As the library of games continues to grow for the Nintendo Switch, gamers have continued to speculate on which potentially overlooked Wii U titles may find new life on Nintendo’s latest console. One game that seemed like an ideal candidate to make the jump is none other than the Pokemon-centric fighting game Pokken Tournament. As it turns out, speculation on a port may have been spot-on, with some potential evidence emerging to support such an idea for Switch owners.
This alleged proof first emerged in the form of a Japanese retail posting from Sinobi. The listing in question was for an arcade stick which claimed to be compatible with fighting games on the Nintendo Switch, but specified that Pokken Tournament was (or in this case would eventually be) playable with the genre-preferred controller. After word started getting around that the listing name-dropped Pokken, however, it was revised to exclude the title.
Many had assumed that the fighter would be receiving downloadable content on Wii U after the arcade version in Japan took on four additional characters in the form of Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, and the rather bizarre Croagunk. Those Pokemon never made their way over to the now defunct console, which is why fans had their hopes set so high for something along the lines of a “Pokken Tournament Deluxe” on the Nintendo Switch.
It’s important to note that the retailer posting may have just been a flub by Sinobi, and it’s possible that Pokken Tournament may never see a release on Switch. With that said, the Wii U version of the game managed to break into the top 10 games sold in March 2016, which is rare for almost anything on that platform. Making note of that (and taking into consideration the room afforded for possible DLC down the road), it appears as if it would be a prime candidate for a move to Switch.
Pokken Tournament is currently available on Nintendo Wii U.