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Pokken Tournament DX

After a stint in arcades, Pokken Tournament was brought over to Wii U. Nintendo and Bandai Namco later created an upgraded “DX” version for Switch. There’s no word on a sequel currently, but that doesn’t mean such an idea is off the table.

Bandai Namco actually seems rather open to working with Pokken Tournament again. Katsuhiro Harada, who was a producer on the game, expressed interest in developing a follow-up when asked by a fan about making a sequel. However, Harada indicated that it’d be up to Nintendo and The Pokemon Company to move forward with a new entry.

Next week, a brand new update will be distributed for Pokken Tournament DX. Version 1.3.2 will bring about a ton of changes for playable Pokemon and support characters.

Though the patch notes haven’t been posted in English, Pokken Arena has shared an unofficial changelog. You can read the full details below.

Nintendo has updated the Switch eShop listing for Pokken Tournament DX. Thanks to that, we now know that the game will take up 3.2GB of space.

The original Pokken Tournament on Wii U was pretty similar. On Nintendo’s older console, it was about 3.68GB.

Source: Switch eShop

Digital Foundry is sharing another technical analysis of a Switch game showcased at E3. This time, Pokken Tournament DX gets the focus.

The first thing Pokken Tournament DX has over its Wii U original is a bump in resolution. Whereas the fighter is running at 960×720 on Wii U, the Switch version is a native 1280x720p – at least when docked. There is a lack of anti-aliasing still, but Switch features improved texture filtering. Pokken Tournament DX also appears to run more consistently at 60 frames per second.

Here’s the full analysis from Digital Foundry:

Rumors about the possibility of Pokken Tournament on Switch have begun due to a Japanese retailer listing. Sinobi listed a new arcade stick for the console, which mentioned that it can be used in fighting games such as Pokken. It has since been removed.

It goes without saying that this should not be treated of any sort of confirmation that Pokken Tournament is coming to Switch. That being said, the news is very interesting and gives some hope about a potential port or new Pokken title on the system.


Pokken Tournament was one of several titles nominated for the final spot at Evo 2017. Had it won, it would have been featured alongside the likes of Smash Bros. Melee and Smash Bros. for Wii U at the tournament. Unfortunately, Pokken Tournament just missed out to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in the end.

It’s definitely not all bad though. With the vote tying into charities, Pokken Tournament raised nearly $67,000 (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 generated the most with over $71,000). Evo is also pledging $10,000 to support Pokken Tournament with individual tournaments throughout the year.


Additional footage of Empoleon in Pokken Tournament arcade has surfaced. Get another look at the new character below.

Bandai Namco has come out with a few new screenshots of Empoleon in Pokken Tournament. The character is out today in Japanese arcades. Find the images below.

Last week, Bandai Namco announced that Empoleon would be added to the arcade version of Pokken Tournament on December 15. We now have a trailer for the character – view it below.

Bandai Namco has finally revealed that Empoleon is making its way to the arcade version of Pokken Tournament. The character is due to be added on December 15.

A number of new Pokemon have joined Pokken Tournament over the past few months. Darkrai, Scizor, Croagunk were all added since July, though only in arcades. It remains to be seen whether the Wii U version of Pokken Tournament will be updated with these characters.

Note that Empoleon was not shown during a Niconico stream, so footage is currently unavailable. If any streams or gameplay pops up, we’ll bring that to you.


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