Parents' Guide to

Pokkén Tournament DX

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Pokémon brawler gets expanded, enhanced for portable fights.

Game Nintendo Switch 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

A definite buy for all parents.

Pokken Tournament DX is the sequel to an already popular Pokemon fighting game. You get an additional characters and extra stage included in it. It has a couple of DLC that you can optionally buy in game. The controls are the same, it's fun and easy to learn. Though you cant just win by button mashing. The graphics and sounds is pretty good. It sets the theme perfectly for each fight. The online community is pretty active as well if youre into internet gaming. The violence in it is also kept to a minimal, so it's pretty safe for little kids who knows how to work a controller. The only downside of this game is that it doesnt have every Pokemon available in it and that levelling up a character in a fighting game can be quite a chore. However this game is still recommendable to all Nintendo Switch owner and Pokemon fans out there who are looking for a fun fighting game.

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Easy to play/use
age 4+

The Pokemon Company shows you once again it's holding back.

Pokemon has a simple rinse and repeat method, it allows for low risk for continued reward. However, every once in a while the Pokemon Company makes something that reminds you that if they really wanted to they could make something astounding, but alas we do not live in a world where the advanced fighting mechanics in pokken tournament can be applied to something as deep as the mainline rpg series. Pokken tournament is nothing special, the Pokemon company made sure of that. The Pokemon company went out of their way to put out just another fighting game, but this time with a Pokemon skin. In order to prevent any expectations towards them having to make a meaningful game.

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Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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Both seasoned and newbie Pokémon players should get a lot out of the fun arena battles between these Pokémon characters -- and there's a nice assortment of modes available. That coupled with the fact that you can take this game to go makes Pokkén Tournament DX a stellar pick. That said, those who bought last year's Pokkén Tournament for Nintendo Wii U might not get as much out of this, as this Nintendo Switch game is essentially the same, except for a few more characters (and Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo being playable right from the start), a Daily Challenge mode, a three-vs.-three arena option, and a new online leaderboard. There's also split-screen local play, but we'll get to that in a moment. As with the Wii U version, this game is very accessible. It's a cinch to pick up using the JoyCon controllers -- even for those who haven't played a fighting game previously -- yet the combat still has enough depth for more experienced and/or demanding players. For example, most special moves -- which are unique to your Pokémon -- can be performed with a single button press. But you'll need more timing and multi-button skills once you want to take advantage of some advanced moves and chaining moves/combos. On the new content, the Daily Challenge mode is a nice addition, as you're given a specific Pokémon and assist team each day, and rewarded with some skill points you can redeem. But more interesting is the new three-vs.-three mode.

As a Pokémon trainer, you must decide who joins the fight and when, based on your Pokémon characters' skills and your opponent's strengths. Don't expect as much depth as other fighting games, of course, but for a Pokémon game, it's quite meaty in both the gameplay and game mode department (though it would be great to offer more Pokémon characters to choose from). One mode to pass on, though, is Split Screen, as the gameplay area is too small to look at (with large borders around the edges), and more importantly, the game slows down dramatically. Finally, Pokkén Tournament DX also looks great, which will be a treat for fans playing on the small screen or big screen. Between the high definition and smoothly animated characters, arena environments, and special effects, this is by far the best-looking Pokémon game to date. Overall, this fighting game is accessible and fun and has lots to do -- and having it portable is an extra treat.

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