According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Animated Violence
Parents, Stadium 2 continues the wholesome image of the franchise. However, if you think watching cuddly cute Pokémon getting fried, grilled, and beat-down in a more animated venue may be too intense for your kids, you might want to hold up the "stop" sign for this one. Also keep in mind that Stadium 2 isnt really a complete gaming experience in and of itself. If you're ok with that, Stadium 2 serves as a decent organizer and activity center for groups of kids to hang out and battle their Pokémon.
Do I really need to tell anti-Pokémon gamers to stay away from this one? I dont think so. Just looking at how this title is dominating sales charts also tells me I dont really need to say much to rabid Pokémon fans either.
For those who are undecided or have never played the original, keep in mind that Stadium 2 is not a stand-alone experience. It serves as an add-on to the Game Boy titles and is sort of the next challenge for trainers who have Pokémon level 50 and above. Make sure you already own a large group of diverse Pokémon at various levels or be willing to go back to the Game Boy titles to retrain your Pokémon to qualify for some of the game's tournaments.
In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.
Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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