Drop some Pokémon into an arena, and what do you get (besides, well, normal Pokémon)? Pokkén Tournament is the series’ fighting genre spin-off, using mechanics from Tekken to make a Poké-fighter. The gameplay mechanics are more beginner-friendly than Tekken, which is great for those intimidated by the main fighting series. Phase Shifting keeps battles interesting, though eventually, I started using the same combos with Pikachu Libre to trounce the computer opponents. Pokkén’s story mode is also bland and tedious, which is unfortunate but understandable. Pokkén is a solid fighter for beginners, and Pikachu Libre is adorable so we all win.

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