Pokemon is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, as the series has sold over 250 million copies since its introduction in 1996. But Pokemon didn’t just become a commercial success through mainline series entries like Pokemon Sun and Moon, and there are plenty of outings in the series that didn’t end up having such an impact.

So without further ado, here are 10 Pokemon games that many people will never have heard of.


ten Hey you, Pikachu!


After everyone fell in love with Pikachu’s bond with Ash in the animated series, it only made sense for the Pokemon to star in its own virtual pet game. Released in 1998 in Japan for the Nintendo 64, Hey you, Pikachu! was that game, and sees Pikachu come to live with the player.

Together they can try different activities and players have 365 virtual days to discover, play and shop together, among other things, before Pikachu is released into the wild.


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9 Pokemon Channel


build on Hey you, Pikachu!the foundations were Pokemon Channela 2003 version of the 2003 Nintendo GameCube that allows players to watch a series of Pokemon-related TV shows in-game, such as a shopping show hosted by Squirtle and Psyduck.

Players could also go out into the world, participate in challenges to collect trading cards, and earn coins to decorate the player’s crib with various Pokemon-themed merchandise.


8 Pokemon Treta


An arcade game released only in Asia, Pokemon Treta uses tiles called “Tretta”, where Pokémon of different species compete in three-on-three battles.

Including search and capture gameplay, some may argue that it provides a quick and easy opportunity to test the Pokemon main mechanics of the series. The different rarity of Pokemon, ranging from “Standard” to “Ultimate” could also be a quick introduction for those new to the series.


7 Big Detective Pikachu


Combining the best bits of Winnie the Pooh and sherlock holmes, Big Detective Pikachu features Pikachu as a smart detective who teams up with a boy who can understand him. Together they find clues to solve the mysteries related to Pokemon.

Only released in Japan via the eShop, the game was not a huge hit but live-action Detective Pikachu The film is currently in production and will be released in the West.


6 Pokemon Green


While the release in Japan only Pokemon Green is mistakenly considered the Japanese version of Pokemon Blue, the game offers some key differences. Namely, it has improved Pokemon sprites, some Pokemon are catchable (instead of trade-exclusive), and different items are also available in its PokeMarts.

Pokemon Leaf Green is a remake of Green who came west, although he uses a modified version of the pokemon ruby and Sapphire game engine.


5 Pokemon Dash


Surprisingly, the very first Pokemon game on the Nintendo DS was not a main series entry. In place, Pokemon Dash sees players using the stylus to race Pikachu quickly through checkpoints in various regions such as lava and swamp environments.

While it was a good way to introduce people to the touchscreen functionality of the DS, the game sold poorly and received mixed reviews, which is why so few Pokemon fans know the game.


4 pokemon rumble



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Another one Pokemon spin-off with mixed reviews is pokemon rumble, a WiiWare game in which Pokemon brawl with other Pokemon. Players can gain ranks, earn coins to buy new Pokemon and attacks, and it also supports cooperative play.

Despite the mixed reception, pokemon rumble spawned the Rumble Blast, Rumble Uand Rumbling world sequels, but those also mostly flew under the radar.


3 Pokemon Ranger


Drop Pokeballs for loops, in Pokemon Ranger the player character is a ranger who captures Pokémon by repeatedly “looping” them with a tool called the styler. With this mechanic, players can temporarily catch a Pokémon and use its abilities to bypass certain obstacles.

The game and its two sequels didn’t exactly light up the charts, but they did at least introduce a more “human” side to the series where Pokemon don’t have to live in Pokeballs.


2 Pokemon Pikachu! (Pocket Pikachu)


Pokemon Pikachu! is the Pokemon series response to Tamagotchi. Essentially a Pokemon-themed pedometer, the more players walk, the more watts they get, the closer they get to Pikachu, and the more activities they can unlock. Neglect Pikachu, however, and the character will completely ignore players.

As hard as the Pikachu relationship mechanism can be, Pokemon Pikachu! got a similar follow-up called PokeWalker. This is the most famous iteration, which is probably why Pokemon Pikachu! is a forgotten relic.


1 Pokemon Art Academy


Raising the next generation of brilliant artists is Pokemon Art Academy, a downloadable educational title only for the Nintendo 3DS. There are only a limited number of masterpieces that players can create with a stylus and a small touch screen, but as it teaches players new techniques such as shading and also allows people to sharing their work, it may well have led to a few Pokemon Picassos.


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the Pokemon offers many opportunities for spin-offs and Pokemon GO caused interest in the series to skyrocket even further. As a result, fans can probably expect more unusual and unexpected Pokemon titles to be released in the future.


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