|Pokémon Plus and Minus|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo 3DS (eShop)|
|April 22, 2016|
|E for Everyone|
Pokémon Plus and Pokémon Minus are role-playing video games in the Pokémon series for the Nintendo 3DS. Departing from recent installments of the franchise, the games feature a graphical styling reminiscent of the Game Boy Color games Pokémon Gold and Silver. The games take place in Flosa, a region inspired by Italy, and also feature the ability to travel to Kalos, the setting of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The games were released on the eShop in April 2016 and serve as "generation 6.5" of the series, being a bridge between X/Y and Sun/Moon. Magearna features as both games' mascot.
Pokémon Plus/Minus play similarly to the past gen 6 games, Pokémon X/Y and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, though graphically the game mimics the gen 2 games Gold/Silver/Crystal. All Pokémon introduced since gen 3 have received a new sprite, while older Pokémon retain their original gen 2 sprites. While no new Mega Evolutions are introduced, all Mega Stones from X/Y and OR/AS are available in the games. Similar to Pokémon Yellow, there is only 1 starter Pokémon: Eevee, who can be evolved into the player's choice of any of its 8 evolutions. Kalos returns from X/Y and is available to be explored after the main game is completed, redesigned to fit the game's retro-styled graphics. The Azoth Kingdom, originally an anime-exclusive location, is now able to be traveled to and Magearna can be caught here. Gym leaders from X/Y return in Plus/Minus. Pokémon captured in Plus/Minus will be able to be transferred to Sun/Moon via Pokémon Bank; Pokémon captured in the Virtual Console re-releases of Red/Blue/Yellow can also be transferred to Plus/Minus, though this is only a 1-way transfer.
- Main article: Pokémon Plus and Minus/Pokédex
Elite 4 & champion
Pokémon Plus and Minus were collectively praised for their return to the series' sprite-based graphical styling, being described as a worthy spiritual successor to the earlier games in the series, though many critics and fans have expressed that they would have desired a Pokémon Z featuring the same storyline an content of Plus/Minus with the 3D graphics of X/Y and OR/AS.