Pokémon Nostalgia: Two Classic Games Hit Switch Today

Nintendo Switch! Pokémon Choose You!

The famous Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum would have screamed “I’ve gotta catch ’em all!” in excitement if he were real. And we are pretty sure every Nintendo Switch owner who is a big fan of this franchise will share the same sentiment. Today a big announcement came during a Pokemon Presents live stream on Tuesday (8 August 2023). It was revealed that both Game Boy’s Pokémon Trading Card Game and N64’s Pokémon Stadium 2 will be accessible today through Nintendo Switch Online. It will also include its premium Expansion Pack option.


The first title was originally released in 1988 as a Gameboy adaptation of the famous tabletop card game. The game features the initial three card sets of the trading game, along with the exclusive cards. The second title came out for the Nintendo 64 in 2000. It had all 251 creatures from the first and second generations of the Pokémon world. The original game let players move their Pokémon from Game Boy games using a Transfer Pak, but this isn’t possible in the Switch version.

You can play NES, SNES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color games if you have a regular Switch Online subscription. It costs $19.99 / £17.99 / €19.99 for a whole year of membership. But if you want to play Game Boy Advance games (also Mega Drive / Genesis and Nintendo 64 games), you’ll need the Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription. It costs $49.99 / £34.99 / €39.99.