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'Pokken Tournament' Is First Fighting Game for Franchise

By    |   Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:04 PM

"Pokkén Tournament" will be the next videogame made by The Pokémon Company, and it's been announced this week as a fighter-style game.

According to Geek.com, the head of the company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, made the announcement on the Japanese NicoNico broadcast, saying that the videogame creators wanted to add a style of game not yet seen in the Pokémon franchise.

That style comes in the form of a classic arcade brawler, made famous in the U.S. by games like "Mortal Kombat" and "Marvel vs. Capcom." Back then, fighter games were 2D, but as videogame technology improved, 3D brawlers became all the rage.

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"Pokkén Tournament" will be a contemporary 3D fighter game, and it is being developed in conjunction with the creators of legendary 3D brawlers "Tekken" and "SoulCalibur." Hence the name: Pokémon plus Tekken begets "Pokkén Tournament."

The Pokémon Company teased a fighter-style game with a single screenshot at a show in 2013, and around that same time the trademarks were discovered for "Pokkén Tournament" and "Pokkén Fighters." This week's announcement is sure to see many fans of both Pokémon and Tekken rejoice as they've been patiently waiting and hoping that the teaser would indeed become a fully-fledged project. A new minute-long trailer released at the time of the announcement is now making the rounds across many video game blogs and getting high praise.

The new game is set for an "arcade release" in Japan in 2015. It will follow on the heels of this November's anticipated release of Pokémon "Omega Ruby" and "Alpha Sapphire," revamps of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles Pokémon "Ruby" and "Sapphire."

Forbes noted that the game may or may not be officially released on a console in the West, as "Nintendo doesn’t want to cannibalize their hugely successful Pokémon market on handhelds." Considering Nintendo's slumping sales of the Wii U, however, they might be forced to.

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