'Pokkén Tournament DX' Controller: Multiplayer is much better without the dumb Wii U GamePad

'Pokkén Tournament DX' Controller: Multiplayer is much better without the dumb Wii U GamePad
'Pokkén' on Switch has the best multiplayer
Source: GameSpot
'Pokkén' on Switch has the best multiplayer
Source: GameSpot

The Pokkén Tournament DX release date is set for Sept. 22, but many have already played the game. The Pokémon version of Tekken initially appeared on the Wii U after premiering as an arcade game. Now the game is coming to the Nintendo Switch and it's notably better — not only because Pokkén is now portable, but because local multiplayer is significantly improved.

Pokkén Tournament DX doesn't require you to use the big, annoying Wii U GamePad.

Wii U GamePad versus the Nintendo Switch
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Previously in Pokkén, players could only engage in couch multiplayer with the help of the Wii U GamePad. While one player looked at the television screen the other had to focus on the GamePad's built-in display. Pokkén didn't let two players fight each other any other way.

Not anymore.

E3 2017
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Now, when playing local multiplayer, all players get to play on the big screen. Additionally, players get their choice of play method between Joy-Con or Pro Controller. The Switch still won't support any older controllers though.

The new multiplayer layout, combined with Pokkén Tournament DX's additional characters like Scizor and Croagunk and Decidueye and the Switch's portability, make this — objectively — the best Pokkén yet.

Now if only Nintendo would stop giving us Pokémon and Arms and release the fighting game we all really want for the Switch.

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