Pokémon Sun and Moon shook up the series’ formula, replacing gym battles with dungeons and boss fights. Despite that — and cool regional Pokémon — Sun and Moon just doesn’t have the magic of the best Pokémon games.
Pokémon Sword and Shield moved the series to true 3D, and makes the most of it by letting you play dress-up with your trainer. It’s a great game overall but falls short of the best the series has to offer.
This remake of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl improves the originals enough to completely surpass them. It adds more fire Pokémon (which were sorely lacking in Diamond and Pearl) and improves online trading and battles.
2. Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green
The original Pokémon Red and Blue could almost top this list out of nostalgia if it weren’t for Fire Red and Leaf Green. These remakes add a fresh coat of paint and a brand-new area to the originals’ solid foundations.