Mobile Stadium

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The Mobile Stadium data transfer screen in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal

The Mobile Stadium (Japanese: モバイルスタジアム Mobile Stadium) is a now-inaccessible online service in the Japanese version of Pokémon Stadium 2 which allowed players to transfer data of timed mobile battles from the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal via the Transfer Pak.

In Crystal, the モバイルスタジアム entry appears on the main menu (which, in the unused English text, was misspelled as "MOBILE STUDIUM") and is accessible after connecting to the Mobile System GB at least once. After transferring the battle data to Stadium 2, it is converted into a video and rendered in full 3D graphics, being watchable via a similar feature in the game. The screen in Stadium 2 plays a rearrangement of the Mobile Center theme from Crystal (Stadium 2 theme, Crystal theme), whereas the screen in Crystal simply keeps playing Title Screen (Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver).

Once the replay was stored in Stadium 2 it could be watched anytime, even if the Crystal Version was not connected. Another interesting option is that the player could rematch the friend of the replay using any team from the Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver or Crystal Versions (the friend's team was controlled by the computer, though).[1]

The indirect successor to the Mobile Stadium is the Vs. Recorder, introduced in Pokémon Platinum and present in the subsequent core series games up to Generation VII, which uses the same concept but different means of operation.


The Mobile Stadium also offered players the option to download battles from the Nintendo Cup 2000 (known in the rest of the World as the Poké Cup from Generation II), a real life tournament that was organized by Nintendo and that took place in Japan from November 3rd, 2000 to January 14th, 2001. To download the replay, the player first had to use Pokémon Crystal and the Mobile Game Boy Adapter, then, they had to transfer it to Pokémon Stadium 2 using the Transfer Pak. Once the replay was stored in Stadium 2, the player could watch it as many times as they wanted, also, they could play against any of the players using a team from a Generation I or II game. Each replay had a price that ranged from ¥10 to ¥20.[2]

Below is video footage of the final of the Nintendo Cup 2000 tournament. The replay was obtained using the Mobile Stadium option.

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Features of the Stadium series
Stadium Cups: Pika CupPetit CupPoké Cup
Prime CupLittle CupChallenge Cup
Modes: Stadium ModeBattle Mode
Other: Gym Leader CastleWhite City
Earl's Pokémon AcademyGame Boy TowerKids Club
Mobile StadiumMystery GiftPokémon LabVictory Palace

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