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Pokemon Stadium Switch N64 comparison

With Pokemon Stadium now having joined Nintendo Switch Online, GameXplain has put together a comparison video to show how this version stacks up against the N64 original from a graphics perspective.

The Switch version, like other N64 titles on the platform, does run at a higher resolution. It may also look a little brighter in some cases.

Pokemon Stadium Switch Online

Pokemon Stadium is coming to Nintendo Switch Online next week, Nintendo just announced. It will be available on April 12, 2023 via the Expansion Pack tier.

Pokemon Stadium originally launched in 2000 for the N64. The battle arena title contains every Pokemon from Pokemon Red / Blue / Yellow.

Here’s some additional information:

Nintendo hasn’t published any new Pokemon Stadium games since 2007. By the sound of things, the series won’t be returning anytime soon.

Speaking with USgamer, Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda said that simply improving the graphics wouldn’t be “as impactful or impressive” since Pokemon games are in 3D these days. A new Pokemon Stadium would instead need “some sort of new invention” for its existence to be justified.

Below are Masuda’s full comments:

“It kind of goes back to the core philosophy of Pokémon as a brand: We really want to excite people and surprise them with new things they weren’t expecting. The original games, of course, were 2D and in black and white, and seeing them in 3D was a stark contrast… it was kind of a huge surprise for players. Nowadays, the Pokémon are already in 3D, and I’m not sure that better graphics would be quite as impactful or impressive. So in order to come back to the Stadium series, I think we’d need to have some sort of new invention to justify it.”


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