Pokkén Tournament is a 2015 fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. The game combines gameplay elements from Bandai Namco's Tekken series with characters from Nintendo's Pokémon franchise, inspiring the portmanteau title. It was released for Japanese arcades in July 2015, and worldwide for the Wii U in March 2016. An enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, Pokkén Tournament DX, was released in September 2017.
In the game, two fighters battle each other using various Pokémon, with gameplay shifting between "Field Phase", where the Pokémon move freely around the arena, and "Duel Phase", where they move relative to each other. Unlike most arcade fighting games, which use a traditional joystick and buttons, the arcade version is played using console-style controllers, which are designed so that players who are not used to arcade sticks can get into the game more easily. The game focuses more on action as opposed to the more technical gameplay of Tekken, allowing both hardcore and casual fans to enjoy it. As such, players can perform various techniques taken from the Pokémon series, such as special moves and Mega Evolutions (which can be built up from attacks using a "Synergy Gauge"). Players can also use Support Pokémon to give them special benefits such as buffs in attack or defense. The game also features online play, where players can compete in two types of online battle modes called friendly battles and ranked battles.
Western reviews of the console version were mostly positive. The Switch version received slightly better reviews than the Wii U version, with praise towards the new characters and new modes, but criticizing the new split-screen mode, which had framerate issues. Pokkén Tournament was nominated for Best Fighting Game at The Game Awards 2016.
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