Review: Pokkén Tournament DX (Nintendo Switch)

Take direct control of over 20 prized Battle Pokémon as you unleash a flurry of powerful moves in adrenaline-fuelled matches! Call upon Support Pokémon to assist in the fight, then unleash your Pokémon’s unique Burst Attack as you work your way up the ranks.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous HD graphics.
  • 3.2GB Download size.
  • Character (Avatar) creator-Set eye colour, Facial expression, Male/Female.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Amiibo support.
  • Seven modes- Story, Single match, Practice, Local, Local wireless and online. Daily fight is your seventh.
  • Daily fight- Randomly generated fight with set rules and Pokemon. The few dailies I have done have all been get 3 wins in 5 fights. You get bonus items and EXP.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Tutorial- Optional and covers the mechanics of the game.
  • Over 20 Pokemon including new ones from Pokemon Sun and Moon.
  • 16 Sets of supports. Each support is a team of two and have different charge times and do particular moves from stunning the enemy to giving you health.
  • End of battle breakdown with a star rating in areas like defense offense and burst with an overall star rating and cash prize depending on rating.
  • Earn cash to buy new customisable options for your avatar. Unlock new avatar buying options by playing the game and doing particular tasks.
  • Each Pokemon has its own level and you earn EXP from fighting. Levelling up grants an unlock point that you can allocate to strength, Defense,  Support time and burst.
  • Unlock new titles for your player card by playing and/or completing tasks.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Detailed move list in pause menu.
  • Has its own in game achievements.
  • Mission panel- You perform certain tasks to reveal a picture, Earn bonus cash and eventually once you unlcok the whole image you get a special key.
  • Locations are taken straight from the Pokemon universe from all games they look simply inviting and fun with a lot of background animations.
  • Player card- Set one of your unlocked titles, Add a preset greeting and you can change these whenever you want to.
  • Story- Played out the same way in each league it goes; Win league matches to increase your rank and qualify to the tournament, Finish the tournament then face off against a boss of sorts. The boss of sorts fight is a promotion match that once you win unlcoks the next league.
  • Fast fluid combat and controls.
  • Advisor- Gives advice, Adds buffs inbetween rounds. You can select her cheer skill which changes what buffs you may get between rounds.
  • Can re allocate Pokemon upgrade points at anytime for free.
  • Japanese and English audio options for your advisor.
  • Stats- Battle log, Play info and saved replays.
  • Local mp- Choose to play as splitscreen or you share the same screen.
  • Combat- You fight as normal in an arena. Doing a set of moves can trigger and change the game from a 3D fighter into a almost 2D up close combat. Again you can then transition out from the up close back to the open 3D fighting again.
  • Accessible thanks to the way the fighting works. You have a homing atttack that gets you up and close, A ranged attack is self explanatory.
  • You feel rewarded constantly as titles and avatar unlcoks constantly drop after matches.
  • Sports channel presentation.
  • Fight styles- Aside from the one on one you also get a team battle option where you choose a stable of fighters and have to elimate all opposing players to win.
  • Looks superb on the small or big screen.

Cons:

  • The single player whilst entertaining is only like that in short fire bursts. The early leagues are very simple to win which kind of kill your motivation.
  • No online tournament options to play with friends.
  • If you are not bothered by avatar options then you don’t get the same feeling of love as someone who loves constantly changing out their layout.
  • Combat can boil down to just button mashing.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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