Top 3 Pokémon Spin-Off Games
The Pokémon series is huge, and Pokémon Sun and Moon are pulling in incredible sales even for such a high-selling series. But while the main games might be what the series is known for, it has also had a number of spin-offs. Let’s take a look at three of the best Pokémon spin-off games.
3. Pokémon Conquest
Released for the Nintendo DS, Pokémon Conquest is actually a crossover with the Nobunaga’s Ambition series. Nobunaga’s Ambition is a turn-based strategy series set during the Senogoku period of Japanese history. That sounds like a pretty strange thing to cross with a series about catching monsters, but Pokémon Conquest makes it work. The result is a turn-based strategy game where you catch Pokémon and then use them to fight the Pokémon teams of warriors and warlords from Japanese history.
2. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
While we have yet to see a mainline Pokémon game released for a home console (although the Nintendo Switch might change that), two Pokémon RPGs appeared on the Nintendo GameCube. Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness are RPGs set in the Orre region. Structured more like traditional JRPGs than Pokémon games, they focus on purifying “Shadow Pokémon,” whose hearts have been closed.
Pokémon Colosseum doesn’t have wild Pokémon battles, and Gale of Darkness only added a handful, but it’s an interesting change of pace. Fans are divided on whether Pokémon Colosseum or Gale of Darkness is better, but we’ll give this one to Gale of Darkness for its gameplay improvements over its predecessor.
1. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
The Mystery Dungeon games put you in the role of a human who has been transformed into a Pokémon. They are dungeon crawlers, with turn-based battles that use a grid system similar to those used in tactical RPGs. Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, for the Nintendo DS, were especially well-received for their story and characters. The enhanced third version, Explorers of Sky, added new content and expanded the plot. It is considered by many fans to have the best story in the entire Pokémon series so far.
Turn-based strategy with Pokémon Conquest, console RPG gameplay with Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and story-driven dungeon crawling with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky–these are our picks for the best Pokémon spin-off games. What are your favorite Pokémon spin-offs?