Pokkén Tournament is out in the wild in Japan, so attention naturally turns to hopes of seeing it in Western arcades. The arcade scene may not be as prominent outside of Japan, but we shouldn't forget that The Pokémon Company has talked up the prospects of some units making it to the West.
It seems that Dave & Buster's, the US chain that also has a branch in Toronto, will be scratching that itch - at least in a small way initially. In a Reddit AMA Kevin Bachus, Dave & Buster's senior vice president of entertainment & game strategy, was asked about the fighter and made clear that it's on the way for location testing Stateside.
Yes. We will be testing Pokken. Candidly both NAMCO and I are more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken.
...If it does well in test we'd bring it everywhere.
We're not surprised that the outlet is confident; elsewhere in the AMA Bachus explains that fighting games can do well initially before tailing off, but the Pokémon brand has such power in the market that it may beat those trends.
It'll be interesting to see how this location test goes once it arrives. Here's hoping more arcade chains in the West will also jump on board.
Thanks to Alex for the heads up.