Pokémon Stadium

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Pokémon Stadium



You now get to Pokemon Battle in a 3D environment for the first time.
Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: Nintendo 64
Release Date: JP: April 30, 1999
NA: February 29, 2000
EU: April 7, 2000
AU: March 23, 2000
Developer: Nintendo EAD
HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Franchise: Pokemon

Pokémon Stadium is a strategy game based on the Pokémon Series released by Nintendo. It was released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan on April 30th, 1999 and released in the US on February 29th, 2000. This was the first 3D Pokémon game ever released.

Why It Rocks

  1. This was the first 3D Pokémon game to be made by Nintendo. The graphics and animations are great, even by N64 standards. Many fans of the Pokémon series even compared these animations to those in Pokémon Sword and Shield because of this.
  2. You can even actually use every 151 Pokémon from Generation I in battles by renting/borrowing them, you can also use your own Pokémon if you have your own copy of Pokémon Red or Blue and use the Transfer Pak to use your Pokémon you caught in the game and use them in Pokémon battles in Stadium.
  3. Excellent Soundtrack
  4. It's a pretty long game, it can actually take you a entire day to beat the game in 100%.
  5. You can even play Pokémon Red or Blue on your N64, since this game is also a Game Boy Emulator.
  6. All the Pokémon Trainers from the original game are here.
  7. Each Pokémon's cry was remastered, and some of them also use real animal noises.
  8. The Pokémon fainting animations were great and had a lot of effort put in to give them various types of fainting. Click here to see for yourself.

Bad Qualities

  1. The original Japanese release was extremely unfinished, and you could only pick about 42 Pokémon. Many of the Pokémon can only be seen in the Pokédex built into the game. These models were later included in the US Release.
  2. The game can sometimes become difficult in later stages.
  3. Depending on your view, some of the Pokémon fainting animations can be depressing and sad to watch, as most of them act like they are getting killed/dead.
    • Also, some fainting animations might creep you out, especially, Jynx, Jigglypuff and Kangaskhan.


  • Many of the 3D models from this game were reused in some GameCube titles and some Pokémon Center machines to get special event Pokémon, but have better looking textures.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2 was just Pokémon Stadium 1, but re-released to Japan. However the US Release was an actual sequel.
  • This game was originally going to be released for the Nintendo 64's 64DD add-on, but was later a cartridge game due to the failure of the N64DD.