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That Shocking Pokémon Announcement Was Arcade Fighter Pokkén Tournament

Posted by Damien McFerran

Pokémon brawler by Bandai Namco, no Wii U version planned yet

Remember that "shocking" Pokémon announcement that was teased a while back? It's just been announced on NicoNico that the game in question is Pokkén Tournament, a fighting title co-developed by Bandai Namco which apparently uses the Tekken game engine. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino are also heavily involved.

Pokkén Fighters was rumoured back in 2013, and trademarks for the name emerged this year. Many expected to see the game at E3, but it has been a no-show until now.

At the moment the game is only confirmed for arcades — with a 2015 launch — but there's a chance that it could come to the Wii U later.

We'll continue to update this post the more details we have. The official Japanese site can be found here.

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Omarpixel9 said:

lol. It looks nice. It looks cool. It looks like it might probably be an amazing game that will sell a lot for Wii U. It has epic graphics.

makes it for arcade

lol very smart



Jazzer94 said:

Cross fingers six-twelve months from now Wii U version is announced/released.



Reverandjames said:

I don't know about this one, on one hand I think it could be cool, and on the other, I think it could be a horrible game. I do like Nintendo trying new things and mashing together games. I'm hoping next for a Donkey Kong game using the Ubi Art engine



ikki5 said:

I want it to make it to the Wii U but then... I see the name Bandai Namco and remember Project Cars... If it does come to Wii U, the Wii u won't see it for a long time.



Gerbwmu said:

Seems like something that will hit Wii U about 6 months after it hits arcades



Zyph said:

Most likely to land on Wii U as well. Almost every fighting games starts out in arcades for beta/location tests.



VoodooTrumpet said:

Are people really going to be that fussed if it does come to the Wii U eventually? Surely an adaptation of Yellow or a new game in the vein of Colosseum or even Snap would sell better?



Azooooz said:

Most Nintendo arcade games don't come to Nintendo consoles like Mario Kart GP DX, which is an arcade exclusive. But this game has slightly a higher chance of appearing on Wii U.



ModestFan93 said:

@VoodooTrumpet I only just learned that they did this when Persona 4 Arena Ultimatrix came out. So if that's the reason then I can survive the wait.
@AJ_Lethal No doubt it won't. Just might take awhile for them to port it.



MajinSoul said:

Shocking indeed. The Wiiu is desperately in need of Pokemon games and Nintendo decides to release it on Arcade machines ... Well, at this point one can only hope.



Player4 said:

Lol, I was really excited when I read the news. I was so excited that I screamed of joy during my class. That's how excited I am

But daaaaaam, why no Wii U? (It probably will release later tho )



Arcamenel said:

Apparently a lot of fighting games go arcade first for balancing then are released on consoles later? I'm assuming that the fact they bothered to do an English language trailer for it hints it will be coming at some point.



TwilightAngel said:

Yes!Yes!Yes! I'm so happy about this i can finally use machamp in a fighting game cause come on he's the goro of pokemon.But really this game will come to the wiiu, and it would be freaking awesome.



Tsurii said:

This is exactly what I always wanted for a Pokémon spin-off. Actually having control of your Pokémon and everything, I think PokePark was actually a really good game just for that (way too easy, tho).

I really like how it looks and - as probably pretty much everyone else- really want it to come to Wii U. Not because it needs a Pokémon game, but because we need a new fighter already. (and I actually don't really see Smash as one. That's kind of its own thing in my eyes)



Darkness3131 said:

I think if they even bothered to put it in English and on the NA channel, then that is a hint in itself that we will be getting it soon. Or its a huge tease and I'm just being an idiot with my logic.



Yosher said:

This better come out on the Wii U. I don't play a whole lot of fighters outside of Smash but I want in on this. And preferably not via arcade.



Wonky_Kong said:

If this makes it to WiiU, then the WiiU would have 2 major fighting game exclusives, smash and pokken.

Anyone still remember tatsunoko vs. capcom which was exclusive to the Wii? That game was great.



Caryslan said:

I hope it does not have that stupid button scheme that the Tekken games use.

I do think this will come to the Wii U pretty soon. An arcade version is likely to test the waters and see what works. I would think a home version with more characters will come within the next year.

To really sell this game in the US, it needs a home port to the Wii U. Arcades are all but dead in the US.

The Wii U needs games, Pokemon sells, and arcades only really exist in Japan. This will get a port to the Wii U at some point. The arcade version is simply a test to see if the concept works.



Lizuka said:

Between the arcade thing (though it's obviously getting a Wii U release, they wouldn't hype it this much if it wasn't) and moreover being related to Tekken which I've never been able to get into, not interested.



Caryslan said:

@Dipper723 Yeah, but do they even stock games like this? Most places that I see(granted, it's been awhile) pretty much have racing and shooting games. Fighting games tend to be rare, unless they are older ones like Soul Calibur II.

Plus, we don't have any pure arcades like Aladdin's Castle anymore. All of our "arcades" are fun centers that have tons of other stuff besides arcade machines.

We have Chuck E Cheese's and Dave & Busters, but they are not like the arcades that Japan has.

We may not even get this. Games like Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate or Virtua Fighter 5 have not gotten arcade versions in the US despite their popularity on home consoles. Does Tekken and Street Fighter even get arcade versions over here anymore like they do in Japan? I know Street Fighter IV had several versions in the arcade, but I have never seen the machines in the west.



Unit_DTH said:

The Wii U isn't selling well!
Then we should make an arcade game using one of our most famous IPs.
Isn't arcade gaming mostly dead.
Then why not announce it for our latest home console and give it to the fans that really need and want games?
Don't think logically, darn you! We don't care about them!

^When I read articles like this, the above is the conversation that I imagine the heads of Nintendo are having with their developers. Why the heck would they not go ahead and announce this for the Wii U?! I love ya nintendo, but you are really testing my limits of what I will tolerate from you as a company. There are only so many bad decisions I will tolerate before I just put you aside and say, "No more. I am done with this nonsense."



Reusinck said:

Wow. Are arcades still used in Japan? I almost can't imagine there is a market for this. In the Netherlands you probably can't even find an arcade if you tried. Too bad that this announcement turned out to be such a dud.



Caryslan said:

@Reusinck Arcades are still very popular and thriving in Japan. In fact, some games like Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and Virtua Fighter got arcade versions in Japan.



Shambo said:

How do they even come up with the idea of NOT directly releasing it worldwide to the Wii U? How is this possible?



TeeJay said:

This? This is what they were hyping? Why even tell us if they're just gonna leave it as a Japan-exclusive...ARCADE GAME?



Haxonberik said:

A Wii U version looks very likely given that the english Pokemon twitter posted the video quickly and Serebii points out they said they're considering other versions



HumaneBlaze said:

If this does come to wiiu I would definitely get it, its just so weird to see a pokemon fighting game but after seeimg the trailer it just makes so much sense and makes you wonder why haven't we had one yet



Jason723 said:

@Caryslan Well, I was at Dave & Busters a month ago, they didn't have any fighting games, (or much new games). The only new game they had was Mario Kart GP GX, which is also made by Nintendo and Namco, so I think Pokken Fighters has a chance.



Rin-go said:

My goodness, people. I saw comments that there was a two year gap between Tekken 6 on arcade and on consoles. It seems that even the Persona fighting game was released on arcades or is going to.
This is perfectly normal, so it's quite likely that it will eventually come to console.



ACK said:

The changes that this doesn't come to a Nintendo console us slim to none. Strange, though, that Arcades are so dead over here in the US, this announcement hardly makes sense from our perspective. With the state of the console market in Japan, apparently an arcade version is indispensable...

But it's a smart move. Make some income from a wide audience, then tune and tweak the game with all that feedback for a definitive console release.



MrGawain said:

Nintendo wouldn't announce another Wii U fighter to come out in opposition to Smash within the next year at least.

Which is exactly we won't get F-Zero while MK8 is still selling.



Royalblues said:

Aww, man. This is what the announcement was? Now I really don't care about it. I mean, I care enough to type my feelings here, but that's it.

All hype from me is gone.



Mega719 said:

An E3 leak said this game was to be shown there and co developed by Bandai Namco. Any way looks cool hope it comes to the West and be on Wii U it makes no sense for this not to happen



dumedum said:

It will come to Wii U in NA eventually... but not before 2016 or even 2017. Like TvC.



JadedGamer said:

this is great fan service.But there are 600+ pokemon out there. The premise is good.How do you please All the fans out there? Fighting as Mr.Mime would be awesome though..The roster will never be enough though



Shy_Guy said:

I love Tekken and SoulCailbur,if this doesn't come to Wii U I'm gonna be very upset with Namco.



zeldazero said:

Definitely shocking, A pokemon game not coming out on the Wii U or 3DS, but in arcades, only in Japan. Shocking alright, but not in a good way



Ryno said:

If this comes to the Wii U it would be first my Pokemon game I ever buy.



shonenjump86 said:

If it plays like Tekken or Soul Calibur then I can get into this. But if just turns out to be just a button smasher fighter then I will pass. If this ever comes to the Wii U.




I'm almost 100% sure this will make it to Wii U. Most likely with amiibo support too. Release in 2016 likely.



dumedum said:

There's an English trailer, so it's obviously coming to western Wii U's. They just can't announce it together with Smash, that makes no sense. It's for the future.



Ufaowl said:

Pokemon.. So much potential in the IP. It's high time to use it. I would love to see racing, adventure. And add some decent plot.



jakysnakydx said:

@Caryslan iyeah virtua fighter and the like are the ones you tend to see in the arcades but the problem is why vo and spend $20-$30 to plah a few games for an hour when you can do it at home. Arcades need to offer something you cant do at home to have the same level of appeal they used too.



kereke12 said:

OMG!! That looked awesome!! Pokemon using the Tekken engine, this just changes everything. I do hope they make it for Wii U, that will show them!



Captain_Toad said:

This may come to a WiU console near you, but not for a while. I glad that this title actually exists now.



Senario said:

Takes out fightstick hopefully it is a 2d fighter and not a 3d one. All the standard fighting game inputs hopefully, shoryukens hadoukens ect ect. Im partial to anime fighter vutton layout but if it ends up something else I wouldnt be surprised because tekken team



Kaze_Memaryu said:

Oh god, why? Namco Bandai are pretty much the worst company you could ask if you wanted to make a fighting game... Nintendo, you messed up this time.
Now, it's not all negative, though. I'll thoroughly enjoy all the whining masses whose favourite Poké isn't playable in the game!



BlackHearted1 said:

So if it is arcade only that pretty much leaves out every one who doesn't live in Japan, smart moves dude.



turtlelink said:

People complaining about arcade release... A lot of fighters that are released on arcade eventually make it to console. Street Fighter Arcade Edition, Persona 4 Arena, Guilty Gear Xrd, etc.

Anyway, I'm hype. This has so much potential. Idk about the Tekken engine but I guess it'll work out.



J-Manix98 said:

This from the Official Pokemon website: "Get a first look at a new Pokémon game coming to arcades in Japan!"

Nope. Not US.



Caryslan said:

@Rin-go Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate got an arcade release as well. In fact, the three DLC characters for that game first appeared in the Arcade version and were added to the console versions later.

I think because Arcades in the west have died, and prety much been replaced by "fun center" people don't understand how important this is. Arcades are still big business over there, and the major fighters like Street Fighter, King of Fighter, Virtua Fighter, Dead or Alive, and Tekken still get arcade versions.

In fact, I thing the companies often use the arcades to test out gameplay features and new characters before they add them to the console versions.



SakuraHaruka said:

I hope this game does arrive for the Wii U (or maybe, for the 3DS), and also, I hope to appear Meloetta, I already vote for her in the proposal from the official website, XD.



Caryslan said:

@ACK I have never liked Tekken and for the life of me I can't understand the appeal when there are better 3D fighters on the market like Virtual Fighter or Dead or Alive.

One thing that turns me off of Tekken is the button scheme. I prefer Virtua Fighter's button scheme which is P, K and G. Although, I think Dead or Alive has the best one, since throws and holds are given their own dictated button.



Caryslan said:

Ok, this announcement makes me want a Fire Emblem fighting game

With such a large cast of characters over 13 games, a fighting game like that would be awesome. Maybe Square Enix could make it like the Dissdia games



DarkKirby said:

I'm surprised it's not Pikachu PokePark 3 and instead that Pokemon fighter that was teased a while back, and now teased again with little more relevant information.

Also, Gardevoir better be in this game.



gamerphil07 said:

You guys seem to forget that two trademarks were filed. Pokken Tournament, as seen here, as well as Pokken Fighters, possibly the Wii U version.



Caryslan said:

@Angelic_Lapras_King That crossover made no sense. Who thought it was a good idea to take a 2D fighter and combine it with characters from a 3D fighter? Who did this game even appeal to? Because most Tekken fans hated it and Street Fighter/Vs fans just stuck with Marvel or Street Fighter.

Crossovers have to make sense. Capcom vs SNK worked because it was a crossover game that featured the two top 2D fighting game characters, and both the SNK and Capcom characters did not feel out of place. Plus, it included gameplay styles from both companies.

Even the Virtua Fighter characters in Dead or Alive worked because they came from a 3D fighter that shared a similar button scheme and DOA plays kinda like a faster Virtua Fighter anyway.

But Street Fighter X Tekken... Ugh, who thought this was a good idea. And to make it worse, the game spit in the face of Mega Man fans. I think Namco has quietly let Tekken X Street Fighter die and hopes every forgets about it.

Which is not a bad thing really.

I am still open to a Dead or Alive vs Virtua Fighter and a Capcom vs SNK 2 though Those would be awesome crossover games.



garydbz25 said:

Seriously Nintendo... What the hell are you playing at.... This game should of been announced for the Wii u and just Wii u with pokemon x & y link up... You need to sell more consoles for goodness sake to try and at least get some 3rd party support back at least. This is a joke... You do know pokken fighters and smash Bros are system sellers right?? Terrible decision by yourselves. I am so angry about this you wouldn't believe it!



Ryu_Niiyama said:

I hope this makes it to console. I know the mario kart arcade games have stayed there but since there is no equivalent I hope it gets a Wii U port.



The_Ninja said:

@dumedum Why? Smash is a party game, and this is a REAL fighting game.

Please Nintendo, make it come to Wii U. I'm getting one in January 2015, and this looks so awesome. That would be the most stupid decision ever if they didn't release it on Wii U.
They can even release DLC on the Wii U.



Ryu_Niiyama said:

@Caryslan Anything that keeps VF being played I'm all for it. ...I miss the vs SNK games...good times. SVC Chaos is a guilty pleasure of mine.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

@Caryslan That's quite alright.

I honestly didnt find SF X TK all that bad. The normal Capcom shenanigans (DLC and MegaMan bashing) spoilt it a little and it's certainly no SSFIV, but I've played far worse fighters in my day.



Hy8ogen said:

@Caryslan Careful there m8. You wouldn't want to get thrown down a cliff would ya?

This is GREAT NEWS!! HUYEAH! Can't wait for this game to come to the Wii U.



AVahne said:

Better make it to Wii U. Makes no sense for it not to.
Of course they'll have to scale down the graphics, since I'm sure Wii U is weaker than modern arcade machines, but doesn't matter as long as it makes it.



Hyperstar96 said:

If this doesn't come to Wii U, it'll be one of Nintendo's worst ideas ever. It'll be up there with using cartridges on the N64, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and the name "Wii U".

Wii U owners want this. Non-Wii U owners have been waiting for this. Do not waste this opportunity, Nintendo.



larry_koopa said:

Don't worry, folks. There is no way that this game doesn't come to the Wii U someday. That'd be about as stupid a decision as putting the letter 'U' at the end of your console name... oh, wait.

But seriously, I think y'all can relax here. I have no doubt that you'll be enjoying this on your Wii U next year



AyeHaley said:

Downgraded visuals as expected....Though I wouldn't be surprised if the Arcade machine is a Wii U in disguise...makes it super easy to release it to the general public.
It would be stupid not to put this on Wii U but I doubt it'll be this year with Smash and all.



MegaBeedrill said:

I love how people are raging at nintendo when nintendo, gamefreak, and the pokemon company are entirely different companies.. nintendo gets what they get, and gamefreak develops the games for the pokemon company.



DarkKirby said:


Hopefully it gets quiver dance
I would hope so.

I'm pretty sure almost all fighting games in Japan go to arcade first before, if they ever, go to console. It's just the way it apparently works in Japan. It's an unusual case for Nintendo as they've never had a "traditional" fighting game developed before so this has just never come up.



ricklongo said:

Wow, seriously? How can Nintendo be so dumb?

This should have been announced for both Arcade and Wii U. I mean, really. The Wii U needs this kind of thing. Am I going mad? Because it's such a no-brainer that I can't believe they didn't.



hYdeks said:

there's still arcade places? o.O seriously Nintendo, only release on Wii U, what the hecks wrong with you, no one goes to a damn arcade anymore, and your Wii U system really needs the games.



BakaKnight said:

Pokemon with the Tekken engine? O.O

This is plain stupid!!! It makes no sense whatsoever!!!
And I would buy it day one if they make a Wii U version ^O^



HyperSonicEXE said:

How neat! Good move on the part of everyone involved. This gets Pokemon out of its typecast role as an RPG - hope it's balanced and does very well!



Fire_Flower said:

Seeing as it's being heavily involved by Harada and Hoshino, I see this game as a 3D fighter. Combining the status effects of Pokemon (also adding the "learn a new move" function could add differing movesets, but that's only wishful thinking) with a fighter similar to Tekken could make this game very good. It doesn't look that bad, either. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Wii U announcement soon.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

@Reusinck I'm lucky to live less than a block away from an arcade! There aren't many here in the states either so to live so close to one is a real privilege!



Rezalack said:

Really? I mean, why not just announce it for the Wii U already? I'd be a huge mistake and loss of profit not too. How the heck is Arcade gaming even profitable anymore? I haven't even seen an arcade in Michigan in like 5 years.



Emaan said:

Surely Nintendo would be smart enough to have a Wii U version planned as well ??? They can't be that mistaken.

Then again as people have pointed out, Tekken games historically are released on arcade platforms first, then on consoles. So this could still be promising.



Just_Ethan said:

@ModestFan93 I wanna play as Magikarp. Floppin' around to slap with his tail, and even splash a tsunami! Every crossover fighting game needs a xrazy character. This would be this one's.



Emblem said:

FYI almost all of Namco Bandai's fighters hit arcades first, we normally see console ports 6 months to a year later. Their most popular "fighter" at the moment is the latest in the "Gundam Extreme VS" series, i think it took around 6+ months for the last one to come to PS3 but the newest version has been out for a while now and no port has been announced afaik.

Since Wii U is the only console this could actually come to, i'm sure its already in development but Namco want to farm the arcade scene exclusively first to help build a user base before dropping a Wii U version.

Edit: Also Gundam Vs has a data share thing for console and arcade (I'm sure other games do also), I imagine it would be feasible to implement Amiibo to transfer data between arcade and Wii U.



RedBeanPorridge said:

With the abysmal sales that tekken tag 2 garnered on Wii U, I'm not surprised they brought it to arcade and haven't made plans for a wii u version.



Great_Gonzalez said:

I wouldn't mind about this if arcades actually still existed in england! Sure there may be a few in london but that's it! I'm sad now arcades use to e the best! Also they'll likely only have human shaped pokemon in this game anyway which would make it kinda boring really..



Kirk said:

Looks ok-ish but they need to work on those graphics and make them look more like a modern HD version of the classic Pokemon "toon" style that the franchise is actually known for (and that it's perfectly suited to and actually looks great by the way) rather than something that looks like an early/mid last-gen game with kinda generic looking graphics imo.

Also, I'd also just love it if Nintendo finally got it's act together and made an actual full home console Pokemon RPG game in the same vain as the recent 3DS games, I mean basically identical, but in glorious 3D HD.

Note: If this Pokemon Tournament eventually comes to Wii U then I'm sure there'll be lots of Pokemon Tournament Amiibo figures too which would be cool...



Inkling said:

Even Nintendo hates the Wii U.

Seriously though they are missing a trick. This could sell loads of Wii Us!



JusticeDragon said:

@Splatom Every fighter made by Namco Bandai hits the arcades first in japan the released on consoles Nintendo did not announce this as a Wii U game because they don't want any game of there's to challenge Smash Bros. for the Wii U & 3DS it will come to the Wii U eventually



FabioSMASH said:

Gimmicky garbage. This looks more like a fan-made Tekken mod than an official product.




CapeSmash said:

Why the **** isn't this on Wii U?!

@Caryslan I've never played a Fire Emblem game, but a Fire Emblem fighting game sounds pretty awesome.



gojiguy said:

@ACK you're joking, right? Maybe low level play with your friends but high level is impossible to break into. I play high level 2d fighters and I still can't remember the entire movelist for a single tekken character.



Samurai_Goroh said:

Arcades are dead outside of Japan, Bamco... Get this on the Wii U or else no one will give a flying fart about it.



element187 said:

"Oh god, why? Namco Bandai are pretty much the worst company you could ask if you wanted to make a fighting game"

@Kaze_Memaryu So according to you, Smash brothers WiiU/3DS is going to be crap?



IceClimbers said:

People, arcades are still very popular and thriving in Japan. In fact, many of them also combine them with slot machines (there's a specific name for them but I can't remember what it is).

All Tekken games come to arcade first, consoles later. Considering the US Pokemon pages and Youtube channel are even promoting this means that a Wii U version will come later. You didn't see them hyping up Pokemon Battrio, did you?

Quit worrying/complaining people. It will come in due time. Oh, and no, Pokken Fighters is in no way a system seller, or at least not like Kart or Smash. It's as much of a system seller as Bayonetta 2 is.



Link506 said:

I get a wii u version wouldn't sell as much as an arcade one, but wouldn't a downgraded port the the 3ds sell billions? There's always tons of 3ds owners just itching for a new pokemon game of some kind.



kensredemption said:


"In fact, many of them also combine them with slot machines (there's a specific name for them but I can't remember what it is)."

Are you talking about pachinko machines?

Anyway, in regards to the article, first there's Hyrule Warriors, now there's Pokken Tournament? I really think Nintendo's snatched up Namco Bandai as well as Koei Tecmo as second party developers now.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@element187 Sakurai is leading development, so Namo Bandai can't screw up in that case - they get told how to do it, and that's for the best. They just don't know jack about proper balance.



TySoN_F said:

Makes sense from a fighting game perspective to release it to arcade markets first. Balancing, testing, feedback, etc.

I'm pretty sure this will come on Wii U. Just not soon since Smash Bros. is still on the horizon and I'm sure Nintendo doesn't wanna deter anyone from it. Only question for me now is, should I get the Tekken arcade stick or hope this one will have it's own special edition haha.



Retro_on_theGo said:

The sheer amount of ignorance of fighting games here is outstanding. I have never realized how deprived of fighting games Nintendo fans are until today. Poor guys. This game WILL COME TO WII U and IT WILL COME TO AMERICA. Think for yourself, you don't need a flashy video shoving it down your throat, Jesus.

Anyways, this is amazing. IM SO HYPED!!!



GhotiH said:

This honestly interests me way more than another dull Pokemon RPG ever could :/



Henmii said:

I say: Put it on Wii u, and see it fly of the shelf!
Looks pretty nice, though the teaser looked better graphics-wise. Also, this is probably the first time that Pokemon do make physical contact with each other.

Pokken fighter: Looking back at the name, we could have guessed what it was.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Please tell me that this game won't require ridiculously strict timing with the combos like in "Tekken 3D: Prime Edition." I have to set most of the best combos to the touchscreen macros just to have a chance in that game!

(True, the timing is even stricter in "Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition," but the combat in that game is designed to focus on single attacks and special moves to the point that you can get away with not even using the melee combos.)



BulbasaurusRex said:

@Henmii Technically there were some attacks like Tackle, Flame Wheel, and Spark where the Pokémon made physical contact in "Pokémon Battle Revolution," Pikachu made physical contact with Quick Attack and Iron Tail in "PokéPark Wii," and the toy versions make plenty of physical contact with each other in the "Pokémon Rumble" sub-series; but you are correct that this would be the first title truly based around the idea.



Rafie said:

They better release this for Wii U. Unfortunately, Nintendo has zero involvement in it. Which I find strange due to their most popular franchise becoming a hit. This fighting game could be another fighting gem under Nintendo's belt. Wii need this! See what I did there?



Retro_on_theGo said:

@TeeJay because this isn't a Japan exclusive arcade game. It's coming to Wii U and NA in due time. Fighters almost always come to arcades first in Japan.



KryptoKrunch said:

The Pokemon IP is waaay too popular worldwide for this to stay a Japanese exclusive arcade game. I'd bet that we would get a Wii U console port eventually.

This is looking fantastic though, those screens of Lucario vs Machamp look stunning.



raccoonboy said:

If Hyrue Warrior is a flop then this one is no different. Just another Tekken game use the advantage of Pokemon characters.

Why is Nintendo involved in an arcade game when its console is dying?



faint said:

@raccoonboy maaaan you guys know next to nothing about japan gaming culture. arcades are very big there and it is common practice to release fighting games with about 15 fighters in the arcade only to spend the next year adding another 15 for console releases. we will see this winter 2015 or spring 2016 on the u. mark my words. also the wiiu is out selling the xboxone for the time being. (will change when destiny hits) so i wouldn't call that dying. last this time it was selling about half what it is now. that was bad.



Kolzig said:

Lets hope it makes to Wii U in 2015. Arcade is dead in dumb Europe and North America, but it's still going somewhat strong in Japan. That is why these special games do well in Japan at the arcades.



Ventilator said:

@Azooooz: There was no reason to port alternative versions of games already existing on GameCube/Wii. Nintendo don't double dip games on a console.

This fighting game don't exist at all, so its a big chance it comes to Wii U.



LoveSugoi said:

I love Tekken (though I don't love the latest entries in the franchise) and Pokemon makes everything better so BRING THIS! All I need is Greninja to main.



BlueNitrous said:

I'd prefer to see a Pokemon Fighting game done by Arc System Works, cuz fighting games with 2D artstyles look super nice nowadays. Plus it would be Blazblue/Guilty Gear with Pokemon, so that would be great. If this somehow doesn't come to Wii U in the states, I'll consider spending a ton of cash to import an arcade machine here. I mean, its not like I need money or anything...I have Pokemon!



Sergio151 said:

Yeah, I remember T vs.C. I think with the Tatsunoku characters it turned off the American audience, which is why out of all of my friends I am the only one who has played it.



arnoldlayne83 said:

So they need to revive the console and what they do? Release it for arcades..... Whoa, Nintendo never stops to surprise me... In negative. There are serious strategy issues there in Kyoto..



Henmii said:


Yeah, I knew about Pokemon Rumble. Those toys are hitting each-other all the time. As some people said, it will probably mean fighter Pokemon only. I can't imagine some very cute Pokemon attacking each-other like this. That only happens in the anime's as far as I know.



Melkac said:

@VoodooTrumpet "Surely an adaptation of Yellow or a new game in the vein of Colosseum or even Snap would sell better?"

The Colosseum thing, it depends. Would it be as horrible as Colosseum and x'D were?



kensredemption said:

@BulbasaurusRex I stated that Koei Tecmo and Bandai Namco were JUST NOW becoming LIKE second party developers. I never explicitly said they always were.

That being said, once the GC controller adapter comes out, a Soul Calibur II VC title just might be possible.

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