Bandai Namco reveals a dark legendary Pokemon for Pokken Tournament
A NicoNico stream revealed the appearance of a new playable character for the Japanese arcade version of Pokken Tournament, with the Wii U version likely to come soon after (though not yet confirmed).
So which Pokemon is it?
None other than Darkrai, the legendary "Pitch-Black" Pokemon!
In terms of fighting style, Darkrai appears to be trap-based via placing hazards on the ground, each with different properties.
For example, here is Darkrai placing projections of itself and detonating them to stun the opposing Lucario:
Pokken Tournament (or "Pokken" for short) is a Pokemon and Tekken series fighting game crossover, available for arcades and the Wii U console.
The game involves fighting in two distinct phases which change upon contact with an attack. One phase is a ranged mode called "Field Phase", and the other phase is a close-combat mode called "Duel Phase".
For more visuals on Darkrai and Pokken gameplay, here's the full trailer from Bandai Namco's Japanese YouTube channel:
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Original Ken Sugimori art of Darkrai
Earlier this July, an announcement on the Pokken Twitter account stated that a new character would soon be playable in Japan, a character which we now know is Darkrai.
As mentioned earlier, the stream demonstrated the arcade version of Pokken, so it is unconfirmed if Darkrai will also be available for Wii U as of yet.
However, it is highly likely that this dark-type legendary will come to the Wii U, in light of a datamining discovery finding Darkrai and a few others in the 1.3 update file, as posted by a user on the Pokken Tournament subreddit.
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