Pokemon Stadium Nintendo Switch : Release Date, How To play

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Discover the release date and learn how to download and play Pokemon Stadium on Nintendo Switch. Find out what this classic game has to offer on the Switch.

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Get ready for a wave of nostalgia as Pokemon Stadium makes its way to the Nintendo Switch Online library. In this article, we’ll provide information on the release date and how to play the game, perfect for fans of the Pokemon franchise and classic games.

What is Pokemon Stadium on Nintendo Switch?

Pokemon Stadium first launched in 1999 is a game that focuses solely on battling and unlike mainline Pokemon games does not feature RPG elements or a plot .

The game allows players to battle with their team of six Pokemon in four tournaments in Stadium mode or against Kanto’s elite trainers in Gym Leader Castle. Winning in either of these modes will earn players a spot in Victory Palace, but completing both unlocks a final battle to challenge the ultimate trainer.

Additionally, the game offers multiplayer free-form battles with friends in Free Battle mode and nine minigames in the Kids Club. The minigames are challenging even for experienced trainers and include games like Sushi-Go-Round, Magikarp’s Splash, Clefairy Says, and Ekans’ Hoop Hurl.

The Nintendo Switch version includes online multiplayer capabilities and all 151 Pokemon from the Red/Blue/Yellow era. The game has been added to the Nintendo Switch Online’s Nintendo 64 library and future releases include Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64.

Pokemon Stadium Nintendo Switch release date

Pokemon Stadium for Nintendo Switch is set to release on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, and will join the NSO catalog of Nintendo 64 games with online multiplayer functionality for the first time.

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How to download and play Pokemon Stadium on Nintendo Switch

To download and play Pokemon Stadium on the Nintendo Switch, players need to buy an NSO + Expansion Pass membership on the Nintendo Switch Online webpage. This step can be skipped by players who already have an Expansion Pass membership.

Once the membership has been purchased, open your Nintendo Switch and navigate to the home screen. From there, go to the Nintendo Switch Online tab and use the left side of the screen to scroll to the Expansion Pack tab. Locate Pokemon Stadium in the catalog and select the download option to begin the installation process.

Once downloaded, Pokemon Stadium can be played at no additional cost to users who have an NSO membership and have purchased the Expansion Pass.

NB : The Expansion Pass is required to access the catalog of classic games, including Pokemon Stadium. The cost of a one-year Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership is currently $49.99 USD / $63.99 CAD / £34.99.