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Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)

Pocket Monsters Stadium
Stadium 1 JP boxart.png
Cover of Pocket Monsters Stadium
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 64
Category: Battle Simulation
Players: 1-4
Connectivity: Transfer Pak
Developer: Nintendo, HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation I side series
Release dates
Japan: August 1, 1998[1]
North America: N/A
Australia: N/A
Europe: N/A
South Korea: N/A
Japanese: Poké
English: N/A

Pokémon Stadium (Japanese: ポケモンスタジアム Pokémon Stadium, subtitled in English as Pocket Monsters' Stadium) is the first game of the Pokémon Stadium series. It was released exclusively in Japan on August 1, 1998.


The game starts with a keyboard, and it asks if the player or players would like to use their Game Boy Pokémon. If not, the player can only access the Battle Mode.[2]

  • Battle (バトル): Players can battle against other humans or computer-controlled opponents.
  • Organize (せいとん): Players can transfer Pokémon and items between their party, PC boxes, and storage boxes in the game.
  • List (いちらん): A list of a player's Pokémon and their stats can be examined.
  • Pokédex (ずかん, or Encyclopedia): Players can view their Pokédex in 3D.
  • Register (とうろく): A team can be registered.
  • Party (てもち): The player can examine their current party.
  • GB (Game Boy Tower in international versions): A Generation I game can be played on the Nintendo 64.

Many of these features were integrated into Oak's Lab in future Pokémon Stadium games.

The main menu. An error message that tells the player that the game has not/cannot access game data from a Generation I game cartridge.

Battle Mode

Battle Mode features two modes: Free Battle (フリーバトル) and Tournament (トーナメント).

Free Battle

In Free Battle, a player can battle against another human or a computer-controlled player under one of three rulesets: the L1-30 Division, the L50-55 Division, or Free Battle, where Pokémon of any level may be used.

Aside from battling with their own Game Boy Pokémon, there are eight pre-configured Trainers that players may use, with Pokémon ranging from level 20 to 100.


This mode features two tournaments based upon official Pokémon tournaments.

  • L1-30 Division: This tournament is based on the Nintendo Cup '98. There are four divisions: the Monster Ball, Super Ball, Hyper Ball, and Master Ball.
  • L50-55 Division: This tournament is based on the Nintendo Cup '97. The total levels of the three Pokémon selected cannot exceed 155. The opponents in this mode are based on actual competitors in the 1997 tournament.

Unlike future Pokémon Stadium games, there are no Continues.

The credits roll after a tournament is cleared.

After one of the tournaments is cleared, the player obtains a Doduo Game Boy upgrade that allows the Game Boy games to be played with frame skip at double speed. When both tournaments are cleared, the Dodrio Game Boy is obtained, allowing the games to be played with frame skip at triple speed.


Pocket Monsters Stadium only featured 42 Pokémon available for play. Most of these Pokémon were used in official tournaments, with a few Pokémon added for type balance.[3] Below is a list of the Pokémon that were included in the game.

# Pokémon Type
003 003 Venusaur Grass Poison
006 006 Charizard Fire Flying
009 009 Blastoise Water
015 015 Beedrill Bug Poison
022 022 Fearow Normal Flying
025 025 Pikachu Electric
031 031 Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 034 Nidoking Poison Ground
051 051 Dugtrio Ground
057 057 Primeape Fighting
059 059 Arcanine Fire
065 065 Alakazam Psychic
068 068 Machamp Fighting
076 076 Golem Rock Ground
082 082 Magneton Electric
091 091 Cloyster Water Ice
094 094 Gengar Ghost Poison
095 095 Onix Rock Ground
097 097 Hypno Psychic
101 101 Electrode Electric
103 103 Exeggutor Grass Psychic
113 113 Chansey Normal
115 115 Kangaskhan Normal
121 121 Starmie Water Psychic
123 123 Scyther Bug Flying
124 124 Jynx Ice Psychic
127 127 Pinsir Bug
128 128 Tauros Normal
130 130 Gyarados Water Flying
131 131 Lapras Water Ice
132 132 Ditto Normal
134 134 Vaporeon Water
135 135 Jolteon Electric
136 136 Flareon Fire
142 142 Aerodactyl Rock Flying
143 143 Snorlax Normal
144 144 Articuno Ice Flying
145 145 Zapdos Electric Flying
146 146 Moltres Fire Flying
149 149 Dragonite Dragon Flying
150 150 Mewtwo Psychic
151 151 Mew Psychic

While the other 109 Pokémon cannot be used in battle, their 3D models can still be viewed in the other modes.

Move Tutor

If the player clears the Master Ball division of the L1-30 Division with a Pikachu in his or her party, that Pikachu can learn Surf.

Since this game was only released in Japan, Pikachu can be taught Surf in the international Pokémon Stadium, whereas it cannot in the Japanese version of that same game.


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)


Nintendo's flyer for the retail release of Pokémon Blue


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See also

Stadium series: Stadium (JPEN) • Stadium 2Battle Revolution
Pikachu series: Hey You, Pikachu!Channel
PokéPark series: PokéPark WiiPokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
TCG: Play It! series: Play It!Play It! Version 2
Game Boy TCG series: Trading Card GameCard GB2: Here Comes Team GR!
Misc. TCG: Trading Card Game OnlinePokémon Card Game: How to Play DS
Pinball series: PinballPinball miniPinball: R&S
Puzzle series: Puzzle LeaguePuzzle Challenge
Storage series: Box RSMy Pokémon RanchBank (Transporter)
Colosseum series: ColosseumXD
Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team
Explorers of Time, Darkness & Sky
Blazing, Stormy & Light Adventure Squad
Gates to Infinity
Super Mystery Dungeon
Ranger series: RangerShadows of AlmiaGuardian Signs
Rumble series: RumbleRumble BlastRumble URumble World
Trozei series: Pokémon Trozei!Pokémon Battle Trozei
Puck series: Pokémon BattrioPokémon TrettaPokémon Tretta Lab
Super Smash Bros. series: Super Smash Bros.MeleeBrawlFor Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
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