Pokken Tournament, the love child of Pokemon and Tekken, releases March 18 for the Wii U and it looks to bring a new fighting game to the Nintendo home console.
In Pokken Tournament, the controls are simple utilizing four buttons that let’s you use a light attack (used to start your combos), a jump button, special attack/projectile and heavier attack. You can string these inputs into different combos and they are rather simple to pull off. It’s as easy as hitting X, Y, Y, Y and you’ll unleash a major combo. This is great for casual fighting game players and those who just want to pick up and go and not put in too much time learning complex combos. Some Pokemon also use their specials to great effect. Playing the long game to keep their opponent as far away as possible and inflict damage at the same time.
However, there is a lot of depth into every fight outside of the hand-to-hand stuff. There are 30 support Pokemon in the game that come in sets of two. The sets are not changeable, so the same two support Pokemon are grouped together always and only one support Pokemon is used in each round. If you win a round, you have the option to switch your support Pokemon to the other while losing automatically picks the second support Pokemon for you. It’s an interesting mechanic that can help decide battles. Each playable Pokemon in Pokken Tournament is grouped into one of four categories: Standard, Power, Speed and Technique. As you can imagine, Power are those who deal a lot of damage and are normally slower while Speed is the opposite. Technique uses “tricks” to get the better of their opponent and Standard are good at all aspects of the fight.
The great thing about Pokken Tournament is the diverse roster of fighters. Not only do we get fighting-types like Lucario and Blaziken but we have Chandelure and Suicune who fans wouldn’t even think of being included in a Pokemon fighting game. There are 16 playable characters with 14 ready to fight the second you boot the game up (Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo need to be unlocked) and none feel the same even if they are in the same group.
But the Shift Change mechanic in Pokken Tournament is what can really change the tide of a battle and affect how you fight mid-battle. Each phase normally favors a certain type of fighter. Duel Phase will benefit Pokemon like Weavile who are close-ranged fighters and want to do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. If you’re a special Pokemon, like Suicune or Gardevoir you will want to avoid this phase and you’ll want to return to Field Mode where you can avoid attacks easier. All in all it seems to be a game set to bring two differing franchises closer together. Are you excited for this game to come to console?
Source News: iDigitalTimes