Side series

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Side series games in the Pokémon franchise share similarities with spin-off games, but have a distinctive characteristic of maintaining more direct interaction with the core series games. These side series titles often offer players the ability to transfer caught Pokémon directly to their corresponding core series games or allow for other kinds of rewards or bonuses, enhancing connectivity and continuity between different game entries.

One notable example is Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, a role-playing game released for the Nintendo GameCube. While Gale of Darkness is not the sole representative of side series games, it serves as an illustration of the connectivity feature. In this game, players have the option to transfer Pokémon they have caught and nurtured in the Orre region directly to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire games on the Game Boy Advance console.

This integration between side series and core series games presents a unique opportunity for players to seamlessly continue their Pokémon adventures across different game environments. By bridging the gap between these game types, players can maintain a consistent Pokémon collection and progress their gameplay experiences. Such connectivity reinforces the interconnected nature of the Pokémon gaming universe and offers a deeper level of engagement for players seeking an expanded Pokémon journey.

Games

Gen Game Platform Release Date
I ポケモンスタジアム
Pokémon Stadium

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Nintendo 64
August 1, 1998
Japan
Pokémon Stadium

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Nintendo 64
April 30, 1999*
Japan
February 29, 2000
North American
March 23, 2000
Australia
April 7, 2000
Europe
Nintendo Switch Online

2023
Worldwide
II Pokémon Stadium 2

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Nintendo 64
December 14, 2000*
Japan
March 26, 2001
North American
2001
Australia
October 10, 2001
Europe
Nintendo Switch Online

2023
Worldwide
III Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire

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Nintendo GameCube Logo.png
May 30, 2003
Japan
July 11, 2004
North American
July 16, 2004
Australia
May 14, 2004
Europe
Pokémon Colosseum

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November 21, 2003
Japan
March 22, 2004
North American
June 24, 2004
Australia
May 14, 2004
Europe
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

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August 4, 2005
Japan
October 3, 2005
North American
November 10, 2005
Australia
November 18, 2005
Europe
IV Pokémon Battle Revolution

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Wii
December 14, 2006
Japan
June 25, 2007
North America
November 22, 2007
Australia
December 7, 2007
Europe
July 12, 2008
Taiwan
My Pokémon Ranch

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Wii
March 25, 2008
Japan
June 9, 2008
North America
July 4, 2008
Australia & Europe
V Pokémon Dream World

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Web
Initial launch
September 18, 2010

Second launch
October 13, 2010
Japan

April 13, 2011
Worldwide
Pokémon Dream Radar

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Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo eShop
June 23, 2012
Japan
October 7, 2012
North America
October 11, 2012
Australia
October 12, 2012
Europe
November 8, 2012
South Korea
VI Pokémon Bank & Poké Transporter

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Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo eShop
Initial launch
December 25, 2013

Second launch
January 22, 2014
Japan, South Korea,
Taiwan, & Hong Kong

VII February 4, 2014

Europe, Australia,
& New Zealand

February 5, 2014
The Americas
VIII Pokémon HOME

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iOS

Android
February 12, 2020
Worldwide


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