Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are the latest games in a beloved popular franchise and make the list of Pokémon games even longer. Therefore, we have put each Pokémon game in the right order for you to play them again (correctly).
Unsurprisingly, the list of these games is truly enormous, since the little monsters have been around for more than 25 years. These are the Pokémon games in the correct order (and that’s by generation, of course).
Pokémon games in order
The Pokémon games actually always revolve around a generation. There are as many as nine in total. You don’t literally have to play all the Pokémon games ever released, so you can choose to take a ride through the generations. We have the best route ready for you as far as we are concerned.
Forget about Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow for the Game Boy Color and also Fire Red & Leaf Green for the Game Boy Advance. With Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch, you can get a modern take on the first generation.
They do have very different mechanics than the first games of the franchise, including a Pokémon GO-like capture method, but that certainly shouldn’t spoil the fun.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu
Generation after generation
For the second generation, Pokémon Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS is probably your best choice. This one is identical to the original for the Game Boy Color except for a few minor improvements. Moreover, Crystal is the special edition of Gold & Silver. Other options for playing Gen 2 are Heart Gold & Soul Silver for the Nintendo DS.
With Gen 3, the choice is Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS. They are remakes of Ruby & Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance. Nevertheless, Pokémon Emerald for the Game Boy Advance is still the favorite among many fans.
Even with the fourth generation, it is difficult to make a choice. The easiest way to get started is with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl on the Nintendo Switch. If you have a Nintendo DS at your disposal, however, Platinum is considered the best version of Gen 4.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet (Image: Nintendo)
Also some expansions
For Gen 5, you really need a Nintendo DS, since Black & White only appeared for that handheld console. Later, Black & White 2 also came out for the DS. The sixth generation makes things a little easier again. Indeed, there is little to choose from except Pokémon X & Y for the Nintendo 3DS.
Then comes Gen 7, where it’s probably best to go for Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, again for the 3DS. They are expanded versions of Sun & Moon.
Then came Pokémon Sword & Shield with the 8th generation of monsters. These games are available for the Nintendo Switch. In addition, they also have DLC. Both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra can be purchased through the game’s expansion pass.
In the last, ninth generation, we end, of course, with Scarlet & Violet. These are available for the Nintendo Switch. For now, it is not known whether or not they will get DLC.