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Pokémon Stadium (Nintendo 64)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Fight other Pokemon... IN 3-D! Lawnmower Man (140) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars
A refreshing addition to the N64 world. Exodia85 (2157) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (35 votes) 3.6

The Press Says

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Consoles Plus
... pour ceux qui ont le jeu Game Boy. 70% pour les autres. Voir ses petits amis passer d'un écran noir et blanc à une grosse télé est un régal.
Pokémon Stadium resulta un juego imprescindible si eres fan de pokémon, o por lo menos si te gustaron las ediciones de Game Boy sin haber visto la serie. Este juego resulta realmente espectacular técnicamente si lo comparamos con las ediciones (en los gráficos sobre todo). Por sus variados modos de juego y por las posibilades que ofrece (combatir con tus pokémon o jugar a los diversos minijuegos) se ha convertido en el pokémon más completo de su generación, a excepción de pokémon Stadium 2.
All Game Guide
Wisely, Nintendo included many other options and features so you'll continue to play this game over and over once the novelty of 3D battles wears off. In fact, for many, the ability to play the Game Boy game on the N64 a la Super Game Boy is worth the price of admission itself. It has been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.
Nintendo Power Magazine
The fact that you can import your own Pokémon, or even play Pokémon on the N64, is totally cool. The tournaments are fun and challenging. I loved the Gallery feature, and the hidden and secret features are very cool.
Power Unlimited
Pokémon Stadium heeft een heleboel te bieden voor iedereen die zich heeft verdiept in de Game Boy spellen. De Transfer Pak biedt een wereld aan mogelijkheden en ik hoop dat het ding in de toekomst ook gebruikt gaat worden voor andere games.
Mega Fun
Bei Pokémon scheiden sich leider die Geister. Wer schon fasziniert stundenlang vor seinem Game Boy saß und sich nicht von diesem Spiel trennen konnte, der wird auch an Pokémon Stadium seine Freude haben. Um seine kleinen Zöglinge erfolgreich im Kampf einzusetzen, kann man diesem Spiel eine gewisse Portion Strategie nicht verleugnen. Vor allem wer noch mehrere Freunde hat, die sich auch für dieses Spiel begeistern, hat mit Sicherheit einige vergnügliche Stunden vor sich. Auch an der Grafik gibt es an diesem Spiel nicht viel auszusetzen.
Gaming Target
Regardless of what I say, I know any Pokemon fanatic will buy it. Pokemon Stadium is not exactly what I'm looking for; I'd prefer a 3-D adventure any day. But give this one a rental.
Pokémon Stadium presents a great first step in linking a handheld and a gaming console for a more complete gaming experience. I think Nintendo is definitely on the right track and hope we'll see more Transfer Pak compatible titles on the N64 in the future. A must-buy for Pokémon fans.
Game Informer Magazine
For the first time in Poké-history, gamers can finally compete head-to-head from the comfort of a normal television screen. For two years now, we've been forced to squint and watch little sprites exchange motionless blows. Now, the same complex battles explode on the big screen with beautifully rendered 3D models and amazing special effects.
If you're in any way a Pokemaniac, then you owe it to yourself to get this game. You'll absolutely love it. If you're only mildly interested in Pokemon, then I'd suggest picking up the Game Boy games first, because Stadium will do nothing whatsoever to increase your love of these creatures. Fortunately for Nintendo, there are millions of fanatics out there ready to snatch this one up. Heck, I even bought two copies for myself.
Super Play
När jag har spelat Pokémon Stadium är jag uppfylld av att ha fått spela Game Boy-spelet i en bättre version. Och just det faktum att Nintendo har skapat ett koncept som bygger på att flera spel lever i symbios med varandra är imponerande. De har tagit TV-spelandet till nya marker. Men det innebär också att man blir beroende av alla komponenter, det vill säga kompisar som har de monster man själv inte har och Game Boy-spel för att kunna spela spel till Nintendo 64.
Principalement dédié aux inconditionnels des Pokémon qui souhaitent se concentrer sur les combats, ici superbement mis en scène, Pokémon Stadium peut s'adresser à tous les amateurs de combats tactiques en tour à tour à la "Magic : L'Assemblée". Les petits plus que sont le transfert pack (qui permet d'importer ses pokémon et de jouer au jeu Game Boy sur écran de télévision) et les mini-jeux simples mais très amusants complètent agréablement le tableau, uniquement gâché par une voix-off trop répétitive.
Voilà un jeu qui techniquement fait plutôt bonne figure mais qui ne fait vraiment pas honneur à la Nintendo dans la profondeur de jeu... Réservé exclusivement aux amateurs forcenés.
The Video Game Critic
Pokemon Stadium's graphics and audio are mediocre. The characters look good enough, but the arenas are boring. The announcer's voice isn't very clear, so you may want to turn him off. Extra modes include a set of simple four-player games. Pokemon Stadium is probably a must-have for Pokemon fans, but everyone else will find it only mildly amusing.
Game Informer Magazine
Pokémon games have generally been good fun, but Stadium 2 is just a sugarcoated version of the battles you trudged through on Game Boy to find new monsters. This is N64, so where is the quest mode? It's Nintendo's potential to develop this release into a great RPG that makes me so irritated with Pokémon Stadium 2. Sure, it looks great. The detail is evident with every attack, damage, and faint animation. I don't care how good the graphics are, though; all you do is battle! This game is simply cockfighting using adorable critters for bragging rights. Without gaining new monsters, levels, gold, and the other spoils that put the Game Boy titles in the role-playing genre, I see no point. Pokémon Stadium 2's mini-games are a decent diversion, but I didn't play any of them more than four times. Only die-hard Poké-holics need apply, but I'm probably wasting keystrokes mentioning it.
In conclusion, I feel that Pokemon Stadium is not the worst game out there to play, but it certainly does not hold my attention for long. The game has no definite goal in it besides win the different cups, get additional pokemon by defeating the Elite Four, or making your pokemon game play much faster on your Nintendo 64. Not very much meat for an RPG, and this is why I must give this game a low score.
Nintendo Land
Yes Pokemon is a dieing fad, first people would act as Pokemon and smash each other with "ko" moves, I sat there and watched as a kid got a concussion from a take down attack. One kid snapped on the other because the other kid used his water gun attack, if you ask me it didn't hurt very much as to the slash attack the other kid got.