Pokémon Stadium (Nintendo N64, 2000)
|The stadium is packed and ready to rock. And your favorite Pokemon are ready to go head to head, in 3-D, on the N64. Select a new team from the stable of rental battle characters or use the N64 Transfer Pak, a device that plugs into the N64 controller, to import an existing team from Pokemon Red Version, Pokemon Blue Version, and Pokemon Yellow Version games. The ultimate location for multiplayer action, one to four players can complete against each other, and trainers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to test their battle strategies. This popular video game is rated E-Everyone.
Using the Transfer Pak accessory that was bundled with the game, players are able to view, organize, store, trade, and battle with their own Pokémon uploaded from Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. One main focus of the game is completion of the four stadium cups, each of which is a series of three-on-three Pokémon battles against an ordered lineup of opponents. Another battle mode called Gym Leader Castle allows battles against the eight Kanto gym leaders and the Elite Four. Other features of Pokémon Stadium include mini-games, versus-style battles, a hall of fame, compatibility with the Game Boy Printer, and a built-in emulation function for Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow.
Unlike Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, Pokémon Stadium does not have a storyline, meaning that it is not considered a role-playing video game. Instead the game challenges the player to defeat trainers at the Stadium, a tournament consisting of four "Cups" and 80 battles in total, as well as the Gym Leader Castle, where the player battles the eight Kanto Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, and the Champion. When all Cups have been won and the Gym Leader Castle is completed, a battle against Mewtwo will be unlocked. Defeating Mewtwo unlocks another round of Stadium, Gym Leader Castle, and the Mewtwo battle, but with higher AI difficulty.
Pokémon Stadium received mostly mixed reviews from critics. GameSpot contributor Jeff Gerstmann gave the game a 5.7 "mediocre" review, writing that the gameplay "feels scaled down and oversimplified, even when compared with the original Game Boy games". IGN's Peer Schneider wrote an 8.2 "great" review of the game, calling it "a must-buy for Pokémon fans", but also citing that "the audio is nowhere near the quality of some of the recent Nintendo releases". Regarding the game's announcer, a frequent complaint among critics, RPGamer's Ben Martin wrote that: "With a very limited vocabulary and continual comments thoughout [sic] every single action, it certainly is a nice option to be able to turn this guy off". In his review on gaming website Cubed3, Ross Morley praised the game's battle system for its "beautiful 3D models, special effects and range of options".
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Animated Violence|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Pokemon Series|
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