There is hardly anything more iconic in video games than Pokemon. Since 1996, Pokemon has captured the hearts of millions of people of all ages with its winning formula of traveling and catching Pokémon, training them, and battling them against other trainers.

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The franchise has seen dozens of entries over the years, and the past decade has seen some of the best games in the series. There is a lot of Pokemon games from the past 10 years to choose from, but let’s take a look at the best of the best from this decade. Here are the 10 best Pokemon games of the decade, ranked.

ten Pokémon: let’s go



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After the resounding success of Pokémon GO, Nintendo wanted a way to introduce mobile gaming fans who weren’t so familiar with the franchise to the mainline world. Pokemon Games. The result was Pokémon: let’s go.

Pokémon: let’s go is a mostly faithful remake of the classic Pokémon Yellow, enhanced for the modern era with 3D graphics. It has all the characteristics of a Pokemon game like Coach Battles, Gym Badges, and Elite Four, but it completely revamped the catch elements. The mechanism for catching Pokémon in these games is heavily inspired by Pokémon GOgrab the mechanics.

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9 Pokémon Conquest



A Pokemon game set in feudal Japan? Yes please! While all the others Pokemon the game takes place in modern times, Pokémon Conquest turned things upside down by traveling to the past and introducing players to the Ransei region, which is extremely similar to feudal Japan. The game is in fact a cross between Pokemon and the Nobunaga’s ambition Games.

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Pokémon ConquestThe gameplay marks a departure from the main franchise. Instead of the typical gameplay that gameplay fans have come to know, this game offers turn-based strategy and tactical RPG gameplay experience.

8 Pokkén tournament



Speaking of departures from typical gameplay, the next step is Pokkén tournament, a fighting game that uses gameplay elements from the Tekken series. Although the game has a story mode, the real fun lies in playing online, facing people in one-on-one battles.

Unlike the traditional Pokemon games where players choose from a list of four moves in Pokémon battles, in Pokkén tournament, players have to memorize combos and counters like in many other fighting games, resulting in a surprisingly technical fighting game.


seven Detective Pikachu



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Detective Pikachu really came to life in the mainstream thanks to the 2019 live-action film adaptation, but it started out as a game for the Nintendo 3DS as an eShop title in 2016 only available in Japan before releasing globally in 2018. In the game, players work with a talking Pikachu to solve mysteries.

Like a few other entries on this list, Detective Pikachu was a deviation from the typical Pokemon gaming experience. Instead of traveling to collect Pokémon and fight them, this game focuses more on storytelling. It’s a lot of fun, although it’s a little weird to hear a Pikachu speak.


6 Pokémon Sun and Moon



Pokemon becomes tropical in Pokémon Sun and Moon! Located on a series of islands called the Alola region, Sun and Moon not only offered a whole new batch of Pokémon, but also included new evolutions over the already existing Pokémon. Some were cool, some less (Alolan Exeggutor still haunts our dreams).

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Instead of progressing through the game by challenging Gym Leaders, players had to complete Island Challenges, which mostly consisted of going through a dungeon before challenging Kahuna from an Island. Sun and Moon was a change of pace that breathed new life into the series.


5 Pokémon Black and White



Pokemon Black and White may very well be the pinnacle of what the Nintendo DS system has to offer, pushing the portable dual-screen system to the max with its graphics and reach, including detailed Pokémon sprites and sprawling towns.

The plot of these two games is easily one of the best the entire franchise has to offer. The player must face off against Team Plasma, a Templar-like organization led by an enigmatic youngster called N, who seeks to convince people to unleash their Pokémon for good, making Team Plasma much more complex than the one-dimensional villains of the other entries.


4 Pokémon GO



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Pokémon GO is probably the closest we’ve ever come to being true Pokémon trainers in real life. This free-to-play augmented reality mobile game allowed players to use their smartphone’s GPS to locate, capture, train, and battle Pokémon in the real world.

Released in summer 2016, Pokémon GO has become a massive cultural phenomenon, and for this summer there was a taste of world peace as people from all over the world gathered to catch Pokémon. There aren’t that many people playing it these days, but the cultural significance of this game cannot be understated and it continues to evolve.


3 Pokemon X and Y



Pokémon X and Yes showed us that the franchise is not afraid of going down every once in a while, and that it has gone dark. War, Abused Pokémon, Loss Management & Chunk Pickup Themes, X and Yes told a mature, complicated story that is easily one of the best in the series and takes pride of place on this list.

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X and Yes also introduced Mega Evolutions, a temporary evolution that improves a Pokémon’s stats and also comes with a new transformation, again making some of the older generation Pokémon relevant.


2 Pokémon Black 2 and White 2



Pokemon games don’t usually have direct sequels, but fans are very happy that Pokemon Black and White do. Black 2 and White 2 are set two years after their predecessors and improve on everything previous games have done while raising the stakes to 11.

In Black 2 and White 2, the player finds himself teaming up with former antagonist N to bring down Team Plasma. Players can revisit the same areas as the previous games, and while some have criticized this aspect of the games, revisiting the previous locations has definitely given us flashbacks of Pokémon Gold and Silver.


1 Pokémon Sword and Shield



Pokémon Sword and Shield Cover

At the top of this list are the most recent Pokemon exits, Sword and Shield. The first principal Pokemon game to be released on Nintendo Switch, Sword and Shield marked a big step forward for the Pokemon series.

While many criticized its bland environments and limited Pokédex, as the games suffered from time constraints and holiday release schedules, Sword and Shield are must-see entries in the franchise. Despite his problems, Sword and Shield offer some of the best Pokemon has to offer, and hopefully this is the first in a long line of consoles Pokemon Games.

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