Pokemon Fighting Game Pokken Tournament Confirmed for Wii U

Currently only available in Japanese arcades, the fighting game is launching worldwide on console in spring 2016.

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The Pokemon Company has announced that Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament, is coming to Wii U. The game was first revealed in 2014, when it was confirmed only for Japanese arcades.

Pokken Tournament is scheduled to launch worldwide for Wii U in spring 2016. The game's Wii U version was announced in conjunction with the start of the Pokemon World Championships today in Boston, Mass.

The Wii U version of Pokken Tournament boasts "amazing graphics and smooth, fluid movements," The Pokemon Company said in a statement.

In terms of the game's character roster, the reveal trailer shows a number of Pokemon such as Lucario, Pikachu (and a special "Pikachu Libre" version), and Charizard, among others. Note, however, that the gameplay in the trailer below comes from the arcade version, not the Wii U edition.

Announced in August 2014, Pokken Tournament is in development at Tekken studio Bandai Namco. Development on the project is being overseen by veteran producer Katsuhiro Harada, who says the goal for the game is for it to appeal to all Pokemon fans.

"Whether you are a causal player, a regular player, or a hardcore player, anyone who likes Pokemon can have fun," Harada said.

Are you interested in Pokken Tournament? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Salbo

So will that mean, that it's only gonna come out to Wii U or is i t later gonna come out to Pc, Xbox or PLaystation :) ?

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Fade2black001

Amazing graphics? *Watches video* Graphics are from 2008.... Nonetheless if if one such as me hates pokemon this looks like a decent fighter.

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myerlanski

Awesome...keep them coming Nintendo....late start...but i think you can end it strong with a strong library coming to the 2016 line up...if they can just show the world the unique capabilities the system offers and thats exclusive to the machine beside the great 1st party games...add in a major 3rd party title..that maybe can't compete with the visuals ( though Wii U graphics are far from unpleasant) the PS4 or the XB1 provide...but it can rival or beat the gameplay of these systems...

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Nuvendil

Hmmm next eight months or so (rest of 2015 and the first part of 2016) is looking pretty good right now.

Xenoblade Chronicles X, Fatal Frame V, FAST Racing Neo, Devil's Third, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi's Wooly World, Star Fox Zero, Genei Ibun Roku #FE, Mario Tennis Ultrasmash, Pokken, and possibly Mario and Sonic at the Rio Olympics and Project Treasure. That's a pretty robust exclusive lineup.

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GH05T-666

Good, I had a feeling it would come to Wii U or the NX

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sakaiXx

Hope I can hit pikachu with normal stance. I friggin hate it when I'm playing online and I can't hit a character and need to do low attack because it/he's too short. totally broke my combo.

Btw if I use gengar or any ghost pokemon, does this means fighting and normal type pokemon can't hit me ?

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Sepewrath

Haven't been following this, but it actually looks pretty good.

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BlueFlameBat

It's hard to tell for sure just by looking at the footage, but the gameplay looks similar to the Naruto or Final Fantasy Dissidia fighting games. I can't be 100% certain that it's not turn-based though.

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Sepewrath

@BlueFlameBat: Its not turn based, suppose to be in line with a Tekken game.

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vexxouds

This is how pokemon should fight this looks awesome!

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sknight175216

I've been waiting for a Pokemon game to have real time combat. I feel like a good blend of type advantages and individual skill could really open up the strategy. I guess this'll do for now.

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BlueFlameBat

@sknight175216: What's still missing in your opinion?

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sknight175216

@BlueFlameBat The role-playing element of the handheld games. Something along the lines of Gale of Darkness with this more involved style of combat , say.

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Kusann

@BlueFlameBat: I think Nintendo (or someone else) could do a Pokemon game that's more Action-RPG than turn-based, and have your Pokemon fight in a Smash Bros-like system. 4 moves: B, Up+B, Down+B, Side+B, with the perks of a traditional Pokemon game like type effectiveness, exploration, catching Pokemon, etc. the turn-based formula is getting old IMO.

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LionInk

Mmm. I'm going to enjoy this. Suicune's a bit unexpected but still awesome. Going to have a lot of fun messing around with Weavile and Lucario.

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Tarp_Master

I'm still upset that Magikarp isn't in the game...

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Jaxith

@tarp_master: As to public knowledge, but we all know he's really going to be a super secret hidden character.

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Evenios

thats the "real time" fighting game and not the turned based of the series right? darn but fun anwyays

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Andycreep1

Mario maker, star fox zero, Yoshi world, Zelda u, Mario Tennis, Fatal Frame u

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PunchDude453

@Andycreep1: But I thought the Wii U is "dead" because of this unknown NX system according to the bias media that's hard for Sony and M$'s pee-pee despite how mediocre their consoles are.

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virtuaSEGA

@punchdude453: It is dead, has been since it first hit. It's sales are horrible, a few games coming out isn't changing that. It's a little like the Dreamcast, good system with some great games, but nobody wants it.

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PunchDude453

@virtuasega: Aren't you that stupid troll that thinks Crapcunt is getting better because they sold people a overprice HD rehashed called RE Remake?

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virtuaSEGA

@punchdude453: A troll for saying the truth, that's a new one lol.

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@Andycreep1: I know right, they trying to drown us.

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Thanatos2k

But is it going to be better than Smash Brothers?

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Kusann

@Thanatos2k: It's different, Smash Bros is more a party game than a fighting one; this game is trying to be in line with the Tekken games; which are more of a fighting game.

It's hard to compare 2 games that aren't the same "genre". I think Smash has more variety (as in its roster is composed of many franchises, Pokken is just Pokemon), but in its gameplay they are 2 different games.

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Thanatos2k

@Kusann: Smash brothers is not a fighting game now? And I guess Mario Kart isn't a racing game now either?

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sakaiXx

@Thanatos2k: both pokken and smash bros are fighting games but caters to a different audience.

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Thanatos2k

@sakaixx: You barely know anything about Pokken but you know it caters to a different audience? Get out.

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sakaiXx

@Thanatos2k: Actually it had been released as an arcade in japan and it caters more to hardcore fighting and you can even watch and compare the whole gameplay before even asking this. LOL answered nicely and this is the reply ? I'll be on my way then.

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Thanatos2k

@sakaixx: Oh, and now you're supposing that Smash Brothers DOESN'T cater to fighting game fans? Because there's obviously no tournaments or anything with it.

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sakaiXx

@Thanatos2k: I never said smash bros doesn't cater to fighting fans but what I'm saying is that pokken is trying to cater to a more hardcore fans who wanted deeper combo's and breaks like in street fighter or tekken.

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Arachnofunk

I have a massive erection.

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UnbornCorpser

@Arachnofunk: Remember to contact the hospital if it lasts longer than 4 hours.

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BlueFlameBat

@Arachnofunk: Thank you for that disturbing and completely unnecessary information!

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HiroArka

My Reaction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDUG4oYwdb8

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BlueFlameBat

@HiroArka: I can't tell whether that's good or bad.

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BrunoBRS

want.

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Pretty sweet, cant wait for them to finish testing it and for it to come to Wii U, 2016 Wii U lineup is looking good so far.

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quatoe

I can't wait.

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rmiller365

So In spring 2016 my Wii U might actually get turned on!

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YearoftheSnake5

Not my thing, but good for those who are looking forward to this game coming west.

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digitaldame

DigitalDame throws money at the screen!
It has no effect.

T_T

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@DigitalDame: Korvus uses Hibernate.

It's super effective!

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Tanares

@DigitalDame said:

DigitalDame throws money at the screen!

It has no effect.

T_T

Quick! Throw more! I'll throw too!

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