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 the list of ten things you never knew about the franchise, as well as the 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