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Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. Sep 18, 2017
    92
    Pokkén Tournament DX is a thoroughly enjoyable experience that undoubtedly deserves your time. The game impressed on every level; the core fighting gameplay is superb and incredibly extensive, the customisation options are truly staggering, and the attention to detail is abundantly clear. Not entirely faultless, but very close to it, this game is the Switch's next must-buy.
  2. Sep 19, 2017
    90
    Not only is it a great game to be able to sink a few rounds of practice into while commuting or during a lunch break, as an adult with a job, a big part of the problem I had with the original was getting people to actually play it couch-multiplayer style.
  3. Sep 18, 2017
    90
    Pokken Tournament Deluxe is a knockout fighting game that’s perfect for the Switch. With new characters, revamped game modes, and the ability to take the game anywhere, this is one Pokémon game you should fight for this fall.
  4. Sep 18, 2017
    90
    With an expanded roster that only improves on an already great lineup, fantastic gameplay, and an increased range of challenges and modes, Pokkén Tournament DX is true fighting game gold.
  5. Sep 18, 2017
    90
    Pokkén is also a solid choice for Switch because it perfectly suits the console's local multiplayer ethos; the game's control scheme fits perfectly on a single Joy-Con, which means you can take the fight with you anywhere you wish. Whether or not the five additional Battle Pokémon and the light dusting of additional modes and features will be enough to convince existing Pokkén fans to upgrade so soon after the Wii U version remains to be seen, but taken on its own merits this is comfortably one of the the best fighting games on the Switch right now, and offers surprising depth, stunning presentation, brilliant offline and onli ne multiplayer modes and bags of replayability.
  6. Oct 13, 2017
    88
    Pokken Tournament is a very entertaining game on the Nintendo Switch that successfully gives players an almost Tekken-light experience on this console that is more fun than controller rage. Furthermore, there’s quite a bit of depth hidden in this game and hours upon hours of replay value to keep you engaged as you fight the various Pokémon.
  7. Sep 19, 2017
    88
    Finally, after a disappointing Wii U version, Pokkén Tournament achieves its full potential. The single player mode is still a simple sequence of matches, but there are many alternative modes and new characters to keep you busy. And if you have some friends to play with, that's just the cherry on top.
  8. Oct 19, 2017
    86
    Yes, Pokkén Tournament DX is essentially exactly the same game as the one on the Wii U that came out one and a half years ago. But the five new characters, the new modes and the mobility of the Switch make this a worthy port, not in the least because the fighting system is simply very cool.
  9. Sep 18, 2017
    86
    It may not be as deep and complex as some traditional fighting games. But the gameplay is solid and fun, and fans will love the Pokémon setting (the creatures and its attacks never looked so good). It has additional characters compared to the Wii U game.
  10. NF Magazine
    Oct 30, 2017
    85
    If you absolutely loved the original and are hungry for more, Pokkén DX won't disappoint. [Issue #30 – November/December 2017, p. 68]
  11. Sep 29, 2017
    85
    If you are weighing up the decision on whether you should buy Pokkén Tournament DX, it’s an easy one to make. Despite its flaws, it’s a fantastic fighting game that is easy to pick up, making it appealing to the casual and hardcore audience alike. Fans of Pokémon would be crazy to overlook it, and fighting game fans should find something unique here.
  12. Sep 28, 2017
    85
    When Pokemon meets Tekken, wild brawls are about to take place in the Ferrum region. A fun addition for the Nintendo Switch; might not be able to easily persuade old players to give it a try again, but can easily win the hearts of newcomers with a gameplay that is compelling, deep and addictive.
  13. Sep 20, 2017
    85
    It's a perfect game for local or online multiplayer matches.
  14. 85
    As both a Pokemon and semi-casual fighting genre fan I appreciate the amount of detail that went into Pokken Tournament Deluxe. From the design of each Pokemon to the detailed landscape of the battle arenas, no detail went overlooked. Although Pokken is accessible enough for fans that don’t want to get into the weeds it’s clear who the intended audience is. From the detail of the fighting mechanics down to the rewatchable replays, Pokken Tournament DX was expertly designed for the advanced fighting genre fan.
  15. Oct 5, 2017
    84
    Pokkén Tournament DX is the definitive edition of one of the best fighting games on Nintendo consoles. This port takes advantage of Nintendo Switch's hardware which lets us play on the go and share the experience with anyone. A must have if you didn't own the Wii U version.
  16. Oct 3, 2017
    83
    New characters, replays and daily challenges are welcome additions to the Pokken Tournament Definitive Edition. The game fits well in the Nintendo Switch library and feels comfortable as an on-the-go experience.
  17. Sep 25, 2017
    83
    It will probably come as no surprise, but Pokkén Tournament DX on the Switch is the way to go. It offers everything from the original, but with added content and a much better platform to play it on. Yeah they probably could have spent more time with technical improvements like a higher resolution, but we also didn’t get a disaster on our hands as some ports can tend to turn out.
  18. Sep 18, 2017
    83
    A funny and approachable fighting game that uses the Nintendo Switch portability perfectly. Perfect for local or online multiplayer matches, it features great technical improvements over its Wii U version, but lacks of interesting content when it comes to single player modes. The Deluxe version can be considered the definitive edition of Pokkén Tournament.
  19. Sep 18, 2017
    81
    This deluxe version of Pokémon Tekken manages to impress with new Pokémon and multiplayer modes, the single player mode is still missing variety however.
  20. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2018
    80
    A good fighting game with solid, original mechanics and impressive visuals. When I tried to come up with some similar titles, I thought of Psychic Force or Senko No Ronde rather than Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. In other words, it’s a rather niche game that would probably go unnoticed without the Pokémon license. [13/2017, p.58]
  21. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    New Pokémon, new game modes and a slight graphical touch up have made a decent Wii U title into a fun, addictive and deep fighting game for the Switch.
  22. Oct 8, 2017
    80
    There’s a wonderfulness surrounding all of this that makes dealing with the cracks in the original’s formulaic foundation a lot more bearable. While the jury is still out on whether or not the competitive scene will embrace Pokken this time around, the team at Namco Bandai can rest easy knowing that they’ve grown the game and left fans much better off as a result.
  23. Sep 29, 2017
    80
    This fighting game is perfect for those that have not tried the original Wii U version. It is still one of the best options in the genre for those who own the Nintendo console.
  24. 80
    It’s odd that the fighting game about pokemon would turn out to be one of the better examples of a competitive fighting game, but the balance and mechanics of the game are just that; you’ll have a bit of fun with it if you play it casually, but the more seriously you take it, the greater the longevity that you’ll get out of it.
  25. Sep 26, 2017
    80
    Even though Pokkén Tournament DX might not offer much in the way of new content, the added longevity it'll gain by simply being on the Switch more than justifies the port. Dynamic stages that switch between a 3D arena and a 2D plane through combos keep the action exciting, and the Ferrum League, while not especially lengthy, does serve as a more than acceptable single-player campaign. With a well-designed roster that strays away from safe choices and a great support system, the action is just as good now as it was back in 2016. The lack of Team Battle as an online option is certainly disconcerting, but light RPG elements and tonal consistency with the franchise ensures that Pokkén Tournament remains one of the best Pokémon spin-offs available - and a pretty great fighting game to boot.
  26. Sep 21, 2017
    80
    I’ve attempted to stick to reviewing Pokkén Tournament DX on its own merits and not compare it too much with its predecessor. Of course this is the definitive version and superior choice. Fans of Pokémon will have a good time checking out the title. If there is any future content coming or major league gaming events, then it will have a bright future. Regardless, its entertaining gameplay should appeal to Switch owners and earn it a deserved fanbase.
  27. Sep 20, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX serves as a definitive edition of Nintendo’s fighting game, and it fits well on the Switch aside from choppy split-screen multiplayer. Five new characters and a new three-on-three mode are noteworthy additions, though the new challenge mode doesn’t live up to its name.
  28. Sep 19, 2017
    80
    A Pokémon fighting game may not seem like the most obvious spin-off idea, but the end result is a surprisingly fun and inventive multiplayer game.
  29. 80
    All in all, I didn’t expect to like Pokken Tournament DX as much as I ended up liking it. The learning curve and adjustment were pretty brutal, but once I got in tune with how the game operated, I found myself playing for hours and hours. If you didn’t pick up the Wii U version of the game, I highly suggest you check out Pokken Tournament DX as it really is the best version of the game. If you are a Wii U veteran of the series, there may not be enough here to warrant a second purchase, but diehard Pokken fans will want to check it out. Pokken Tournament DX is another fantastic Switch release and a game that fighting fans will want to check out.
  30. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Arms has already hit Nintendo’s hybrid system, a title that offers a truly unique fighting game experience, but Pokkén Tournament DX manages to also standout for bringing its own incomparable type of fighting gameplay. Sure, it’s not a brand new title, and only the people that truly loved the original release will be wanting to part cash for the full price of this enhanced port, but just like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokkén Tournament DX gives chance for the many people who did not pick a Wii U to grab this refreshing fighting game for some hype Pokémon matches at home or on the go. Simply put, Pokkén Tournament DX is a bloody good fighting game that more people should try, no matter if you are a casual or hardcore fighting player or a Pokémon fan, the experience here allows for all types of players to enjoy Pokkén Tournament DX‘s distinct fighting while adding another great game to their Switch catalogue.
  31. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX is easily the definitive edition of the game, thanks both to graphical enhancements and additional content. At its core, Pokkén is a game that manages to appeal both to hardcore gamers and casual gamers, who will find themselves engaged by the accessible yet tactical gameplay.
  32. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX is definitely the ultimate edition, but that does not mean that we don't see its lack of contents and does not justify a new purchase for those users of the game on Wii U.
  33. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokken Tournament DX is still one of the most well-executed fighting games that’s able to cater to casual players, while also delivering enough depth and complexity to master for those looking for it. While the bulk of the title hasn’t changed much, it’s the small things that really add up. The expanded roster and improved local play, combined with the game’s existing fantastic gameplay and rewarding sense of progression, makes this the definitive version of Pokken Tournament.
  34. 80
    Pokken Tournament DX is the definitive release of Bandai Namco's Pokemon fighter. With more characters, modes, and other features, it enhances and improves on the original in a few key areas. However, it's not a complete overhaul at all, so those who never enjoyed the fighting mechanics will still want to stay away. If you're looking for a solid fighting game on Nintendo Switch though, you can't go wrong here.
  35. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX is a good fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, that uses the features of the system to offer local versus with two players having a Joycon.
  36. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX is an enhanced version of the Wii U’s version released last year. It adds to the mix brand new fighters, new modes, daily challenges and other stuffs, but the real game changer is the ability to play the game everywhere with your friends thanks to the hybrid nature of the platform. Give a Joy-con to your friend, and you can fight on the bus, on the plane, at the park, and so on. Graphics are a bit refined, and the frame-rate is 60fps rock-solid this time. If you skipped the Wii U version, you can’t miss this game this time around.
  37. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX is an enhanced port of Wii U's Pokkén Tournament. It fixes some of its previous installments problems by simple adding some new Pokémon and having everything available from the get go.
  38. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokken Tournament DX is really good. It was good on the Wii U, and it’s still good on the Switch. While I would’ve appreciated if the developers put more effort into giving DX a little more meat on its bones, there’s no denying that what’s already here is great fun. If you’ve never given this game a go, now’s the perfect time to check it out.
  39. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    Pokkén Tournament DX builds on the original game and improves it in a way that is not revolutionary but gives enough reasons to feature on a good Nintendo Switch collection. Thanks to its simple combat system, an improved visual performance and online multiplayer, Pokkén Tournament DX is the ultimate form of this fighting game that throws Pokémon against each other.
  40. Sep 18, 2017
    78
    While not achieving classic pinball techniques, its combat system has been designed to provide a good deal of depth to the most experienced riders, without sacrificing accessibility for younger users.
  41. Sep 18, 2017
    78
    Pokkén Tournament DX is as fun as the original, so if you liked the game on Wii U you have now a chance to play Pokkén on a portable system with some cool new additions. But the game is not going to gain new followers as the port of this version doesn't offer anything really new in terms of gameplay or even game modes.
  42. Sep 18, 2017
    76
    Although it doesn't improve much from the vanilla version, Pokkén Tournament DX is an enjoyable fighter that both Pokémon fans and fighting game fanatics will thoroughly appreciate. Let's just hope Pokkén Tournament 2 includes a story mode.
  43. Oct 2, 2017
    75
    Pokken Tournament DX is a wonderful game and maintains that goodness with the Nintendo Switch upgrade. It adds some more to the package, with characters and modes, but essentially delivers the same experience that you would find on the Wii U. New players will like it, but there may not be enough new content to warrant a Switch version in the household for some Wii U owners.
  44. Oct 1, 2017
    75
    While not an excellent game it is a solid fighter filed with some interesting Pokemon.
  45. Sep 28, 2017
    75
    Pokken Tournament is a game that deserved a second chance. A Pokémon fighting game is still one of the best concepts out there. I wish it was more fleshed out, and perhaps a sequel will do just that, but DX marks yet another solid first-party title to add to the Switch’s already stellar year one of games.
  46. Sep 26, 2017
    75
    Pokkén Tournament DX may only provide a few benefits for returning fans, but the improved local multiplayer and expanded roster may be enough to draw back the old crowd. Overly simple AI and easy Challenges make the game’s single-player mode a breeze, but new players may find that simply playing with their favorite Pokémon is enough to enjoy the fight.
  47. Sep 22, 2017
    75
    This game is better than its Wii U version. Though not much has changed, the new characters do offer just a little bit variation that we really appreciate. The combat is a bit repetitive at times.
  48. Sep 19, 2017
    75
    DX is a slightly improved and more complete version of Pokkén Tournament. It's not the deepest fighting game or the best if you want to play on your own, but it's still quite enjoyable.
  49. Sep 18, 2017
    75
    Pokkén Tournament DX won't exactly draw in those who aren't interested in fighting games or who've already played the version released on the Wii U, but it does offer a fun system to fool around with to those waiting for a train or sitting on a toilet or something.
  50. Sep 18, 2017
    75
    If you missed Pokkén Tournament on Wii U and are a fan of fighting games, I highly recommend it, as it is easy to get into and brings some interesting changes to genre.
  51. Sep 18, 2017
    75
    Pokkén Tournament DX is a bit odd, because although I can’t help but sing its praises, not much here is new, and I don’t actually know who was asking for a resurgence. Still though, the Pokémon fighter is loads of fun and still looks like a great spectacle in motion - the supers just look fantastic. But if you’re looking to play this by yourself, you’re likely to be very disappointed.
  52. Sep 18, 2017
    75
    If you were still playing Pokken Tournament on the Wii U or intend to play competitively, you shouldn’t miss this version’s five new characters and slight tweaks like Daily Challenges and Team Battles. But if your copy of the original was gathering dust, you’re not missing anything more than the equivalent of a DLC patch.
  53. Oct 18, 2017
    70
    Is it better than its Wii U sibling? No doubt. But “better” doesn’t make the DX version automatically “good” - especially since some of the flaws on Wii U like the redundant solo campaign or the still unbalanced fighting squad are not ironed out. At least you get a little more content and improved multiplayer capabilities.
  54. Oct 4, 2017
    70
    Pokkén DX Tournament has very few bells & whistles to make you pay for this Switch version. Five more Pokémons, 3v3 combat ans a better online mode won't be enough to make this Wii U game look new.
  55. Sep 29, 2017
    70
    Pokkén Tournament DX is a fun fighting game that is easy to get in to. The core gameplay is more about flashy attacks than finesse, but there is still plenty of room for tactics. All in all, Pokkén Tournament DX is a good addition to the Switch library. Just do not expect many changes from the Wii U version, since it is essentially the same game.
  56. Sep 26, 2017
    70
    As much as a good game the Wii U version was, Pokkén Tournament DX is a disappointing, lazy porting which adds very little content and looks somewhat worse than it was a generation ago.
  57. Sep 25, 2017
    70
    Pokken Tournament is a very solid game. It has well refined mechanics that create a fun battling experience.
  58. Sep 25, 2017
    70
    The story is a bit dull, featuring a “mysterious Pokemon” that really isn’t that mysterious, even to casual fans like myself.
  59. Sep 19, 2017
    70
    If you have played this game on Wii U, you will not find too many new things. The addition of new characters however, are awesome if you want to play this game in a competition.
  60. Sep 18, 2017
    70
    Pokkén Tournament DX is an enjoyable fighter that provides plenty of fan-service for hardcore and casual fans of the beloved franchise. It’s also a surprisingly deep experience, now equipped with more fighters and stages than ever before on Nintendo Switch. While the solo campaign isn’t what it could have been, Pokkén Tournament DX makes up for this shortcoming with excellent local multiplayer and an impressive suite of online offerings.
  61. 70
    Pokken Tournament DX brings the popular Pokemon/Tekken mashup to the Switch with new fighters and support characters, making this a true deluxe version of the hit fighting game.
  62. Sep 18, 2017
    65
    Pokken is a fighting game that while decent could do with understanding that complexity doesn’t necessarily equal depth.
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  1. Sep 18, 2017
    If you’ve never owned Pokken Tournament before it’s a fun if simplistic fighting game which will be perfect for playing on the move. If you have the Wii U version though and still play it, the addition of a couple of extra characters and a few new features don’t really amount to enough to justify a double-dip: unless you’re specifically looking for a handheld version, you might be fine sticking with the one you have.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 247 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 247
  1. Sep 22, 2017
    8
    Pokkén Tournament DX, unlike the Wii U port itself, stays true to the original arcade form. If it's on a console worth getting, you have toPokkén Tournament DX, unlike the Wii U port itself, stays true to the original arcade form. If it's on a console worth getting, you have to literally get this game because it's a lot fun when you use the console's features during the game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 23, 2017
    10
    Un juego del género de peleas con mecánicas bastante sólidas, mejora la versión de Wii U con añadidos muy interesantes como el 3 vs 3 y laUn juego del género de peleas con mecánicas bastante sólidas, mejora la versión de Wii U con añadidos muy interesantes como el 3 vs 3 y la facilidad de opciones para el juego competitivo en donde también se notan gráficos ligeramente mejorados. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2017
    9
    It's a good port for Wii U that comes with more characters. The switch is the perfect console to play this kind of games, also the multiplayerIt's a good port for Wii U that comes with more characters. The switch is the perfect console to play this kind of games, also the multiplayer has fix some problems that the wiiU port had it. Full Review »