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Individual Values: A Pokémon Feature - Week 9: Stadium Events


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the ninth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.

 

 

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Stadium Events

 

The first Pokémon game I ever owned was Blue Version, way back when the games were first released in 1998 and the “craze” was just beginning to catch on. My twin brother and I had to share the same Game Boy and save file, until constant arguing (and maybe a holiday bonus?) lead to getting him Red Version and a Game Boy Pocket. A lot has happened, and while we traded in or sold our Pokémon games, that Game Boy Pocket survived.

 

While my best friend was going through some of her old childhood stuff, she came across a bunch of Pokémon cards and her old games. A combination of those events, TwitchPlaysPokémon (I“ll devote an entire piece to that eventually, believe me), and wanting to write something nostalgic like this led me to play through Pokémon Red in March. While there is a myriad of things to write regarding Red Version alone, for now I“ll sum it up by saying this: For being “samey” across multiple generations in terms of plot and gameplay objectives, the Pokémon series has come a long way since its beginning. Gen 1 didn“t even have a Move Deleter, for goodness sake. I had to live with teaching crucial critters on my team Strength, Flash and more!

 

I“ve always loved the handheld games, but I“d be lying if I didn“t say that playing through Pokémon Stadium wasn“t a thing that absolutely captivated me. I could see my team brought to life on the big screen? This Transfer Pak in the Nintendo 64 could let me play my Pokémon games on my TV? I never owned a Super Game Boy, so "yes please" was my answer.

 

That same friend I mentioned is my only way to relive my N64 days, too. I gave my console and all my games away to my little cousin eons ago when I got the Gamecube and Dreamcast. My friend and I would often play through Star Fox 64 and Mario Kart, but it wasn't until a few months after I“d finished Red Version that I noticed she also had Pokémon Stadium and the Transfer Pak! I finally got the chance to bring her system and game back to my apartment, so I got to relive the game that captivated me almost exactly fifteen years ago.

 

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Not a lot has changed, as far as how Pokémon battles work. So yes, there are quite a few comparisons to be drawn between Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Battle Revolution, the last attempt at bringing your Pokémon to the big screen to duke it out (over seven years old, at this point). There are quite a few things that make Pokémon Stadium unique, though, such as the charming mini-games, the ability to teach your Yellow Version Pikachu "Surf" (instead of relegating it to some Event Pokémon that you can“t nickname or call your own, really), the fight with Mewtwo at the end…

 

There“s a brief bit of nostalgia for you. Since it“s been so long since we last saw a traditional Pokémon game on the big screen, I know a ton of folks are clamoring for a revival of Pokémon Stadium on Wii U. Are any of you reading this among those hoping for more? If so, what makes Pokémon Stadium memorable to you? Be sure to let us know!

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