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Are you searching for the best Pokemon games in 2023? The Pokemon franchise is one that has stood the test of time. Its time-tested formula has proven to be a success and has spawned countless unforgettable memories. That said, there are constantly new people getting into the series, and more specifically their games. While many of the games follow the same basic premise, it is in their execution that the little nuances can be found. So to bring you the best of the best, here are our picks for the Best Pokémon Games in 2023.

5. Pokemon Stadium

We begin today's list of the best Pokemon games with an absolute classic. Pokemon Stadium was a highly successful title when it was initially released for the Nintendo 64. However, now, through the power of the Nintendo Switch, players old and new will be able to experience this absolutely fantastic title. The combat in the game, as well as the effects for each individual Pokemon move, looks fantastic.

While the game itself may lack the story aspect that Pokemon players have come to expect, it greatly makes up for this in its combat. The structure of player battles is also quite different as well. Players must complete a tournament with eighty battles in order to progress to the Elite Four. Only after overcoming these challenges, will players truly be able to call themselves Pokemon Stadium masters. All in all, Pokemon Stadium is a game that brought a welcoming, and refreshing take on the Pokemon formula and is a game we consider one of the best games to play in 2023.

4. Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver

Next up on our list of the best Pokemon games to play in 2023, we have Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver. Both of these games are simply fantastic to play. These games, while being quite rare to come across, it is well worth it. The games are remakes of the classic Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver respectively, with some welcome new additions. These additions include things such as new Pokemon, and different areas to explore. Additionally, players are able to explore both the Johto and Kanto regions within these games.

This is great, as it gives players an option on which region they wish to play in. For players who like to get cozy with their favorite Pokemon, the game also allows the first Pokemon in your party to follow you. This is great and is a feature that was implemented in the Pokemon Yellow game. The starting roster for these games is also great in its own way, which serves to make these titles so memorable. In conclusion, if you haven't played Pokemon HeartGold or Pokemon SoulSilver, then now is a great time to play some of the best Pokemon games available in 2023.

3. Pokemon Emerald

For our next entry, we have a title that not only improved on the Pokemon generation it came from but went on to be that much more iconic. Pokemon Emerald was released around the same time as both Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. This game would be quite different, however, featuring a different legendary Pokemon in Rayquaza. The striking emerald color also made the game stand out, even amongst the ruby and sapphire titles.

Additionally, the story of the game remains largely unchanged, except for the addition of Rayquaza, who players must venture out and find. This is done to keep the other two legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre in check. Players will also have to deal with both Team Aqua and Team Magma in this game, which is different from the other two games. Another key feature of Pokemon Emerald is the National Pokedex, which players can fill out. Altogether, Pokemon Emerald is still to this day, one of the best Pokemon games to play in 2023.

2. Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Our next entry is one that was so good, it even received a remake. However, today, we will be discussing the original Pokemon Diamond & Pearl titles respectively. These games were absolutely fantastic. The Sinnoh region is one of the best in the series and features many types of Pokemon. Additionally, there are quite a few features in the game, which help these titles to stand up so well to the test of time. Added to this, is the game's incredible starting roster. Torchic, Mudkip, and Treecko are some of the best starters in Pokemon history, and they remain iconic to this day.

The enemy faction in the game is also quite memorable as well. Team Galactic, for all their goofy goals and lofty ambitions, remains some of the most memorable organizations in Pokemon history. The games even managed to vary the gameplay through the use of Pokemon Contests. These are contests that test the aesthetic beauty, as well as other factors of your favorite Pokemon. This is hardly the only feature that the games have to offer though, as their worlds are vibrant and full of activities for players to discover, even now. So if you are someone who is looking for the best Pokemon games to play in 2023, these are great choices.

1. Pokemon Platinum

Now, for our final entry, we have a title that greatly improved upon the games in its generation. Pokemon Platinum, much like Pokemon Emerald, was a game that served as the third game in a generation. This time around, however, it was the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl generation that saw improvement. Pokemon Platinum added several features as well as an entirely new zone and legendary Pokemon to the game, to name a few things.

There are also several new forms of Pokemon introduced in the game, which really make it stand out. Players will be able to encounter such legendary Pokemon as Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. This is just a part of the great amount of variety that the game has to offer, even today. However, perhaps the largest addition to the game was the Battle Frontier. For those unaware, the Battle Frontier was an area in which certain restrictions and caveats would spice up battles. So, to close, Pokemon Platinum is simply put, one of the best Pokemon games that players can have the joy of playing in 2023.

So, what's your take on our picks for the Best Pokémon Games in 2023? What are some of your favorites? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.