Tekken Dev Making Pokemon Fighting Game for Japanese Arcades

[UPDATE] Trailer for Pokken Tournament added.

[UPDATE] The Pokemon Company has now released a trailer for Pokken Tournament, which you can watch above.

The original story is below.

Today during a special broadcast, The Pokemon Company announced "Pokken Tournament," a new fighting game based on the popular series. This is the game that the company teased last week, saying it would represent a "shocking" announcement. Are you shocked?

The development team at Bandai Namco responsible for the Tekken series is creating the new Pokemon fighting game. "Whether you are a causal player, a regular player, or a hardcore player, anyone who likes Pokemon can have fun," veteran Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada said during the event, as translated by Kotaku.

Pokken Tournament will be released in 2015 for Japanese arcades. There is no word yet on the possibility of a release for Western markets or on consoles. We'll continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

The next major "new" releases in the Pokemon series are the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes headed to 3DS in November.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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79 comments
normanislost
normanislost

Yeah sounds cool but WHERE IS MY CONSOLE POKEMON RPG!!!!!!! Seriously I'd buy a WiiU right now no questions asked

jtb_pred
jtb_pred

so people don't understand how Japanese fighting games work???


the devs release the game in arcades in japan (they are huge) it get's tested.

the devs then decide on what to fix after a year or two, it then gets ported to a console.

AndreasRufus
AndreasRufus

For japanese Arcades... If Nintendo is clever, they port this on the Wii U. Pokémon-Fans will buy it - i bet.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Now this is more like it! I've never really considered Smash Bros a true fighting game...

remiaw
remiaw

i want pokemon stadium 2

deadpen
deadpen

What is this "arcades"?

They don't exist anymore.

Tekcor
Tekcor

This trailer looks so fake. I know it isn't, but it sure looks fake.

elheber
elheber

Why would they announce and translate this trailer for Western audiences if they don't have plans to localize it? Are they EVIL?!


I want this so bad.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Good to see someone besides Sega is still working on arcade games.

goodemon
goodemon

This has been a banner year for Nintendo. Mario Kart 8 and the Smash Bros, not to mention this and its no wonder my name unfinished list of ps3 games continues to grow.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Even the Pokemon company hates the WiiU.

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

Tekken dev making fighting game for anything is AWESOME news.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

If it does end up going on the Wii U and localized, I would so buy in a heartbeat.

imajinn
imajinn

I bet you this drops on the console before Tekken X Street Fighter ever does.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

oh jeez. There needs to be a Pokemon game for Wii U. A full pokemon game. If they're going to unify the consoles for next generation then you need to prepare Game Freak. 

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

This looks more badass than I even thought.  Can't stop cracking up while I watch these characters fight on Tekken's Techno-ish soundtrack Lmao,  Maybe have Kuma/Panda or Alex/Roger as guest characters?

StephenSays
StephenSays

I predict Holiday 2015 so they don't compete with Smash Brothers for the West. 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

I'm not sure what's more shocking; the game itself or the fact that it's not a Wii U game (yet).

metallinatus
metallinatus

This looks better than both SF4 and MKX, thank you for nothing, 3rd party betrayers....

Now release it worldwide on Wii U, Nintendo.

the-gigacrusher
the-gigacrusher

Please for the love of all that is good and holy release this on the Wii U.

Vexov
Vexov

Would've been really something to hear them announce it was instead in a pokemon gane with pokemon trainers and they go around catching wild Tekken characters to use in battle.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

I like this new trend of Nintendo giving their IPs to other developers. Namco, Tecmo, and Team Ninja. 

returnofsoma42
returnofsoma42

I wouldn't be surprised if a Wii U version is announced in the future.  I've owned a Wii U since they first launched and it is nothing short of an amazing system.  The one thing it's lacking: games.  Hopefully that will change with Hyrule Warriors and Smash Bros.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

I would welcome a new Pokémon Stadium game.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

this may actually work when you consider the pedigree behind the project. the character models looked strangely bland thought? we have all been looking forward to tekken x street fighter for years now. i guess the team was working on THIS??? 

pokuto10
pokuto10

will it only be fighitng style pokemon?

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

First Dynasty Warriors Zelda...Now Tekken: Pokemon edition...Sure, why not?

At least nobody can say that there rehashes anymore.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Ill deff pick this up the day it comes to Wii U.

normanislost
normanislost

Or they take a popular series and try to turn it into an arcade game (mario kart arcade sucks)

b1ank
b1ank

@HonorOfGod Release arcade pokemon game. Few months later release a improved version on WiiU and suck them in from the arcade. Boom, WiiU sales

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@HonorOfGod  Because most of these fighting games don't ever come to Arcades first, right?  The Wii U version is inevitable

jamelrowland
jamelrowland

@imajinn I feel like that is the next thing to be shown from the company. Watching Machamp gave me a Street Fighter vibe.

sanchango
sanchango

@metallinatus Question: Have you seen a fighting game that hasn't originally started as an arcade cabinet? I think most games have, so this is pretty normal.

Piris
Piris

Nintendo is probably waiting until next e3 to announce it.

b1ank
b1ank

@Vexov Tekken x Pokemon Tag Tornament. Tekken characters become trainers and fight with their pokemon.

imajinn
imajinn

@Bread_or_Decide Not really a new trend and I don't condone it quite yet after Starfox Adventures and Metroid: Other M.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@pikachudude860  No matter what, those anti-Nintendo dudes will always find something to attack, even when it's good.  Thanatos is a perfect example.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

The pokemom company wants to bring pokemon outside nintendo hardware they want their games on other platforms and have no faith in nintendo anymore.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@Tso11 @BrunoBRS wouldn't want to bother learning a game as bad as tekken. give me something by arcsys any day, or hell, even capcom.

Piris
Piris

The pokemon company was created by nintendo. Also, it's an affiliate of nintendo.