Nintendo allows gamers to catch a glimpse at the release date for the much anticipated Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament, which is set to hit Wii U in March.

Nintendo hasn’t exactly become the most reliable publisher as of late when it comes to announcing release dates for its products. Two of last year’s most anticipated holiday releases, Star Fox Zero and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, were both pushed back well into 2016, but now the company has set a formal release date for one of its more exciting spin-off games in recent memory, Pokken Tournament. Fortunately for consumers that have been following news on the title thus far, they can now officially mark March 18, 2016 down on their calendars as the game’s launch day.

Previously it was confirmed that the game would be arriving in Japan on what has turned out to be the exact same day, so it’s nice to see that Nintendo is giving fans across North America and Europe the chance to play Pokken Tournament at the same time. This isn’t all that surprising, considering that The Pokemon Company has taken up the habit of releasing its core RPG installments simultaneously across the globe, but it’s a nice piece of news anyway that dedicated fans will appreciate.

This announcement comes in the wake of Chandelure being unveiled as a playable character, which is probably the oddest fighter choice the game has seen yet. That said, the game is set to arrive in the near future, which means that the final roster for the Tekken-inspired romp should be set in stone sooner rather than later. With the current number of fighters set at 16 – that includes two versions of both Mewtwo and Pikachu – there’s still plenty of room for fan-favorite Pokemon to make the cut.

In other news, Pokken Tournament has also been confirmed to support LAN connections for up to two Wii U consoles, which means that competitive play is now a very real possibility. There was initially fear that gamers would be forced to pair up the GamePad and the Pokken Tournament-specific controller for local play, which is also said to drop the frame rate from the standard 60fps to 30fps. Fortunately, that no longer will be the case, meaning that an audience can be found during professional tournaments – provided the game finds a following amongst diehard fight aficionados.

Pokken Tournament is set to arrive for the Nintendo Wii U on March 18, 2016.

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Source: Serebii