Pokemon Stadium Review

Posted: March 4, 2015 in Game reviews
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Greetings mortals, I am DracoJames102 and welcome back to the Pokemon Marathon.

Pokemon Stadium Title Card

My very first home console back in the late 90s was the Nintendo 64. When I first got it one Christmas, the two games that I would spend the most time on was Super Mario 64 and Pokemon Stadium. After playing the Game Boy games, I was exited to get this game. Fun fact, this game was known as Pokemon Stadium 2 in Japan. The original Stadium game only had very few of the 150 Pokemon which is why it probably never made it out of Japan. Pokemon Stadium was released in Europe in 2000, so is it still a fun game to play today?

Pokemonstadiumbox

Story

There is no story in this game whatsoever. There isn’t even a world to explore or characters. The game focuses on the Pokemon battles and you’re really only doing it until you feel like turning the game off.

Gameplay

The mechanics are pretty much the same as the Game Boy games, only you’re playing with an N64 controller. You use the A button to battle, the B button to switch Pokemon and the Start button is used if you want to quit the battle. The C buttons are used to select your attack or which Pokemon you want to switch to, the R button is used to check which C button selects your order and the L button is used to go back on your choice.

Pokemon-Stadium-gameplay

The main menu of Pokemon Stadium has different battle modes to choose from. The first of which is Stadium mode where you can battle in various tournaments, each of which have their own sets of rules. You can battle with rental Pokemon that the game offers you or you can use your Pokemon that you raised using a Transfer Pack that comes with a new copy of Pokemon Stadium. Personally you’re better off using your own Pokemon because the majority of the rental Pokemon’s move pools suck.

Pokemon_Stadium_Mode_Select

The Gym Leader castle is where you can battle all of the Gym Leaders from the Game Boy games, ending with battles against the Elite Four. You can battle here in case tournaments don’t take your fancy.

gymcastle

Free battle mode is where you can battle with or against friends or against a computer opponent for practice. You can set the rules however you want.

pokemon stadium tournament

The kid’s club allows you to play small mini-games with your friends. They are pretty similar to the mini-games you play in the Mario Party series. These mini-games are fun to play but there are a couple of exceptions such as the Drowzee mini-game and the Likitung sushi game.

pokemon kids club

Proffessor Oak’s lab is only accessible with a game in the transfer pack. It is here where you can organise your PC box, trade Pokemon with a friend if you have another transfer pack and check your Pokedex. But honestly, you only come here to collect your prize Pokemon for completing the Gym Leader Castle. The prize Pokemon is either one of the starter Pokemon, one of the fossil Pokemon, a Hitmonchan or a Hitmonlee or an Eevee. The professor can only hold one prize Pokemon at a time and it will be transferred to your game in the transfer pack.

pokemon oak lab

The Game Boy tower allows you to play your Game Boy game in the transfer pack on a television screen. That’s about the only thing special about it, but you can unlock Doduo or Dodrio speed features that allow you to play the games at different speeds. That’s…something right?

game boy tower

Once you complete the Gym Leader castle or a tournament, the Pokemon in your party will be registered in the Hall of Fame. It’s all rather novel in the end, but filling up the Hall of Fame with every single Pokemon does get you a Psyduck that knows the move Amnesia.

hall of fame

If you manage to beat the Gym Leader Castle and win all of the tournaments, you unlock a battle against Mewtwo and he probably puts up the most challenge in the game. If you manage to beat him, you unlock the R2 mode (Round 2 mode) where you play the entire game again on hard mode with the computer opponents having better Pokemon parties and higher intelligence.

pokemon mewtwo battle

Graphics

For Nintendo 64 standards, this game actually looks pretty great. All of the Pokemon models are incredibly detailed and the environments they battle in are nice to look at without being an eye sore.

Music

The soundtrack is composed of pretty awesome remixes of your favourite themes from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow as well as a couple of pretty cool original theme with my personal favourite being Mewtwo’s battle theme.

Control

The battle mechanics are the same as in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow but they did fix that two-type glitch I talked about in my Generation 1 review.

Final thoughts

Like Pokemon Generation 1, I don’t think there’s any reason to go back to this game except if you want to do some serious Generation 1 competitive battling. While the game can still be fun to play for Pokemon fans like me, I know that this gameplay style on a console might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to check it out, I still recommend it. Otherwise if you’re not a Pokemon fan but still want to check this one out, I recommend going for the Game Boy games first.

Final rating: 6/10

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