Pokémon Stadium games coming to Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Stadium was a line of games from the Pokémon franchise in the late 90s and early 2000s. Players could upload their Pokémon and battle other trainers. Most mainline Pokémon games have battling, but Stadium was all about battling. There was very little other gameplay mechanics. The games were quite popular on the Nintendo 64.

These games focused largely on Generation I Pokémon, like Clefairy, Charizard, and others. Now, these beloved classics are coming to Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo announces Pokémon Stadium games in Nintendo Direct

Both Pokémon Stadium and its sequel will soon be available. These games are part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription. With that, players have access to online gameplay for Switch games. The key selling point, however, is access to the retro game library. With Switch Online, players can play old NES and SNES games. Classics like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3 and more are available.

Pokémon Stadium

Newly announced for Nintendo Switch

With the expansion, players can play old N64 games as well. The Pokémon Stadium games will be available through that. It does cost more than the normal subscription, though. The expansion pack costs $50 a year whereas the normal subscription is just $20 a year. There are loads of benefits to having the expansion, though, like the newly announced Pokémon Stadium games.

Alongside those games, several others were announced for the expansion:

  • 2022
  • Pilotwings 64
  • Mario Party
  • Mario Party 2
  • 2023
  • Mario Party 3
  • Pokémon Stadium
  • Pokémon Stadium 2
  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Excitebike 64
  • No release date
  • Goldeneye 007

These games join a stellar list of existing N64 and Sega Genesis games available through the expansion:

  • Super Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Star Fox 64
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mario Tennis
  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage
  • Strider

There is no specific date announced for the upcoming additions aside from the broad year listed.