Developer: Bandai NAMCO Entertainment, Inc.
Category: Fighting, Action
Format Played: Nintendo Switch
Released: September 22, 2017
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At their core, Pokemon games are fun because of the challenge of actually raising Pokemon and the thrill of seeing how they stack up in battle. It’s for these reasons that I find myself so impressed with Pokken Tournament DX, the new and improved version of the Wii U game released back in 2016. This time around, Nintendo tacked on a “DX” at the end of the title, added 5 new characters (Croagunk, Darkrai, Decidueye, Empoleon and Scizor), a 3-vs-3 mode, a daily challenge mode, ranked online battles, and split-screen co-op play. That’s a decent amount of new content but is it enough to consider a double dip if you’ve already played Pokken Tournament on the Wii U?
Of the new Pokemon, for whatever reason, I gravitated to Empoieon. He may be slower than most, but his attacks are strong and his special is pretty awesome. Having said that, I will admit that Scizor is probably the best ‘new’ addition to the game. He’s fast, strong and hard to hit – the perfect combo. That said, no one compares to Charizard, who is by far my favorite. His combos and specials are incredibly powerful and they chain together effortlessly; not to mention, for a big guy, he’s actually pretty quick on his feet! But, if you’re not one for a flying dragon that breathes fire, there are 20 other Pokemon to choose from and much like we saw in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — another expanded Switch port released earlier this year — all characters are playable from the get-go. In my opinion, this was a smart decision on Bandai NAMCO’s part, as I’d rather get to leveling up Pokemon I see myself using for battles, rather than wasting time raising scrubs. Sorry, Chandelure!