Pokémon Stadium series

The Pokémon Stadium logo, depicting Blastoise and Charizard

The Pokémon Stadium series (Japanese: ポケモンスタジアムシリーズ Pokémon Stadium series, officially Pocket Monsters' Stadium series) was a spin-off series of Pokémon games for the Nintendo 64 released during Generation I and Generation II and compatible with the games of those generations. In the games of this series, players can upload Pokémon from their Game Boy games to battle in 3D in various modes, most notably Stadium Mode, featuring various classes for Trainers to beat, and the Gym Leader Castle, featuring the Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Champion of the respective generation's games. Players who did not have any core series games could still rent almost all 251 Pokémon at the time in certain modes.

Contents

List of games

Gen. Image Title Japanese title Platform Release date
Japan North America Europe Australia
I Stadium 1 JP boxart.png ポケモンスタジアム
Pokémon Stadium
Nintendo 64 August 1, 1998
I Stadium EN boxart.jpg Pokémon Stadium ポケモンスタジアム2
Pokémon Stadium 2
Nintendo 64 April 30, 1999 February 29, 2000 April 7, 2000 March 23, 2000
II Stadium 2 EN boxart.jpg Pokémon Stadium 2 ポケモンスタジアム 金銀
Pokémon Stadium Gold and Silver
Nintendo 64 December 14, 2000 March 26, 2001 October 10, 2001 2001

Discontinuation

When Generation III was released, many expected a third (fourth in Japan) Stadium game to surface, complete with a Hoenn Gym Leader Castle. Instead two RPGs were released, Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, and a separate storage system, Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire. In the most basic sense, the Stadium series had ended. However, the Generation IV game Pokémon Battle Revolution brings back many of the features of the Stadium series, such as Little Cup, the division to rounds and prize Pokémon, but there is neither a Sinnoh Gym Leader Castle, a storage system, nor a mini-game mode.

In the Super Smash Bros. series

A stage based on the Pokémon Stadium games, simply titled Pokémon Stadium, is featured in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Melee stage. Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U also feature the Pokémon Stadium series-based Pokémon Stadium 2.

Trivia

  • The Pokémon Stadium series were the first games to color-code types. The colors used in the Pokémon Stadium series were different than those that were introduced during Generation III in the core series Pokémon games (for example, Fire was red, not orange).



Stadium series: Stadium (JPEN) • Stadium 2Battle Revolution
Storage series: Box RSMy Pokémon RanchBank (Transporter)
Colosseum series: ColosseumXD
Other games: Dream Radar
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