The Pokemon series has made its mark on nearly every Nintendo console, from the Game Boy to the 3DS, and the Nintendo Switch is no different. The system has a range of mainline series titles and spin-off games to sink your teeth into, so when it comes to the Switch, you’re never really left behind when it comes to Pokemon content.
However, with so much choice at your disposal, there is also the question of which games are worth your time. Whether you’re a seasoned Pokemon trainer or just getting into the fray of Pokemon battles for the very first time, deciding which game to dive into next can be tricky, and it also depends on whether you’re looking for the classic Pokemon adventure, or something like that. a little different in the vast and wonderful world of Pokemon. While there are more Pokemon titles available on Nintendo Switch Online, we’re sticking with the official releases for this one.
ten Pokken DX Tournament
The very first Pokemon title on the Switch, Pokken Tournament DX is inspired by the Tekken series (if you couldn’t already guess by the name) and is an arcade-style fighting game. Although it’s a port of a Wii U title, the Switch version added a few more Pokemon you can battle with, including Darkrai and Scizor.
The Switch version didn’t add much else, however, other than slightly sharper graphics and the fact that you could play the game anywhere without having to lug around the heavy Wii U gamepad.
9 Pokemon Quest
Move over pixel sprites and 3D models – Pokémon are now cubed. In Pokemon Quest, you can explore the island of Tumblecube, where your main objective is to search for loot. Return to your base camp to use your loot and cook dishes to attract new Pokemon for your expedition team.
Plus, you can even decorate your base camp if you want, and who doesn’t love a bit of customization? Cute, fun, and rewarding, Pokemon Quest is a casual game you can come back to whenever you want a little Pokemon in your life.
8 Pokemon Cafe Remix
Originally called Pokemon Cafe Mix, this game lets you run a cafe where you can serve treats to Pokemon. You can even hire Pokemon to work alongside you in the cafe after serving them enough times. Sounds cute, right?
If you’re lucky enough, a Shiny Pokémon might even wander into your cafe, giving you even more incentive to keep serving those treats. Even if the thought of customer service gives you nightmares in real life, Pokemon Cafe ReMix is a sweet puzzle game worth trying.
A sequel to the beloved Pokemon Snap game from 1999, New Pokemon Snap largely follows the same tones as the original. Explore Pokémon in their natural habitats (rather than tall grass) and take photos of them. However, not just any old photo will do – to progress, you’ll need to photograph different Pokemon behaviors.
The nature of New Pokemon Snap lets you see Pokemon in a way you’ve never seen them before. That in itself makes the game charming enough to play, but the ability to snap photos of mythical Pokemon, like Mew, makes it all the more intriguing.
6 Pokemon shiny diamond and shiny pearl
Remakes of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games from 2006, this pair of games was highly anticipated by fans in the Sinnoh region. Like many remakes, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl replaced the traditional pixel art style of the original with 3D graphics, shrinking Dawn, Lucas, and many other Sinnoh favorites to chibi format.
While much of the original adventure remained the same, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl also introduced new features, such as areas in the Great Underground where you can encounter various Pokémon. However, with some of the questionable choices made in the original games left over for remakes, one wonders why the Pokemon Company hasn’t decided to include the improvements made in Pokemon Platinum.
5 Pokemon Unite
Looking for another way to battle Pokemon? Pokemon Unite has you covered. In this free Switch and mobile game, you play in a team of five against another team of five players, aiming to score the most points by defeating wild Pokémon, upgrading your own Pokémon, and defeating Pokémon from the wild. ‘opposing team. .
Teamwork is key in this game, as you’ll need to work in synergy with the other four players on your team, which is pretty much a first for the Pokemon series as a whole. You can even style your Pokemon into holographic outfits called Holowear, adding an element of customization to your game as well.
4 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX
If you missed the gems Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team on the Nintendo DS in 2005, you can experience the adventure with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX. As a remake, it’s a combination of both games, all revamped with a watercolor-like high-definition art style that’s just as lovely as the original.
The game itself sees you transform into a Pokémon (after taking a quiz to find out which Pokémon matches your personality, of course) and create your own rescue team. As the name suggests, you explore mysterious dungeons that can change each time you enter them. If you’re craving a bit of Pokemon, but want something a little different from the usual song and dance, Mystery Dungeon is the way to go.
3 Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu
Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu were the first mainline Pokemon games to come to the Nintendo Switch, and as remakes of the iconic Kanto region that take elements from the ever-popular Pokemon Go, it makes sense that they would. be.
Depending on whether you choose Let’s Go Eevee or Let’s Go Pikachu, you can have a special Eevee or Pikachu as your partner in this adventure, and you can even dress them up with adorable accessories. Pokemon also appear in the overworld in these games – a series first when the games were released. Whether it’s your first time in Kanto or you’ve visited it many times before, Let’s Go games are a great way to experience the area.
2 Pokemon sword and shield
Pokemon Sword and Shield took us into Gen 8 and introduced us to the Galar region, taking inspiration from Britain. There were over 80 new Pokémon to encounter, including the pseudo-legendary Dragapult and the adorable Polteageist.
The games also introduced Max Raid Battles, where you can team up with other players (or NPCs) to defeat and catch Dynamaxed Pokémon in the Wild Area. Although the graphics didn’t quite reach the heights of other first-party games on the Switch, Sword and Shield was still a fun foray into a new region with exciting multiplayer features.
1 Pokemon Legends: Arceus
By the time Pokemon Legends: Arceus was released, the Pokemon formula had been in need of a revamp for a while. Fortunately, Legends: Arceus delivered on that front and seems to have been a game changer for the series. It lets you explore vast landscapes and see Pokemon in their natural habitats (and dodge their attacks if they spot you as well).
Set in the Hisui region before it became known as Sinnoh, this game sees you sent back in time by the legendary Pokemon Arceus. When you arrive, you only have your pajamas on your back. What else is there to do but catch all the Pokémon possible? Legends: Arceus is unlike any other Pokemon game in the series, and for all the right reasons.
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