Pokémon fans rejoice, for new information on the Pokémon battle arena game known as Pokémon Stadium Gold & Silver has been uncovered. As expected, all 251 Pokémon found in the Game Boy games will be available to do battle, and all of their special attacks will be available as well. Four modes are reportedly available to balance the battles, including the Nintendo Cup, which will allow only Pokémon from levels 50-55 to fight, the Little Cup, which only allows Pokémon level five and under that have hatched from eggs, the Ultra Cup, which will allow all Pokémon to do battle, and the Challenge Cup, which will allow customized rules to be created.
Along with the four Cup modes, Nintendo has borrowed from the Mario Party series and included several Pokémon-related multiplayer minigames to break up the battles. Examples include "Pushing the Pokéballs," "Catch the Eggs," and "Charge the Battery." These simple games should prove an interesting diversion for players who would like a break from the constant battling. The girl who delivered presents in Pokémon Gold/Silver will also return to give presents to the player in Pokémon Stadium Gold & Silver.
Like its predecessor, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Stadium Gold & Silver will allow use of the Game Boy Transfer Pak to transfer data from the Game Boy Pokémon games. Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and the unreleased Crystal version are all supported in the Japanese version of Pokémon Stadium Gold & Silver, though it remains to be seen how many will of these will be supported in the North American version. Pokémon Stadium Gold & Silver will be released in Japan for the Nintendo 64 on December 14, 2000 and has a planned North American release date of March 26, 2001.