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Pokemon Satdium 2 was released in Europe on the 19th of October 2001. It was the second game to allow you to port your Pokemon from your Game Boy up to your Nintendo 64 & was the first one to feature all 151 Pokemon from the first game (as it only featured around 40 of the Pokemon & more than half were missing) along with the new Pokemon from Gold, Silver & Crystal totalling all 251 Pokemon up to that date.
There were predominatly three things that you could do with the game. The first was battle. You could battle with any Pokemon that you had caught on your Gameboy on you Nintendo 64. There were multiplayer & tournament options available but to be fair, they were all basically the same game & for all the great graphics the game played no differently than if you were playing it through your Game Boy.
The second was the Pokemon Emulator which allowed you to play your Game Boy version through your TV. Not a bad idea & OK, but it didn't improve the graphics or gameplay & was only really useful for if the batteries ran out so you couldn't play on your Game Boy.
The third way was to play the mini games. There are twelve on offer & they were lots of fun especially for four players simultaneously & formed a great party game in their own right.
The game was good, but only if you were a fan of Pokemon, had at least one Game Boy copy of the game (preferably one of the first three & one of the second three) & had a collection of Pokemon strong enough to challange the game. If you didn't have this (or if you don't have them now) then it wasn't really worth the £50 asking price at the time. For fans it was great. Great graphics, the chance to win tournaments & obtain elusive, rare or legendary pokemon & download them to your cartridge. Plus the mini games are great fun too. At the time I would've recommended the game, but only to fans or to people who love mini games. Now I can only recommend it for one of either two reasons. A: If you are still playing 1 of the 6 original game boy games & want to battle on the big screen (and if you are, why aren't you playing Diamond, Pearl or Platinum?). B: If you like mini games & have 3 friends who come around to your house regularly. If you fall into either of these two, then I think you would enjoy a copy if you can find one on the cheap. If you don't fall into either A or B I would recommend staying away & looking to the more recent Pokemon games for your Battling & Collecting.
Pokemon Stadium 2 is definitely my favorite 3D Pokemon game. Like its predecessor, the game's main focus is on battling however this game offers much more. Its compatible not only with Red, Blue and Yellow, but also the 2nd generation games - Gold, Silver and Crystal. The game brings 251 Pokemon to live in vibrant graphics and definitely will put your skills as a trainer to the test.
With the N64 transfer pak you can store Pokemon or items or take a break from the tiny Gameboy screen and play the games right on your television.
The game provides multiple battle divisions - restricting you by factors like level or species. Each division consists of 8 matches which increase in difficulty. The one negative is that it can get boring and very time consuming to clear the divisions however the spoils definitely help create incentive to keep trying. Some prizes include unlocking Celebi and Mew as rental Pokémon, rare monsters with limited edition moves like Farfetch'd with Baton Pass or Gligar with Earthquake & the ability to speed up the GB player up to 4x faster than normal play.
Let's say your team isn't quite cutting it in the various challenges - rental Pokémon are pretty weak so you'll have to rely on teams you raised yourself in your games. There is a special training mode called Earl's Pokémon Academy where you get step by step instructions and tips to building strategy, setting up a team, and learning more advanced battle tactics. You can then turn around and use what you learned to crush the trainers in whatever divisions were giving you trouble!
Mini-games return in Stadium 2 and you'll be very satisfied. They're very creative and you can use Pokémon in your game pak to play - such as Scyther, Scizor and Pinser in a game where timing and precision is needed to cut logs. There's a game where you can play as Mr. Mime and its like a psychic soccer. There's a ton of mini-games and you'll be addicted once you start.
Another great thing about Stadium 2 is that its one of those powerful cartridges that allows you to save right on it as opposed to using memory cards.
But now let's discuss the negatives - since the game is pretty old at this point - its totally outdated with the new generations. Also, the Gameboy games all function on a built-in battery which is necessary to save your game - and since its been over a decade now, most batteries are dying and people are losing all their saved data - meaning you might not get to enjoy Stadium 2 as well now as in the past. Luckily there is a way to store and save teams onto Stadium 2's memory so that you can use the team on Stadium 2 whenever you want, even without the GB cartridge attached. And since you can store monsters in Stadium's boxes, if you decide to replace your battery for Yellow or Gold or whichever game you have, you can always transfer your favorite champs back.
Who doesn't love N64? If you're tired of modern games draining out your wallets for mediocre games, go for the older games! They're pretty cheap at this point and you'll enjoy them. If you're a pokéfreak, then Stadium 2 is definitely for you!
This game was simply amazing for its time but because of nintendos slump in Europe and the U.K at the time it was very much under rated sadly.
You could play Pokemon red, blue, yellow, gold, silver and crystal through the game on the tv screen, .so it acted like a super game boy for Pokemon but for the N64.
There are many mini multi player games (up to 4 players providing you have 4 controls) in which you play a Pokemon . Some examples are barrier ball were you play a Mr Mime and have to protect your goal or a delibird and you have to gather presents, although they only last for a few minutes each you can choose different difficulty levels from easy to hard.
There is a Pokemon academy in which your Pokemon knowledge is tested both on theory and in battle, for instance in the theory section you have to answer as many questions about Pokemon as you can based on thiner appearance, and then a sort of written test. In the battle test you have to learn how to use combo attacks to defeat your enemy, each has different levels which progress in difficulty.
There is a mystery gift option for the second generation Pokemon games in which you could gain rare Pokemon dolls or items and view your room in 3D
You could play using your own or rented Pokemon through all the Pokemon gyms ans Pokemon league
You could battle against friends or play through Pokemon cup championships through the computer mode at levels 5or lower, level 100, or level 50-55
You could view and organize your game pack Pokemon in 3D
You could win prize pokemon and download them to your game packs also.
However you do gave the horrible digital Pokemon sounds from the original game boy games which isnt so great, and the announcer for the matches is the same as the one from the cartoon series which gets a bit annoying at times, the sound track for longer matches isnt overly original and a bit boring, but at least the graphics are good for the generation and you get to see all the Pokemon attack in 3D which is nice and colourful.
However with the amount of other features available in the game am not one to be doing too much complaining. Especially with an endless choice of rented Pokemon for the big computer battles.
It could be classified mainly as an RPG turn based game, but it also has many multi player options and a simulator section based in the bedroom option and Pokemon school section.
What can you expect from the sequel to one of the favourite Nintendo 64 games of 2000? A lot. PokÚmon Stadium 2 comes with four new tournaments, 12 new minigames, and lots of fun extras, like special PokÚquizzes to test your level of mastery. And you're sure to find your favourite monsters, because--gulp!--249 PokÚmon are present in the game. As in PokÚmon Stadium, you can train and battle your monsters, as well as transfer them (via the separately sold Transfer Pak) from your Game Boy PokÚmon games.