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Pokémon Red and Green were the first games released in the franchise and chronologically the first Pokémon games. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were released in 2002 in Japan and 2003 worldwide. Pokémon Gold and Silver were released between 1999 and 2000. Pokémon Black and White 2 and 3 are direct sequels to the first and second Pokémon games, with the games taking place around three years after the events of Pokémon Red/Green and Ruby/Sapphire. Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum are chronologically similar to Pokémon Gold/Silver, with both games events occurring simultaneously.