Remember that peculiar Pokémon fighting game that popped up last year that was being developed by the makers of the Tekken series? It’s been some time since its arcade debut, do it seemed like a matter of time before we got a home console announcement. Frankly, I’m surprised by this in more ways than one.
The official Pokémon Twitter and YouTube accounts posted an update yesterday announcing that Pokkén Tournament is coming to the Wii U in Spring 2016 as a simultaneous worldwide release. The trailer also showed off a new character being added to the roster with Pikachu Libre, the luchadora Cosplay Pikachu variant from Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
As is the case with most Japanese fighting games, Pokkén Tournament made its Japan-only arcade debut in July. Counter to its genre, this fighting game features a varied roster of fighting and non fighting-type Pokémon, including some Pokémon being used as Assists. As its namesake, the game is a 3D fighting game where characters can move in 3D space like Tekken. Pokkén Tournament also incorporates Mega Evolution, which will likely function in a similar way to Supers in other fighting games.
As for why I’m surprised, I have a few reasons. First off, A simultaneous worldwide release for a rather unique game like Pokkén Tournament is pretty unexpected (granted, not a lot has to go into localization compared to games like Xenoblade Chronicles x). Second is how soon this is. I honestly expected it to take well over a year for the game to be ported and that was just for the Japanese version.
Lastly, I find it rather interesting that it’s coming to the Wii U and not the NX. This mostly is in line with how I expected the game to be ported much later, which would have put it in line for a potential NX launch (predicted as Holiday 2016-Holiday 2017 at the moment). That said, it’s nice to see that there’s still quite a bit of support for the Wii U and that Nintendo isn’t jumping ship quite yet.
Pokkén Tournament is set to release worldwide in Spring 2016 for the Wii U. As for what’s next in the mainline series, we’ll have to wait and see.