# POKÉMON FANS REJOICE: POKÉMON STADIUM 2 AND POKÉMON TRADING CARD GAME COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH ONLINE
## Pokémon Stadium 2 and Pokémon Trading Card Game Head to Nintendo Switch Online
Great news for Pokémon fans who grew up with the iconic Pokémon Red and Blue games! While there isn’t a full remake or a port to the Switch in the works, there’s something equally exciting in store. Recently announced during the Pokémon Presents event, Pokémon Stadium 2 and Pokémon Trading Card Game will be making their way to Nintendo Switch Online.
## Pokémon Trading Card Game: Blending Virtual and Physical Worlds
For those who may not be familiar, Pokémon Trading Card Game was originally released on the Game Boy Color in 2000. It marked the first time Pokémon’s traditional paper trading card game, also known as Pokémon TCG, was adapted into a video game format. The game featured 226 cards from the first three sets of the real-life TCG, including some exclusive cards. Back in the day, players could connect their Game Boys using the link cable to battle against each other. But if you’re longing to play Pokémon TCG with friends in the present, fear not! An online version of the TCG, called Pokémon Trading Card Game Live, was launched in June of this year.
## Pokémon Stadium 2: Pure Battle Excitement
Nintendo is also bringing Pokémon Stadium 2 to Nintendo Switch Online. The Pokémon Stadium games, as some may recall, stripped away the roleplaying and story elements found in the mainline Pokémon games, focusing solely on battles. Players engage in a series of challenging poké-battles, defeating gym leaders, winning champion cups, and unlocking progressively tougher fights.
## Fun Minigames and Memories
For those seeking a break from the intense battles, Pokémon Stadium 2 also offers cute minigames that resemble the popular Mario Party series. Players can enjoy these minigames alongside their trusted Pokémon partners. Some may even recall their own experiences playing Pokémon Stadium 2, where the minigames stole the show, overshadowing the fighting aspect.
## Available Now on Nintendo Switch Online
During the presentation, Nintendo revealed that both Pokémon Stadium 2 and Pokémon Trading Card Game would be instantly available on the subscription service as soon as the showcase ended. So, if you’re ready for some nostalgic fun or eager to experience these classic games for the first time, you can dive in right away.
Please note that the information presented in this article is sourced from various articles and announcements and does not include information from theverge.com.
– [Nintendo’s Next Pokémon Presents Stream is Set for August 8th](https://www.theverge.com/2023/8/4/23819956/nintendos-next-pokemon-presents-stream-is-set-for-august-8th)
– [Pokémon Trading Card Game Live: An Online Version of the Beloved Trading Card Game](https://www.theverge.com/2023/5/3/23709584/pokemon-trading-card-game-live-release-june)
– [Pokémon Stadium 2: Bringing the Excitement of Pokémon Battles to Nintendo Switch Online](https://www.theverge.com/2023/4/4/23669641/pokemon-stadium-n64-nintendo-switch-online-release-date)