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Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)

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Pocket Monsters Stadium
Cover of Pocket Monsters Stadium
Category Battle Simulation
Players 1-4
Publisher Nintendo
Developer Nintendo, HAL Laboratory
Game advisories and suggested ages
ESRB Unrated
Content No content advisories
Release dates
Japan August 1, 1998
N. America Unreleased
Australia Unreleased
Europe Unreleased
Korea Unreleased
Web sites
Japanese Official Site
IGDB Entry [1]

Pokémon Stadium (Japanese: ポケモンスタジアム), sometimes known as Pokémon Stadium 0 among English-speaking fans to distinguish it from the later sequels, is the first game of the Stadium series, and was released in Japan in 1998. This version featured only 42 Pokémon instead of all of the 151 first-Generation Pokémon. As a result, not even every evolution family was included. This game was originally intended for the Nintendo 64DD format, with plans for an expansion disk. As the 64DD was a commercial failure, a sequel with all of the Generation I Pokémon (known as the original Pokémon Stadium elsewhere in the world) was released instead.


[edit] Gameplay

The game starts with a keyboard, and it asks if the player or players would like to use their Game Boy Pokémon. If not, the player can only access the Battle Mode. [1]

  • Battle (バトル): Players can battle against other humans or computer-controlled opponents.
  • Organize (せいとん): Players can transfer Pokémon and items between their party, PC boxes, and storage boxes in the game.
  • List (いちらん): A list of a player's Pokémon and their stats can be examined.
  • Pokédex (ずかん, or Encyclopedia): Players can view their Pokédex in 3D.
  • Register (とうろく): A team can be registered.
  • Party (てもち): The player can examine their current party.
  • GB (Game Boy Tower in international versions): A Generation I game can be played on the Nintendo 64.

Many of these features were integrated into Oak's Lab in future Pokémon Stadium games.

The main menu. Pulling out the Transfer Pak while playing Pokémon Stadium causes the background of this screen to appear.

[edit] Battle Mode

Battle Mode features two modes: Free Battle (フリーバトル) and Tournament (トーナメント).

[edit] Free Battle

In Free Battle, a player can battle against another human or a computer-controlled player under one of three rulesets: the L1-30 Division, the L50-55 Division, or Free Battle, where Pokémon of any level may be used.

There are eight pre-set trainers with Pokémon ranging from level 20 to 100.

[edit] Tournament

This mode features two tournaments based upon official Pokémon tournaments.

  • L1-30 Division: This tournament is based on the Nintendo Cup '98. There are four divisions: the Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and Master Ball.
  • L50-55 Division: This tournament is based on the Nintendo Cup '97. The total levels of the three Pokémon selected cannot exceed 155. The opponents in this mode are based on actual competitors in the 1997 tournament.

Unlike future Pokémon Stadiums, there are no Continues.

The credits roll after a tournament is cleared.

After one of the tournaments is cleared, the player obtains a Doduo Game Boy upgrade that allows the Game Boy games to be played at double speed. When both tournaments are cleared, the Dodrio Game Boy is obtained, allowing the games to be played at triple speed.

[edit] Pokémon

Pocket Monsters Stadium only featured 42 Pokémon available for play. Most of these Pokémon were used in official tournaments, with a few Pokémon added for type balance. [2] Below is a list of the Pokémon that were included in the game.

# Name Type 1 Type 2
003 Venusaur Grass Poison
006 Charizard Fire Flying
009 Blastoise Water
015 Beedrill Bug Poison
022 Fearow Normal Flying
025 Pikachu Electric
031 Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 Nidoking Poison Ground
051 Dugtrio Ground
057 Primeape Fighting
059 Arcanine Fire
065 Alakazam Psychic
068 Machamp Fighting
076 Golem Rock Ground
082 Magneton Electric
091 Cloyster Water Ice
094 Gengar Ghost Poison
095 Onix Rock Ground
097 Hypno Psychic
101 Electrode Electric
103 Exeggutor Grass Psychic
113 Chansey Normal
115 Kangaskhan Normal
121 Starmie Water Psychic
123 Scyther Bug Flying
124 Jynx Ice Psychic
127 Pinsir Bug
128 Tauros Normal
130 Gyarados Water Flying
131 Lapras Water Ice
132 Ditto Normal
134 Vaporeon Water
135 Jolteon Electric
136 Flareon Fire
142 Aerodactyl Rock Flying
143 Snorlax Normal
144 Articuno Ice Flying
145 Zapdos Electric Flying
146 Moltres Fire Flying
149 Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 Mewtwo Psychic
151 Mew Psychic

While the other 109 Pokémon cannot be used in battle, their 3D sprites can still be viewed in the other modes.

[edit] Special Pokémon

If the player clears the Master Ball division of the L1-30 Division is cleared with a Pikachu in his party, the Pikachu can learn Surf. [3] A Surfing Pikachu can also be obtained in the international Pokémon Stadium.

[edit] Trivia

[edit] References

  1. Pokémon Stadium Q&A, Question 3 (Japanese)
  2. Pokémon Stadium Q&A, Question 1 (Japanese)
  3. Pokémon Stadium Wikipedia page (Japanese)

[edit] See also

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