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5 Pokemon Games To Buy For Gifts This Christmas Season

Find just the right gift this Christmas!

December 17, 2021

The holiday season is in full swing and that means Christmas is not far away, which is why we are here to help you figure out just the right Pokemon games to buy as Christmas gifts this year.

Pokemon has been one of the most prolific series in gaming over the last 25 years and with that has meant a lot of varying game releases that players of all different kinds of ages can enjoy.

While a very dedicated Pokemon fan may have some or all of the games on this list, this is still what we believe to be five of the best options for you to choose from on the market right now. We also decided not to go retro since that would involve buying old hardware and the like, so we are sticking to modern platforms generally for this one.

This is our list of the 5 Pokemon games to buy as gifts for this Christmas season.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

The most recent entry on this list, both Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl released just last month. These are remakes of the fourth generation Diamond and Pearl that are set in the Sinnoh region.

There has been some controversy about the art style and some other issues by some players, but these are the most traditional of the Pokemon games on this list and felt like a nostalgic trip back to a generation that was now nearly 15 years ago. With new additions like the Grand Underground, most Pokemon fans will be pretty happy with this one.

New Pokemon Snap

Yet another release from this year, New Pokemon Snap released earlier this year and wowed players by just the scale of it. The original Pokemon Snap became a bit of a cult classic and fans were finally rewarded for their long wait with the sequel they deserved.

While this is not your traditional Pokemon game in any sense, riding on rails taking pictures of all kinds of Pokemon in the various settings that vary by time of day still feels like a major adventure. The original is scheduled to come to Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass as some point in the near future too, but definitely do not sleep on this latest entry.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

Now we go back a few years for the last brand new non-remake mainline entries in the series with Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. These games broke a lot of new grounds in ways such as the Wild Area, but also did have some issues such as the massively reduced Pokedex.

At this point though, what you’re really going to want to get is the Pokemon Sword + Pokemon Sword Expansion Pass or Pokemon Shield + Pokemon Shield Expansion Pass. This adds the two DLC packs for the game that added a lot more to the games and made it feel more whole in the end. You can even purchase the base game and then let them buy the expansion pass later if they like it enough as well.

Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee

And we continue to go back further to the earlier life of the Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee. These two are remakes of the original Pokemon Yellow, though also substituting Eevee instead of Pokemon in its own version.

The visuals still look fantastic, but the one downside for people is that wild Pokemon battles are non-existent now. Instead, the wild Pokemon encounters are now just like Pokemon GO. This means you will have to throw balls with motion controls or with the touchscreen instead. Even so, the game is a solid remake of Yellow and is a very good option for Christmas for younger players that maybe haven’t played a Pokemon game before.

Pokemon GO/Pokemon Unite

And for our last entry on the list, we are gonna cheat a little bit by including what are two free games. Pokemon Go is exclusive to mobile platforms, while Pokemon Unite is available on both Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. However, we are including them because both include microtransactions, and giving someone money for said microtransactions isn’t a bad gift idea as a result.

Pokemon GO lets you spend in-game coins on additional storage, raid passes, egg incubators, and more. Pokemon Unite will outright let players purchase licenses for Pokemon to use in the game, as well as purchase cosmetics and such. If you’re struggling to find something for that Pokemon fan that seems to already have everything, these might not be bad options if you know that they play the game.

Bonus: Pokemon Trading Card Game

Just because we were feeling generous for the holidays, we have thrown in an extra entry as it’s not a video game, but rather a trading card game. The Pokemon Trading Card Game had a massive resurgence this past year and may be as big as ever right now.

It’s very hard to find Pokemon TCG packs most anywhere right now, so finding any packs or boxes with them is likely going to make many Pokemon fans very happy if you were to gift them for Christmas.

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Dean (He/Him) has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got a SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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