Pokken Tournament DX Review

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8.0
Good: Impressive Roster of Pokemon, Great depth in terms of mechanics, Online mode is fun
Bad: There's really no singleplayer adventure, Field and Duel Phase can be confusing at first, Modes can be lacking
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6.7
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The Nintendo Switch has been a huge hit ever since the hardware launched a couple of months ago. With the hardware selling like hotcakes and still out of stock in major parts of the world, developers are busy porting a lot of their games to the Switch. That being said, we have seen Nintendo port several of their Wii U titles like Mario Kart 8. Because of the success of Pokken Tournament a few years ago on the Wii U, Nintendo has released the definitive version of Pokken Tournament that offers the complete package for anyone who wants to play the ultimate version of the game. As this is the first Pokemon game to hit the Switch, it’s pretty sure the game will sell well. but is it really the definitive version of the hit Pokemon fighting game?

Almost all of the content in Pokken Tournament DX has not been altered. What you see or have played in the Wii U version is the same exact one you will be playing in the Switch version. In terms of the story, it hasn’t really changed. You will still be a Pokemon Trainer in the Ferrum Region who will investigate the appearance of the mysterious Pokemon. To do that, you will rise up in the ranks of the Ferrum League and battle trainers one-on-one. For those who are expecting some sort of similarity to the Pokemon games on the DS, you will be disappointed as this is a fighting game.

Aside from simply fighting Pokemon or joining the Ferrum league, there are other things that you could do as well. One of my favorites is doing the daily challenges or completing missions. By doing certain missions like winning a certain amount or using a specific support Pokemon, there are items or avatar costumes that you can unlock. Though when you are doing a daily challenge, there’s a chance you will not be playing as your main Pokemon you have been using. It’s best to play through the available roster and master each skill.

In terms of the combat, the game still uses two modes during each fight. Depending on what attacks that are used, the battle can shift from the long distance Field Phase to the close up Duel Phase or vice-versa. Whenever the switch occurs, the Pokemon that you are using in battle will have their attacks changed. It’s really best to go through the Dojo in the game and practice with the attacks of the Pokemon you are using to fully understand the mechanics and be competitive in the game. Don’t worry about the learning curve as they are easy to master.

As for the roster itself, the ones found in the Wii U version are in the Switch version plus certain new Pokemon like Croagunk, Empoleon, Darkrai, Scizor, and Decidueye. These Pokemon are only exclusive to the DX version. Since it’s important to for a fighting game to have characters that people will actually want to play as, I’m glad that the DX version has new Pokemon added to the roster as its one of the main draws of the game. I myself love playing as Pikachu but there are times I have to use others like Empoleon, especially when Braxien is the one I’m fighting against.

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Pokken Tournament DX Review, 6.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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