LAN Battle

When you play Local Battles in the game, one player has to use the Wii U GamePad while the other player can use a controller on the TV screen. Unfortunately, this comes with an issue in that the game's frame rate drops from a locked 60fps down to a locked 30fps to accomodate the increase in game rendering for two separate perspectives. There is a hidden mode, however, which will negate that loss. This is the LAN Battle mode

LAN Battle allows for you to connect two different Wii U consoles with two different copies of the game in order to play locally without the frame rate drop. This is essential for players in competitions as every frame counts. LAN Battle mode is not actually found in the usual game mode options. Instead, on the title screen, you have to hold down L, R and Down on the D-Pad and press Start in order for the mode to activate. Both players in the LAN mode will need to select the same game options. Controller settings can only be selected as you go into it. If you wish to change controller, you have to return to the title screen. For the duration of LAN mode, all Playable Characters & Support Pokémon are available for play, regardless of if they have been unlocked in the main game.

There are three different ways to go about LAN Battles. There are three different methods to achieve this, each allowing for different methods of play. They each of their own requirements in both hardware and software configurations.Two require entire networks while the third is a Wii U to Wii U connection. The requirements for each are as follows

Connection AConnection BConnection C
2 Wii Us
2 Pieces of Software
2 TVs*
2 Wii U LAN Adapters
2 Straight LAN Cables
1 Router
2 Wii Us
2 Pieces of Software
2 TVs*
1 Wireless Router
2 Wii Us
2 Pieces of Software
2 TVs*
2 Wii U LAN Adapters
1 Crossover LAN Cable
* Can be substituted for the Wii U GamePad display

Technical Instructions

Connection A - Home Networking

The first method is one over a standard wired network. Essentially, the two Wii U consoles are connected to a network and will communicate through the network. This can create some issues if there are other devices on the network sapping bandwidth and causing collisions.

Hardware Required
2 Wii Us
2 Pokkén Tournament software
2 TV/Monitors
2 Wii U LAN Adapters
2 Straight LAN Cables
1 Router

Setup
On both Wii U consoles, go into Settings > Internet > Connect to the Internet and select Wired Connection as the default.

Connection B - Wireless Networking

The second method is another that runs over a standard wired network. This works with the Wii U's wireless capabilities which can result in some interference, but should run smoothly.

Hardware Required
2 Wii Us
2 Pokkén Tournament software
2 TV/Monitors
1 Wireless Router

Setup
On both Wii U consoles, go into Settings > Internet > Connect to the Internet and select the Wireless option. Make sure both Wii U consoles are connected to the same access point.

Connection C - Wii U to Wii U Direct Connection

The final mode is the one which will be the smoothest. All official tournaments are set to run this method as it connects the two Wii U consoles directly together removing as much possibility of latency and packet loss as possible. However, this is the most complex connection method to set up.

Hardware Required
2 Wii Us
2 Pokkén Tournament software
2 TV/Monitors
2 Wii U LAN Adapters
1 Crossover LAN Cable

Setup

  1. On both Wii U Consoles, go to System Settings > Internet > Connect to the Internet
  2. Press Y and select Wired Connection. Connect the LAN Adapter to the Wii U Consoles and press OK.
  3. A communication test will begin and fail. Press OK to see the error results.
  4. Press X to load up the Internet Connection Setup and go into the details of the connection
  5. Tab right and select IP Address. Select Do not auto-obtain and enter the following values
    • IP Address: 192.168.000.001 / 192.168.000.002 depending on the console
    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.000
    • Gateway: 192.168.000.050
  6. The Wii U will ask you to set up DNS servers. Select Do not auto-obtain and enter the following value
    • Primary DNS: 001.000.000.000
  7. Press B and save the settings. Do not run a connection test
  8. Load up the game and activate LAN Battle

 
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