Pokémon Sun / Moon
Pokémon Sun/Moon did not reinvent Pokémon, but it certainly proved that the series could try some new things without sacrificing the core experience people liked so much. Alola is a lovely setting, and it felt like series developers Game Freak were having fun working through some new ideas. Gyms were out, replaced with ‘trials’, and the story shifted into a weirder gear - the Ultra Beasts and ventures into other dimensions made for a Pokémon game that left us quietly excited for the series’ future. Ultra Sun and Moon iterated even further, of course, but Sun and Moon felt fresh.