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Editorial voting: The ten best Pokémon games - SPECIAL
The Pokémon series is celebrating its 25th anniversary. After eight generations and over 250 million games in the main series sold, we ask ourselves the question: Which are the best Pokémon editions in our opinion?
It's been a tumultuous quarter of a century for Pokémon. As a core component of every Nintendo handheld system, it is popular with young and old and has regularly set sales records. Over time, the games have changed - also qualitatively. We look back and try an editorial classification of the ten best Pokémon editions.
10th place: Pokémon: Black & White Edition 2
As additional editions of the fifth generation, the black and white Edition 2 as actual sequels are something very special and almost completely turned the heavily criticized predecessor inside out. With a lot of new content, these editions stand out from the other additional games. The fact alone that the game starts in a completely different city in the game world says a lot. This is also due to the large ice sheet that covered many areas of Einall and raised exciting questions about what happened in this region right from the start. The criticized low number of catchable Pokémon was also expanded directly. In addition, the story is really good for Pokémon standards. [Jonas Maier]
9th place: Pokémon X & Y
Pokémon X and Y were the first games in the RPG series to appear simultaneously worldwide. On October 12, 2013, the sixth generation made its debut on Nintendo 3DS and brought some innovations. For the first time, the developers relied on 3D graphics and, for Pokémon, on 3D models instead of sprites. This ensured more dynamism in the fights through camera movements and also ensured more realism and new opportunities for interaction in the representation of the new Kalos region. In addition, Pokémon X and Y brought the fairy type into line, relied on innovations in further developments and introduced the mega-development. In addition, new combat variants in the form of sky battles and mass encounters have been added. A deep friendship system, in which the functions of the Nintendo 3DS were used and the possibility to individualize your own character, rounded off Pokémon X and Y apart from the story. However, a special edition, as was common with previous generations, was not included. [Alexander Geisler]
8th place: Pokémon: Black & White Edition
For the first time, a main Pokémon edition left Japan. The black and white edition tried many new elements. Located in the American-inspired Unall region, the trip was a culture shock for many fans, from the many materialistic new Pokémon to Stratos City, the first real "big city" in Pokémon games. The influential decision by the developers that we only encounter the brand new 160 Pokémon up to the top four is a bit monotonous. Many players were also not impressed by the look of the new pocket monsters and the somewhat hypothermic world. What is remarkable is the season mechanics, which usher in a new season in Einall every two months in real time. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Season, new areas open up in the new parts of the year. If you want to see everything without manipulating the clock, you have to play the title for six months. What we cannot blame the black and white edition is, however, is too little content, because the game offered to explore most of the optional regions up to now. [Jonas Maier]
7th place: Pokémon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
The third generation remakes established the new Pokémon features and functions of the 3DS parts for the Hōen region and significantly expanded the Pokémon repertoire, but also lagged behind on some points. Remakes also include changes, but Omega Rubin and Alpha Saphir often do not match the flair of the original, be it Malvenfroh City or the underground power station. The special look of the original cannot be captured in the Pokémon: X & Y game engine either. What is very nice, however, is the still unique possibility of flying over the region in real time with the Pokémon ability to fly. That gives Hōen a very special feeling of authenticity. [Jonas Maier]
6th place: Pokémon: Fire Red Edition & Leaf Green Edition
Six years after the first Pokémon games appeared, Nintendo and GAME FREAK decided to give them a remake version in the form of fire red and leaf green. Based on the engine of ruby and sapphire, we can dive into the Kantō region again and meet pocket monsters from the countries Johtō and Hōen in the course of the adventure. For this we travel to the Sevii islands, where we can experience more adventures after defeating the arenas and the top four. In addition to the module, the packaging also included a wireless adapter, so that we no longer have to rely on a link cable if we wanted to swap or fight with our friends. Only the successor console to the Nintendo DS Game Boy Advance was able to do this by default. [Sören Jacobsen]
5th place: Pokémon: Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald Edition
Actually, the Pokémon franchise was supposed to end after the second generation, at least that was the original plan. Fortunately for many fans and, of course, due to the incredible success of the games, the first Game Boy Advance episodes appeared with the Ruby and Saphir Edition and later with the Emerald Edition. Colorful, detailed and lively, these are the editions compared to the old games. Fittingly, the beautiful, cheerful Hōen region, which with many beaches, a focus on nature and a certain holiday flair, fits very well with the model of the Japanese main island Kyūshū not far from Okinawa. Add to this the feud between Team Aqua and Team Magma, who are still among the most memorable antagonists in the series. The beauty pageants were also a welcome and fun time pastime. A wonderful edition that can keep up to this day and felt fast and modern even then! [Jonas Maier]
4th place: Pokémon: Diamond, Pearl & Platinum Edition
The Pokémon series entered its fourth generation in 2006 with the diamond, pearl and later platinum editions. With the two screens of the Nintendo DS, the developers have fundamentally changed the menu navigation and many inputs can now be made via the touchscreen. Alternatively, the classic button control is also possible. The number of catchable pocket monsters has grown to an unbelievable 493 and for the first time it is not only possible to swap them locally and fight against friends, but also online using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. It was also possible via a facility called Global Trade Station (abbreviated as GTS) in the form of a swap exchange with people all over the world to exchange Pokémon without knowing them directly. Nowadays, these online functions can no longer be used since the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was switched off in 2014. [Sören Jacobsen]
3rd place: Pokémon: Red, Blue, Green & Special Pikachu Edition - Yellow Edition
With the red and blue edition, the Pokémon hype reached Europe in 1999. The first games appeared as red and green editions in Japan as early as 1996. The games were not only a groundbreaking success, but also extended the life of the Game Boy by a few years (!). In turn-based battles we catch the eponymous Pokémon, travel through the Kantō region, compete with other trainers and try to become Pokémon masters by defeating all eight gym leaders and the top four and completing our Pokédex. For the latter, it is necessary to connect two Game Boys via a link cable and to swap between different editions. In 1998 the Special Pikachu Edition was released, in which we start with Pikachu instead of Squirtle, Charmander or Bulbasaur and in part reenact experiences from the first season of the anime series. [Eric Ebelt]
2nd place: Pokémon: Golden Edition, Silver Edition & Crystal Edition
The success that the first generation of Pokémon had brought about should be gilded with the second generation, as the name of an edition suggests. For this reason, the developers of GAME FREAK have implemented a number of innovations that today's Pokémon offshoots can no longer be imagined without. In addition to a day, night and weekday system, which not only influences the environment but also the appearance rates of the pocket monsters in the tall grass, the various Pokémon were also divided into female and male specimens. This made it possible to breed new specimens in the form of eggs. In addition, after successfully completing the eight arenas of the Johtō region and the top four, it was also possible to travel to the Kantō region of the first games. With the crystal edition, it was also possible for the first time as a girl to go on Pokémon adventures. [Sören Jacobsen]
1st place: Pokémon: Golden Edition - HeartGold & Silver Edition - SoulSilver
While the two editions HeartGold & SoulSilver appeared in Japan in September 2009, Europeans had to wait six months for publication. According to our editors, the best Pokémon game offers numerous revisions compared to the original, which made it to second place in our ranking. This not only means the prettier graphics, but also features such as chasing a Pokémon or transferring pocket monsters from previous DS editions. The love goes even further, because we can transfer a Pokémon to the included Pokéwalker hardware and level it up with enough steps. Nintendo's decision to replace the slot machines with the fun and probably even more addicting mini-game Voltofalle is curious. [Eric Ebelt]
Does your Pokémon top 10 look different? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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