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Pokken Tournament strikes Wii U spring 2016

Japanese debut slated for March 18
Nov 12
The Wii U version of The Pokémon Company and Bandai Namco's fighter Pokkén Tournament will debut in Japan on March 18 and sometime in the spring across Europe and North America. An amiibo card for Shadow Mewtwo will be included with first-run copies of the game worldwide. Nintendo says the creature can also be unlocked sans card "after you fulfill certain conditions."

Dark Mewtwo is actually Shadow Mewtwo

Adjust monogrammed towels accordingly
Nov 03
Just a bit of housekeeping. The new Mewtwo form copped over the weekend is officially Shadow Mewtwo, not Dark Mewtwo as early sleuths sussed. Makes sense what with its "Shadow ___" moves. Not too much else revealed in the ch...

Mewtwo gets a new form in Pokken Tournament

Sweet baby Jesus he looks awesome
Oct 31
Watching livestreams of video games is something I've never been able to get into, but perhaps it's time I start trying to learn how to enjoy them. Last night during a Japanese stream of Pokkén Tournament, Mewtwo was unveiled as a fighter in the upcoming Bandai Namco game. With crystals bulging from his body, this form of Mewtwo is unlike any we've seen before.

Pokken Tournament is so unpopular in one Japanese arcade, it's being removed

Meanwhile Pac-Man is going strong
Oct 20
One popular Japanese arcade has announced it is removing Pokkén Tournament due to lack of popularity and profitability, and the fact that the game will be releasing on Wii U next year. A redditor reports...

There's a Gardevoir in this Pokken Tournament trailer

Know your audience
Oct 20
Sure, this general Pokkén Tournament trailer is a little less balls to the wall exciting than seeing Luchador Pikachu doing a Stone Cold Stunner, but, hey, there's some Gardevoir action going on, eh? The Bandai Namco-...

Pokken Tournament is a fun, deep little brawler

Hands-on during TGS
Sep 21
I'm still out here in Japan to cover TGS, and even though this is just my first time in the country, I'm already itching to come back. You only need to walk a few blocks to see video game and anime references everywhere, as T...

Wrasslin' Pikachu Libre's new Pokken Trailer, OH YEAH!

Snap into a Poke Gym
Sep 15
Pokkén Tournament is looking like it is going to be the cream of the crop when it runs wild on Wii U in 2016, especially with Pikachu Libre (or is it Masked Pikachu?) in tow. Watch this hot new trailer that showc...

Pokken Tournament may not be coming to western arcades after all

Dave & Busters spoke too soon?
Aug 27
I haven't been to a Dave & Busters in years, but the rumor that Pokken Tournament may be heading west by way of arcade location tests would have been enough to get me out there. Sadly, it looks like that may not be happen...

Pokken Tournament is coming to Wii U in 2016

Officially official
Aug 21
Pokken Tournament is the talk of the town -- the only issue is that basically everyone outside of Japan can't play it. Until 2016 that is, as Nintendo has just announced that Pokken is coming to the Wii U worldwide next...

Pokken Tournament will be at Dave and Buster's

No word on Chuck E. Cheese's
Jul 22
Pokkén Tournament will be available for testing at the arcade/restaurant chain Dave and Buster's, according to executive Kevin Bachus. This news is somewhat unsurprising, considering that specific Dave and Buster'...

Vote for support Pokemon in Pokken Tournament

One week to vote for your favorites
Jul 17
Brutal Blaziken was introduced yesterday to the Namco-developed fighter Pokkén Tournament, so the weed-loving fan favorite is in, but perhaps some 'mons less suited for 1-on-1 combat can still make an appearance? Fenne...

And that's why you don't mess with Blaziken

New Pokken Tournament trailer
Jul 16
Oh my god, that poor Pikachu! Following word of Blaziken's upcoming arrival in Pokken Tournament in Japanese arcades, Bandai Namco has a trailer of the fiery bipedal chicken kicking the crap out of its fellow Pokémon. I feel bad for them, which has traditionally not been the case for any of the core series games.

Blaziken joins the Pokken Tournament roster in August

Don't Google Image Search 'Blaziken'
Jul 15
As we await the full lineup for Pokken Tournament, I can rest easy knowing that my boy Gengar is in. Gardevoir, too. The latest character announcement isn't so much a reveal as a reiteration. Long before we knew the Pok&eacut...

Gengar licks the competition in Pokken Tournament

Ghost-types are the best types
Apr 26
Bandai Namco revealed Gengar as a new playable character for Pokkén Tournament at NicoNico Chokaigi 2015 yesterday. The grinning ghost Pokémon brings the roster up to seven characters, along with Pikachu, Lucar...

Flex those muscles, Machamp

Did it for the headline
Feb 18
This is vaguely the same footage of Pokkén Tournament we've seen over the past couple weeks, but it's a direct capture of the game, so what the hell. Good recap of the current roster, though do note that the voice over and text are in Japanese. Long way to go before this'll get localized. What's going on with Pikachu (starting at 1:25)? That expression is Kirby-in-the-USA angry.

Pokken strikes Japanese arcades this summer

Love that outfit, Harada
Feb 12
Pokkén Tournament launches in arcades across Japan this summer, Bandai Namco revealed today at the Japan Amusement Expo in Chiba. The studio is showcasing the fighter this weekend at the event, giving attendees an...

Off-screen Pokkén Tournament footage has Gardevoir-on-Gardevoir action

Give the people what they want
Feb 11
As a man of simple tastes, my big takeaway from Pokkén Tournament's location test in Japanese arcades was Pikachu wearing shorts, but, I get it: game mechanics are important too. This off-screen video from seadraDS ha...

Pokkén arcade controller resembles Wii U GamePad

Suspicious, very suspicious
Feb 02
Well, maybe not exactly. It's certainly no fightstick, but it's also wider than your standard controller. Even still, the setups at the Pokkén Tournament location tests are giving me serious Wii U vibes. They may ...

Pokkén looks hot: Shorts-wearing Pikachu and red Lucario

Location test underway in Japanese arcades
Jan 30
Now that Bandai Namco has begun testing Pokkén Tournament in Japanese arcades, the photos are flooding in -- and they're scrumptious. The Pokémon fighting game offers alternate colors for its combatants, includi...

Pokkén screens show off Gardevoir, other Pokémon

Destructoid's favorite Pocket Monster finally gets her due
Jan 27
Pokkén Tournament is on its way to Japanese arcades later this month, so Namco has seen fit to bless us with pretty pictures of Gardevoir. Also, Pokémon other than Gardevoir for some reason. 「ポ...

Pikachu, Suicune, and Gardevoir announced for Pokkén Tournament

Snivy, Emolga, Fennekin, and Lapras are support characters
Jan 23
[Update: Embedded the full stream below. Also, GoNintendo rounded up more info on how the game plays, including details on how the 3-Axis movement works, how you can guard attacks from any height with the same button, and mo...

Namco given plenty of freedom with Pokémon fighter

As long as the trainers themselves don't come to fisticuffs
Dec 22
Nintendo seems to have a burgeoning penchant for collaboration. The platform holder has recently entered into partnerships with studios like Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei, giving its third party associates license to toy around...

Pokémon fighting game coming to arcades first for 'the challenge'

Arcades are like training mode for fighting games
Oct 18
The announcement of Pokkén Tournament came as a surprise to most of us. We knew some sort of Pokémon fighter was coming, but the news that Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada was in charge was an awe...

Bandai Namco is making Pokkén Tournament with older fans in mind

Did you ever secretly play Pokémon?
Oct 16
I get the sinking feeling it'll be a good long while before we get our hands on Pokkén Tournament, Bandai Namco's Pokémon fighting game for arcades (and probably Wii U). Until then, here's another quote about th...

Pokkén Tournament is about 30 percent complete

Fresh details out of Famitsu
Sep 03
In a Famitsu interview about Pokkén Tournament translated by Siliconera, Bandai Namco's Masaaki Hoshino told the publication that its Pokémon fighting game is approximately 30 percent complete, with the first pl...

Namco's Pokémon fighter won't have Tekken characters

Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responds to fans
Aug 26
The Pokémon Company announced Pokkén Tournament today, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada responded to Twitter questions...

Bandai Namco developing a Pokémon fighting game

Pokkén Tournament coming to arcades in 2015
Aug 26
The Pokémon Company just announced Pokkén Tournament, a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco and the Tekken team. The announcement came via livestream, with The Pokémon Company presiden...

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