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History of Pokémon Games (Mainline Series)
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History of Pokémon Games (Mainline Series)

From humble beginnings on the GameBoy with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green, to 3D entries like Pokemon Sword and Shield, we’ve been addicted to catching, battling, breeding, and caring for Pokémon for more than 25 years. With the launch of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, we decided to go back and chart the history of the mainline Pokémon games.
In this video, we chart the history of the mainline Pokémon games, starting back in the 90s to explore where its creator Satoshi Tajiri got the idea for pocket monsters, to the small team that brought them to life on the GameBoy. The games exploded in popularity because trade between the two versions was required to catch 'em all, and after the trading card game and TV show, Pokémon became the juggernaut we know today.
With multiple mainline entries, from 2D to 3D titles, spin-offs, mobile games like Pokémon Go, and now the latest game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, these cute monsters show no sign of slowing down.
00:19 - 1996: Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue
04:00 - 1998: Pokémon Yellow
04:47 - 1999: Pokémon Gold and Silver
06:09 - 2000: Pokémon Crystal
06:43 - 2002: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
07:57 - 2004: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
08:26 - 2004: Pokémon Emerald
08:54 - 2006: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
09:34 - 2008: Pokémon Platinum
09:50 - 2009: Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
10:21 - 2010: Pokémon Black and White
11:02 - 2012: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
11:43 - 2013: Pokémon X & Y
13:04 - 2014: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
13:36 - 2016: Pokémon Sun and Moon
14:03 - 2017: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
14:29 - 2018: Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!
15:21 - 2019: Pokémon Sword and Shield
16:23 - 2021: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
16:41 - 2022: Pokémon Legends: Arceus
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Till now, my favourite series is still gold and silver or heartgold and soul silver, as i can travel to two regions. With that impression, I was expecting that in ruby sappphire, i can travel from hoemn region to johto and kanto after defeating the elite 4. Guess how dissappointed i am when I realise it is impossible

Author — Alexander Tan

Very excited about Arceus and in the future to play OG Pokémon games that I missed the opportunity to play

Author — fern

As a Pokémon player since Red/Blue in 1999 the series has a special place in my heart! My favorite experience were the all new RGBY Pokémania when the series explode worldwide and I have the best memories of my childhood. But to tell the truth the best overall Pokémon experience I ever had was in XY when I come back to the franchise. In Kalos you have a pretty fun game with an great regional Pokédex, a fast pace gameplay and many features that make de game unique and fresh like Poké Amie, Super training and wonder trade. Besides, XY gave to us the best feature in all Pokémon games: The Mega Evolutions! All the concept of your Pokémon evolve even beyond to get is maximum battle potential is amazing. The games still having a great competitive metagame and the best online system BY FAR. The good old days of my 3ds and my Pokémon X... too many Pokémon caught, too many online battles, too many trades, too many Shinys hunts, too many friends made....

Author — Pedro Monteiro