Pokemon Stadium is finally coming to Nintendo Switch! The long-time fan-favorite, Pokemon Stadium, is announced to come to the Nintendo Switch + Online Expansion Pack.
It looks like Nintendo is picking up the pace to make their Nintendo Switch Online subscription look more enticing. Just a month ago, Nintendo announced the addition of popular Gameboy and Gameboy Advanced titles to their online subscription.
The trend of having emulators for retro games on the Switch is something that Nintendo is quite focused on. The Pokemon Stadium Switch release date is on April 12, 2023. The confirmation comes from Nintendo itself, announcing that it will be available for the Nintendo Switch Online members. As a cherry on top, it will also feature online multiplayer battles.
Nintendo announced that the Pokemon Stadium game comes along with several other Nintendo 64 titles. Some of the games that will receive the ports are Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, and Mario Party 2. These games will reportedly make their way to the Switch this 2023.
The Expansion Pack is currently the only way to access select Nintendo 64 titles on the Switch.
The Nintendo Switch Online membership will grant players access to Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games. If you want more, you will have to make the upgrade if you want to play any Nintendo 64 games on the go.
The basic Nintendo Switch Online subscription costs about $3.99 per month and $19.99 per year. However, to gain access to these upcoming Pokemon Stadium re-releases, you will have to spend more money. The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs around $49.99 per year.
What is Pokemon Stadium?
Pokémon Stadium is the first Pokémon console released outside of Japan. This is the first 3D rendered Pokémon game. It was compatible with the Generation I games Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Green, and Pokémon Yellow. It allowed players to copy their Pokémon onto the Nintendo 64 and use them in battle.
Players can also use rental Pokémon in battles. You can also play mini-games, check out the Hall of Fame, and play on the big screen. Features include four tournaments with set rules and a Gym Leader Castle. It also included Professor Oak’s lab where you can check your Pokédex on the big screen and trade Pokémon. Lastly, you can have a special battle with Mewtwo.
Pokemon Stadium was one of the big hits on the N64 in 1996. The game broke from the traditional formula of having a large world and a story. Pokemon Stadium focused on battles and the more competitive side of the game. The game sold over one million copies, and led to a sequel in 2000. It also popularised Pokemon mini-games and spin-offs.