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I feel like it really says something that Pokemon's first mainline title on a home console (or at least on something that has a home console mode) was so poor it didn't even rank in the top 50 games for the year. Metacritic isn't a perfect measurement, indeed it's frustratingly flawed, but you can't write Pokemon's performance here entirely to the platform's methodology or to gaming journalism. There was a lot of hype for Pokemon's first home console experience, and Game Freak phoned it in with this one, the worst possible title to do so.