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Pokken Tournament DX: Review

This review is strictly the opinion of the author.

Pokken Tournament DX is just plain fun. It takes several elements of all the popular fighting games and combines it with childhood nostalgia. Here are 5 reasons to pick up your copy of Pokken Tournament DX today:

  1. There is a Pokemon for everyone – Whether you prefer a fighting style that is faster than your opponent or you prefer the flair of a technical fighter, that play style is available to you.
  2. The solo play is rewarding – If you enjoy climbing the ladder and working your way to becoming the best, you can find gratification in the adventure mode. Each match earns you experience which you can use to make your Pokemon stronger. Plus, there are some fun cut-scenes to look forward to.
  3. 3v3 Battles – This is where they did a great job of capturing the nostalgia of a true Pokemon battle. Whether you were/are a fan of the GameBoy games or you just enjoy the tv show, the 3v3 battles do a great job of bringing those sequences to life. This is a new feature that was not part of the previously released title for Wii-U.
  4. Fighting Landscape – The battle starts in an open battlefield and as you close in on your opponent and land a flurry of attacks, you have the chance to go into duel mode. In this mode you have a better chance of landing attacks and combos and less of a chance of having them dodged. You are removed from this mode after a sequence of moves generally sends you or your opponent flying in the opposite direction.
  5. Finishers & Mega Evolution – Mega Evolution is a big part of the Pokemon franchise and incorporating those concepts while also maintaining character balance are important. This is achieved based on the mode you choose to fill your synergy bar in battle. Once the synergy bar is fill, simply tap L+R and your Pokemon will Mega Evolve into a new and improved version of itself. In this form, your Pokemon will be able to unleash enhanced versions of it’s attacks and perform a finishing move by tapping L+R again. These “finishers” are not only devastating if timed properly, but they are also incredibly fun to watch.

If you want to see examples of this for yourself, please check out the game-play video below.


On the flip side, no game is perfect and this one surely has it’s imperfections. Here are a few reasons you may be turned off by Pokken Tournament DX:

  1. Inability to battle friends – One of the fun things about many other games on the market is that when your friends come online and you see that indicator flash on your screen, you then have the ability to challenge them to a match. As it stands today, this is not possible.
  2. Daily Challenge – This was a good attempt to spice things up for the player. You are asked to accomplish a new feat every day (generally with a new Pokemon). However, there is an element of redundancy here and when you pair it with the solo play ladder grind, it feels a little tedious.
  3. Online Matchmaking – This one could go either way depending on how you look at it. When I go online, my expectation is to get matched up to another player of similar skill level. If that process takes too long, then the game will instead match you up with a CPU opponent. So on one hand, I am playing a match sooner, but on the other, I am not playing against another player.

All in all, this is a great game. No game is perfect at launch, so I am sure we will see some improvements made over time. There are certainly flaws, but for the most part they are minor.


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