POKEMON has been a favorite with players around the world for almost 25 years.

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


New Pokemon Legends Arceus Releases January 2022Credit: Pokémon

Pokemon games release date order

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

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

The latest game, titled Pokémon Legends: Arceus, is slated for release on January 28, 2022.

  • Pokémon Red and Green – February 1997

Released in Japan, it featured 151 species of Pokémon and the ultimate goal was to become the best by conquering the league and completing the Pokédex.

  • Pokémon 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.

  • Pokémon Yellow – October 1999

This game was the first to feature Pikachu as an on-screen companion that followed players as they walked through the game.

  • Pokémon Gold and Silver – October 2000

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

  • Pokémon Crystal – July 2001

From that game on, Pokemon began to focus more on giving players options to customize their playing experience, including choosing a gender.

  • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire – March 2003

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

  • Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen – September 2004

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen was essentially a remake of the first Pokémon games for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.

  • Pokémon Emerald – May 2005

Emerald was the first Pokémon game to add the Battle Frontier area where Trainers had the chance to compete against other Trainers for Battle Points.

  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl – April 2007

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl was Pokemon’s first appearance on the Nintendo DS.

  • Pokémon Platinum – March 2009

Pokémon Platinum was a follow-up title for Diamond and Pearl, inviting players to return to Sinnoh in an alternate dimension.

  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver – March 2010

As the first remake of the series was a remarkable success, the creators decided to remake the original Gold / Silver.

  • Pokémon Black and White – March 2011

Pokemon Black and White added 156 new Pokédex entries, a new region named Unova, and new battle types including Triple Battle and Rotation.

  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 – October 2012

A sequel to Pokemon Black and White, it brought players back to the Unova region two years after the first Black and White games.

  • Pokémon X and Y – October 2013

Pokemon X and Y was the first game released for the Nintendo 3DS, with plenty of customization options including choosing your hairstyle, clothing, and skin color.

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – November 2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was another remake of an original game.

Pokémon Sun and Moon launched 81 new species of Pokémon and changed the storyline, requiring players to complete trials before they could challenge Kahuna from an island.

  • Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – November 2017

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

  • Pokémon: Let’s go, Pikachu! and let’s go, Eevee!

Let’s go, Pikachu! and let’s go, Eevee! was created for the Nintendo Switch.

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

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were remakes of the original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, with more Pokemon available.

When is Pokemon Legends Arceus set?

Pokemon Legends Arceus is slated for release in late 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 a region 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 behaviors of Pokémon, sneak up to them, and then throw Poké Balls,” the Pokémon Company said.

“Players can also fight wild Pokémon with their friendly Pokémon.”

Unlike previous games, players enter battle by throwing the Poké Ball holding their allied Pokémon near a wild Pokémon.

The revamp is designed to make the game more immersive for players, according to the Pokémon Company.

What other games have Pokemon characters played in?

One of the most popular games in the Pokemon franchise is Pokemon GO, originally released in 2016.

The free mobile game uses GPS to locate and capture Pokémon, which appear just like in the real world.

Another fun game is Pokemon Snap – a first-person photography game, based on a 1999 Nintendo 64 original.

Some of the Pokemon characters also appear in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros, a series of crossover fighting games featuring characters from various Nintendo universes.

Pokémon Legends Gameplay Trailer – Arceus