Let's face it: we're probably never going to see an official Pokemon
game take up residence on the App Store or Google Play.
Pigs will fly, hell will freeze over, and the sun will rise in the West before that happens.
Still, it's nice to dream.
Below are ten great Pokemon
games that we'd give our left arm to play on our many smartphones and tablets.
games would you
like to see on your iOS or Android device, though? Let us know in the comments section below this article.Pokemon Yellow
A year after Pokemon Red
landed in Europe, Game Freak released an excellent follow-up called Pokemon Yellow
Why so excellent? Well, this special Pikachu-themed title remained more faithful to the franchise's anime style than its predecessors did.
In it, everybody's favourite electric friend, for example, refuses to enter a Poke Ball, and instead waddles behind you as you walk.Pokemon Black/White 2
These latest instalments in Game Freak's long-running RPG series are packed to the virtual rafters with brand-new explorable locations and around 300 capturable unique beasts.
As always, some Pokemon are available in Black 2
but not in White 2
, and vice versa. So, players are compelled to trade with one another.
On a smartphone, you could do this via Bluetooth or NFC.
I can't even begin to describe how excited I was when I slotted Pokemon Stadium
into my Nintendo 64 for the very first time many moons ago.Pokemon Stadium
enabled me to view my favourite Pokemon, as well as the attacks I'd taught them in Pokemon Red
, in glorious 3D.Pokemon SnapPokemon Snap
, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is an on-rails shooter-style title in which you must take photos of Mew and 62 other colourful Pokemon.
This title would be a perfect fit for smartphones. How cool would it be to use your device's gyroscope and accelerometer to aim your trusty camera?Pokemon Pinball
Straight off the, err, paddle, Pokemon Pinball
isn't a traditional pinball title.
For one thing, you're pushing a Poke Ball - rather than a standard pinball - around two unique tables (red and blue) in order to catch Pokemon.
For another, you have to collect and evolve as many Pokemon as you possibly can, and fill all 151 empty slots in your Pokedex. Rather than, say, rack up 14 million points.Pokemon Trading Card GamePokemon Trading Card Game
is pretty similar to Pokemon Red
, and to all of the other colourful sequels that have followed them.
In this title, you have to travel around a large world, interact with NPCs, and compete in battles using 60-card decks.
There are 226 cards to get your mitts on in this game, which include cards from the franchise's real-world trading card game.My Pokemon RanchMy Pokemon Ranch
isn't really a game. There, I said it.
It's actually more of a simulation, in which you take control of a quaint little ranch that's capable of housing around 1,500 different pocket monsters.
In this Wii game, you received a special Pokemon gift every day, plus you could import the creatures you'd captured in Pokemon Diamond
.Learn with Pokemon: Typing AdventureLearn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure
may be incredibly simple, but it's also incredibly fun.
In fact, I can't think of a better way to improve your typing skills. Nope. Just can't do it.
Your aim, you see, is to - once again - catch a variety of colourful and cuddly characters by quickly typing their names when they appear on-screen.Pokemon Rumble
In Pokemon Rumble
, you don't actually take control of a Pokemon trainer. Instead, you assume control of the little critters themselves, and face off against other Pokemon.
As you progress through this game's linear dungeons, you collect coins that you can spend on new attacks and new Pokemon recruits for your team.
You can play with or against three of your buddies.
Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Yes, your aim in this title is
to catch Pokemon.
No, you don't
use Lure Balls, Repeat Balls, Master Balls, or any other sort of balls for that matter.
Instead, you have catch all of this game's 270 Pokemon by quickly drawing circles around them using your finger or a stylus.