Main series games
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See below for a comprehensive list of all the main series Pokémon RPG games. This list covers everything from the original Game Boy titles all the way to the newest games. The 'main' series refers to the traditional Pokemon RPG games that have been released on handheld devices as opposed to consoles, PC or mobile.

We have a page for each and every one of the games just click it's name to go to it's own page to find all sorts of general, story & plot information as well as cheats, tips, information on any new Pokémon the game introduced, videos and more.

The first generation

Released on the Game Boy, and in the case of Pokemon Yellow also on the Game Boy Color. Spanning Feb 27th, 1996 from the initial release of Pokémon Red in Japan right the way up to the release of Pokemon Yellow in Europe on June 16th, 2000. It should be noted that Pokémon Green was only released in Japan. This generation of Pokémon games sold over 45 million copies worldwide between them.

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Pokemon Red
Game Boy
Pokemon Blue
Game Boy
Pokemon Green
Game Boy (J)
Pokemon Yellow
Game Boy


The second generation

The second generation of Pokémon games were released between November 21st, 1999 (the initial release of Pokemon Gold & Silver in Japan) and November 2nd, 2001 when us poor swines in Europe finally got our hands on Pokemon Crystal. Sales wise Gold & Silver moved over 23 million copies globally where Crystal sold a respectable 6.3 million.

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Pokemon Gold
Game Boy Color
Pokemon Silver
Game Boy Color
Pokemon Crystal
Game Boy Color

The third generation

The third generation took us into the Game Boy Advance era where we saw our favourite Pokemon Games with brighter colours and better detail than we'd ever seen them before. This gen took off with the release of Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire on November 21st, 2002 when it arrived in Japan and concluded when Pokémon Emerald hit the shelves in Europe on October 21st, 2005.

In terms of sales Ruby and Sapphire netted a respectible 16.22 million between them with Emerald moving 6.22 million copies. Where Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen the enhanced versions of classic Red/Blue titles weighed in with a further 12 million sales.

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Pokemon Ruby
Game Boy Advance
Pokemon Sapphire
Game Boy Advance
Pokemon Emerald
Game Boy Advance
Pokemon FireRed
Game Boy Advance
Pokemon LeafGreen
Game Boy Advance


The fourth generation

Gen four saw our Pokemon Games utilise a few new features on the Nintendo DS in the form of touch screen capability and the use of a stylus as well as the obvious addition of the second screen. Although this generation follows on from the events of generation 3 it is not a direct sequel in the way that 2 was to 1 etc in the sense that no gen four games give access to the Hoenn region.

The generation spanned from September 28th, 2006 when Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were launched in Japan and had it's final entries on March 26th, 2010 when HeartGold and SoulSilver arrived in Europe. Overall the novelty features of the DS resulted in an increase in sales over it's predecessors in Gen 3 with Diamond & Pearl netting 17.67 million sales globally (edging out Ruby/Sapphire by around 1.5 million units) and Pokemon Platinum bringing home another 7.6 million sales (again outselling Emerald by around 1.3 million units).

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Pokemon HeartGold
Nintendo DS
Pokemon SoulSilver
Nintendo DS
Pokemon Diamond
Nintendo DS
Pokemon Pearl
Nintendo DS
Pokemon Platinum
Nintendo DS

The fifth generation

The fifth generation of Pokemon Games were all on the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS being the first console to recieve two generations of Pokemon games. This is most probably a result of the popularity gen 4 had enjoyed due to the novelty value of the DS's new features. This gen began with the release of Pokemon Black & White in Japan on September 18th, 2010 and concluded when Pokemon Black & White Version 2 was released in Europe on October 12th, 2012.

This gen sold a total 24.16 million units - 15.64 million of which were from Pokemon Black & White (V1) and was also the first gen where instead of getting a third game version we got two direct sequel games instead. Gen 5 also introdouces the Unova region; a region set far away from those of previous generations (geographically).

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Pokemon Black
Nintendo DS
Pokemon White
Nintendo DS
Pokemon Black Version 2
Nintendo DS
Pokemon White Version 2
Nintendo DS


The sixth generation

The sixth installment of the main Pokemon game series began with the release of Pokemon X and Y which was released globally on October 12th, 2013 and concluded on November 28th, 2014 when Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire versions arrived in Europe. This gen saw the main series of Pokemon RPG games in full 3D for the first time utilising the new technology of the 3DS.

Not only did these titles bring a return to the Hoenn region but also introduced us to the Kalos region for the first time as well as 72 new species of Pokémon. Sales wise this gen did pretty well with Pokemon X and Y moving 16.11 million units between them; outselling the fifth gens Black & White games by around half a million copies. Remakes of the classic Ruby/Sapphire GBA titles also weighed in with a 13.74 million sales total (not a million miles behind the original versions).

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Pokemon X
Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Y
Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Omega Ruby
Nintendo 3DS


The seventh generation

Riding the waves of the gen six & overall 3DS platforms success Pokemon Sun and Moon were released in Japan & the USA on November 18th 2016, the titles released in Europe one week later. It's reported that the next game in this generation will be Pokemon Stars but we are yet to hear whether this will be a Switch or 3DS title. Could we be due our first core series Pokémon game on a home console?

This gen is far from over yet so sales figures are still progressing but as I write this 6 months after the games release they had already sold a reported 15.44 million and rising. I anticipate these two titles will continue to make strong sales particularly given the fact that Pokemon Go has really bought mons back to the mainstream public eye and made the series more accessible to people who may never have played a Pokemon game.

Pokemon X Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Y 3DS
Pokemon Sun
Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Moon
Nintendo 3DS

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