It’s Pokémon vs. Pokémon as players take direct control of Pokémon fighters like Pikachu, Charizard and Lucario to battle it out in beautiful HD in the Pokkén Tournament game, now available for the Wii U console. Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO, the creators of the acclaimed Tekken fighting series, Pokkén Tournament employs multiple move sets and abilities for each character, offering hard-core fighting game fans and people new to the genre the chance to master the game.
“Pokkén Tournament will appeal to Pokémon fans, fighting game players and even casual gamers looking for an action-packed game,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “It’s another example of the unique experiences players can only get on Nintendo systems.”
Each Pokémon in the game – 16 total fighters in all! – possesses unique moves (composed of weak, strong and special attacks) that are specific to that character. Pikachu, for example, can use Thunder, which strikes down opponents with a bolt of electricity, while Lucario unleashes his patented Aura Sphere, enveloping fighters in energy. Playing as a Pokémon and performing these special moves is both satisfying and a dream come true for lifelong Pokémon fans. In addition to the main 16 playable Pokémon, 30 additional Pokémon can be called upon to support the player in battle. These support Pokémon include some beloved characters like Diglett and Magneton, and can turn the tide of battle by temporarily helping when called.
In the game’s fun single-player mode, players can level up a Pokémon’s stats like Attack and Defense as they battle other fighters in various leagues. Players can even personalize their trainer card with their preferred Pokémon fighter, customized clothing for their avatar and an online greeting. This online greeting will be used when battling other Pokkén Tournament players in the game’s online mode. In addition to playing online, players can battle friends and family members in local multiplayer matches. When playing local multiplayer, one player plays on the Wii U GamePad controller, while the other uses the TV screen and either a Wii U Pro Controller, Classic Controller or the Pokkén controller (sold separately).
Pokkén Tournament also includes amiibo support. Tapping any amiibo figure or card (sold separately) will unlock items in the game. As a bonus, players who purchase the physical version of the game at launch will receive a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card bundled with the game. When used, this special card instantly unlocks Shadow Mewtwo as a playable character.
I downloaded right at midnight and got to play a little bit before going to sleep. It’s really fun! Currently leveling up my Pikachu Libre lol
Idk I mean it’s fucking okay. Feels a little stiff. And the fighting is weird as fuck.
it has a tekken vibe to the fighting style for sure, and the fighting style is kind of weird but that’s why I like it, it just feels like a pretty unique fighting game overall. I’m going to try to learn a bunch of combos tonight and then take myself online and see how I do ^^
I went online a soon as I got the game. Well no the fuck I didn’t. I went through that long ass tutorial. Put I wanted to be put right in the heat of battle. And so far I find suicune, lucario, and nacho libre Pikachu pretty decent fighters. Maybe it’s because I never played tekken. I dove in with a Naruto ultimate Strom mindset and it’s not what I fucking thought.
I might also pick up that pokken controller tonight, I just hope the cord is really long, my couch is quite far from my tv
The controls are very weird at first… But I’m actually enjoying it so far!
yeah it takes getting used to for sure, but the combos still feel just as satisfying as any fighting game, and that’s the most important part i think
I will pick it up later im trying to decide if i want the digimon game or not
You… Heathen! xD
Ha ha lol
So is everyone having fun with it? Because of the lack of story, I canceled my preorder & got Samurai Warriors 4 Empires for my PS4 instead. I’ll get Pokken Tournament later on when it ever goes down in price.
I’m enjoying it for online purposes… Just like Street Fighter V… :)
Sorry, cheap bastard. Ain’t shit happening. That amiibo card won’t last long. Either buy it, or stay salty as always? You make the call, King Pretendo.
I canceled it because I need a story in order to fully enjoy a game & play it for hours on end. But apparently I’m salty for knowing my limits & not wasting my money on a game that I’d ultimately waste 60 bucks on & prefer to get it when it’s cheaper & won’t be a total waste of my money, eh? And King Pretendo? Really? I’ve been a loyal Nintendo fan since the early 90s. It’s okay. I know you’re just mad. I forgive you, white knight. Tell me, how much is your paycheck from Nintendo for defending them? I might be more willing to buy everything they push out & defend them to Hell & back if the pay is good enough.
“Ain’t shit happening.” Huh? You mean a price cut? lmfao Are you sure you aren’t the pretendo? Nintendo fans know this game will get a price cut eventually. It’s not a question of if but when.
Fantastic game, but feels like Tekken on steroids. Someone above said the controls feel stiff, and I think that’s why. Tekken has a steep learning curve (I haven’t played it in years), although people have been saying it’s more accessible.
So out of 10 give me the rating.
Haven’t had much time to play this game yet, but I love it. It’s one of the few must own titles on the Wii U. Definitely deserves more than the 7/10 that this site gave it. Deserves either an 8 or 9. Shaping up to be more like Hyrule Warriors, i.e., a fan favorite that garnered an critically lukewarm reception.
Taking direct control of the Pokémon themselves is pretty much the only thing that sets this game apart from the Pokémon Stadium games. And for the love of my wallet, I hope there’s no more special Pokémon amiibo made because of this game.