ambition. The game demands a higher level of planning as it is not simply a trainer vs trainer game. Only a few selected Pokémon are available here.

It follows a good and engaging storyline, where, as a player you are followed by a Pokémon Eevee throughout the region of Ransei, capturing Pokémon and befriending other warriors to unite the entire region under one nation. The game was widely appreciated by the critics at the time of its release.

5. Pokémon Generation IV

generation 4

Platform: Nintendo DS
Genres: Role Playing

The fourth generation of Pokémon games include Pokémon Diamond and Pearl released in 2006 and Pokémon Platinum released in 2008. In this generation, a total of 107 new Pokémon species were introduced. For the first time, a Pokémon game was enabled with 3D graphics along with features like online multiplayer trading and battling over WiFi.

Generation IV was a major technological milestone in the Pokémon world, however, the game failed to freshen things up, and doesn’t add much to the already existing features in Generation III.

4. Pokémon Generation V

white and black

Platform: Nintendo DS
Genres: Role Playing

The fifth generation of the Pokémon games began after the release of Pokémon Black and White. This time about 156 brand new species were introduced in the Pokémon universe, the most in any generation to date. Many new features like triple battles, rotation battles, and battle tests were introduced, where the trainer can battle it out and strengthen their existing Pokémon.

Two years later, two direct sequels of the core game were released titled Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, both featuring several new Pokémon that were not available in the previous game. Overall, both the games were fun and engaging.

3. Pokémon Generation III

generation III

Platform: Game Boy Advance
Genres: Role Playing

In 2002, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were launched, marking the arrival of the third generation of Pokémon games. The game introduced 135 new Pokémon bringing the tally to a staggering 386. In contrast to the previous generation games, it includes a more detailed environment, a new 2-on-2 battle scenario, and a contest sub-game.

This generation, however, left out some of the features that were installed in earlier games such as the day-night system and it also somewhat restricted the total number of Pokémon that a player can catch. A revamped version of Ruby and Sapphire named Pokémon Emerald was launched right after the original one.

2. Pokémon Generation I

generation i

Platform: Game Boy
Genres: Role Playing

The first-ever Pokémon game released by Nintendo was Red and Green in 1996. What many don’t know about these games is that it was never released outside Japan, however, an enhanced version of the game ‘Blue’ was introduced for international release. The first generation introduced all the original 151 species of Pokémon from Bulbasaur to Mew.

Quite frankly, catching all those is still a challenge. Pokémon Yellow was the last of the first generation games and was also a memorable one. The game was largely based on the Pokémon TV series and also featured the Team Rocket. In addition, it had Pikachu that would follow the player.

1. Pokémon Generation II

Platform: Game Boy Color
Genres: Role Playing

It’s not that the first generation of Pokémon games wasn’t good enough, the real reason why game addicts love the second generation more than anything is its intensity, and it was where the entire game series started to open up. The new generation introduced about 100 new Pokémon species, like Chikorita and Celebi, with over 250 Pokémons to collect and train.

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It also introduced the day and night feature for the first time, which had a great influence in the gameplay. Now certain types of Pokémon could only be caught in a specific time slot. Other features include upgraded inventory, improved user interface and two new Pokémon types (Dark and Steel). Moreover, the Pokémon breeding feature was introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver.

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Bipro Das

Biprojit has been a staff writer at RankRed since 2015. He mainly focuses on game-changing inventions but also covers general science with a particular interest in astronomy. His domain extends to mobile apps and knows a thing or two about finance. Biprojit has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delhi, majoring in Geography.

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  • Nice article you got there. I remember playing Pokemon Crystal on my Gameboy Color. I also had Pokemon Red but Crystal was without doubt, the best.
    By the way, for the fifth entry “Generation IV”, you have used Pokemon HeartGold and Soulsilver image.
    Thanks