Pokken Tournament

We’ve picked up a few new games since we posted last. Tonight, picking back up Video Game Thursday, we played Pokken Tournament. This game is half Pokemon, half Tekken and all awesome. It’s a fighting game where you get to battle as a Pokemon. Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

Pikachu Libre Battle

One of the best parts of this game is Pikachu Libre. It’s Mexican Wrestler Pikachu. It’s silly and absurd and just all-around fun. For our first battle, we both chose Pikachu Libre, because we had to. Spoilers: we are really bad at this game. Amanda, however, is way better at button mashing than me, so she won the first round.

Pikachu Libre

They have a selection of around 20 different Pokemon to choose from, so each round we bounced around and chose different contestants. We slowly got better, but it was always a bit of a learning curve to figure out the new move set of each of the new Pokemon. We probably should have stuck with one or two each. Each Pokemon also has a big power-up finishing move which works differently for each Pokemon. Pikachu Libre, our favorite finisher, sticks his opponent into a wrestling ring, climbs to the top rope, and does a lightning-powered flip onto the other player for massive damage. Have I mentioned how ridiculous and fun this game is?

Score of 5 to 5.

At the end of 10 rounds, we finished evenly matched. Overall, the game was really fun playing local multiplayer. The only complaint I have is that the second player doesn’t get an account for local battles, so it’s treated as a random guest battle. It’d be great to save stats over time, or even earn experience by battling against friends locally.

The game also contains a good single player mode that I played a bit when we first got the game. You choose a single Pokemon and battle with it in different classes of opponents to work your way up the ladders and make it to harder opponents, then harder categories. This brings in more of the Pokemon feel because as you battle, you gain experience to be able to customize the stats of your faithful companion. There is also an online mode that we didn’t try out from being really, really inexperienced.

We’ll definitely play more of this game, especially for more Pikachu Libre.

Buy Pokken Tournament for Wii U on Amazon