Top 3 Pokemon Generations Ever

As a general rule, I try not to get embroiled in issues involving an inevitable "my thing is better than your thing" or "this thing - which is based entirely upon opinion - is clearly better than this other thing". It's just too much hassle, particularly with the cowardly keyboard warriors of the modern age showing just how tiny of a fraction of a person they are purely by getting all up in the virtual grill of people they would cower in the shadow of in real life. But that's a rant for another day.

Blasts from the past: Here on this very page is a brief overview of what I consider to be the best generations of Pokémon that ever were (but not that will be - the future has yet to decide this)

Opinion = Fact, Right?

When it comes to the immensely popular Pokémon games, which are - and I think it's safe to say this with certainty - among the most popular video games ever to exist, ever, it's difficult not to pick a favourite. Even more difficult is choosing a favourite generation. This is what this list is here to do, in order from best to less-best, and you should know something: the opinion of the bearer is always correct, and you can swap bearer for author in this case as well.

Generation I

Games: Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow

I can already hear hundreds of thousands of enraged, nay, butthurt Pokémon fans out there getting offended and wishing they could do something about this great injustice of someone being allowed to express their opinion through the medium of the written word. It's just scandalous, isn't it? Well, it'll have to be scandalous for the foreseeable future because Generation I is the best generation and it contains the greatest Pokémon games. This opinion is so damned accurate and correct it could be described as an undisputed fact.

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It's difficult to argue with opinions, particularly when they're facts...

But opinion aside, the fact is (see above definition for a real mind-bender) that Pokémon Red and Blue (not so much the later-released Yellow) had a dramatic impact on the world of gaming. RPGs had always existed, but now there were Pocket Monsters inhabiting the fictional world of Kanto (see Pokepedia's great Kanto Region summary, they each belonged to a type-based system that made the battling infuriatingly addictive, and there were gym leaders/allies/enemies/the Elite Four to encounter. It was all so perfect, so epic, and so much more comprehensive in its own style than anything else at the time. For this reason, Generation I is at the top, and rightfully so.

Generation II

Games: Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, Pokémon Crystal

Let's get this out there in the open: if Generation I didn't have the nostalgic value that it has (though the first game in any massively successful and legendary series will often be looked upon in the fondest manner) then Generation II would certainly be at the top of this list. Great. Now it looks like I'm just listing the Generations in numerical order rather than in order of brilliance. I'm not though. Really. It's all one big damned coincidence.

Seriously though, Generation II would be ahead of Generation I if this list only took into account technical features of each game. After all, Generation II introduced the dual-type Pokémon, meaning you could have a grass/flying type, or a rock/ground type on your team. There were also new types, Dark and Steel, added into the mix. New legendary Pokémon were introduced. Better yet, you could return to Kanto from Johto and get the 8 badges again. 100 new Pokémon also made their way into the mix. Generation II was simply a brilliant time to be into Pokémon, it's just a shame that I got into the game relatively late. I caught up though: I'm more game in this respect than Triple H.

Generation III

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Blasts from the past - Before Ruby was Omega and Sapphire had the "Alpha" prefix

Games: Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald

Generation III was where things really got interesting. And different, in terms of the look of everything anyhow. Aesthetically, these games were far superior to their predecessors, and this is because they were to enjoy the Gameboy Advance as a platform for the first time. The graphics improved substantially as a result. There is of course the hundred or so new Pokémon that made an appearance, as well as trading/battling over the wireless adapter in Pokémon Emerald (as well as Battle Frontier, which smashed the hell out of the Battle Tower of the previous generation.

This generation's so damned good it's going to be re-made by Nintendo, or should I say has already been, and is due for release in November. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are shaping up to be some seriously good games as well; they will be worth your time, I guarantee it.

But for now, what's gone and happened is that the top 3 Pokémon Generations of all time have ended up being 1, 2, and 3 respectively. But that's OK, because not only is it a factually correct representation of the ranking of each generation, but it is also my opinion. Don't make me refer to the brilliantly-doctored dictionary definition above.

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