Pokken Tournament is expected to be one of the biggest Wii U releases of 2016. For the uninformed, the upcoming title is a traditional fighting game featuring popular pocket monsters from the Pokemon franchise. If you are planning to pick up Pokken Tournament, there are a few complementary products we suggest taking a look at so that you can optimize your experience.
Hori Pokken Tournament Pro Pad Limited Edition Controller
For the uninformed, Pokken Tournament actually started out as an arcade fighting game with its own unique fight pad. So, if you would like to bring the arcade experience home, you might want to check out the Hori Pokken Tournament Pro Pad Limited Edition Controller, which has the same button layout and shape as the arcade fight pad.
The wired USB controller is official licensed by both Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. It uses a traditional directional-pad in addition to four face buttons and L/R shoulders. It also comes with a 9.8 foot cord, which should give you more than enough space if you like sitting far away from your television screen.
Keep in mind that the Pro Pad will only work with Pokken Tournament as it is not compatible with other Wii U games. Not to mention that, due to how the videogame was designed, only the second player can use the dedicated fighting pad as the first player must use the Wii U GamePad for local multiplayer. Check out a few photos of the dedicated controller with our media gallery located underneath this paragraph.
If you are still interested, you can check out the Hori Pokken Tournament Pro Pad Limited Edition Controller with this link on Amazon.
Aside from the Wii U Game Pad and the Hori Pro Pad, the game is also compatible with the Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller Pro (which will require a Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus to connect to the Wii U). Check out the two other controller options with the following pages: Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller Pro.
Pokken Tournament surprisingly supports LAN play. What especially great about this is that the game will run at 60 frames per second using LAN as opposed to 30 frames via split-screen. Since the Wii U does not come with an Ethernet port, however, you will need to buy an adapter. You can find a few Wii U compatible LAN Adapters with the following links: HDE Ethernet LAN Adapter and UtechSmart Network Adapter.Keep in mind that Pokken Tournament also has online battles where you can play friendly and rank matches. So picking up a LAN adapter for online play is a must as well since a wired connection should provide a faster and more stable connection when compared to Wi-Fi.
As with most other recent first-party Wii U games, Pokken Tournament supports Amiibo. The most notable feature is the ability to unlock Shadow Mewtwo as a playable character early by scanning the Shadow Amiibo card via the Wii U GamePad. The card is included in the first print physical copies of the software product, which you can purchase with this page.
Nintendo also revealed that the game will be compatible with all other Amiibos with in-game unlocks although nothing specific has been announced so far. You can check out most of the currently available Amiibos with the following links: figures and cards.
As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of Pokemon, Pokken Tournament will be released for the Nintendo Wii U on the 18th of March in the North American region. If you are buying the Pokemon fighting game, make sure you check out the complementary products we mentioned above if you want to get the most out of your experience.