the best Pokémon games, ranked

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According to critics, Pokémon X and Y are the best the series has to offer, prompting RPG fan-like reviews, which state, "along with Pokémon X and Y.

Pokémon X & Y

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On their trips to the Alola regions in Sun and Moon, players experienced a Pokémon adventure like no other, complete with an Island Challenge replacing the series' main Gym Battle.

Pokémon Sun & Moon

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These Gen 5 entries in the series were the first mainline Pokémon games to take players to an inspired region from another part of the world other than Japan.

Pokémon Black & White 

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As a follow-up to Sun and Moon, these Ultra variants expanded the Alola territory to take a fresh look at the first game's Island Adventures, including the all-new Ultra Beasts.

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

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In this successor to the Gen 4 games Diamond and Pearl, players return to the Sinnoh region to once again take down Team Galactic.

Pokémon Platinum

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The mainline Gen 3 games, Ruby and Sapphire, are now remembered by fans as early entries in the series, but they basically represent the future of Pokémon.

Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire 

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The mainline Gen 3 games, Ruby and Sapphire, are now remembered by fans as early entries in the series, but they basically represent the future of Pokémon.

New Pokémon Snap

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the newest game in the series, and early returns reveal that its new approach to the monster collection is resonating with fans.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Pokémon Puzzle League is quietly one of the best looking games on the Nintendo 64. seriously.

Pokémon Puzzle League

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In 2016, The Pokémon Company teamed up with augmented reality game developer Niantic to create Pokémon Go, the mobile game that took the world by storm.

Pokémon Go