Pokemon Stadium 2 - N64

Also known as: Pocket Monsters Stadium Gold and Silver', 'Pokemon Stadium Gold and Silver

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Strategy: Management
Simulation: Virtual Pet
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nintendo Soft. Co.: Nintendo
Publishers: Nintendo (GB/US/JP)
Released: Unknown (US/JP)
19 Oct 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+, ESRB Everyone
Accessories: Transfer Pack, RAM Pack


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Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise is, to date, one of the most successful and profitable entertainment products ever created. When made for Nintendo’s Game Boy and Nintendo 64, sales went through the roof, and Nintendo had every intent, quite rightly, to make the most out of Pokemon.

Following the successful Pokemon Stadium on Nintendo 64, the company is maintaining the interconnectivity between its console and handheld with the sequel, Pokemon Stadium 2.

Now compatible with nearly 250 Pokemon taken from the Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver versions, you are once again free to see your efforts as a trainer in full 3D. But even those without any of the Game Boy versions are not prevented from enjoying the experience of Pokemon Stadium 2, as they can use the rental Pokemon within the game. Upon visiting this giant Pokemon park, you are given a vast number of opportunities in which to master your skills as a trainer. You can work your way up the Gym Leader’s tower in an attempt to prove yourself as a master, or go straight into battle and practice with other trainers. But there is only one way to earn the title of Pokemon Master, and that’s to participate in the Pokemon League Tournament. Here, you must select an elite group of six Pokemon, rented or otherwise. You must then successfully battle your way through each of the leagues before tackling the ultimate trainer. This giant mission should only be attempted with high-level Pokemon.

Of course, you can always relax after a hard battle in the game’s mini-game section. Here, you can play up to 12 all-new light-hearted games of speed, precision and strength. Games like Pichu’s Power Plant and Topsy-Turvy will prove to be some of the most popular.

Pokemon Stadium offers little innovation in comparison to the first of the series, but the inclusion of all existing Pokemon and 12 new mini-games make this the most complete version there is. Perhaps it should have been called Ultimate Pokemon Stadium.