By release date and timeline

POKEMON has been a favorite of gamers worldwide for almost 25 years.

As fans of the Pokemon series are gearing up for the next launch, here are all the previous games in order.

New Pokemon Legends Arceus launching in January 2022


New Pokemon Legends Arceus launching in January 2022Credits: Pokemon

Pokemon game release date order

The first Pokemon game was released almost 25 years ago on Nintendo Game Boy, and was originally exclusive to Japan.

Since then, Game Freak’s developers have continued the series on each generation of Nintendo consoles.

Latest game titled Pokémon Legend: Arceus, was released on January 28, 2022.

  • Pokemon Red and Green – February 1997

Released in Japan, it features 151 species of Pokemon and the ultimate goal is to become the best by conquering the tournament and completing the Pokédex.

  • Pokemon Red and Blue – September 1998

After its success in Japan, Pokemon Red and Blue was designed to take the rest of the world by storm.

  • Pokemon Yellow – October 1999

This game was the first to feature Pikachu as an on-screen companion, closely following the player as they roamed the game.

  • Gold and Silver Pokemon – October 2000

Pokemon Gold and Silver has launched a new look for the game on Game Boy Color and added 100 new Pokemon for gamers to catch.

  • Pokemon Crystal – July 2001

Starting with this game, Pokemon started to focus more on giving players options to customize their gaming experience, including choosing a gender.

  • Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire – March 2003

It was the first game to be released on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and it added 135 species to the franchise, while also introducing two-on-two battles.

  • Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen – September 2004

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen are essentially remakes of the first Pokémon games for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.

  • Pokemon Emerald – May 2005

Emerald is the first Pokemon game to add a Battle Frontier area where trainers have the chance to battle other trainers for Battle Points.

  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl – April 2007

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl is the first appearance of Pokemon on the Nintendo DS.

  • Platinum Pokemon – March 2009

Pokémon Platinum is a follow-up to Diamond and Pearl, inviting players back to Sinnoh in an alternate dimension.

  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver – March 2010

As the first remake in the series was a considerable success – the creators decided to remake the original Gold/Silver.

  • Pokemon Black and White – March 2011

Pokemon Black and White added 156 new entries to the Pokédex, a new area called Unova, and new battle types including Triple Battle and Spin.

  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 – October 2012

As a sequel to Pokemon Black and White, it takes players back to the Unova region two years after the first Black and White game.

  • Pokemon X and Y – October 2013

Pokemon X and Y were the first games to be released on the Nintendo 3DS, with plenty of customization options – including choosing your hairstyle, clothes, and skin tone.

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – November 2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is another remake of the original game.

  • Pokemon Sun and Moon – November 2016

Pokémon Sun and Moon introduced 81 new Pokémon species and changed the story – requiring players to complete trials before they could challenge an island’s Kahuna.

  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – November 2017

It is a sequel to Pokémon Sun and Moon, featuring an alternate storyline with new Pokémon characters and species.

  • Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!

Come on, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! was created for the Nintendo Switch.

  • Pokemon Sword and Shield – November 2019

Sword Pokemon introduced the eighth generation of Pokémon and impressive 3D mechanics.

  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – November 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is a remake of the original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, with more Pokemon available.

What era is Pokemon Legends Arceus set in?

Pokemon Legends Arceus will be released at the end of January 2022, serving as a “prequel” to Diamond and Pearl.

Set in a bygone era of the Sinnoh region, the game appears to be based on 19th century Japan.

In an area called Hisui, the game takes place long before the events of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and its remakes.

According to the developers, the goal of the game is to create Hisui’s first Pokédex.

To catch wild Pokémon, players can study the Pokémon’s behavior, spy on them, and then throw Poke Balls, says the Pokémon Company.

“Players can also battle wild Pokémon with their allied Pokémon.”

Unlike previous games, players enter battle by throwing a Poké Ball holding their ally Pokémon close to a wild Pokémon.

According to The Pokémon Company, this shake is designed to make the game more immersive for players.

What games have other Pokemon characters played in?

One of the most popular games from the Pokemon franchise is Pokemon GO, which was first released in 2016.

Free mobile game that uses GPS to locate and catch Pokemon, appearing as if in the real world.

Pokemon Snap is another cool game – a first-person shooting game, based on the 1999 Nintendo 64 original.

Some Pokemon characters also appear in Nintendo Super Smash Bros, a crossover fighting game series featuring characters from various Nintendo universes.

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