Review: Pokken Tournament DX
Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Like many games coming to the Switch, Pokken Tournament DX is a polished port of the Wii U title with a few extras thrown in. It’s the penultimate Pokken variation and it comes on a system people actually own. For that alone, if you were a fan of it on the Wii U definitely pick up Pokken on the Switch.
I can’t claim to be a fighting game expert, so speaking to whether or not it makes its mark on the very niche genre is difficult. Thankfully many reviews have already since catered to this when the original version came out and overall Pokken seems to combine aspects of multiple other fighting games, with both 3D and 2D phases within the battles. There’s even a sort of super move once players successfully fill a metre which felt akin to that of the Injustice series. Where Pokken feels different is that the complexity of learning moves appears much more accessible than your typical fighting game.
The roster consists of over 20 Pokemon all of which are unlocked from the start much like Mario Kart 8 DX. While each Pokemon has their own sets of moves they are all pulled off by using a combination of direction and face buttons, with little in the way of complex combos to execute. This meant for me I could learn the systems fairly quickly which may be a bit boring for fighting game enthusiasts, however, I would say that despite the initial simplicity there is a greater depth that will still take a fair amount of skill to master.
The joy of this title for me came from my pure unbridled fan passion. There’s something incredibly cool about seeing Pokemon in this detail and resolution for the first time battling it out in an arena. Little things like being able to details like fur on the 3D models really feels like this is a new generation of Pokemon games and it’s exciting to think about what’s coming next.
Being a fan brought downsides as well, as there have been many liberties taken. Why are there so many legendaries? How can these normal kids have access to all these powerful Pokemon? Why are people 2D and Pokemon 3D? It’s all stuff you have to forget to enjoy the game, and to most people, it won’t matter but I can’t say I didn’t raise my eyebrows at the hubris.
Possibly the best thing about Pokken Tournament DX is the console it comes on. As someone who would probably never otherwise play a fighting game having one on my portable console that can immediately be played with friends is actually very appealing. For those who are a bit more hardcore on the genre you can find a much more active online scene than on the Wii U and as it’s only the beginning of this console’s life, it’s a great time to get invested in the community.
|Pokken Tournament is almost identical to its Wii U predecessor only on a console with the potential to cultivate a thriving community. This coupled with portability and the few features that have been added make this the definitive Pokken title currently available.||3.6 3.6 ( on 5 rating)|