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Nintendo Reveals Tekken-Styled Fighting Game Pokken Tournament

| 26 Aug 2014 14:15

Pokken Tournament is an arcade Pokemon fighting game that doesn't appear to be leaving Japan.

Today's livestreamed Pokemon announcement revealed the now official fighting game, Pokken Tournament. The game is a collaboration between Nintendo and Tekken publisher Bandai Namco.

One week ago, Nintendo teased some "shocking" news for the Pokemon series. Pokken Tournament was first teased a year ago at the Pokemon Game Show. In today's announcement, Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara met with Tekken chief producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino.

Pokken Tournament will be an arcade game in Japan set to release in 2015. However, arcade games in Japan rarely come to North America and Europe despite filed trademarks. Unless this game also comes to the Wii U in Japan, which some speculate it might, Pokemon fans outside of Japan will have to hold their breath.

The trailer shows Lucario, the fighting Pokemon also shown in the initial teaser a year ago, fighting Machamp. The two fighters move more like Tekken characters than Pokemon, but this is a game that looks more suited to fighting type Pokemon. Blaziken, a fire and fighting type Pokemon, is the third confirmed fighter in Pokken Tournament.

The next Pokemon game fans will see and play will be Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. There's also still the matter of a certain detective Pikachu game Nintendo spoke of last year.

Source: NicoNico, YouTube

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