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  • Christmas Rushed: Battle Revolution's was released in Japan during December 2006, only six months after it was first announced. Many believe this was the reason the game was so bare-bones compared to the previous Stadium games.
  • Franchise Killer: Pokémon Battle Revolution was criticized for its lack of features from previous games and sold less than previous games. Since then, there have been no Pokémon battle simulators developed for the following generations of games, though this may not be due to Battle Revolution's performance, rather the developers themselves believe that the main series' jump to 3D graphics with Pokémon X and Y had rendered the idea of another Stadium-style game pointless.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Stadium 1 and 2 were some of the biggest Nintendo 64 games, with Stadium 1 being its 6th best selling title and 2 being its 18th best seller, combined selling 8 million copies, but despite this neither game ever saw a Virtual Console rerelease on the Wii nor Wii U, even after the Gen I and II mainline games got VC rereleases on the 3DS. Stadium 2 is a bit uncommon and pricey too, with just loose cartridges on eBay costing over the retail price of a newly released modern game. Then you additionally still need to get a working Transfer Pak and have a working Generation I or II mainline Pokémon cartridge if you don't want to be stuck with using just the Rentals, which aren't cheap either, and getting Gen I/II Pokémon cartridges with working save batteries can be hard if you don't have the technical know-how or know someone to replace the batteries. Fortunately both games can be emulated fine and you can easily emulate the Transfer Pak functionality with an emulated Gen I/II Pokémon game save, but playing them legitimately on real hardware nowadays is cumbersome to say the least. Nintendo eventually Subverted this trope over two decades later by announcing both 1 and 2 would rerelease on the Nintendo Switch Online service, however they'll also be without any Transfer Pak functionality, so you'll still need to have the original hardware (or emulate) if you want to use your own Pokémon or want to access any of the other content that requires connecting your own Pokémon game.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": In Japan, Stadium 2 and Pokémon Crystal were released at the same time, and thus the former was made compatible with the latter. In other regions, Crystal was released later, and Western players were in for a surprise when certain Pokémon that couldn't learn Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt in Gold and Silver had them in their movesetsnote  and the female player character exclusive to Crystal showed up in a battle in the end credits.
  • Moved to the Next Console:
    • A variation. The Japanese Stadium 1 was originally supposed to be called Pocket Monsters 64, and was to be released for the Nintendo 64DD expansion. The game was moved to the usual cartridge when it became clear that the 64DD would be spending more time in development than expected; error messages related to the 64DD still exist in the final game's data as a relic of this.
    • Pocket Monsters Stadium Expansion Disk was also planned for the 64DD, but Pokémon Stadium 2 (aka the international Pokémon Stadium) was developed as a standalone game instead for the same reason as above.
  • No Export for You: The Japanese Stadium 1. Of course, as mentioned on the main page, the internationally released Stadium 1 is ostensibly an Updated Re-release on this one. All that was missed between this and the international one are some alternate music tracks and an alternative intro to battles, so this is far from a bad thing.
  • Role Reprise: Ikue Otani reprises her role as Pikachu in Stadium and Stadium 2 if the player uses a Pikachu from Pokémon Yellow.
    • Ted Lewis, who's voiced several battle announcers in Pokémon: The Series, voices the battle announcer in the English dub of the game.
    • Rodger Parsons, the narrator for the majority of the English dub of the anime up until then, took up the mantle as the battle announcer in Battle Revolution.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Many people wondered how you could unlock Mewtwo as a Rental in Stadium 1 and rumors abounded on how to unlock it, with claims such as you get him by completing every Cup and Gym Leader Castle, or getting every Pokémon in the Hall of Fame. There exists no Rental Mewtwo in the game however, with the claims of how to get him either doing nothing or getting you other things (such as completing everything unlocks the Round 2 hard mode, and getting every Pokémon into the Hall of Fame will get you a Psyduck with Amnesia that you can transfer over to a RBY save file).
  • What Could Have Been: Early footage for Battle Revolution shows character models for Red and Leaf, before they were ultimately replaced with Lucas and Dawn.