Which Pokémon game to choose? (On Nintendo Switch)

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For more than 20 years, the Pokémon series has transcended media and come in all forms. With millions of units sold and more than a dozen titles on Nintendo Switch just, the franchise doesn’t seem like it’s about to stop. As usual, there are many different titles and they are not suitable for everyone. Be aware, however, that although the characters and the Pokémon universe are suitable for children, the vast majority of games require you to know how to read.

The main series is a role-playing game. That is, the children will play as a Pokémon trainer who tries to catch the most creatures and train them to fight each other.

Pokémon are pocket monsters (> Pokémon) with the appearance of fantastic animals.

The main series is composed of many episodes that are categorized into “generations”. Each generation has its own characters, Pokémon and sometimes some Pokémon in common with the previous ones. There are about 900 different Pokémon now spread across multiple games. And yes it’s normal that you can’t catch all the Pokémon with one game. This has been part of Nintendo’s strategy for over 20 years.

Note that the games in this article are sorted alphabetically.

The links to buy the games are Amazon Affiliates links. Écran Partagé receives a commission when you purchase a game after clicking on the corresponding link.

New Pokémon Snap

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Contemplative game where you automatically advance in a vehicle and take pictures of the Pokémon present in each environment.

Needs to know how to read. Suitable for everyone.

For one player.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

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A 2D role-playing game reinterpreting the Pokémon Diamond game (2006, Nintendo DS) with new graphics and improvements for today’s players. Very great adventure during several tens of hours of play, see hundred for the most passionate players.

This game is the same as Pokémon Shining Pearl, only a few differences exist, as some Pokémon only available in one version. Be careful, buy only one version.

Requires to know how to read

For a player

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation IV

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Pokémon Café Remix (formerly Café Mix)

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This is a puzzle game. It is a free-to-play, so a free game to download and play but with microtransactions (purchases with real money, in the game).

The principle of the game is to connect Pokémon icons together to make them disappear. It is then necessary to make the largest combinations, sometimes in limited time, sometimes a certain number of combinations to succeed in the levels and progress in the game.

The game is only playable in portable mode of the Nintendo Switch, and only with the touch screen.

Careful! The game has microtransactions and aggressive monetization! That is, many schemes are used in the game, to entice the player to spend real money to improve his gaming experience.

Available only on the Nintendo eShop digital store.

Requires to know how to read

For one player.

Price: Free

Pokémon HOME

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It is a cloud-based application (online servers) that allows you to transfer and store Pokémon. For example you have recovered Pokémon in Sword and want to transfer them to the next Brilliant Diamond title? You transfer them from Sword to Pokémon HOME. Then you can transfer them from Pokémon HOME to Brilliant Diamond.

In each game, the number of Pokémon that can be stored and used is limited. But it’s much bigger on Pokémon HOME.

However there are free functions, and functions available via Premium subscription to be able to access everything in Pokémon HOME.

Only 30 Pokémon can be stored in the free version compared to 6000 Pokémon in the subscription version.

If you play several episodes of the main series, the application and its subscription quickly become indispensable. Especially if you undertake the almost infinite quest to catch them all.

In the case of a single game, it is not useful.

Price: Free for basic functions

Premium subscription for 30 days: $3.99 + taxes

Premium subscription for 90 days: $6.99 + taxes

Premium membership for 365 days: $21.99 + taxes

Pokémon Legends Arceus

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New 3D adventure game featuring a hero tasked with capturing Pokémon.

Details to come. Game in development.

Requires to know how to read

For a player

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation VIII

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee

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A 2D role-playing game reinterpreting the game Pokémon Yellow (1998, Nintendo GameBoy) with new graphics and improvements for today’s players. Very great adventure during several tens of hours of play, see hundred for the most passionate players.

Ideal to start the Pokémon series. Very good game, very repetitive. Requires moving the controller in front of the screen to capture Pokémon.

This game is the same as Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu,only a few differences exist, as some Pokémon only available in one version. Be careful, buy only one version.

For 1 or 2 players. The second player is optional and is an aid to the first. He can join or leave the game at any time.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation I

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu

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A 2D role-playing game reinterpreting the game Pokémon Yellow (1998, Nintendo GameBoy) with new graphics and improvements for today’s players. Very great adventure during several tens of hours of play, see hundred for the most passionate players.

Ideal to start the Pokémon series. Very good game, very repetitive. Requires moving the controller in front of the screen to capture Pokémon.

This game is the same as Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee,only a few differences exist, as some Pokémon only available in one version. Be careful, buy only one version.

For 1 or 2 players. The second player is optional and is an aid to the first. He can join or leave the game at any time.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation I

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

(See the trailer of Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee above)

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

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A 2D role-playing game where the main character is transformed into Pokémon and can suddenly talk to all the other Pokémon (whereas in the rest of the games, pokémon don’t speak).

This game is a compilation and update of the games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team (2005, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance).

The player must complete missions such as story-related events, save other Pokémon, deliver items, and accompany customers. The more missions the player completes, the more the level of his rescue team increases and improves.

Missions take place in randomly generated dungeons.

A demo is available is the Nintendo eShop to get an idea.

Needs to know how to read.

For a player.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Pokémon Quest

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This is an adventure game where the Pokémon you choose go to face other Pokémon in multiple environments.

It is a free-to-play, so a free game to download and play but with microtransactions (purchases with real money, in the game).

The principle of the game is the choice of Pokémon, their skills, and how to customize them so that they are powerful enough to pass the levels. Pokémon automatically move during the exploration phases and will themselves head to wild Pokémon in the environment to attack them… Excuse me… attack. The player can choose between 2 attacks to launch for each Pokémon of his team of 3, at any time.

At first, the progression is very easy, pleasant, and easy, and the more you play, the slower the progression is and the player then has to wait for a certain amount of arbitrary time to continue, or… pay.

The game is playable on the TV or in nintendo Switch handheld mode, with the touchscreen or controllers.

Careful! The game has microtransactions and aggressive monetization! That is, many schemes are used in the game, to entice the player to spend real money to improve his gaming experience.

Available only on the Nintendo eShop digital store.

Requires to know how to read

For one player.

Price: Free

Pokémon Shield

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A 2D role-playing game that includes a great adventure during several tens of hours of gameplay, or even hundred for the most passionate players.

For a 1 player.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation VIII

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass

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Expansion with more Pokémon and environments for the Game Pokémon Shield. Cannot be played independently.

For a 1 player.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation VIII

More details here.

Pokémon Shining Pearl

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A 2D role-playing game reinterpreting the Pokémon Diamond game (2006, Nintendo DS) with new graphics and improvements for today’s players. Very great adventure during several tens of hours of play, see hundred for the most passionate players.

This game is the same as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond,only a few differences exist, like some Pokémon only available in one version. Be careful, buy only one version.

Requires to know how to read

For a player

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Generation IV

More details here.

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

(See the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond trailer above)

Pokémon Sword

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A 2D role-playing game that includes a great adventure during several tens of hours of gameplay, or even hundred for the most passionate players.

For a 1 player.

More details here.

Generation VIII

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

(See the Pokémon Shield trailer above)

Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass

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Expansion with more Pokémon and environments for the Pokémon Sword game. Cannot be played independently.

For a 1 player.

More details here.

Generation VIII

Price: $39.99 + taxes

(See the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass trailer above)

Pokémon TV

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An application for the Nintendo Switch that allows you to watch some cartoons, animated series and Pokémon movies.

A bit like a free Netflix dedicated to Pokémon.

Price: Free

Pokémon Unite

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A multiplayer arena fighting game (MOBA). Each of the 5 players chooses a different Pokémon and makes up a team that will face an opposing team located on the other side of the arena.

Other similar games are League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Heroes of the Storm.

Fortunately Pokémon Unite is much more affordable and easy to learn than the 3 games mentioned, and the games last only 10 minutes instead of 30 to 45 minutes. It involves scoring points by eliminating the opposing Pokémon and then counting them by validating them in the opposing goals.

The game would be very good if it didn’t encourage players to spend real money to buy additional Pokémon and upgrades that allow them to have an advantage over other players. In short, the more you pay, the more you are advantaged over opponents. This is the definition of a “pay-to-win” game.

Careful! The game has microtransactions and aggressive monetization! That is, many schemes are used in the game, to entice the player to spend real money to improve his gaming experience.

Playable exclusively online.

Available only on the Nintendo eShop digital store.

For one player.

Price: Free

Pokken Tournament DX

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A fighting game featuring about twenty Pokémon in real-time battles in 1 against 1. The game is well made and enjoyable to play BUT it constantly oscillates between perspective changes between 2D and 3D and makes the game difficult to play. Especially since the possible actions are then different between 2D and 3D.

For 1 or 2 players.

Price: $79.99 + taxes

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (cartridge)

Buy the game on Amazon.ca (digital code for download)

Don’t buy Double Packs

Online or in store, for the release of the main games, merchants often offer to buy 2 games at once. It is 2 times the same game as Sword and Shield, or Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

So we do not recommend buying the same game 2 times, especially since it is to pay $ 80 + taxes, 2 times.

Which game to choose?

If you want a huge adventure that lasts dozens of hours and these are your first steps in the series: Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu OR Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are more than appropriate. In addition as a parent, you can take a second controller, play with your child and guide him.

If you want a new adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword OR Pokémon Shield are appropriate.

Finally, if you have become comfortable with the series, and you want to complete your collection of Pokémon: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond OR Pokémon Shining Pearl.

All this is for very long (and very repetitive) adventure games that consist of exploring, capturing Pokémon and their take-turns combat. No reflex necessary. Everything is done via menus.

The rest of the games are specials.

Want a Pokémon photography game? New Pokémon Snap!

A fighting game? Pokken Tournament DX!

Attention as indicated above, Pokémon Unite and Pokémon Café Mix offer in-game purchases. Tell your child how it works, tell them how much they are allowed to spend if they have the right to do so, or block access to the credit card in the most extreme cases.

About Marc Shakour

Former video game programmer, columnist for RDS Video Games, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help all those who know nothing about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

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