List Of All Pokemon Games In Chronological Order (All 8 Generation)

Pokemon is one of the longest-running video game series. With over dozens of main games and hundreds of spin-offs, the Pokemon series has become a staple of the gaming community.

The first main Pokemon game, Pokemon Red, came out all the way back in 1996 for the original Gameboy.

Since then, there have been numerous games for every console released by Nintendo. A new Pokemon generation accompanies the release of a new Nintendo console. It intriguing to know the fact that the main series of Pokemon games were initially released only on handheld Nintendo consoles.

With so many Pokemon Games out there, it hard to keep a tab on them. That’s where this handy list comes in.

Here you’ll find a complete list of all pokemon games in order, starting from the very first one all the way up to Pokemon Sword and Shiel, the latest game in the main series.

We’ll start off with the main series, ordered by generation and consoles, and then dive deeper into the spin-offs, handhelds and numerous other recognized Pokemon games in order.

First Generation – All Pokemon Games

The first generation of Pokemon games was released on the Game Boy. Back then, the game was called ‘Pocket Monsters’ as you could capture and store monsters in your Game Boy, which could be carried in your pocket.

The first generation also introduced the most famous Pokemon’s, including Squirtle, Charizard, Bulbasaur and the beloved Pikachu.

1. Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green
  • Release Date: February 27, 1996  (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy

Pokemon Red and Green were the first games of the insanely popular series. The Red and Green versions released on February 27, 1996, in Japan. The game was available in America in 1998 and in Europe in 1999, a whole three years later than the initial release date.

The game revolved around a young boy, controlled by the player, who set out on an epic adventure to become the greatest Pokemon trainer of all time. Travelling through the original Kanto region, you captured Pokemon’s and earned 8 gym badges by defeating 8 unique trainers.

Pokemon Red and Green introduced popular characters including Brock, Misty, Prof. Oak and the notorious Team Rocket, all of whom played a major role in the Anime adaptation.

The game was very well received at the time thanks to its unique features. The players controlled an over-the-head character which could be named anything. The main objective of the game was defeating the Elite 4 trainers.

The secondary objective was to complete the Pokédex, an in-game encyclopedia by catching all the 151 Pokemons from the first generation. This objective served as the driving force behind the insanely popular catchphrase, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”

A unique, never before seen feature of the game was trading, which allowed two users to trade Pokemons. A proprietary Game Link Cable was required to connect two Game Boys and trade Pokemon’s. Trading was an essential task in order to complete the Pokedex as a few evolutions were only possible with trading.

This particular feature propelled the sale of Game Boys as kids often persuaded their friends to buy a Game Boy just so to trade Pokemons with them. In addition to trading, the Game Link Cable also allowed two players to battle each other.

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green marked the trajectory of dozens of Pokemon games that were released in the consecutive years. Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green were two different versions of the same game, with the only difference between them being the fact that certain Pokemon could only be found only on one version, thus making trading essential to complete the Pokedex.

Pokemon Blue, a special edition was released in Japan in late 1996, featuring a minor graphical upgrade and the same Pokemons as Pokemon Green.

In the American and European markets, only Pokemon Red and Blue were released, making Pokemon Green a rare game.

2. Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition

Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition
  • Release Date: September 12, 1998 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy

The Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition or simply Pokemon Yellow is a remake of the original Pokemon Red and Green that follows the anime storyline. Instead of choosing among the three starters, there’s only one option and that’s Pikachu. Just like the anime, Pikachu follows you around the map instead of resting in a Pokeball. The rest of the game is exactly the same.

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Second Generation

With the immense success of the first generation of Pokemon games, Nintendo commissioned Game Freak for a new Pokemon game. The second-generation games were released for the Game Boy Colour and introduced 100 new Pokemons, ranking the total number of Pokemons to 251.

1. Pokémon Gold and Silver

Pokémon Gold and Silver
  • Release Date: November 21, 1999 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy Colour

Pokémon Gold and Silver was the first Pokemon game of the second generation and introduced a ton of major changes. The most noticeable change was the introduction of a day and night cycle, highlighting the complete colour palette of the Game Boy Colour.

The day and night cycle influenced in-game events, for example, certain Pokemon could be caught only during a certain time of the time. A seven day week also brought along special events that were hosted on a few selected days.

Apart from the day and night cycle, two new Pokemon types, dark and steel, were also introduced. Pokemon breeding was also introduced to cross over two Pokemons. The game was set in a new region named Johto, but the original Kanto region was also present and explorable.

In terms of plot, the game followed in its predecessor’s footsteps; a young boy sets out to become the best Pokemon trainer, going through a process of earning 8 gym badges and defeating the elite four.

The plot point was sealed hereon for the rest of the Pokemon games that came out in the future.

A new trading card set named Neo Genesis was also released along with the Pokémon Gold and Silver. On launch, 251 Pokemons from two generations were included in the trading card game

The game proved to be immensely successful and attracted hundreds of collector’s around the globe. Today, the rare Pokemon Neo Genesis is worth hundreds of dollars.

2. Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Crystal
  • Release Date: December 14, 2000 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy Colour

Pokemon Crystal is the enhanced remake of Pokémon Gold and Silver. In addition to the graphical improvements and other minor enhancements over the original title, the players now had the option to choose between a boy or a girl as their character.

Third Generation

The third generation of games carried forward the legacy of Pokemon games on to Game Boy Advance. A total of 135 new Pokemons were introduced along with the new region of Hoenn, however, this particular generation of Pokemon games received a ton of criticism.

A lot of gaming journalists agree that the third generation of Pokemon did not uphold the benchmarks set by the previous two titles. 

1. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
  • Release Date: November 21, 2002 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy Advance.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were the first set of Pokemon games on Gameboy Advance. The publishing and distribution set-up was also revamped for the Ruby and Saphhire, with The Pokémon Company as the publisher in Japan, Nintendo as the distributor in Japan while Nintendo served as both the publisher and distributor oversees.

The new game was much more visually detailed as compared to the previous two titles. The environments were much more detailed and the environment affected Pokemon stats.

It was also the first game where a new 2 on 2 system was introduced in Pokemon Battles, where both the player and the opponent could enter a battle with two Pokemons at once, both of which had to be defeated to determine the fate of the game.

Perhaps the most of exciting features of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were Secret Bases, a customizable room found hidden in bushes, small trees, and so on. Here, the players could display their items. The secret bases were a personal abode in the vast wild world.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire also received its fair share of criticism. Although it included new environments, the game simply left out the day/night cycles, the most enticing feature of the previous generation.

2. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
  • Release Date: January 29, 2004 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy Advance.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen was the remake of the original Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green, the first Pokemon game. The graphics were upgraded from 8 bits to 16 bits for Game Boy Advance, along with various other features and glitch fixes.

Since the game had only the first-gen Pokemon and followed the original storyline rather than introducing anything new, it had a very nostalgic feel around it.

3. Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
  • Release Date: September 16, 2004 (Japan)
  • Platform: Game Boy Advance

Pokemon Emerald is the enhanced remake of Ruby and Sapphire. In addition to the graphical improvements and other minor enhancements over the original title, Emerald introduced a few stories changes as well and combined the elements from both Ruby and Saphhire. 

A few other features worthy of a mention include Battle Frontier, a feature where the players can battle against other trainers, and Pokénav, a map of Hoenn that shows you the trainers that want a rematch with you.

Fourth Generation

The fourth-generation introduced 107 new Pokemon to the series. Thanks to the extended capabilities of the Nintendo DS, the fourth generation games were the first one to introduce 3D graphics.

The developers played around and experimented with a lot of the features, but the fourth-gen Pokemons are regarded as one of the least interesting sets of Pokemon.

1. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
  • Release Date: September 28, 2006 (Japan)
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl was the main game for the Nintendo DS. The game takes place in Sinnoh, a map inspired by the Hokkaidō Island in Japan. Diamond and Pearl brought back the day/night system that was skipped over in the third generation.

The most hyped and exciting feature of the Diamond and Pearl was the wifi abilities, thanks to Nintendo DS’s wifi. The new game included online multiplayer, trading and battling via the internet.

Now, you no longer needed to connect two consoles via a physical wire in order to play with others. The Sinnoh map had a massive underground element, essentially making it the first multi-level map

The game also allowed you to transfer Pokemons from Game Boy Advance games, so you didn’t need to capture all of the previous-gen Pokemon again in order to complete your Pokedex.

2. Pokémon Platinum

  • Release Date: September 13, 2008 (Japan)
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon Platinum was the enhanced version of Diamond and Peral. It followed the same formula as previous enhanced versions, better graphics and other improvements.

The story revolves around an interdimensional portal atop Mt. Coronet, that can the Distortion World. The region becomes colder and the players are given an attire to match the weather. The players must close the portal and save Sinnoh.

3. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver   

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Release Date: September 12, 2009 (Japan)
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver was the remake of Pokemon Gold and Silver, the second-generation Pokemon game. The graphics were upgraded and coloured, but the rest of the gameplay mechanics and narrative was basically the same to retain the nostalgic feel.

HeartGold and SoulSilver also introduced the Pokéathlon to the Johto region, a Pokemon sporting event that made use of the stylus on the Nintendo DS.

Fifth Generation

The fifth-generation introduced 156 new Pokemon to the series, the most in any generation before it. Also unlike previous generations, the Fifth Generation games were released on the Nintendo DS as well.

The fifth generation of Pokemons was an all-original cast, unlike the previous generations where some Pokemons were evolutionary relatives of last-gen Pokemons. The game takes place in the Unova region, a bustling map based on the Big Apple, New York City. 

1. Pokémon Black and White

Pokémon Black and White
  • Release Date: September 18, 2010 (Japan)
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

Pokemon Black and White was the first game of the fifth-gen. Unlike the second, third, and fourth generation, names for the game were based on color rather than a precious stone. While the plot of the game was the same as always, a ton of the new gameplay features were introduced.

Triple Battles occupied the center of attraction where three Pokemons were sent out to battle at once. The Rotation Battles allowed the trainer to switch one Pokemon out of the three.

Pokémon Musicals was an additional feature wherein trainers had to make their Pokemon dance in a there with other Pokemons. While it did not add to their skills or the progression of the game, it was certainly an entertaining mode.

Pokemon Black and White didn’t do anything drastically different than the previous titles, but it managed to nail down pretty much everything that makes a Pokemon game great.

2. Pokémon Black and White 2

Pokémon Black and White 2
  • Release Date: June 23, 2012 (Japan)
  • Platform: Nintendo DS

The Pokémon Black and White 2 was a direct sequel of the Pokémon Black and White, thus breaking the tradition of remastering the same game that had been followed up until this point.

The game continues the story of the protagonist in a new and different part of the Unova map, with new cities such as the Humilau city.

Team Plasma, the enemies of the first game, have reformed under the rule of Ghetsis, a tyrannical King who was defeated by the protagonist in the previous game.

Sixth Generation

The sixth-generation introduced 72 new Pokemon to the series, the least in any generation before it. Fairy Type Pokemons and the mega evolution occupied the limelight of the Sixth Generation. The sixth-generation made its debut on the Nintendo 3DS and witnessed a complete 3D revamp.

The sixth-generation games were released worldwide on the same date as Japan, something that had never been seen before.

1. Pokémon X and Y

Pokémon X and Y
  • Release Date: October 12, 2013
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Pokemon X and Y takes place in the Kalos region and features a similar gameplay and progression scheme where the player started out with one Pokemon, earned 8 gym badges and defeated the elite four.

The game also introduced Fairy Type Pokemons,  impervious to Dragon moves as well as resistant to Dark and Fighting types. It was the first time that a new Pokemon type was added since the second generation.

Mega evolution was an exciting feature in Pokemon X and Y. It was a temporary evolution that could be triggered while engaged in battle.

Only 26 out of the 72 Pokemon could mega evolve, on the condition that you had the Mega Stone of its species.

The Mega Evolution bumped up the specs and number of the Pokemon, increasing your chances to win but a team can mega evolve only one Pokemon per battle. After the battle was over, the Pokemon reverted back to its original form.

2. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Release Date: November 21, 2014
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is the remastered version of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the third generation Pokemon game. As always, the graphics had been upgraded while keeping everything else intact in order to retain the nostalgic vibes.

However, mega evolutions were introduced to spice up the gameplay. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was also the first Pokemon game with a full 360 movement. Pokémon X and Y had an 8 directional movement on a 4-dimensional grid.

Seventh Generation

The seventh-generation can be credited as the most unique one. For starters, the generation started on the Nintendo 3DS but moved on to the new Nintendo Switch mid-generation. A total of 88 new Pokémon comprised of the seventh generation, but they weren’t released all at once.

A new set of Pokemons was released to accompany the Nintendo Switch, but they were categorized under the seventh generation.

1. Pokémon Sun and Moon

Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Release Date: November 18, 2016          
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Sun and Moon was the first game of the seventh generation that was released on Nintendo 3DS. The game takes place in the Alola region, inspired by Hawaiian beaches. While the game shared a ton of features with its predecessors, a lot of new gameplay features were introduced.

Trainers were now visible in Pokemon battles and the commands were organised differently to play along with the touch interface. Gyms were substituted by Island Challenges where the trainer had to take on various trials with Totem Pokémon. In the end, they had to defeat the Kahunas or the leader of each island in order to progress.

At the time, the Battle Royale games were heating up so Nintendo added their own version of the Battle Royale to the Sun and Moon.

A new battle type, called Battle Royal, was introduced where four players with three Pokemon each could enter a battle all at once. The battle ends when one of the three trainers loses all of their Pokemon.

2. Pokémon Sun Ultra and Moon Ultra

Pokémon Sun Ultra and Moon Ultra
  • Release Date: November 17, 2017
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Sun Ultra and Moon Ultra was the revised version of Pokémon Sun and Moon. The gameplay and features were primarily the same, save the graphical improvements. The most exciting feature on the revised version was a photo mode called the Alola Photo Booth. Here, trainers could click a picture with their Pokemon. The player can change the background, pose, and choose from a number of props for both the player and the Pokemon.

3. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!

Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!
  • Release Date: November 16, 2018          
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! are the first Pokemon games for Nintendo Switch. The gameplay is a blend of Pokemon Yellow, the first generation special, and Pokemon Go, the insanely popular AR mobile game that took over the world.

The game takes place in the original Kanto region with the 151 first gen Pokemons and a few from Alola island. The player started with either Pikachu and Eevee, based on their version of the game. The starter Pokemon can ride on the trainer’s shoulders.

Catching Pokemons was pretty similar to the Pokemon Go, the players had to swish their Joy-Con to throw a Pokeball and capture a Pokemon. However, the AR element was missing.

While Nintendo includes it in the main series, most of the players and professionals regard Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! as a side title.

Eighth Generation

The eight-generation is the latest and current generation, released in late 2019. A total of 81 new Pokemons were introduced. All the Pokemons, as well as the Galar region itself, is based on English and Irish mythology.

1. Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield
  • Release Date: November 15, 2019          
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Sword and Shield is the latest Pokemon game that you can play. While the storyline honors the year-old traditions, the gameplay has been revamped.

The biggest change is that the Wild Pokemon now roam the grass world where they can be seen in the open world. Some of the Pokemon’s are still hidden and follow the same gameplay formula, rustling in the grass and jumping on the trainer.

Gyms make a comeback to replace the Islands. A notable change is the Dynamax, where trainers can grow their Pokemons to massive sizes to gain more power. An open-world by the name of Wild Area was also introduced where players could find a number of items in addition to wild Pokemons.

FAQ’s

Which Pokemon Game Should I Play First?

If you’re a diehard Pokemon fan, then we’d recommend you to start with the first game itself. The first Pokemon game that you should play is Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the remastered version of the first game.

Which Pokemon Game Is The Best?

There are a lot of debates over the absolute best Pokemon game, but Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal, the second generation games, is the most well regarded Pokemon game of all time with the least amount of criticizers.

How Many Generations Of Pokemon Games Are There?

There are a total of 8 Pokemon generations. The first generation was introduced way back in 1996 while the latest generation was introduced recently in 2019. As of now, there are a total of 890 Pokemons from 8 generations.

In Conclusion

Pokemon games have become a staple of the video game industry. Despite similar gameplay and plot featured in dozens of titles released over a decade and a half, Pokemon is still one of the most beloved video game franchise enjoyed by all ages. Looking at the current and historic trends, we’re certain to see more Pokemon games in the future.

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