Spin-off Pokémon games

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Spin-off Pokémon games are games that are not part of the core series or side series. These games vary widely in genre, and cover many different consoles and handheld game systems. Sometimes, it is possible to connect the core series games to certain spin-off games in order to get a reward, normally a special Pokémon.

In the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese languages, the names of the spin-off games use Pokémon (Japanese: ポケモン, Korean: 포켓몬, Chinese: 寶可夢 / 宝可梦) instead of Pocket Monsters (Japanese: ポケットモンスター, Korean: 포켓몬스터, Chinese: 精靈寶可夢 / 精灵宝可梦).


The term "spin-off" has been rarely used in official Pokémon media. However, it has been used by fans when broadly referring to all Pokémon games other than the core series and side series games.

In an interview published on Pokémon.com, these games are referred to as spin-offs: Pokémon Snap and Colosseum.[1] A page about Pokémon Quest on the same website refers to it as an spin-off as well.[2] In the Nintendo Power magazine, the games referred to as spin-offs include Pokémon Pinball, Snap, Trozei!, and Conquest.[3][4][5]

List of spin-off games

Pikachu series

  • Hey You, Pikachu! (N64 virtual pet; player owns and explores various locations with a Pikachu, talking to it with a microphone)
  • Pokémon Channel (GameCube virtual pet; player watches TV with their Pikachu, and uses the GameCube's clock to unlock new programs)
  • Pokémon Dash (DS racing game; players play as Pikachu attempting to outrun Pokémon)


Super Smash Bros. series

Main article: Super Smash Bros. series
  • Super Smash Bros. (N64 fighting game that pits various Nintendo characters against each other. Pikachu and Jigglypuff are playable, while various Pokémon appear out of Poké Balls to aid in combat)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube sequel to Super Smash Bros., where Pichu and Mewtwo are added as playable characters. As with the previous game, a variety of Pokémon appear as helpers to the fighters, as well as Trophies)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii sequel that sees the addition of Lucario and a Pokémon Trainer as added characters while Pichu and Mewtwo do not return. As in the previous two games, a variety of Pokémon appear as extra help and trophies)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (Sequel. Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Lucario, and Charizard return as playable characters, and Greninja is a newcomer to the series, and Mewtwo returning as DLC. Charizard is a standalone character, rather than linked to Squirtle and Ivysaur with the Pokémon Trainer.)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch sequel that sees the return of every series veteran, including Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Mewtwo, Pokémon Trainer, Lucario, and Greninja. Incineroar is also introduced as a playable fighter.)

Snap series


  • Picross NP Vol. 1 (SNES game, similar to the unreleased Pokémon Picross. It included 12 Pokémon-themed puzzles, such as Togepi)
  • Pokémon Picross (GBC game; player paints by numbers. It was announced in various game magazines in 1999, but was never released)
  • Pokémon Picross (3DS free downloadable game)

Pinball series

Puzzle series

Trozei series

Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Ranger series

Main article: Pokémon Ranger series

Puck series

Rumble series

Main article: Pokémon Rumble series

PokéPark series

  • PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (A Wii game; player takes the form of a Pikachu and competes in many minigames while befriending a variety of Pokémon)
  • PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (A Wii game; player takes the form of a Pikachu and helps to restore peace to a land with the help of friends. A sequel to the aforementioned title.)

Detective Pikachu series


External links


  1. We Interview DeNA’s Yu Sasaki about Pokémon Masters -Pokémon.com"Are you planning to add characters from spin-off Pokémon games, like Pokémon Snap or Pokémon Colosseum?"
  2. Pokémon Quest Now Available on Nintendo Switch! - Pokémon.com"Get ready to tap your way through an exciting new Pokémon adventure as Pokémon Quest is available now for Nintendo Switch! This title is the first Pokémon spin-off game created by GAME FREAK inc., the developers of the Pokémon main series games."
  3. Nintendo Power #278, page 47 — "In spin-offs ranging from Pokémon Pinball to Pokémon Snap [...]"
  4. Nintendo Power #278, page 50 — "The Pokémon series has a history of great spin-offs—here are some of our favorites. Pokémon Pinball (Game Boy Color) Pokémon Snap (N64 Pokémon Trozei! (Nintendo DS)"
  5. Nintendo Power #278, page 51 — "Making a spin-off that appeals to fans of both Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition is a tall order, but it looks like Pokémon Conquest might just pull it off."

Pikachu series: Hey You, Pikachu!ChannelDash
TCG: Game Boy TCG series: Trading Card GameTrading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!
Play It! series: Play It!Play It! Version 2
TCG Client series: Card Game OnlineTrading Card Game OnlineTrading Card Game Live
Misc. TCG: Card Game: How to Play DSTCG Card DexTrading Card Game Pocket
Super Smash Bros. series: Super Smash Bros.MeleeBrawlfor Nintendo 3DS/Wii UUltimate
Snap series: SnapNew Pokémon Snap
Picross: Picross NP Vol. 1Picross (GBC) (canceled)Picross (3DS)
Pinball series: PinballPinball miniPinball: RS
Puzzle series: Puzzle LeaguePuzzle Challenge
Trozei series: Trozei!Battle Trozei
Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team
Explorers of Time & Explorers of DarknessExplorers of Sky
Blazing, Stormy & Light Adventure Squad
Gates to InfinitySuper Mystery DungeonRescue Team DX
Ranger series: RangerShadows of AlmiaGuardian Signs
Puck series: BattrioTretta (Tretta Lab) • Ga-OléMezastarFrienda
Rumble series: RumbleRumble BlastRumble URumble WorldRumble Rush
PokéPark series: PokéPark WiiPokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
Detective Pikachu series: Detective PikachuDetective Pikachu Returns
Playground: Pokémon Detective Pikachu
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Nintendo DS: Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure
Pokémon ConquestPokéPark: Fishing Rally DS
Nintendo 3DS: Pokédex 3D (Pro) • HarmoKnightPokémon Art Academy
The Thieves and the 1000 PokémonPokémon Shuffle
Nintendo Badge Arcade
Wii U: Pokkén Tournament
Nintendo Switch: Pokkén Tournament DXPokémon QuestPokémon Café ReMixPokémon UNITEPokémon TV
PC: Pokémon Project Studio Red and BluePokéROMsPokémon the Movie 2000 Adventure
Pokémon Masters ArenaPokémon PC MasterPokémon Team Turbo
Pokémon Team Rocket Blast OffPokémon Poké Ball LauncherPokémon Seek & Find
Pokémon GardenPokémon Medallion BattlePokémon Tower Battle
Mobile: PokématePokémon Say Tap?Pokédex for iOSPokémon TVCamp PokémonPokémon Jukebox
Learn Real English Through Pokémon: XY Translation ScopePokémon Shuffle Mobile
Dancing? Pokémon BandPokémon Photo BoothPokémon GOPokémon Duel
Pokémon: Magikarp JumpPokémon PlayhousePokémon QuestPokémon PassPokémon Masters EX
Pokémon Wave HelloPokémon SmilePokémon Café ReMixPokémon UNITEPokémon Sleep
Smart speakers: Pikachu Talk
Arcade: Print Club Pokémon BDance! PikachuPikachu's Great Surfing AdventurePokémon: Crayon Kids
Pokémon: Wobbuffet Fell Down!Pokémon Get Round and Round
Pokémon Tug of War Tournament: Absolutely Get Medal!Pokémon Medal World
Pokémon Card Game GachaPokémon: Battle NinePokkén TournamentPokémon Corogarena
Sega Pico: Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!
Pokémon Advanced Generation: I've Begun Hiragana and Katakana!
Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pico for Everyone Pokémon Loud Battle!
CoCoPad: Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation: Pokémon Super Drill Let's Learn Numbers from 1 to 20!!
Advanced Pico Beena: Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!
Intellectual Training Drill Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Letter and Number Intelligence Game
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Search for Pokémon! Adventure in the Maze!
Pokémon Best Wishes: Intelligence Training Pokémon Big Sports Meet!
Tech demos: Pikachu: DS Tech Demo
Self-contained: Pokémon PikachuPokémon Pikachu 2 GSPokémon Poké BallCyber Poké Ball
Cyber PokédexCyclone 2Digital Poké Ball D & PElectronic Hand-Held Yahtzee
Eevee × Tamagotchi
Pokémon game templates

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