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- New fighters added to the roster, in addition to new support Pokemon characters
- Multiple ways to battle on the Nintendo Switch Console
- All new team battle mode lets you battle with a Pokemon party
- Brand new Replay mode lets you record and share your favorite battles. Group match allows you to battle friends in tournament-style play
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Pokémon comes to Nintendo Switch
Introducing the first Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch console. Take direct control of one of 21 prized Pokémon fighters to defeat other Pokémon in arena fights. Call upon Support Pokémon to assist in the fight, then unleash your Pokémon's unique Burst Attack to climb atop the ranks.
With all new modes and new ways to battle with friends, this is your chance to become champion of the Ferrum Region!
Master the new fighting styles of Croagunk, Scizor, Empoleon, Darkrai, and the newly added Decidueye. New modes give you the ability to challenge your friends* in intense competition. Duke it out with your favorite Pokémon Fighters in Team Battle. Then record and upload your favorite fights with the new replay feature**. Take the battle on the road with the portable Nintendo Switch system or find competition online in the new Group Match Mode. Do you have what it takes to claim the title of Pokkén Tournament DX champion? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by stepping into the battle arena!
Fight as Decidueye, Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and more.
Execute powerful Pokémon moves with simple button combinations.
Enjoy an intuitive fighting system for all skill levels.
*Additional games and systems may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.
**Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online gameplay, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018.
Introducing the first Pokemon title for the Nintendo Switch Console. Take direct control of One of 21 prized Pokemon fighters to defeat other Pokemon in Arena fights. Call upon support Pokemon to assist in the fight, then unleash your pokemon's unique Burst attack to climb atop the ranks. With all new modes and new ways to battle with friends, this is your chance to become champion of the ferrum region!
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--List of Changes:
1. 5 new characters:
Each play different than each other as well as the old cast bringing total roster to 21. None feel like clones of another character in the roster. These characters are not DLC for the Wii U version and exclusive to Switch. There's also 2 new support pokemon, Litten and Popplio.
2. Team battle mode.
You and your opponent choose 3 pokemon and battle it out, knock out elimination style
3. Local Multiplayer Changes
You can play local multiplayer in split screen, or over-the-shoulder view on a single cartridge
For the latter, you have to be in perspective of player one, so the second player is somewhat at a disadvantage in terms of viewing angle
For split screen; the frame rate drops from 60 to 30fps
If both you and a friends own the game, you can play together on individual switches instead of having to share screens. Plus the frame rate is a constant 60fps
4. Daily Challenges.
As the name states, you get different challenges daily, when accomplished you receive items for your avatar and profile, or in-game currency
5. Online Changes.
You can now group to play with friends only instead of just random people
Slight graphical upgrade. May not be able to tell unless you have both games side-by-side or you have sensitive eyes and a good memory. Frame rate is noticeably better as there are fewer frame rate drops especially during times when a lot of things are happening on screen
7. Online replay
You can now save online replays. Although you cannot edit, fast forward or rewind what you saved.
You can be taken on the go, without being tethered to the a (Wii U) console. You can also wirelessly play pokken Tournament with friends/family who also have the game
If you spot any changes/new content i missed, please put it in the comments.
--My Original Wii U Review:
Executions are very easy in this game (don't have to worry about doing quarter circle shoryuken motions the right time) making for a more fun psychological timing battle like a game of rock-paper-scissors, hand slap game or thumb wars as you try to parry, block and attack your opponent at the right time.
There are two fighting phases in the game. A 3D phase (field phase) where you focus on your position and shooting projectile attacks from afar while dodging enemy attacks trying to get up close dealing massive damage and a 2D phase (duel phase) where you go through your traditional fighting game troupe of grabs, attacks (low , mid, high), blocks and parries. Each phase has different attacks variants so it switch up strategy a lot.
The field phase has you locked onto your opponent at all times so you don't have to worry about any camera issues. Once you get in close or do certain attacks you will switch to a duel phase. Duel phase can switch back to field phase once a lot of damage is dealt. Switching shift can be advantagous also as you switching from one from the other can recover all your chip damage or remove all opponents chip damage depending on who initiates it, making the game more frantic, keeping battles more intense as you're on your feet the entire time
There are 16 pokemon to choose from each varying in special moves and stats (speed, defense, attack, etc) and no one pokemon is a clone of another. Button executions are similar so you don't have to learn new moves for each character rather know how each character initiate the moves provided to them. There are also support pokemon which you can call in during battle to do stat boosts, de-buff enemy or attack the enemy. Thoughout battle to fill up a bar, when filled you can activate a pokemon's mega evolution (or a power-up state if the pokemon does not have one) where you get power up stats and access to a finishing move.
There's training mode which gives a very good tutorial of the game. I recommend going through this mode first as it will give you tips you otherwise don't know if you were just to jump right in and try to learn it yourself. I may be slow at first, but it's worth it go through in my opinion.
Verus mode or I would like to call couch gameplay have you and a friend battle each other; one using the game pad while the other a pro controller. This may cause problems if one prefers a controller over the other. You cannot both play on the TV screen as the field phase mode required a fixed camera angle on your character as mentioned before. There is a LAN link option if you are serious into the game.
There's avatar customization also which is a nice touch. You have to gain in-game money to purchase new accessories for that character which can be earned by continuous play of the game.
Ferrum battle leauge is the game's story mode where you battle varies pokemon trainer tournament style like how a pokemon league works in the anime. As you try to work your way up the tournament ladder trying to be the best there ever was; there's also a side plot about Shadow Mewtwo to switch things up a bit.
Online modes include Ranked and friendly (casual mode). Ranked keeps record of your win/lose ratio and friendly mode is your typical jump in and play against anyone or a friend if you have a code. Ranked battles aside from keeping track of your win/loss ratio you always rank up and will battle players of your own rank which is a nice challenge, but if you stop playing after a while and get rusty or if someone else plays your account your win to lose ratio may falter. Online battle is pretty smooth, there are some stutters here and there at times, but most of the time it's stable. If you are not able to connect to another player online within 10secs or so, the game let's you play against a CPU until a player is found which is a nice as you don't have to constantly wait at the search screen.
This game is the closest you'll get to a real pokemon battle you see in the anime, and is easily accessible to everyone as you focus on more on timing and twitch gameplay rather than complex executions.