Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow for 3DS Virtual Console-Is Stadium for Wii U next?

Could having Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow on 3DS Virtual Console pave the way for Stadium on Wii U? Maybe, but it's not without some roadblocks.


Hi, folks. Steven here. So, at a Nintendo Direct a few days ago, it was announced that the original Pokemon games, Red, Blue and Yellow are going to be coming to 3DS Virtual Console. In case you missed the actual announcement, the date is February 27th, 2016, which is the 20 year anniversary of when the games originally came out in Japan. So, that’s why they chose that.

But, in any case, I was wondering if this could pave the way for getting Pokémon Stadium on the Wii U Virtual Console. If you’re unfamiliar with that game, it was an N64 game that essentially was there to allow you to battle Pokémon on your TV in 3D. It’s similar to what was done later with Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon Battle Revolution.

And, there were a variety of modes that had different rule sets and all that kind of stuff. There’s also a number of mini games that were included. And, actually, whenever I go to events that have the stadium game there, that’s usually what people are doing with it. But really, the main feature was, there was this thing that came with it called the Transfer Pak. And, you would put your Pokémon cartridge in there and plug it into the N64 controller, and what you could do is you could transfer your team from your Game Boy game to your N64 Pokémon Stadium.

And, in addition to just being able to transfer your Pokémon, battle them there, you could also play the actual Game Boy game within Pokémon Stadium. And, it had this neat little feature you could unlock where you could play at double, or even triple speed. So, those were some pretty nice features, but in a way, they may have kept the game from showing up on the original Wii Virtual Console, because there wasn’t anything to mimic that.

So, the question is, now that these games are coming-the Game Boy games are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console, the question is, does that make it possible or likely that Stadium would be a viable idea? Well, there are some things in favor and some things against it.

We’ll start with the good points. As with the original Game Boy games coming out in a couple months, it would seem the timing is right. It would also give them an opportunity to sort of cross promote Wii U and 3DS. It’s probably easier on the Wii U version to go ahead and do the 2x and 3x mode in Pokemon Stadium than, maybe the 3DS can’t run a Game Boy game that quickly.

Now, of course, there are some obstacles. First of all, going back to the original game, it was a problem then and a problem now is that there’s kind of limited value to Stadium unless you can do that sort of linkage. The Stadium game included what are called “Rental Pokémon” that you could use in order to play things if you didn’t have a Game Boy cartridge to work off of. But, they tended to be weaker than the ones you could make in your own game. So, that was sort of a limitation there.

The other thing, from a technical perspective, they would have to implement something similar to the Transfer Pak to sort of get your save data from the 3DS Virtual Console version to the Wii U. I’m sure it’s possible, but it’s definitely an extra step that would complicate things.

The other thing that is possibly getting in the way is maybe there’s not really an interest in it. What I mean by that is there was Stadium, there was a Gold and Silver version, there was Colosseum, and then there was Battle Revolution. But, for generation 5 and generation 6, nothing has been released and nothing seems on the horizon. So, maybe they’ve kind of lost interest in this type of game.

There’s also not a ton of examples of 3DS to Wii U connectivity out there. The biggest thing, I would think, is the ability to use your 3DS as a controller for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. Aside from that, there’s been a few things where you buy the game on one of the systems, you get a code for the other. But, that’s kind of about it.

So, I wanted to enter this as a possibility. Maybe they should sort of give it away. What I mean by that is they could either A, give it away to Wii U owners sort of to entice them, if they have a 3DS, to pick up the Virtual Console games there. Or, they could possibly set up some sort of bundle with either the 3DS Virtual Console games, sorta similar to the DLC packs for Super Smash Bros. 4 that have codes for both versions of the game. The other option, of course, would be, releasing early next year, Pokken Tournament. They could use that and sort of bundle in a code for Stadium in there if they wanted to.

But really, I want to get your ideas here. What do you think? Is this something that could happen? If so, what do you think? Alright, folks. Thanks.

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