This faithful Pokemon fighting game is almost bursting at the seams.
Pokkén Tournament is molded from familiar elements borrowed from a slew of old favorites. It endeavors to please fans of its namesakes - Pokémon and Tekken - while also appealing to fighting genre enthusiasts by incorporating bits of Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and even Bandai Namco’s Naruto and Dragonball games. Its broad range of influences creates a wholly unique experience.

The most notable innovation in this genre hybrid is the shifting field of battle. Pokémon battles transition back and forth between Field Phase - a three-dimensional scramble heavy on projectiles and positioning - and the more traditional fighting game-style Duel Phase, depending on your actions. A stiff blow in Field Phase activates Duel Phase, allowing access to bursts of damage. Completing a lethal combo in Duel Phase might shift the action back to Field Phase, where Pokémon can side-step and dodge arrays of laser beams and torrents of fire. This shifting helps layer strategy onto the frantic action, giving you pause to consider your next attacks and the way they will manipulate the flow of the battle.
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