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Top 5 Side-Series Pokemon Games

Top 5 Side-Series Pokemon Games

Pokemon is definitely one of the best game series in the world, and one of the most renowned. Initially addressed at younger audiences, Pokemon wound up becoming popular to older people, especially those who grew with the series.

Being such a massive success, it’s only natural that it spawns tons of side series game, some from Nintendo directly, and others from collaborating companies. I will list the 6 best Pokemon side-series games from my personal experience.

One quick note first; I will only list one game from each side-series that will be mentioned, lest the list becoming to long and/or too repetitive. Without further ado:

1.Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is, without a doubt, my favorite side-series in Pokemon. It’s actually pretty hard to decide the best among them, and coming as a (very) close first: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.

I don’t know if you are familiar with the series but the premise is that you are a human turned Pokemon in a Pokemon only world.

Each game have excellent stories (and music) and the gameplay is just as awesome as the original series. But the story… It really is something.

Anyway, Explorers of Sky takes the first place solely due to its story. Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness already have the best and longer story in the series, and Explorers of Sky expands on it further down the line. Still, a close first to, practically, every other game in this series.

If you want to play this game, I highly suggest you play its prequel, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team.

Not that you miss anything important to the game, but you do miss an equally awesome story. If you play this game first, you won’t want to go back a generation of Pokemon and improvements, it’s really hard.

2.Pokemon Rumble Blast

Another great series, and another choice that isn’t one of their more recent titles. This wasn’t as hard as a choice of course, because the only true competitor was the most recent game for mobiles.

Anyway, the premise here is that you control toy Pokemon, and you go to various areas to battle boss Pokemon and collect more toys who are stronger. This one is the best because it’s the last one with a story, so there really is a lot to do.

I suggest you only play this game first from the series, and if you want more from Pokemon Rumble, download the mobile game Pokemon Rumble Rush, as it will cover every other need from the series.

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3.Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs

Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs comes first among the 3 Pokemon Ranger games because it’s the latest one. It’s only natural that in these series, the latest one would be the best (or the first one due to being the forefather, but that depends on taste). Besides, it introduces some new mechanics.

These games pit you as a Pokemon Ranger instead of a Trainer. They befriend Pokemon with their capture stylers and use them to aid them once in their quests to keep their respective regions safe. It’s against their ideology to catch them.

Capturing a Pokemon is very fun, you have to draw circles around it all around while dodging their attacks. Every Pokemon has a special skill to use in the overworld, very similar to the HM Move in the core series. Also, there is the challenge of capturing ’em all.

The series is criticized for being repetitive, something I can see, but the games are pretty fun if you’re into their kind of gameplay. I’ve played all 3 games and it was an excellent pass of time.

4.Pokemon Conquest

Pokemon Conquest is a crossover of Pokemon and Nobunaga’s Ambition. It is a turn based game, much like the actual Pokemon games, but it’s slower and more strategic.

The game is played in a brand new region, where Warlords from Samurai Warriors (in reference to previous collaborations) and their perfect link Pokemon all fight for dominance of the Ransei region. Ransei is split into 17 different areas, each with its own respective main type.

The combat is very interesting, and you can collect many warriors and Pokemon. each warrior has a perfect link, and it’s very fun to try and search for the perfect link of everyone. Plus, there is a campaign for every one of the different Warlords.

The actual gameplay is up to 6 Pokemon on each side placed on the board. Every Pokemon makes its move (depending on its movement speed), and depending on its attack, may attack an appropriate enemy in range. Every board can have traps, bridges and some tiles exclusive to specific types of Pokemon.

Each campaign has a different difficulty and due to the game’s nature, every campaign is different, and you need to choose a different strategy every time to win. There are more things like shops and items, but you will see these as you play the game.

5.Pokemon Masters

Pokemon Masters is an upcoming (as of the time of the writing) game for mobile devices. It has released already in some regions, but I will update this article once it comes out and I test it a little.

Just the fact that you can recruit any of the trainers from the core series surely makes anyone want to try it out.

EDIT: Pokemon Masters is released and it seems very early on that it is going to be very good. Pokemon Masters gives you lore bits for every one of your favorite characters (and if they aren’t implemented, they probably will). It also solves the ancient dilemma of every protagonist’s canon starter and gender.

The gameplay is fast-paced (instead of the usual turn-based combat), and is played as a 3v3. Also, there is no form of energy that disallows you to play for a certain amount of time. You can play the whole story at once!

There is however the big negative of most offers being able to be bought only by using paid gems, and not the free ones you get in-game. But the positives heavily outweigh the negatives, and I wholeheartedly recommend this game.

Which is your favorite Pokemon side-series game? Have you played an f the above? If so, leave a comment below.

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