Fans of the ever popular Pokemon franchise were waiting with bated breath to get a glimpse of the new, major, and shocking announcement that The Pokemon Company had on August 26. Now the big reveal has happened, and (while it may not be what some fans were hoping for) it’s still an interesting revelation that will appeal to fighting game fans – provided they reside in Japan.
The new game announced by The Pokemon Company is a fighting game called Pokken Tournament that will be arriving in Japanese arcades – and not the Wii U – in 2015.
Instantly this decision will tick off Wii U owners that have been waiting on games to play on the notoriously software-barren console, but there is some logic behind the madness. First and foremost, the game that will be arriving in arcades likely won’t be a final version, allowing an eventual Pokken Tournament port for the Wii U – hopefully with a ‘Hyper Turbo Alpha’ slapped on the end for good measure.
It’s also worth noting that the North American branch of The Pokemon Company released a translated trailer of what was showcased on the Japan-focussed Monthly Famitsu stream. The company did that to inform consumers and gauge interest in having the Pokemon game brought to audiences outside of Japan, and it’s very likely that Nintendo will end up doing just that at some point in the future.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time fans got a look at Pokken Tournament. Some may recall that The Pokemon Company aired a nostalgia-inducing trailer during a convention in Japan last year, and it featured Lucario (the titular fighter in this trailer) staring down a very intimidating Blaziken. If this was a very early glimpse of the game in action, which we believe it was, then that means that the roster of confirmed combatants is set at three when including the musclebound Machamp.
It’s nice to see Nintendo’s relationship growing with Bandai Namco – which is also helping with development on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS – as well as a number of other third-party firms. With the likes of both Katsuhiro Harada and Masaki Hoshino (the producers from both the Tekken and Soul Calibur series, respectively) also working on the project, there’s little to be concerned about when it comes down to quality.
That said, it’ll likely still be quite some time before gamers get to jump into Pokken Tournament on their Wii U.
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Pokken Tournament will be arriving in Japanese arcades at some point in 2015.
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