Pokémon Games Through the Years
Developed by Creatures Inc. and Game Freak, Pokémon is a series of video games that is published by Nintendo. Since its debut in 1996, the Pokémon franchise has increased from pocket-sized to dynamically huge. After twenty years, the company has graced handhelds and consoles alike with several roleplaying games and other big and small titles. It is not easy to keep track of all the 122 releases from Pokémon, but here is how the game series has progressed in the past two decades.
In February 1996, Nintendo released the first two Pokémon games, Red and Green, in Japan that introduced the first generation of collectible monsters and the classic gameplay. Pokémon was launched in the US in 1998 as Red and Blue. In the same year, Pokémon Stadium was released in Japan and stayed there. The first Pokémon side game, Pokémon Pinball, was introduced in the US in 1999, which is the same as Pinball but with a Pokémon. Also in 1999, Pokémon Snap gave gamers a first look at Pokémon in 3D, and Pokémon Yellow was launched as the third version of the RPG series.
By now, the franchise has established itself among three major pillars: games, trading cards, and cartoon. The Pokémon Trading Card Game has combined two of these pillars to become the best-selling card game. In 2000, Pokémon Stadium became a commercial hit, and Nintendo launched the second generation as Pokémon Silver and Gold. With Hey You, Pikachu!, Pokémon fans got their first chance to talk to the popular Pokémon directly.
By the fall of 2000, Nintendo launched Pokémon Puzzle League and Pokémon Puzzle Challenge. The sequel Pokémon Stadium 2 was released in 2001 with better mini games and more battles. Pokémon Crystal was the first Pokémon roleplaying game that offered players to choose their character. With Game Boy Advance’s enhanced graphics, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire introduced fans to a brighter and bolder game. In 2003, the game was paired with Pokémon Pinball. Pokémon Channel is a TV watching simulator that made it possible for fans to play and watch Pokémon at the same time.
Pokémon Colosseum is a darkly tinged console roleplaying game that was introduced in 2004. As a treat for nostalgic fans, Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green is a return of the original Pokémon with new modes and graphics. If you are a true Pokémon follower since the beginning, then download Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green for an amazing experience.
Pokémon Dash is the first top-down racing game launched in 2005, starring Pikachu. In the same year, Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness were introduced. The stylish puzzler Pokémon Trozei! is an addicting game in which players have to match up lines of Pokémon heads and clear up the game board.
In 2006, the Pokémon franchise met the Japanese Mystery Dungeon series and produced the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. Based on the classic Pokémon collecting model, Pokémon Ranger employs the DS stylus to capture Pokémon and players have to draw circles around the Pokémon instead of throwing Poké Balls. After a wait of four years, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released as the fourth generation of roleplaying games. Pokémon Battle Revolution, introduced in 2007, is similar to Pokémon Stadium but lacks the charming bonus features.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is an updated version of Pokémon Ranger starring a new cast of characters. In 2008, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time were released. Pokémon Platinum (2009) took the players back to the world of Diamond and Pearl. As the third version of Mystery Dungeon series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is a slightly improved game than its predecessors. The WiiWare exclusive, Pokémon Rumble, is a simple game where Pokémons are transformed into small toy-like characters. Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver feature an outstanding amount of content due to the DS’s modern online capabilities.
In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure, Pikachu goes on its own adventure but is accompanied by other Pokémon. The last Ranger game, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, was released in 2010. With new battle styles, rotation, and triple battles, Pokémon Black and White were introduced that allowed players to interact with their Pokémon on their PCs. Pokémon Rumble Blast brought the toy-like monsters to Nintendo’s handheld. Pikachu returns with some friends in the PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. Tecmo Koei developed 2012’s most curious Pokémon release, Pokémon Conquest. Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, released in the same year, tell an entirely new story but are set in the same regions as the earlier games.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is the Mystery Dungeon’s 3DS debut. A new iteration of Rumble, Pokémon Rumble U, was made available for download in 2013. Pokémon X and Y are the sixth generation of Pokémon games that feature much more options for customization from skin color to haircut. After a break of eight years, Genius Sonority brought the Trozei back with Pokémon Battle Trozei in 2014. With Pokémon Art Academy, Pokémon fan art came to the 3DS.
In 2015, with Pokémon Shuffle, the Pokémon Battle Trozei became available to be played on mobile phones. Launched in the same year, Pokémon Rumble World is an updated version of the Rumble that features micro-transactions. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon features more than seven hundred Pokémon, but only twenty are available to play. At the end of 2015, Pokémon Picross was introduced as a remixed version of the puzzle game, Picross.
The Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo features a talking Pikachu, a lot of quirky charm, and quick-time events. Pokken Tournament (2016) is the first arcade fighter game that the franchise has ever released. It is inspired by Tekken. Pokémon Go, the greatest success of the year, was introduced when Nintendo teamed up with Niantic, the developer of augmented reality games. The most recent development in the Pokémon games is the Pokémon Sun and Moon.