The Wii U version of Pokken Tournament was primarily tested for the purpose of this review.
Bandai Namco and The Pokémon Company have pooled their combined resources and talents to bring Nintendo fans a taste of something different. A Tekken influenced Pokémon combat game. As the player, you pit your Pokémon against another in the best of a three round match up to determine the best combatant on the day. As you gain experience you level your Pokémon up and increase your reputation to become the best trainer of the Ferrum region.Taking all the flare and jazz of any typical fighting game and incorporating them into Pokkén was always going to happen. Your pocket monster bursts on the scene with an insane amount of charisma and flair (including some very odd grunts and groans) and is not only equally matched by his opponent but also the surrounding arena.
The first time I found myself actively thinking about this games presentation was at the beginning of my first match and the game was introducing the level that was about to become my battleground. It was a volcanic themed stage and the vibrant colours that formed the pools of lava and embers were remarkable to watch. All the stages have the feel of them being a living and breathing arena and I think was something that has captured the Pokémon spirit without flaw of recreating epic battles through the use of the environment.The amount of detail in this game is marvellous, I have seen things that I haven’t seen before and will never forget like the pointed bodily organ that sits between Blaziken’s legs? The first time that breezed across my screen is surely something I didn’t expect to see.