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What are the best Pokemon games of all time?

Published: 31/Jan/2019 4:54 Updated: 6/May/2019 0:48

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon video game series is one of the most popular game franchises. Since its inception in 1996, there have been a lot of Pokemon games across various consoles. Here are the top rated Pokemon games of all time, ranked 1 to 5.

What is the Best Pokemon Game?

Opinions on this topic are certain to spark fierce debate. There will be some Pokemon fans who remain steadfast in their view that the original Pokemon Red and Blue are the best. Others will argue the newer games are better because of their modern graphics and enhanced functionality.

Interestingly, based on numerous review sites, the mainline Pokemon games are unanimously voted the most popular. This isn’t overly surprising but it does mean the likes of Pokemon Stadium and Nintendo’s newest Pokemon game, Let’s Go, aren’t as well received.

Here are the top 5 Pokemon games based on review sites such as Metacritic and Gamerankings. Unfortunately there is little between them. Nevertheless here are the best Pokemon video games available today.

PokemonWhile an improvement on Pokemon Gold, HeartGold is still a little dated in graphics by today’s standard…

1. Pokemon Gold and Silver

Pokemon Gold and Silver may offer the perfect balance between play-ability in 2019 whilst maintaining that nostalgic effect. The game is set in the Johto region and introduces the second generation of Pokemon.

Of course the graphics are very dated. After all, it was made for the Gameboy Color! However, it does provide the ultimate classic Pokemon play-through with the added bonus of a return to the Kanto region at the end.

If you want a more modern version of this classic, then Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver was a remake made for the DS several years later.

2. Pokemon Red and Blue

You’re either in the camp that thinks this is the best Pokemon game or you’re rolling your eyes at it reaching number two. Others will be disappointed to see it at number two considering many regard it as one of the greatest games ever made, period. Regardless, there are going to be very few Pokemon game lists that exclude this classic.

Pokemon Red and Blue is of course the first Pokemon game to be released. With the exception of GTA 5, it is arguably the best selling video game of all time when you exclude bundled games.

However, even for people who played it back when it was released, going back to it today might be difficult because of the graphics. Fortunately, there is a much more playable alternative in the form of Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green. This is available on the Gameboy Advance.

PokemonPokemon X Y screenshot

3. Pokemon X and Y

The third entry jumps several years from the first two generations of Pokemon games. Pokemon X and Y was released worldwide in late 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS.

This game marked the first time that mainline Pokemon games had 3D graphics. Such a change had the potential to ruin the feel of what a Pokemon game should be. However, critics agree that Pokemon X and Y does a great job of the transition.

Furthermore, the game offers enhanced online play and new features such as mega evolution. If you haven’t played Pokemon games in a long time but want to play the game in relatively modern graphics, then this might be the game to pick up.

4. Pokemon Black and White

Pokemon Black and White introduces the 5th generation of Pokemon. It is generally considered the best Pokemon game on the Nintendo DS.

The biggest changes in Black and White from previous games are that character speech occurs in speech bubbles. This allows more than one character to talk at a time.

The game is also the first to include seasons. The map indicates which season it is also. Moreover, certain areas are only accessible depending on the season.

In addition to this two new battle modes appear for the first time. They are triple battles and rotation battles.

PokemonPokemon Sun Moon screenshot

5. Pokemon Sun and Moon

Released in 2016, Pokemon Sun and Moon is the third newest mainline Pokemon game available.

The general feedback of Sun and Moon is that the core gameplay excels. This of course pleases hardcore Pokemon fans. The story on the other hand did receive some criticism for being boring and having an unfulfilling ending.

Last updated 09:28 ET, May 3, 2019


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.