The Pokemon Company and Bandai Namco confirm that the Japanese arcade version of the popular Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament, will be receiving the Mythical Darkrai.
The Pokemon franchise is nearly unavoidable as of late, thanks to the wild success of Pokemon GO. While the mobile game has been stealing headlines left, right, and center, there are other off-shoots of the property that have been making waves of their own. Case in point, the Pocket Monster fighting game, Pokken Tournament, which is getting ready to add a brand new character to its roster in the form of the Legendary Darkrai.
After confirming that a new fighter was on its way to Pokken Tournament, The Pokemon Company and developer Bandai Namco have announced that the Mythical Dark-type will be joining the fray. While this is exciting news at a glance, the reality is that the Poke is currently only confirmed for the Japanese arcade version of the game – alongside the likes of Shadow Mewtwo, Garchomp, and Braixen which currently aren't available in arcades. This news is sure to be disappointing to Wii U owners hoping for a little more content, and the newest trailer certainly doesn't help with this newfound ire.
Wannabe Pokemon Masters can check out Pokken Tournament's Darkrai in action below.
Darkrai and co. are set to arrive in Japanese arcades on July 20th, but there is still some hope for those holding their breath for Pokken Tournament DLC. Destructoid is reporting that files for Darkrai, Empolean, and Scizor were found within the Wii U title's data, meaning that there's a chance that these monsters may be added to the fight sooner rather than later. Still, those reports should be taken with a dash of salt.
With all of that said, having Darkrai arrive for console owners at some point down the road is still plausible, despite Nintendo stating that it still hadn't decided if Pokken Tournament will receive DLC. Given the alleged presence of files for the characters, it seems inevitable that they'll appear on the Wii U at some point. Another option could be a potential port of the game for the Nintendo NX, but only time will tell just what plans the Big N has for the title and paid-for content.
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Pokken Tournament is currently available on the Nintendo Wii U.