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Pokken Tournament may not be coming to western arcades after all

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Dave & Busters spoke too soon?

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 happening, according to the Pokemon Company's director of consumer marketing, J.C. Smith.

Speaking to Nintendo World Report, Smith responds to whether or not the move was officially organized, stating, "It was not actually. In fact, I haven’t been involved in that, but I’ve been told that the arcade machine is not coming to the U.S., so I don’t know exactly what the plan is. But that was a long while ago, so who knows what may have changed. You know, you can’t stop someone from buying an arcade system so who knows what’s down the road. I haven’t been working closely on the arcade side at all because, really, I never worked on the arcade side but we’ll see. I think that will be handled by Bandai Namco. But I’d have to follow-up with you on that."

So to give you a quick recap, Dave & Busters originally stated that they were working with Bandai Namco, but it appears as if the wires weren't crossed somewhere, and Nintendo/The Pokemon Company aren't directly involved with this western arcade test. We've reached out to all three parties to try to get a full confirmation on the situation.

Pokken is still on track for a western release in 2016 on Wii U.

Pokken Tournament Arcade [Nintendo World Report]

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