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Pokémon main RPG series

Group Description

Pokémon role-playing games developed by Game Freak that appear on a handheld system, where the goals are to collect as many Pokémon as possible, and to collect all of the badges by traveling to Pokémon Gyms and defeating the Gym Leaders in Pokémon battles. Though the games may have other plotlines, the end is always reached once the player has earned all 8 badges and defeated the Pokémon League Champion. Gameplay may continue after the credits roll, allowing the player to further develop their team of Pokémon.

Main Pokémon RPGs are released in complementary pairs (Red/Blue, Gold/Silver, etc); the assortment of Pokémon available to catch will differ between the two, requiring that the player trade with a person owning the other game in order to complete their Pokémon collection. A couple of years after a pair of games is released a third complementary game is often released; this third game is generally the same as the first two but with minor graphical and gameplay enhancements, minor changes to the storyline, and a slightly different selection of Pokémon. For example, in Pokémon Ruby, Team Magma were the enemies and the player caught Groudon at the end; in Pokémon Sapphire, Team Aqua were the enemies and the player caught Kyogre at the end; in Pokémon Emerald, both Teams are the enemy and the player has a chance to catch both Groudon and Kyogre at the end.

The release of a new pair of games in the main RPG series heralds the start of a new generation of Pokémon; most Pokémon make their first video game appearance in one of the core games. About 100 new characters are released every generation.

Game Exclusions: Pokémon games that are not RPGs, Pokémon games not developed by Game Freak, Pokémon games developed for non-handheld consoles, Pokémon games where the player is not a Pokémon Trainer starting out on their Pokémon journey. See the Pokémon universe group instead.
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Pokémon Y2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Pokémon X2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.17
Pokémon Black Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Pokémon White Version 22012Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.71
Pokémon Black Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.38
Pokémon White Version2011Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.49
Pokémon HeartGold Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Pokémon SoulSilver Version2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Pokémon Platinum Version2008Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.39
Pokémon Pearl Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Pokémon Diamond Version2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.02
Pokémon LeafGreen Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.48
Pokémon Emerald Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Pokémon FireRed Version2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.70
Pokémon Ruby Version2002Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.82
Pokémon Sapphire Version2002Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Pokémon Crystal Version2000Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.4.11
Pokémon Gold Version1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.3.98
Pokémon Silver Version1999Game Boy ColorNintendo of America Inc.4.16
Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition1998Game BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.96
Pocket Monsters Midori1996Game BoyNintendo Co., Ltd.4.32
Pokémon Blue Version1996Game BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.99
Pokémon Red Version1996Game BoyNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Pocket Monster Akai1996Game BoyNintendo Co., Ltd.4.40

Selected Covers

Pokémon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Ruby Version
Pokémon Red Version Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Red Version
Pokémon White Version Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon White Version
Pokémon Emerald Version Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Pokémon Emerald Version

Selected Screenshots

Pokemon Ruby
Screenshot from Pokémon Ruby Version
My journey begins.
Screenshot from Pokémon Red Version
Title screen.
Screenshot from Pokémon White Version
Title Screen
Screenshot from Pokémon Emerald Version