If during your childhood, you dreamt to be a professional Pokémon trainer, then the right school for you learn the basics about it it’s with Professor Oak in the Lab of Pokémon Stadium. This strategy battling video game of Nintendo64 was released in Japan in 1999, 20 years ago. Feels like a long time, doesn’t it?

With a main focus in the battling, without a storyline, as opposed to the main games of this series, Pokémon Stadium gives you a free ride of what is the sensation of reaching the podium of the elite trainers defeating not only the gym leaders of the portable games but also four specific tournaments.

Choosing a set of 6 pocket monsters, you and your adversary need to pick up three each battle, which turns the gameplay more exciting and less predictable. Even so, each opponent trainer has one beloved type of Pokémon, as it’s used to be, but not every challenge is an easy going. It’s really important to master every type of moves, either physical or special attacks hits, to neutralize the enemy qualities.

This is necessary since, in the tournaments, opposite to portable Pokémon games, they have some specific rules about levels that restrict the advantage that the main games give you in the battlefields. Besides that, here the Pokémon’s don’t evolve, and you can’t change the moves of them.

Nonetheless, don’t worry! Professor Oak has the solution for you! With a transfer pack plugged in your controller, you can look inside of his laboratory, where you will find a lot of useful resources that will help in this journey. As per example:

  • you can check the Pokédex of the Pokémon’s first generation which displays in the map the localization, the level and the rarity where the wild Pokémon’s appear;
  • you can see the Pokémon’s in 3D effect and what was the innovation of that time in the console’s world;
  • check the individual stats, reorganize your boxes stores and items;
  • see in one compact list the moves of all Pokémon’s and the genre of them and even in this place, you can make a trade with your friends.

By this way, it will be easier to beat the Elite 4 after the normal gym leaders and, if you are able to find some codes that give you a legendary monster, then you should, because you will need them to defeat the powerful Mewtwo. Once you beat him, you unlock a harder mode to be played.

With a fast rhythmic of game, without long speeches, it’s really easy to enjoy the personification that the game gives you with the orchestrated epic beat music. Meanwhile, the pundit describes your energetic and battle talent, putting you on the pressure of being the next Kanto champion.

After collecting the trophies, you still have time for the lighter fun that the game offers you in the mini game area. As like Mario Party features, is funnier if you find a friend and challenge each other with up to four competitors.

You can also take some snaps of Pokémon’s in different backgrounds and after that, you can even print them. This functionality brings us back, like a crossover, to the early published game, Pokémon Snap, also for Nintendo64.

While many fans might believe we are flogging a dead horse the truth is that this game still is much fun to play with. Besides bringing back epic rivalries with our friends, given by the big retro feeling, it is still common today to see the nostalgia in online forums reclaiming for the continuation of the franchise or a remake on Nintendo Switch.

This game was making, not surprising, a great income until it stopped the production in 2003. It sold almost five and half millions of copies and consolidated not only a special place in the gamers heart but also a great rank in the gaming websites as per example 8,2 points in IGN or 8 points in Nintendolife.