The Pokémon Company’s and Bandai Namco’s forthcoming fighting game, Pokkén Tournament, provides support for every amiibo that’s currently on the market.
According to a listing on Nintendo’s official website for Pokkén Tournament, the company writes that the forthcoming release is set to be “Compatible with all amiibo accessories unlocking in-game items.” Unfortunately, though, no additional details have been provided as of yet to explain exactly how each individual amiibo will interact with Pokkén Tournament, or what kind of items will be unlocked.
Since no concrete announcement has been made regarding the amiibos’ functionality with Pokkén Tournament, it’s entirely possible for the figurines to simply be cosmetic in nature, and only unlock virtual collectibles. However, one would assume an actual Pokémon statue that corresponds with the fighting game’s characters like one of Nintendo’s top-selling amiibos of 2015, Pikachu, will at least provide another dimension to the actual gameplay, but such conjecture at this point could be incorrect.
The description on Pokkén Tournament‘s official website also makes note of the fact that the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card is indeed compatible with the game. Apparently, the first editions of the physical copies of the title will include the character’s card, but those who download the Wii U exclusive release will not be provided with it.
For those unaware, during the Nintendo Direct for November of last year, it was revealed that Pokkén Tournament would be receiving amiibo support. This was undoubtedly done in order to ensure that the Wii U version of the game is not a rote port of its arcade counterpart. Not to mention, the decision to include a purpose for its huge selection of amiibos will definitely help the company sell even more of the figures in the long run.
Considering Pokkén Tournament‘s release date for North American and European audiences is a little more than a month away, Nintendo will likely provide people with an answer as to how each and every amiibo will work with the title before its launch. Plus, with Pokkén Tournament being featured in EVO’s 2016 lineup, fans should expect to hear even more about the game’s contents, and ever expanding roster of Pokémon characters leading up to its availability on the Wii U in March.
What do you think about Pokkén Tournament supporting all of Nintendo’s amiibo statues? Do you believe developers will include features that actually affect the gameplay in the vein of power-ups and special moves, or will their functionality be driven more toward collectible items? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Pokkén Tournament will release for Western audiences on March 18, 2016 for Wii U.