You know you’re marrying the right guy when he puts a video game you’ve been wanting on your wedding registry, and that’s exactly what happened with me and Pokken Tournament.
I first heard about Pokken tournament on Facebook and thought it was another one of those gimmicks to make me click on a video that had nothing to do with Pokemon, but boy was I wrong. I never played Tekken before so I didn’t know the premise of the game, but after seeing a few minutes of gameplay, I realized that this was the version of Pokemon Stadium I had been waiting for since I was a child. Hopefully there can be enough traction to continue work on further releases of this game because I feel like this is how adult Pokemon should be played: special monster with special abilities beating the shit out of each other.
I should mention that this is my incomplete opinion of the game since I haven’t beaten it yet, but I’m impressed by what I’ve seen so far. Immediately, my first gripe was the lack of available Pokemon to choose from, but I think that stems from the spoiled little boy who currently has like 100 options in Super Smash Bros. If we think back to the very first SSB release, there weren’t many options there either, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before more DLC or future releases will give us more than the handful we have now.
My gripe about the lack of characters disappeared when I saw how much work went into each character. Each Pokemon has a dramatically different moveset, so getting familiar with Pikachu would not help you become familiar with Chandelure or Gardevoir or Blaziken.
The idea of defeating Leagues is pretty cool, but after the first three Leagues, I was getting bored quick. Luckily, the story ramps up at this part, and the challengers become considerably more difficult as you start to unlock the extra characters (of which I’ve only unlocked one at this point – I think there’s one extra but I honestly don’t want to ruin it for myself just yet).
It’s interesting that type match-ups don’t seem to matter as much when, in basically every other Pokemon game created, type match-ups dictate the course of the story and how you defeat your foes. Nintendo basically said, “Nah, not this time,” which kind of threw me for a loop, but maybe this is something they can explore in the future.
The multiplayer functionality is probably what I love/hate the most. I’m an extremely competitive gamer, and it isn’t uncommon for me to put friendships on pause because my ass was handed to me, so I’m testing out the multiplayer with care because it’s awesome.
You know what I would love, a Pokemon Dynasty Warriors game where you can have co-op gameplay with a friend and you don’t necessarily have to face each other. The cooperative nature of Hyrule Warriors made the game immensely more enjoyable, and having that type of gameplay interaction with Pokemon would have me foaming at the mouth. If a Harry Potter version came out too, I’d probably just quit my job altogether (especially since all the Harry Potter games fell short).
I’d love to hear what you guys think of Pokken tournament, if you’ve played it yet. Think it’s worth for Nintendo to continue developing? Think it’s been a waste of time? Let me know!