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Pokémon Stadium (Nintendo 64)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.nintendo.com:

    Enter the arena with your favorite Pokémon from Red, Blue and Yellow. Have you got what it takes to become the ultimate Poké Master?



    Pokémon Stadium lets you stage Pokémon battles in a whole new arena -- on your Nintendo 64!

    Pokémon Stadium gives trainers a ring-side seat for heated 3D arena battles. Tons of features, including support for playing your Game Boy Pokémon Red, Blue or Yellow game through your N64, make Stadium a must-have for Pokémon fans!

    The American version of Pokémon Stadium is actually based on the second Japanese edition of Pokémon Stadium. Pokémon Trainers are able to conduct turn-based battles similar to the Game Boy versions of Pokémon, but outrageous animation sequences and flashy special attack effects will make your Pokémon come to life like never before.

    One of the most exciting aspects of Pokémon Stadium is that you're able to battle using your most loyal Pokémon from the Red, Blue and Yellow versions of Pokémon (sold separately). Thanks to a Transfer Pak that comes with the Pokémon Stadium Game Pak and plugs into the bottom of your Controller, data can be transferred straight from a Game Boy cartridge to your N64. (Note: You can not trade Pokémon directly from a Pokémon Gold or Silver Game Pak to Pokémon Stadium. For more information, see the FAQs.)

    The Technical Machines, attacks and levels of your trained Pokémon are available on Pokémon Stadium, so you won't have to leave any of your favorites behind. You'll want your specially trained Pokémon to battle Stadium's toughest rivals.

    On top of the visual treat of watching your Pokémon duke it out on the big screen, Pokémon Stadium also contains a variety of minigames, including the Nintendo Power Award-winning Sushi-Go-Round, in which rambunctious Lickitungs slurp up platefuls of lunch. Watch out for the red-hot entree!

    One hundred fifty Pokémon can be used, or "rented," in Pokémon Stadium, even if you decide not to transfer data from your Game Boy Pokémon games. (Mewtwo is never available as a Rental Pokémon, but you can upload Mewtwo from your Pokémon Game Pak.) Pokémon Stadium will allow up to four players to compete in a grueling Pokémon tournament, designed to reveal which of your friends is the best Pokémon Trainer.

    Pokémon Stadium is available now as a specially priced Player's Choice game with a MSRP of $39.95. The game has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board with the content descriptor of Mild Animated Violence. Games rated "E" are suitable for persons age six or older.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54615) on Aug 17, 2005.

Back of Box (US):
    The ultimate Pokémon battle is about to begin...

    At long last, all of your favorite Pokémon are ready to go head-to-head on the N64! Whether you're battling a friend, a Gym Leader or a tournament contestant, you're about to witness some of the most spectacular battle scenes in Pokémon history! Select a team from a huge stable of "rental" battlers, or use the included N64 Transfer Pak to upload your own team from Pokémon Red, Blue or Yellow! This Stadium is packed and ready to rock!

    • Awesome 3-D animation on the N64 makes all 151 Pokémon larger than life!
    • Use the N64 Transfer Pak to battle using your Pokémon from Red, Blue or Yellow.
    • Battle your way to the top of the championships, or have a free-for-all with up to four players!
    • Nine Mini-Games add to the multi-player fun!
    • Use the power of the Transfer Pak and the N64 to play the Pokémon Game Boy games on your television!

    Contributed by Freeman (17296) on Oct 02, 2004.

Press Release:
    POKéMON STADIUMTM BRINGS ULTIMATE BATTLE TO NINTENDO 64® Innovative New PokémonTM Game Enables Game Boy® To Interface With N64®

    REDMOND, Wash. March 6, 2000 - Pokémon trainers, prepare for battle! From the small Game Boy screen to the big TV screen, all 151 Pokémon are ready to compete in full 3-D splendor as Poké-fans put their creatures to the test in Pokémon Stadium. The second Pokémon game for N64, Pokémon Stadium allows up to four players to battle it out in a free-for-all Pokémon tournament complete with special attacks and fully animated movements. The game is available for a suggested retail price of $69.95.

    This ground-breaking game allows players for the first time to transfer their captured and trained Pokémon from the best-selling Blue, Red and Yellow Game Boy games directly to the N64. This capability is possible through the use of Nintendo's innovative new N64 Transfer PakTM. The Transfer Pak plugs into the bottom of the N64 controller and is packaged with all retail versions of the game. If players do not own a Game Boy version of Pokémon, a special "Rental Pokémon" feature allows them to battle with creatures already inserted in the game. The Transfer Pak also allows users to play their Red, Blue and Yellow games on the television screen.

    "Pokémon Stadium is the game that Poké-fans have been craving for ever since the introduction of the franchise," says Peter Main, Nintendo's executive vice president, sales and marketing. "The ability to transfer Pokémon that have been trained on Game Boy to full 3-D battle arenas is something every experienced player has dreamed of doing." Pokémon Stadium features numerous game play modes providing endless replay value. Start by learning the basics of Pokémon battles in the game's training mode. This is a great way for newcomers to the Pokémon world to become familiar with training and battling different Pokémon. The highlight of Pokémon Stadium is the game's "Free Battle," where up to four players can compete against each other for the title of Pokémon Master Trainer. In an "Event Battle," players can set time limits and determine how much time is allotted between moves. The "Research" mode lets gamers organize their Pokémon and swap data with the Game Boy games. Players can also choose to engage in a number of exciting mini-games and a single-player mode that add to the Pokémon experience.

    Nintendo also will release a Limited Edition Pokémon Stadium Bundle set. This official battle set of Pokémon Master Trainers will feature an N64 control deck, two controllers (one gray and one Atomic purple), the N64 Transfer Pak, a Pokémon Stadium game pak, a Battle Guide, Pokémon Poster and a Wizards of the Coast Pokémon trading card. This exclusive hardware bundle will be available March 27 for a suggested retail price of $149.95. Nintendo will also continue its partnership with Blockbuster Video by making more than 4800 Pokémon Stations compatible with Pokémon Stadium. The promotion runs from March 6 through May 31, and allows Pokémon Trainers to print out stickers of their favorite Pokémon at local stores.

    Nintendo Power Magazine will release an official Pokémon Stadium Player's Guide March 16 for a suggested retail price of $14.95.

    The Pokémon phenomenon in America began in September 1998 with the release of the original Red and Blue Game Boy games and debut of the television series. More than 14 million Pokémon related video games have been sold to date. Pokémon has entertained millions of fans all over the world with a best-selling toy line, a hugely popular card game, a major motion picture and a multitude of licensed products. Leisure Concepts Inc., a division of 4Kids Entertainment Inc (NasdaqNM:KIDE), is Nintendo's exclusive licensing agent for Pokémon.

    Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than one billion video games worldwide, has created such industry icons as Mario® and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda® and Pokémon’. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy - the world's best-selling video game system. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in North America.

    The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Pokémon Stadium "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

    For more information about Pokémon Stadium, or any other Nintendo product visit the company's web site, www.nintendo.com or the official Pokémon web site, www.pokemon.com.

    Contributed by skl (1140) on Feb 17, 2004.