Wii U Pokemon Fighting Game Gets Release Date, New Amiibo Details

Buy an early copy and you'll get a free Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card.

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Pokken Tournament, the upcoming Pokemon fighting game for Wii U, will launch on March 18, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced. Previously, the companies said the game--a port of a Japanese arcade game of the same name--would arrive for Wii U sometime in March.

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Nintendo also confirmed that everyone who buys an early copy of the game will get a Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card. Tapping the card on the Wii U GamePad brings the playable Shadow Mewtwo character into the game. Note that this is an Amiibo card, not a figure; a Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo toy has not been announced.

In other Pokken Tournament news, new playable characters for the game leaked earlier this week.

2016 is the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series and Pokken Tournament's release in March is just one development fans of the series can look forward to. A Pokemon ad will run during Super Bowl 50 in February, while classic Pokemon games Red, Blue, and Yellow will launch through the eShop on February 27. That's not a random date--it's 20 years to the day after the first Pokemon games were released in Japan on February 27, 1996.

Additionally, Nintendo is releasing a New 3DS on February 27 featuring pre-installed copies of Pokemon Red and Blue. For more on how the Pokemon 20th anniversary festivities, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Looks somewhat interesting. Hopefully this won't be a whole deal where you have to buy amiibos or amiibo cards to play as characters. I don't care if it's just a few characters, but most? That would suck. I'm not expecting it, but preparing for the worst. Might get this.

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While I'm looking forward to this game, I'll never understand why they didn't make a Pokemon MMORPG for the 20th. I mean, it would be perfect. It would boost WiiU sales and the tablet would work great as a PokeDex

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i dont get why ni tendo refuse to release a real pokemeon game home systems and stop churning out these half crap offerings

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Taste like Tekken!

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i'm looking forward to this game.

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Do I have to buy a amiibo toy or card to unlock all new characters? If so, I'll pass.

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My childhood started 20 years ago... :(

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So this game is another pokemon coliseum or what?

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Edited By GamerOuTLaWzz

@csward: Since its all real-time and not turn-based with strategy in your play where you actuallly took time to build your pokemon I wouldnt consider it a pokemon stadium game.

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Dang! And ad during the Superbowl? This is unheard f in the gaming industry. Nintendo be ballin.

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should i buy this game or wait for pokemon on 3ds

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@andyvecc011: There's already 2 generations of Pokemon games for 3DS

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@dominoodle: 2016 not 2015

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Edited By sladakrobot

I dont know guys but i think this game was surely on noones wishing list for the WiiU.

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