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Pokemon Stadium (N64)

Pokemon Stadium (N64)
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I choose you, Pikachu!" You'll find yourself yelling out phrases like this when you play Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64. "Rent" a Pok'mon or download your own with the Game Boy Transfer Pak included with the game. Battle the computer or go head-to-head with three friends to find out who is the true Pok' mon Master.

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Pokemon Stadium by Jim Brad 30 Oct 2010
I played this game at the Pokémon 2000 Stadium Tour against Nintendo's deadly Mewtwo, grep. It has the greatest graphics I have ever seen on any Pokémon game. It is a must buy. The best part is you can upload your Pokémon from your game boy games with the transfer pack. This is truly the greatest video game ever. Even if you don't own game boy Pokémon games, you can still play with 149 rental Pokémon at level 50, all except Mewtwo and Mew. This is definitely a must buy for anyone who has even a remote interest in Pokémon.

Pokemon Stadium will let trainers get down to business and compete in heated battles with trained Pokemon. All 150 Pokemon will be in the game, in full 3D with awesome special attacks and animation sequences. Up to four players will be able to compete in a Pokemon tournament. The gameplay in Pokemon Stadium is massively expanded over the Game Boy titles, as are the rich 3D graphics. Battle scenes look particularly amazing, but special credit should go to the Pokemon design. These guys look incredible. The expanded gameplay includes several new modes, including Battle Now, Free Battle and VS Event Battle mod. The latter is possibly the most fun of all, introducing a real time 3D multiplayer game to the series.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Pokemon Stadium is that you'll be able to battle with your most loyal Pokemon straight from your Game Boy cartridge. Thanks to a special adaptor that plugs into your controller, Pokemon data can be transferred straight from your Red or Blue Game Boy game to your Nintendo 64. You'll beable to watch your favorite Pokemon go toe to tail in a 3D competition. 

American version of Pokemon Stadium is actually based on the second Japanese edition of Pokemon Stadium, which is currently in the development stages in Japan. Pokemon Trainers will be able to conduct turn-based battles similar to the Game Boy versions of Pokemon, but outrageous animation sequences and flashy special attack effects will make your Pokemon come to life like never before. 

One of the most exciting aspects of Pokemon Stadium is that you'll be
 able to battle using your most loyal Pokemon from the Red and Blue versions of Pokemon. Thanks to a special adaptor that plugs into the bottom of your controller, data can be transferred straight from a Game Boy cartridge into your N64. The TMs, attacks and levels of your trained Pokemon will be available on Pokemon Stadium, so you won't have to leave any of your favorites behind. 

On top of the visual treat of watching your Pokemon duke it out on the big screen, Pokemon Stadium will also contain a variety of mini-games starring all types of Pokemon. It's currently unclear exactly how these miniaturechallenges will relate to the organized Pokemon battles, but any time you get four Clefairies together you're bound to have fun.

Even though we have trouble reading the Japanese, these early screen shots demonstrate the game's unique fighting stadiums. Each of the 151 Pokemon can be found in Pokemon Stadium, even if you decide not to transfer data from your Game Boy Color Pokemon games. Pokemon Stadium will allow up to four players to compete in a grueling Pokemon tournament, designed to reveal which of your friends is the best Pokemon Trainer.

Alternate Pokemon Colors 

Did you ever notice how some of the Pok?mon that appear in Pok?mon Stadium have different colors? The 
secret to the color variations lie in the names you give your Pok?mon as well as your trainer ID number 
(assiged to you in Pokemon Blue, Red or Yellow, whenever you start a new game). While there are a few 
secret names that change only certain Pokemon's colors, there are a few naming tricks that result in different color variations. For example: 

Use only lower caps (ie: poliwhirl) 
Reverse the syllables (ie: DRILLBEE) 
Abridge the names (ie: Pika) 
For a more detailed listing of color differences, keep an eye out for IGNGuide's Pokemon Stadium Guide

Battle Mewtwo 

To unlock a hidden 6-on-1 battle with Mewtwo, beat the Gym Leader Castle and get trophies in all 10 tournaments in the Stadium Mode. The map screen will now turn to a night scene and a bonus tournament will open up in which you battle against the psychic super-Pokemon, Mewtwo (#150). Once you beat Mewtwo, you unlock a new game mode.

Bonus Stickers 
Once you have beaten both the R-1 mode (including Mewtwo) and the R-2 Mode (including Mewtwo), you are given a set of bonus stickers that you can access in the Gallery Mode. When you're on the Gallery main screen, press and hold L and R and move the Cursor to Print. If you keep the buttons pressed, the Print option will now change to Bonus. You will now have access to a set of 16 bonus "wallpaper" stickers from all the different modes that you can print out at "Snap" Stations.

GB Speed Upgrades 

There are two secret speed upgrades to the GB Tower Game Boy emulator that let you play Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow at much higher speeds: 

Doduo Mode: Beat the Pok? Cup. Once you have won all the Pok? Cup tournaments, the GB Tower changes into Doduo GB Tower and a Doduo sticker appears on the Game Boy. The Doduo upgrade doubles the speed of the game play when playing the Game Boy game on your N64. 
Dodrio Mode: Play the Game Boy games at hyper speed with this alternate speed settings. To get it, you need to beat the Prime Cup (after you have already beaten the Pok? Cup). 
You can switch between the different GB Tower speed settings during gameplay by pressing C Right.

Get Amnesia Psyduck 
Have you ever wondered how you can get the elusive Amnesia technique? Well, it's hidden deep in Pokemon Stadium. Unlocking it will take a while, but it's definitely worth it. You have to register ALL 151 Pokemon in the Hall of Fame. Whenever you beat a tournament (or Gym Leader Castle), your six Pokemon are entered into the Hall of Fame. It doesn't matter whether you use rental Pokemon or your own, but you can't have any gaps. Once you've filled it all up, you are awarded a free Psyduck bonus Pokemon that knows the Amnesia technique.

Get Surfing Pikachu 
Yes, it's true: Surfing Pikachu is hidden in Pok?mon Stadium. To teach your Pikachu Surf (a technique it can normally not learn), you need to first unlock the R-2 (Round 2) mode. Then do the following: 

Enter the R-2 Prime Cup's Master Ball division (you have to beat the first three divisions first). 
Assemble a team that contains a Pikachu that does not yet know Surf. You HAVE to use a Pikachu from your Game Boy game. You cannot unlock Surfing Pikachu using a Rental Pok?mon. 
Do not register your team! Pick it directly from your Game Boy cartridge. 
You now have to beat the Prime Cup's Master Ball division using a three-Pok?mon team that always contains Pikachu. Pikachu has to be in every one of the eight battles. 
You are not allowed to use any continues. If you do, you won't get Surfing Pikachu. 
Once you have fulfilled all the above conditions and beaten the cup, you are shown an award screen with Pikachu standing on a surfboard. From here on, Pikachu can use the Surf technique both in battle and during gameplay (Game Boy versions only). If you've got Pok?mon Yellow, you can now also access the hidden Surfing Pikachu mini-game. Simply go to the small hut on the northern beach of Route 19.

Kids Club: Hyper CPU Difficulty 
To unlock this hidden difficulty setting, select a single-player game against three CPU-controlled opponents.  You need to win the "Who's the Best?" challenge five times in a row on HARD difficulty. This will open up the new HYPER difficulty setting for the CPU players.

New Title Screen 
Beat both the Gym Leader Castle and Stadium modes to change the title screen (in addition to the map mode). The new title shows depict Pikachu, Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur and Mewtwo.

Open Up R-2 Mode 
To get the secret R-2 Mode (as well as a brand-new title screen) defeat Mewtwo after you have beaten the Stadium Mode and Gym Leader Castle Mode. You will now see the final credits sequence, which will unlockthe harder R-2 Mode and all new battles. You can toggle between R-2 and Regular Mode at the start-up screen by pressing C-Right.

Rent Mew 
Many of you have asked how you can get all 151 trophies in the Hall of Fame if you don't own the elusive bonus Pokemon Mew. No problem: Once you open up R-2 Mode, you can rent and use Mew in the Prime Cup (sorry -- you still can't get Mew in Gym Leader Castle and Free Battle).

Talking Pikachu 
For a talking Pikachu, you need to upload one from Pokemon Yellow. Rental, Red, and Blue versions will just be silent.

Win Bonus Pok?mon 
Each time you beat the Gym Leader Castle (including the Final Four and your Rival), you will receive one of eight semi-rare to rare Pok?mon. These Pok?mon are awarded at random, so it's likely that you'll need to beat the Gym Leader Castle again and again to get the ones you want. Note that once you have beaten the Castle, you only need to defeat the Final Four and your Rival again if you want to win more Pok?mon.

Here are the Pok?mon you can win:

#001 Bulbasaur 
#004 Charmander 
#007 Squirtle 
#106 Hitmonlee 
#107 Hitmonchan 
#133 Eevee 
#138 Omanyte 
#140 Kabuto