The 6 Worst Mainline Pokémon Games Ever Made

Every time a new Pokémon game comes out, there is always that question, is this going to be good, or did they ruin everything again? 

It seems, to make a good game, it takes more than a good name. The Pokémon Company has been an easy example with this issue, as there have been many disasters, despite how big and well established the company is. 

Maybe it’s the developer team that needs a reality check, or maybe it’s the lack of understanding of what the fans actually want, sometimes all that comes out of their Pokéballs are the clouds of disappointment. 

While you are waiting for the Pokémon Company to finally release a good game, we have listed down the worst of all the disappointments released by them below, so you remember not to get your hopes up like the last time.  

1- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

All hell broke loose when Scarlet and Violet were released into the wild. It was simply a series of disasters after disasters. Even good old Absol would be proud. 

The games might be playable now (I mean, are they really?), but back during the release day, these games were the worst Pokémon games of all time, yes, even worse than Pokémon Rumble. 

There were countless bugs, and the in-game characters would clip through each other like a spaghetti monster. The game stuttered and slowed down to complete even a basic gameplay step, it was unplayable.

If anything is going to make Gamefreak go back to their drawing boards, it should be the worldwide backlash whipped up against these games. But again, we should not make the mistake of getting our hopes high. They know we all are going to throw our money at them even if they release a game with only Magikarp in it. 

Actually, wait, is it just me or that still seems better than Scarlet and Violet? 

2- Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Somehow Nintendo DS never felt like a last-gen console even with the release of 3DS, and when Nintendo decided to remake Diamond and Pearl, there was a mixed reaction.

I, for one, was happy, not going to lie, but little did I know Gamefreak was preparing a whole jar of letdown for naive fanboys like me. 

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl was not brilliant nor shiny. It was way below average and almost akin to a bag of Trubbish. 

The only reason to play this rendition of Diamond and Pearl is if you haven’t played the original Diamond and Pearl. On second thought, just play the original ones, these are just plain bad. 

3- Pokémon Let’s go Eevee/ Pikachu

Pokémon Let’s go Eevee/ Pikachu

Who-like, really-who asked for these games? I mean, I know I didn’t, and you probably didn’t. I am sure no one did.


Gamefreak, how hard is it to remake the Kanto Games? The custom ROM-hack developers have been doing it every year. 

Actually, these games weren’t that bad, but they were received very badly by old fans and there was a reason.

Imagine, a long-time Pokefan, who just bought the new Nintendo Switch, and is waiting for the first mainline, brand new, awesome Pokémon game. A long awaited addition to the franchise. Instead, what they give is a remake. The first mainline release to their new console was not a new game, but it was a disappointing remake. 

A remake that was not groundbreaking enough like Pokémon Legends Arceus and neither nostalgic enough like good old Pokémon Yellow. If you want to play a good Kanto remake, just play a Custom ROM. Game Freak has long forgotten the essence of the Kanto Region. 

4- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Do you know how they make the exact same Pokémon Game every time? It’s like a pandemic. The same game you played some months ago, repackaged and thrown back at you with a new name. It’s like they think we are a bunch of Primeapes,  

To be honest, Pokémon US and UM did have that amazing surfing minigame, but, to pay a full price to play a surfing minigame, come on. 

Only a real dunce would fall for that. Which, I did and I will never forgive myself. Well, at least I can still play the surfing minigame. 

It is because of fans like me, the Pokémon Company dares release half-baked remakes that end up outselling even the most well-made games released the same year.

5- Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon Emerald

Ruby and Sapphire were actually challenging games, especially if you were a kid. Then came the almighty Emerald. 

Someone high up in the Pokémon company must have been going through a midlife crisis to let us have a level 70 Rayquaza before the Pokémon League. Honestly, it was harder to use the bicycle and get to Rayquaza than it was to breeze through the Pokémon League with Rayquaza. 

The champion, not Steven, the other champion, yes, Wallace, even if half of his Pokémon had Ice attacks that were ultra effective against Rayquaza, all you needed to use was Rayquaza’s Outrage. 

Thinking back, get back on the line Rayquaza, we are the ones who are outraged with these games. 

A post-game Battle Island is nice and all, but they did everything they could to ruin the pre-game in Pokémon Emerald. First, by not changing a single-thing, and the only one thing they changed was bad. 

6- Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon Platinum

I might have repeated this somewhere earlier, but if they can make the same Pokémon game and release it just after two years, I have the right to restate the following. 

“Do you know how they make the same exact Pokémon game every time?”  

Of course, we know, and they know too, but are they going to stop? Nope. They release two of the exact same game at once, and you know what, most of us buy both of them. 

So, let’s stop! Come on. We are only supposed to buy one and trade the exclusives from a friend who has another version. Right?

Pokémon Platinum was one of the most underwhelming remakes. Of course, it had more content as an upgrade to Diamond and Pearl, than what Pokémon Emerald had as an upgrade to Ruby and Sapphire. 

Yes, I did enjoy playing it, but, it is no excuse to abuse our time and dedication by relaunching the exact same game just after 2 years. 

Just make one good game at a time, Pokémon. Is that so hard to do?

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