It’s time to grab your Pokedex as we check out all the Pokemon games in order!
That’s right, all the Pokemon games. And trust me, there’s a lot of them!
From the very first titles that introduced us to the Kanto region to spin-offs that went on to span multiple consoles, here’s every Pokemon game that has ever lived.
We’re talking PC games, downloadable apps, and of course, all the titles that appeared on Nintendo’s classic handhelds and consoles over the years.
Where it all began: Pokemon Red & Blue. These first Pokemon games for the DMG kickstarted a franchise that has become a global phenomenon!
In Japan, Pocket Monsters Green dropped alongside Pocket Monsters Red. Pocket monsters Green is incorporated into Pokemon Red and Blue
A special Pikachu version of the original Pokemon Game. Pokemon Yellow feels more like the anime series, with Pikachu being the only starter Pokemon and one that follows you around through the gameplay.
Japanese release of Pokemon Stadium on the N64.
The popular trading card game ported to the GBC. Collect cards, battle other players, and use all of the elemental cards to power up your Pokemon!
The first Pokemon adventure game on the N64. Speak to Pika using the VRU peripheral, play minigames, and build a bond stronger than Ash Ketchum could ever dream of!
If Red & Blue kickstarted the party, then Gold and Silver perfected the formula.
Take advantage of new features such as Pokegear and a Pokedex with better organisational features, catch new legendaries, and bag a whole new set of Pokemon that could slam Blastoise into the dust!
Western release of Pocket Monsters Stadium. Battle Pokemon in the arena, pulling off all your favourite moves from Sand Attack to Psybeam.
Pull characters from Red & Blue into the mix using the Transfer PAK, play minigames, and take on the Elite Four up on your TV!
Toned down version of the Pokemon TGC for the GBC. This is essentially a tutorial on how to play the card game, with simple matches to play on the PC.
How do you make Pinball even better? How about slapping Pikachu on it?
Catch 150 Pokemon and evolve them by hitting targets on a pinball board. Cool, right?
Why catch Pokemon when you can snap them instead?
Travel through different levels as you watch Pokemon from the original Red & Blue games in their nature habitats. Capture specific images and keep replaying until you’ve snapped them all!
With new characters and Suicine playing a much bigger role, Pokemon Crystal provides some extra features to the Gold & Silver games.
Essentially, it’s the same kind of deal as Yellow was to Red & Blue. The storyline is basically the same, though players can choose from a male or female character.
Japanese release of Pokemon Stadium 2.
Where as the original Pokemon Stadium only allowed for play with Red & Blue, the sequel allows gamers to bring Pokemon from all 5 handheld games released before Pokemon Crystal – that’s Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, & Silver.
Battle with all new Pokemon; who will win between Mewtwo and Lugia?
Version 2 is essentially the same as Version 1 with new cards added… so if yu’re a TGC fan, that’s pretty much like a whole new game!
Players can now add cards from the Fossil and Team Rocket expansion sets into their decks to compete against the AI.
The N64 had some cracking Pokemon games, including Pokemon Puzzle League.
Ok, so it’s basically Pokemon Tetris, but is that a bad thing? Fans of Dr Mario should definitely check this one out!
Handheld version of Puzzle League for the GBC. Challenge gym leaders and go head-to-head with your mates using a link cable.
If you loved the original TGC game for the GBC, then the sequel will knock your socks off.
Yeah, they made a sequel!!
With a new main character, a bigger game world, and sets of cards from the originals right through to Team Rocket and the Fossil set, there’s plenty for fans to sink their teeth into.
Ruby & Sapphire were the maiden Pokemon games on the GBA. With over 350 Pokemon to catch and a new Pokedex to store them in, things are about to heat up very quickly!
If you need a place to store Pokemon from your GBA adventures onto one memory card them the Pokemon Box will be right up your street.
Store up to 1500 Pokemon that you’ve collected from Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen, and FireRed.
Pokemon Pinball with a Ruby & sapphire twist. New challenges, new courses, new Pokemon!
The sequel to the incredible Pokemon Stadium, Colosseum brings 3D versions of your favourite pocket monsters from Ruby & Sapphire into the mix. There’s also a full stand-alone adventure mode too which is seriously worth a punt.
I bet you didn’t think there would be a game where you and Pika test a Pokemon TV Channel while listing all the Pokemon games in order. Compete in Pokelicious competitions and find a lost episode of Pichu’s TV show.
Updated versions of the original Japanese Kanto missions; Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green, boasting new artwork and the ability to use a wireless adapter instead of a link cable.
Enter the world of Hoenn in an advanced version of Ruby & Sapphire. Like Yellow and Crystal, Emerald uses one Pokemon in particular as a primary character, and this time it’s Rayquaza.
Team up with Eevee to rescue Shadow Pokemon. Players take a reformed member of a gang on a mission to free Pokemon through turn-based battles. This is one of the best 3D story-based Pokemon games going, period!
Ever wondered what would happen if you took control of Pokemon rather than their trainers? The mystery dungeon series sees a human turned into a Pokemon, the actual character chosen by posing the players a series of questions. Rescue Pokemon ad solve mysteries!
Columns, but with Pokemon faces. Match up lines of Pokemon to rack up combos and clear the screen!
The first main-series Poke-ventures for the Nintendo DS. Often referred to as the quintessential pocket monsters games on the DS, these two titles brought 107 new Pokemon to the table and premiered WiFi battles!
The Wii offering of the Pokemon Stadium series, giving players 493 Pokemon to choose from. Battle your way to the top to become the ultimate champion or take on your friends to see who is the best!
Use the touch pad to capture panicked Pokemon using a circle motion. Battle bad guys and rack up 200 Pokemon to complete challenges in over ten missions.
More Pokemon-lead adventures featuring 493 Pokemon from the Diamond and Pearl versions.
If I had to choose my favourite Mystery Dungeon titles from all the Pokemon games in order, I’d pick these ones every time.
Battle-based Pokemon Arcade Game similar to the Wii game Pokemon Battle Revolution.
You’re starting to get the hang of what happens with Pokemon games now. The Pokemon Company release two games, then do an enhanced version with new features. In the case of Diamond & Pearl, Platinum was the souped-up version of the story.
Giratina makes for a pretty scary cover Pokemon too!
Remember the Chao Garden in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? Well, My Pokemon Ranch is a little like that. Send your caught monsters from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to the Ranch and get a new Pokemon every day you log onto the game. Watch the ranch get bigger with the more Pokemon you transfer.
Get back to catching panicked Pokemon with the next entry in our Pokemon games in order article. Take a ranger fresh out of Ranger School on a mission to solve why all the Pokemon are throwing a funny turn… what could possibly go wrong?
The joint winners of our best Pokemon games of all time, HeartGold & SoulSilver are the ultimate versions of the Johto adventures. With Dual-Screen treatment, polished graphics, and smoother game mechanics, these two games are my go-to DS game titles every time!
38. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Keep Going! Blazing Adventure Squad!, Let’s Go! Stormy Adventure Squad!, and Go For It! Light Adventure Squad! (2009)
Three exciting Wii-Ware Mystery Dungeon games for you to sink your teeth into. Three versions based on the three elemental Pokemon starters, each of which cost 1200 points on the WiiWare store. Plus, Arceus makes an appearance in them!
Back to a Mystery Dungeon game available on the DS… there sure are a lot of these in this Pokemon games in order article!
Step into Treasure Town and find out who is stealing Time Gears. Join a team of excitable monsters and discover how you turned form a human into a Pokemon!
Say goodbye to the traditional turn-based fighting that you know from the series. Pokemon Rumble sees players controlling a toy Pokemon and fighting other critters in real time.
Enter a theme park controlled entirely by Pokemon… which sounds chaotic at best! Play with other Pokemon, complete challenges, and generally have a jolly good time.
The first DS titles to reach 5-million sales. Leave it to Pokemon to knock those sales figures out the park. With 150 new characters to capture and triple battles making an appearance, Black & White really are exciting titles!
Fight against the Pokemon pinchers… not the most scary name for a group, is it? Get that stylus action nailed down and get drawing those circles!
A digital rulebook and how-to-guide for the TGC.
Take toy Pokemon around once more in this sequel to the popular wiiWare Pokemon Rumble game. Travel between towns and find out who has been stealing Glowdrops.
Pikachu and Piplup go to a theme park and discover that it has imprisoned tonnes of their friends. There are still attractions to mess around on, but the main feature is freeing your friends from captivity.
Head back to Unova two years after the original games. Go up against 277 Pokemon in a brand new, albeit unoriginally titled adventure.
A crossover title seeing characters from the world of Pokemon mixing with the Nobunaga’s Ambition range of games. Battle or team up with warlords and their Pokemon.
A 3D Mystery Dungeon game and the first where players can choose which Pokemon they play as. Play through unlimited Mystery Dungeons and team up with your fellow critters to solve their secrets.
Arcade game sequel to Battrio concentrating on 3-v-3 Pokemon battles.
X & Y were the first ever 3D rendered games and started the idea of customising what the player looks like, adding a new dimension to the games and a feature that would waste so much of my time while playing Sword & Shield.
Expect Fairy Pokemon, sky battles, and Mega Evolutions!
Play as Toy Pokemon trying to find and fight their way back to their beloved toy shop. Team up with three mates to battle rogue toy Pokemon in Toy Story-esque antics.
Scanner used to catalogue Tretta pucks for the Pokemon Tretta arcade game.
Enhanced versions of Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire with the added bonus of 3D gameplay.
More dual-screen Trozei actin with the ability to go 3D!
Enrol in a local school in Serene village and discover what is turning Pokemon to stone. Recruit members from previous Mystery Dungeon games, and head out to solve problems together.
Battle and collect Pokemon toys once more. This time, there are 700 of the little blighters to contend with… talk about having your hands full!
Essentially a mobile version of Pokemon Trozei. Line up Pokemon in different levels in this handy mobile app, the main cause of me missing my bus stop back in 2015.
Capture Pokemon by completing Picross Puzzles. There are 600 to complete, so you better get cracking!
Ever wished that Street Fighter & Pokemon Stadium could be combined? Well, Pokken Tournament is the answer.
Go head to head with Pokemon in this real-time fighting title, side-on brawler action at its finest.
The formula has changed slightly from the days of Black & White on the DS. Compete in trials in order to discover more about your Pokemon. Improve skills and delve into the wider Pokemon world.
2-v-2 Pokemon battles on an arcade machine boasting a humongous screen.
I think seeing Pika that big up close would make my eyes melt.
Pokemon Go needs no introduction, the game that took us all out of the house and running around the streets chasing Vaporeons and battling gym leaders outside the local pub.
I once caught a Haunter in a church in Florence… probably not what I should have been doing, but it was a pretty high level so don’t judge me too much.
Step back into the Alola region and grab never before seen Pokemon, discovering the secrets surrounding two new forms of Necrozma.
3D Pokemon action and a whole new set of battles to encounter. Jump back into the action and bump up that Pokedex!
More Pokemon duelling action, this time on the Nintendo Switch. Pick from one of 20 pocket monsters either on a plane, on a train, or at home between cleaning the drain (you can’t beat a good rhyme).
With new Pokemon to battle with such as Scizor and Darkrai and endless tournaments between you and your friends on the horizon, there’s so much exciting Poke action that you’ll never get bored. You can take the battle online too!
Good old-fashioned board game fun based on the figure trading game, all on Apple or Android smart devices.
Move Pokemon figures across exciting spaces, earn cash to buy new ones, and uncover secret plots.
If only Cluedo was this exciting!
Let’s go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are two new versions of the original Kanto adventure, with real-sized Pokemon wandering around for you to catch, and all the locations you know and love enhanced for you to enjoy anew.
Link with Pokemon Go and use the Pokeball controller to catch your favourite critters like a pro. These two games were more than just a stopgap to Sword and Shield; they were a work of art!
A brand new Switch adventure with two new legendary beasts to chose between: Zacian and Zamazenta.
This game would be great if it wasn’t for that annoying Hop sidekick character winding you up all the time… man that guy grinds my gears!
Scan your existing collection into a digital Pokedex and keep tabs of everything in this handy, easy-to-use app.
Because everyone needs a Pokedex to sift through during morning work meetings, am i right?
A brand new story featuring Pokemon trainers from the past. Pokemon Masters EX sees players both teaming up with and going up against trainers from yesteryear, building the ultimate 3v3 teams and going for glory in the arena!
This is another admin-style app, allowing players to trade and store Pokemon from Core Pokemon games on the switch, DS, and Pokemon Go from one central hub. If your Pokemon appeared in the main series, then it’s got a home right here.
Updated version of the rescue team DX games from yesteryear, bringing new visuals and all the incredible action and feels that the original stories provided.
Wake up as a Pokemon, make a rescue team to save other critters, and work out what the heck is going on in your life.
Create food and drink for hungry Pokemon by completing fun and zany challenges and puzzles.
It’s a laugh to play, but can you imagine how hectic this would be in real life?!
Sequel machine in the same series as Battrio and Tretta with more battles, this time with users standing side-by-side and sharing a screen. Use tag peripherals to summon different monsters and get new ones when capturing monsters in game.
A game designed to get kids to brush their teeth. Brush to save Pokemon who have been attacked by bad bacteria.
Catch Pokemon and prevent cavities… they really will put Pikachu on anything, won’t they!
We’ve had 1v1 and 3v3 battles, but get ready for the first ever 5v5 Pokemon battle game!
Make your team and work strategically to defeat your opponents as you move over Aeos Island. Level up, evolve, and work together with your team to win Unite battles!
Just as Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu were updated versions of the original Kanto Adventures, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are Switch versions of the best selling DS games, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
Pick from Turtwig, Chimchar, and Peplum once more as you battle through the Sinnoh region to become the champ!
The world went mad for New Pokemon Snap when it dropped in 2021, 22 years after the original title came out on the N64.
Take pics of your favourite Pokemon in their natural habitats once more, this time with new characters from all the past Pokemon games including Sword & Shield joining the bill and in handheld mode too!
The first open-world Pokemon game with Breath of the Wild-style vibes. Move across the Hisui region in a time before we knew anything about Pokemon. Collect materials to make Pokeballs, capture pocket monsters as they roam freely through the land, and enter your details into the very first paper Pokedex
And that brings us neatly to the new trailer for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the two newest titles to be announced in the Pokemon canon.
These two games bring more open world action, and I have a strong feeling the formula will work more seamlessly that it did in Pokemon Arceus. Check out the trailer above and start deciding whether you prefer Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly as a starter Pokemon!
How Many Pokemon Games Are There?
There are currently 122 Pokemon games in total.
Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.