Pokkén Tournament DX is a fighting game featuring many Pokémon as playable characters. It is a port of the Wii U version with a few upgrades.
Pro The gameplay changes itself up in cool ways
Playing matches feels dynamic thanks to the ways the game constantly changes things up. There are two different "modes" during every battle: field mode where you play in a 3D view with full directional control of your Pokémon, and duel mode where you play in a traditional 2D view. Starting off in field mode lets you gauge your opponent's style to make out any patterns, while duel mode opens up more skills and combos for you to punish your foe. This constant switching between field mode and duel mode is a great way to make sure gameplay doesn't get stale, as you have to adjust your playstyle on the fly with each change.
Pro Local and online multiplayer makes the game more fun
All the excitement and dynamic gameplay from single-player gets amped up while playing against a friend through co-op or against another player online. This is a ton of fun to play with someone sitting right beside you via splitscreen co-op for some friendly competition. Connecting online to face off against random players is great for challenging yourself and reaching that next level of expert play. With the ability to play on the go with the handheld dock, this is a pretty good game for co-op when you're away from home.
Pro Great for Pokémon fans
Pokkén Tournament DX is a fine game to pick up if you're into the Pokémon anime and video games. The range of available fighters spans across the many generations of different Pokémon, going all the way back to the original GameBoy games with long-time favorites like Pikachu and Charizard. This is perfect for fans of the series who maybe don't normally play fighting games, since you get the chance to try something new.
Pro Simple to pick up and play
It's really easy to learn how to play Pokkén Tournament DX. New players who aren't familiar with fighting games should be able to get the hang of the controls in no time. You don't have to memorize long strings of complex combos or anything like that; the basics are enough for you to get by without worrying. The tutorial is straight-forward as well, gradually teaching you the ropes without overwhelming you. This is a great game for anyone looking to get started with the fighting genre, or even for veterans who want to figure out the more high-level gameplay styles at their own pace.
Con Not many incentives to pick this up if you have the original
If you already own the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament, then this DX port might not be worth another purchase. Sure, there are a few more characters, ranked online matches, 3v3 team battles, and quality of life improvements to the controls for local co-op, but this may not be enough for some players. For anyone on the fence about picking this up at full price, you can get away with waiting for a price drop without missing out on much.