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.

For more Pokémon, make sure to check out our list of ten things you never knew about the franchise, as well as our upcoming review and features around Arceus. Make sure to subscribe at youtube.com/gamespot so you don’t miss out.

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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