Pokkén Tournament pleases Western reviewers

Sites are posting reviews of the Pokémon/Tekken mash-up known as Pokkén Tournament and things are looking… pretty decent, actually. The game will debut on the Wii U later this week (and require a Day 1 patch of almost 400mb), but you can read what the professionals are saying while you wait:

Pokkén Tournament takes a lot of what we know from old fighting gaming favorites and sticks them into a blender, delivering a unique take on both Pokémon and on fighting games in general. Sometimes all those ingredients spill over a container that’s a little too full – there is a surprising amount to learn beyond the beginner’s level, and that may alienate some Pokémon fans without fighting game experience. Pokkén Tournament does do a good job, though, at alleviating this bloat of mechanics with single-player modes to help ease into the action. – 8/10 IGN

If you like Pokémon and fighting games, or just want to play Pokémon in a new way, you’ll enjoy Pokkén Tournament on the Nintendo Wii U. – 4/5 PCMag

Shifting back and forth from the wider space of 3-D combat into the tighter confines of monster-on-monster fisticuffs feels fluid, like a ballet with more explosions. The dynamic camera sweeps in, out, and around the fighters, creating a palpable sense of space and making these intimate battles all the more spectacular.A.V. Club

Not all sites were quite so hyped with the title however, and some took issue with the lackluster roster:

What’s present in Pokken Tournament feels like a very solid foundation for what could be a great fighting game series. Even then, the embarrassingly low number of characters, coupled with no current plans for future DLC, makes for a disheartening aspect of the final title. Overall, its unique take on combat, well adored IP, and enjoyable battle mechanics all show promise, but the overall lack of content fails to build the game as anything more than a promising first step. – 3/5 GAMERANT

Pokken Tournament tries its best to cater to a more casual fighting crowd, but in its efforts to do so rapidly becomes mundane after repeated playthroughs. There’s little lasting appeal here and no real incentive to get better, ironic given that the game is based on the property made famous by wanting the very best, like no one ever was. – 6/10 Shacknews

<3 PJ

  1. The only problem that I’ve ever had with Pokenn Tournament IS the seemingly lackluster roster. It’s so small, I’d love to see them triple the roster. Increases the game’s longevity.

    1. I really don’t like that they outright said they don’t plan on making dlc for it. I’m sure if the game does well enough for itself down the line we may get some extra stuff, but it really makes the game feel confined to what it is. Even if they never do make dlc they could have at least left it it open ended and said that maybe it could happen.

    2. My problem is a lack of a true beyond heavyweight fighters
      Everything is too lean and fast

    3. I think Pokken’s roster is decent for a first title (hopefully) in a fighting series. I do wish we had more variations in fighters like a heavy weight and a glass cannon combo character.

  2. I’m very stoked for this game! I love Pokemon and I really enjoy fighting games a lot so this will be perfect for me! The only thing I’m bummed about is the decreased frame rate when playing in local multiplayer……..I get the feeling they really shouldn’t have needed to do that in order to make the stages work the way they do and they could have done something about it. Either way I can’t wait to actually play the game!!!! I hate that I have so much work due this weekend, but on the bright side I have all next week to sink my teeth into it!

    1. If you’re interested in purchasing Wii U exclusive games such as Xenoblade X, Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8 (not really a good game in my opinion), then I would say it’s worth it. If you’re not interested in any of those 3 titles, I would hold off on buying. You can play Smash bros on 3DS, and I hear that the next Zelda title might also be available on NX.

  3. Nice to see that the reviews for this are positive! I looked forward to it, and assumed it would not disappoint! Glad it didn’t! Hope this also opens up more opportunities for more pokken games, and other collaborations with pokemon in future.

    I’d love for them to go back to the pokemon X Fire Emblem cross over that was suppose to be the big FE crossover until they made it a Shin Megami Tensei crossover.

  4. Luke most people my only flaw is the small roster but I can say it’s a really really fun game and is super easy to control. Here’s a fake roster I found for those that wish it haha

    Edit : the more I look at that roster the better it looks haha

    1. Though a lot of decent fighters I still don’t see Rhyperior. But the more I think about it, Rhyperior’s lack of elbows and joints in his arms really only allow it to charge into foes with horn attack and club with its tail
      I mean Rhyperior can definitely punch and stuff but it’s just awkward

      1. I’m disappointed he isn’t available now , I feel like he could have been a great addition to the roster.

    1. I have very limited availability, but it would be fun if it ended up working to where I could

  5. Rather average reviews. This is expected as this game could be difficult to understand. I just wish the game had a larger role of Pokemon to play as. Now it’s time to wait for Pokken Tournament 2. Anyways, there is a rumor going around about Luigi’s Mansion 3 being on the NX. The game will be developed by Next Level and Nintendo EAD Tokyo 2. The game is said to have amazing Pixar-like graphics, an outstanding light engine, and quirks from both Mansion games.

    Hi, I’m Lonk from Pennsylvania: http://mynintendonews.com/2016/03/15/rumour-luigis-mansion-3-coming-to-nintendo-nx/

    1. I really don’t trust any leaks when it comes to graphics and machine power. They seem to exaggerate it quite a bit, especially for new consoles.

    2. 8 is average these days, I guess.

      Not a dig at you in particular. Game review sites tend to uh, only utilize the higher-up numbers unless a game is super horrible.

    3. Seems like SSB4 has set the bar higher for other games. 16 isn’t bad. 54 is ridiculous.

  6. I’d like some opinions from you guys before I go ahead and pick the game up. If anyone happens to get the game before or on Friday, please let me know what you think of it! 🙂

    1. I’m getting the game on Friday and plan on writing my first video game review on it. It probably won’t be that good since it’s my first though.

    2. I’m getting it, I need something new to rage over until something else comes along

    3. ayy Dicie long time no speak, man. anyway id say go for it. the game itself “looks” incredible i mean graphically. the reviews are pretty average but its an attempt at a pokemon tekken game so not bad for a first. i think you should get it and let me know if its good lol. lol jk i think im gonna get it just cuz

  7. SUPER MEGA CRAZY END GAME SPOILERS FOR SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON AHEAD. WARNING WARNING

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    I loved PSMD. It was the closest we’ve gotten to the perfection of TDS. But come on! The freaking final boss is a SPHEAR? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Not even some legendary or some mega evolved Pokemon or something! A sphere that has no character, and barely even a design! ITS A BALL!!!! Nobody liked bitter cold. You think they’d learn from their mistakes and make it a strong Pokemon. I mean, the two bosses before GTI were Rayquaza and Dialga! And they were awesome! Heck, I thought it would be Xerneas! Since Yveltal ends up helping you it would be cool if Xerneas got angry at the hate in the world and started wrecking sh*t but nope! Ball. And they have that stupidly long cutscene in the middle of it that you can’t skip so I’m goona have to watch it all again just for another shot at it. It’s not going to be satisfying to beat. It’s not intimidating. It’s a BALL. I love the mystery dungeon games but this is just stupid

    1. I’m still stuck as a Quilladin and Monferno is no where near evolving
      But I got a Rhyperior to take over

    2. Well I kinda agree that I want a Pokemon to be the main villain again, but I liked the story, I played it twice over.

  8. I want the game already!!!!! and all I got to say it better not be like capcom where they make 5 versions of the same game just to add new characters

          1. That we do. I’d like to see Scizor get added down the line as a bug rep. There are tons of Rock types you could add. Cradily would be an interesting choice.

          2. I agree with both of y’all but I won’t be able to afford all the crazy shenanigans they’ll throw at us

    1. To be fair, Capcom promised not to do it anymore in Street Fighter V. They will release characters periodically instead that can be either unlocked with either real cash or in-game currency.

  9. Eric Medalle, the Creative Design Director for The Pokémon Company, was killed in a car accident today.

      1. Yeah.. When you think about how someone who recently died’s family, you feel really bad for them…

  10. I just had a thought, what if they turned Covet into a Fairy Type Move, The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target’s held item. I mean I hate Fairies but I do like thinking of attacks

  11. Well I hope the reviewers would praise the attention to detail. The stages aren’t just there because you needed a place(holder) to fight in. They really spruced it up compared to certain other fighters with fairly empty stages, say, Soul Calibur, Blazblue, UNIEL, Dengeki Bunko or Melty Blood.

    Seen the Electrode (Voltorb?) on a treadmill? Or that Joltik on a lamp post? <3

  12. RIP Eric Medalle ,I didn’t know u but thanks for all these awesome works:

    – Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: English & European Graphic Design

    – Pokémon X and Y: English & European Graphic Design

    – Pokémon Black and White Versions 2: English Version Artwork

    – Pokémon Conquest: Graphic Design

    – Pokémon Black and White Versions: English Version Artwork

    – Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs: English-Version Graphic Design

    – Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions: English-Version Artwork

    – Pokémonn Ranger: Shadows of Almia: English Version Artwork

    may your soul bloom in love for all existence.

  13. I want Zoroark, Infernape, Noivern, Greninja, Heracross, Genesect Kanghaskhan, and Crobat so badly in the playable roster (as DLC of course)

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