Nintendo’s current goal appears to be bringing many of their multiplayer titles from the Wii U to Switch, and after the success of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it’s no surprise they decided to bring the unique Pokémon crossover title, Pokkén Tournament. Like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokkén Tournament DX adds fresh new content to the title to give old players a reason to pick it up once again, while new players can hop in and immediately have everything at their fingertips.
Although Pokkén Tournament did fairly well on the Wii U, the overall low user base for the console gave it a much smaller audience than it could have had. Pokkén Tournament was one of the top selling Wii U titles at around 1 million units, and considering the popularity of the Switch since launch it will likely find a brand new fanbase and succeed even further than its original release. Add in that the title has received updated visuals and minor adjustments to make for an overall better experience, it will likely do very well both for fans of fighting titles and those just wanting to dive into a fun Pokémon spin-off.
Unlike the Wii U version, Pokkén on the Switch does actually have every character unlocked upon starting up the game. All of the fighters from the Japanese arcade versions are available to use. Originally Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo had to be unlocked by completing the story mode, but this time the two of them and a handful of new characters are there from the get-go. In addition to new characters the Switch version brings new locations such as a beach and a Regi ruins, support Pokémon from Sun and Moon, a replay ability for matches and even new daily missions to give players more ways to earn coins.
Pokkén Tournament DX brings back the unique twists in combat to the Switch for instant gratification players can enjoy on the go or at home. It makes its place as the second deluxe title to hit the system and isn’t likely to be the last. While Pokkén Tournament may have been forgotten at first for many, its revival on the Switch shows that it still made enough of an impact and will likely grow in popularity if it continues to appear in Nintendo tournaments. Those who can’t wait to have a go at this competitive fighter only need to wait a few months, as Pokkén Tournament DX will be out on September 22.