Pokemon is one of Nintendo’s flagship series, so it comes as no surprise that dozens of Pokemon games have been released for the Nintendo Switch. These include both main series games, as well as quite a few spin-offs. If you’re a fan of Pokemon yourself, there are so many choices for games to play on the Switch that you may be unsure of which ones to choose. Or, if you’re new to the franchise, you may be even more lost on what games to pick up.
In this article we’ve listed the best Pokemon games on the Nintendo Switch for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. These are games that have some of the best gameplay, storylines, mechanics, and more. Nintendo Switch Pokemon games include some of the best in the franchise as a whole, so you’re sure to find something engaging to play by the end of this list!
1. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Arceus is a main installment in the Pokemon series, but it’s actually a prequel to the entire series as a whole. The game also introduces open-world gameplay into the series, a huge step for the franchise. Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in the Hisui region, in a time long before partnering up with Pokemon was commonplace.
This game is not only one of the best Pokemon games, but one of the best games for the Switch console overall. The gameplay is fun and innovative, the storyline unique for the franchise, and the open-world component fits very well. There’s plenty to see and do in this game, providing hours of entertainment.
2. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!
For newcomers to the Pokemon series, Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! are great choices for a first game. Especially considering these games are remakes of a very early Pokemon game, Pokemon Yellow, it’s a great way to start playing. The gameplay is extremely simplified, as you only catch wild Pokemon without battling them. However, battles do still take place with trainers and gym leaders.
Although technically a remake, the time span between the games is so far removed that Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee! are essentially brand new. Long time players of the series may not initially find this installment appealing as it waters down the typical aspects of Pokemon, but nonetheless they are still great games.
3. New Pokemon Snap
The original Pokemon Snap game was released for the Nintendo 64, a fun and unique game centered on…