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Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games are making their way to the Switch, and this opens the door for more of the Pokemon library to be ported.

February’s Nintendo Direct event revealed a lot about the Switch’s future. A lot of franchises will be receiving new titles, and Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games will be making their way to the hybrid console through Nintendo Switch Online. This is good news for Pokemon fans, as it paves the way for older Pokemon games to make their way to the Switch. This would be a great situation, as series veterans could indulge in nostalgia while newcomers could get familiar with where it all began.


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The lack of backward compatibility has been an issue for Pokemon fans on the Switch. It has caused a significant chunk of the franchise’s library to be missing from the hybrid console. Hence, fans can’t abandon their Nintendo 3DS handhelds just yet. With the latest advancements, things could change for the better.

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Game Boy and Game Boy Advance Games Come to Switch

The Switch is an amazing device, and its hybrid capabilities have made it a hit among gamers. It recently broke sales milestones, surpassing the PS4’s sales numbers to become the third bestselling gaming console of all time. Though it is nice that the Switch can go portable, one of the sore points…


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

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Home » News » These 38 Pokemon Have Yet to Appear in a Nintendo Switch Game

In 2017, Nintendo finally released the next step in handheld and console gaming, the Nintendo Switch. The platform has turned out to be quite a hit, with the company’s legendary franchises like Pokemon introducing players to a whole new world of gaming.

Since 2017, seven Pokemon titles have made their way onto the Switch, with the latest being Scarlet and Violet, bringing over hundreds of fictional creatures across the aforementioned seven titles. Across those games, we’ve seen a slew of new and old creatures alike, as Game Freak managed to mix in some of our fan favorites, despite them being from a different generation.

Interestingly enough, though, not every one of them has made it to the most recent console generation. According to the official Pokemon subreddit, there’s actually been a total of 38 characters that have yet to show up on the Nintendo Switch, which is pretty surprising.

While some of these are pretty obscure, meaning it makes at least a little sense while they haven’t appeared, there are some others on this list that are rather surprising. Some of the most notable ones are starters like Snivy and Tepig, whose full evolutions got ignored in favor of Oshawott. The mythical Pokemon Deoxys also feels like a considerable snub.

Hopefully, some of these character will be added in upcoming DLC, maybe as part of a Tera raid event. Either way, something definetly needs to be done to bring these poor Pokemon back into the limelight.


Embark on a new Pokémon™ adventure

The newest chapters in the Pokémon™ series, the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, are coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system later this year. As the main character, you can explore the wide-open world of Pokémon Scarlet at your own pace. In these games, you’ll be able to enjoy the iconic adventures of the Pokémon series, like battling against wild Pokémon and trying to catch them! Choose either Sprigatito, the Grass Cat Pokémon, Fuecoco, the Fire Croc Pokémon, or Quaxly, the Duckling Pokémon to be your first partner Pokémon before setting off on your journey through this new region.

Explore freely in the rich open world of Pokémon Scarlet

Trainers can explore an open world where the various towns and cities have no borders and blend seamlessly into the wilderness. Pokémon can be discovered all over this expansive region— in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets, and more! Your outfit will vary depending on whether you play Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet. After its release, the Pokémon Scarlet game will be able to link with Pokémon HOME*.

*Each game that can receive Pokémon via Pokémon HOME can receive only Pokémon that can be obtained in that particular game. To find out what Pokémon appear in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, please look forward to the release of those games.


Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 17 November, 2022

The newest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet are starting to be released around the world! As usual we are busy cataloguing all the new information for the games such as new Pokémon, moves, abilities and locations.

The home page and top-level Scarlet/Violet page will not contain spoilers,and the new Pokémon will not be shown on pages such as the National Pokédex for two weeks. However, following links from the SV section will show the new information. Also on PokéBase there is a button on the right hand side to hide questions tagged scarlet-violet.

Here are some links to notable pages:

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 08 November, 2022

A new trailer has been released for Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. For the most part it recaps things we’ve already seen to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s Celestial (which is part of the soundtrack to the game), but near the end some brief shots of new Pokémon are seen. They bear a resemblance to Donphan, and according to the press release are known as Great Tusk and Iron Treads.

The two Pokémon are exclusive to Scarlet & Violet respectively, and are part of the Scarlet Book / Violet Book which are ancient tomes written about an expedition in the past.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 06 November, 2022

Following on from yesterday’s addition to Pokémon GO, today a new trailer was released which confirms the Pokémon to be Gimmighoul. It is Ghost type and has two forms – Roaming Form, which is the one appearing in GO – and Chest Form, where it tries to get people to give it coins.

The Pokémon GO website also added an update, confirming that linking Scarlet/Violet with GO will allow catching the Roaming Form in GO, which can then be transferred (via HOME) to SV.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 05 November, 2022

A new Pokémon has surfaced, following Dratini Community Day in Pokémon GO (which runs from 2-5pm on Saturday 5th). Yesterday its model was found in GO data and leaked by PokeMiners on Twitter.

At 5pm, this creature begins following the player around the map, however, it is not catchable (and may not be a real Pokémon, in the vein of Zygarde cells). Several PokéStops turn gold and many items can be acquired from them, including a ?????? Coin which is apparently from the Paldea region.

UPDATE: a new website chest.pokemon.com was unveiled by the Pokémon Twitter account. It has a treasure chest which updates periodically. As I discovered, it’s set to update at specific intervals, concluding at 24 hours and 999 coins (1pm GMT/6am PT), with something else happening an hour later at 2pm GMT/7am PT – possibly a new trailer!

Site Updates — 03 November, 2022

It’s been a while since I posted about any updates to the site but minor amendments are always being done, particularly…


Big changes are coming to the world of Pokémon! Get ready for the premiere of a brand-new animated series featuring an original story and characters, including a girl and a boy, as they set off on action-packed adventures across the Pokémon world.

This new series will highlight popular Pokémon like first partners Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games. Fans can look forward to these characters’ incredible journeys as they unravel the mysteries of the Pokémon world, experiencing everything from exciting Trainer battles to fun Pokémon encounters.

The upcoming story will debut after the conclusion of the current season of the Pokémon animation, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, which features Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and his other Pokémon winning the Masters Eight Tournament of the Pokémon World Coronation Series.

Following Ash’s historic win as Pokémon World Champion—the culmination of his adventures spanning 25 seasons—fans will be able to commemorate his journey with a collection of special episodes to conclude Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series and provide a glimpse of what the future may hold for the world’s strongest Trainer. The forthcoming special episodes not only celebrate our hero’s monumental achievement, but they also serve as an expression of gratitude from Pokémon to all the fans who have joined Ash and Pikachu along the way.

Fans can look forward to what’s to come in the new animated series, which will represent everything they love about Pokémon animation, including action, adventure, friendship, and—of course—Pokémon.

More details regarding the new Pokémon animated series will be revealed in the future. To keep up to date with the latest news, continue to visit Pokemon.com, follow @Pokemon on social media, and subscribe to the official Pokémon YouTube Channel.


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The Nintendo Switch is approaching five years old, and it has already seen more Pokémon games than some of its predecessors had in their entire lifetimes. With the console’s immense popularity and the recent release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on Nov. 18, 2022, the Switch just might outpace progenitors like the 3DS. That said, despite the vast collection of Pokémon games on the Switch only very few are objectively good.

The Switch is home to some Pokémon games that provoke praise from critics, while others prompt confusion. Using an average of each title’s Metacritic and Internet Games Database score, the numbers suggest there have been significant fluctuations in quality between releases.


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11. Pokémon Quest is a Forgettable Voxel Experience (62/100)

Pokémon Quest is a free-to-play action-adventure game that also released on iOS and Android devices. The title features a Minecraft-styled voxel take on the Pokémon world, with blocky iterations of the original Kanto-region Pokémon. The game is set on Turnblecube Island and players build up their base, in addition to teams of Pokémon. Pokémon are used to tackle the island’s challenges, eliminating the wild Pokémon from the area.

Pokémon Quest is the worst received Pokémon game on the Switch and released in 2018 to its fair share of criticism. Namely, Pokémon Quest‘s energy system and forgettable gameplay drew a negative response from reviewers. However, critics did praise the game for its ease of access for casual players looking to pick it up.

10. Pokémon Café Mix Shows Puzzle Games May Not Be the Way Forward (64/100)

Pokémon Café Mix is a free-to-play puzzle game that saw a simultaneous release on mobile platforms. The game puts players…