The folks at IGN have chosen Pokémon Yellow as the fourth best role-playing game (RPG) of all time. Here’s what IGN writer Miranda Sanchez had to say about their selection:
Pokémon Yellow culminates the fantastic RPG system from Pokémon Red and Blue and mashes them into context with story beats from the great Pokémon anime. Perhaps one of Pokémon Yellow’s best improvements is also its most notable: Pikachu. Having the creature follow you on your journey helped further transform the monsters from simply being a team of fighters to a team of your best friends. Pokémon Yellow also serves updated sprites, Charizard can learn Fly, and a slew of other narrative changes further cement it as the best way to experience the most influential Pokémon game.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Nintendo released a special, Pikachu-themed Game Boy Color alongside Pokémon Yellow.
- Pokémon Yellow was one of a handful of games compatible with the Game Boy Printer, letting players print Pokédex entries onto stickers.
- It remains the only core series Pokémon game where the player can’t choose their own starter Pokémon.
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- Pokémon Yellow
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- Diablo II
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