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I am hoping this helps people. There are people like me who are not fans of making hard decisions like these, so I decided to make a list of each Pokémon game and determine the best possible version. Just remember, I don't consider myself a Pokémon fan, the main reason why was because of Pokémon's garbage release strategy. I am simply trying to make this list to determine which versions of each game are the best to playthrough. If you disagree with what I say, that's okay actually, I won't take offense, because, like I said, I am not really a Pokémon fan, I was just looking for the best experience with these games possible. Besides, this list is not really intended for Pokémon fans, it's intended for people who want to try to get into these RPGs. Remember, I don't give a rat's ass about version exclusive Pokémon, I only care about more significant changes like story changes, gameplay changes, and exclusive gyms and Trainers (yes, exclusive Pokémon are less important to me than gym leaders, get over it). 

For this list I am making the following assumptions:

  • You are willing to accept the fact that you will not reach 100% completion in these games. In order to fill out the entire Pokédex, you have to beat these games an upwards of 4 times! You are simply going to play these for the journey, not for the completion.
  • You are not going to trade Pokémon across versions, nor are you going to care which Pokémon are exclusive to which version. You will simply work with what you get. Don't worry, I will find the most single-campaign-friendly version of each game possible. Like I said, you are only playing these for the journey, not for the Pokémon themselves. If you really cared about version-exclusive Pokémon, you would be playing every version of the games anyway.
  • That you are only going to play each game once, then move onto an actual remake, or the next game.

So with all that settled, I will now discuss the entirety of Gen I.

The only difference between Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green are the version-exclusive Pokémon, so don't play either version. Later, Pocket Monsters Blue came out and had a sampling the version exclusive Pokémon from both versions (still doesn't have all 151 Pokémon though). This makes Pocket Monsters Blue the better version to play. Of course, the winning version of Gen I is clearly Pokémon Yellow. Pokémon Yellow basically takes Pocket Monsters Blue, but then makes a few changes to make it definitive, it gives you a Pikachu that follows you around rather than staying inside a Poké Ball. You can actually interact with Pikachu a bit outside of battle in this version. You can see its mood based on how it reacts to events that happen to the player. However, you can not make this Pikachu evolve into Raichu, nor can you catch any wild Pikachu or Raichu in Pokémon Yellow. Has some other changes to reflect the anime series as well.

Gen I later recieve a remake for the Game Boy Advance. Of course, in true Pokémon tradition, it is split into two versions. The only difference between Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen are the version exclusives, however, the version exclusives are actually from Johto and Hoenn, as all 151 Kanto Pokémon are in both versions. There is zero reason to care about which Johto or Hoenn Pokémon are in which version, as the adventure mainly happens in Kanto, so we can hopefully turn to later version to help quell decision fatigue, right? Nope! So the recommended version of the Gen I remake is whatever you end up with from a dice roll or coin flip. Just have odds or heads be Pokémon FireRed, and tails or evens be Pokémon LeafGreen.

Now lastly, there was the Gen I remake for the Nintendo Switch. This time there is actually a proper difference that influences gameplay, and therefore which version to buy. There is a massive difference between Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee! Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu was made for diehard Pikachu fans like Mrs Christine Weston Chandler Sonichu, and revolves around Pikachu. It is actually kind of close to Pokémon Yellow in that regard. Pokémon Let's Go Eevee has Eevee instead of Pikachu, as well as slightly less trade dependence. Both Pikachu and Eevee have special abilities in their respective versions. Honestly I consider Pokémon Let's Go Eevee to be superior for a few reasons, Pikachu has enough time in the spotlight compared to other Pokémon, as he is basically the mascot of the entire franchise, whereas Eevee doesn't get much time in the spotlight like Pikachu does, it also makes the remake stand out a little more by taking the idea of Pokémon Yellow, and applying that idea to Eevee, Eevee has more diverse moveset, and lastly, less trade dependence than Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu. Now you might prefer Pikachu over Eevee, and therefore prefer Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, and Pikachu has some special moves in that version as well. So if you really like Pikachu, you might prefer it. However, even as I think Pikachu is better than Eevee, I actually prefer Pokémon Let's Go Eevee, and think it is better as a single campaign for the reasons I outlined above.

TL;DR best Gen I version is Pokémon Yellow. Best Gen I remake for Game Boy Advance is whatever you end up with from a coin flip or dice roll. Best Gen I remake for Nintendo Switch is Pokémon Let's Go Eevee.

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Corrected Sinnoh to Hoenn
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The only ones that matter to me are Emerald over Ruby/Sapphire, and Platinum over Diamond/Pearl; (also "Red Rescue Team" over "Blue Rescue Team", and "Explorers Of Sky" over "Explorers of Darkness/Time").

Other than that I find that there's no hard decisions for choosing a version of a game, but when you're already playing it, deciding which will be your team. When I played these games, because I tried to be as efficient as possible, I'd plan which Pokémons I'd have, (amongst the ones that I like), basing it on which are objectively better, (stats, abilities and type), if I would care to get HM moves on my party, (to not swap them every time I needed to cut a tree for example), if I'd maybe have "capture specialists" such as ones with "Thunder Wave" & "False Swipe" or outside-of-battle-useful ones like "Pickup", trying to alter between Pokémons with high-attack/defense & high-special-attack/defense, etc... Once I got that figured out, then I'd pay special attention to have the best natures, IVs, and getting good EVs, (I posted a basic strategy on Poké-breeding that I used when I played PKMN-Clover).

(I also have a problem with those who cannot evolve without trading, for example I like Kadabra, but because I wouldn't get the final evolution, I don't feel like having it in my party.)

So I always ended up thinking a strategy more than I should. You think I wouldn't have liked to run a game with Cleffa leading? Yes I would and it's possible, but it would be so inefficient that I don't know how fun it would be. That's my problem with these games, do I go for "fashion" or "power"?

But in any case, here is an image of one of my favourite Pokémons‼


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Moving on to Gen II, we have now traveled into Johto.

Once again, like last time with Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green, the only difference between Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver are the version exclusive Pokémon. So don't play either version, play Pokémon Crystal instead. Pokémon Crystal is an expanded version of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, so you absolutely would want to play Pokémon Crystal! It is the most single-campaign-friendly. Some version exclusive Pokémon from Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Gold are not present in Pokémon Crystal, however.

There's also the Gen II remake for Nintendo DS. There's also actually a difference between Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, difficulty. If you like extra challenge, then you would likely prefer Pokémon SoulSilver, but if you simply want to play through the campaign, then Pokémon HeartGold is easier. I honestly prefer RPGs to be easier than harder, so I prefer Pokémon HeartGold.

TL;DR Best Gen II version is Pokémon Crystal. Best Gen II remake for Nintendo DS is Pokémon HeartGold for an easier game, or Pokémon SoulSilver for a more challenging game.

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Found out Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver are not DSi enhanced.
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We have now made it to Gen III, apparently everyone loves the Hoenn games for some reason.

Gen III was first released as Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. Of course, you should avoid those versions like the plague. Later Pokémon Emerald was released. Like Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon Emerald was an expanded version of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. Pokémon Emerald remains very beloved to this day.

Of course this game got remade for Nintendo 3DS. There is a very big difference between Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which villian you fight. In Pokémon Omega Ruby, Team Magma wants to expand the land so more land Pokémon can live in the world. In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Team Aqua wants to sink more of the surface world underwater so more water Pokémon can live in the world. Team Aqua actually makes more sense as the villian, because 71% of the world is already underwater, and Team Aqua wants to sink even more land underwater! So Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is better because Team Aqua is actually potentially more harmful than Team Magma. Team Magma plays a supporting role in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

TL;DR Best Gen III version is Pokémon Emerald. Best Gen III remake for Nintendo 3DS is Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

I will hold off on Gen IV until the remake and prequel for Nintendo Switch comes out, so I won't have to make another post after I potentially determined the best versions of Gen V and onward. I want to keep these posts in order as much as possible.

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