Pokken Tournament is the Pokemon game you've been waiting for

Imagine a Pokemon game with Tekken-style mechanics -- that's the new Pokken Tournament, set to release in 2016 on the Wii U.

If you are a fan of Pokemon, then chances are you've been there before: the grassy field, or the sandy beaches, or even the magma-covered volcano cliff-edge -- deep in the middle of a hot match between your Charizard and the enemy Pikachu. There is no time to waste; Pikachu's using Agility. You deftly dodge out of the way, and fry that pipsqueek with a massive wall of flame.

While this is the fantasy of most Pokefans, it's been impossible to really achieve on a satisfying scale... until now. Pokemon battles will be merging with the Tekken fighting-game style to create Pokken Tournament, every real-life Trainer's steamy dream.

This game will function in real-time, meaning that you will have to dodge and curate moves to your pocket-monster pal at a moment's notice. No more of that turn-based nonsense (though, admittedly, it was quite fun). Pokken Tournament will be the most realistic Pokemon experience yet.

Right now, the roster only includes a small number of Pokemon available, and half of those are simply as support characters to be called out for a little assistance mid-fight. Here's the skinny on the roster:

Main characters

  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Suicune
  • Gardevoir
  • Pikachu
  • Gengar
  • Weavile
  • Charizard
  • Blaziken
  • Pikachu Libre

Support characters

  • Emolga
  • Fennekin
  • Snivy
  • Frogadier
  • Eevee
  • Lapras
  • Whimsicott
  • Jirachi

While the game is out in arcades across Japan (those lucky son-of-a-guns!), the rest of the world will have to wait until it comes out on the Wii U in the second quarter of next year (2016).

...how will I last that long?!

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Published Sep. 29th 2017
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Now, I think this game will be fun and I would love this type of real-time fighting in a normal Pokemon game, but that is only part of it. The big reasons people love Pokemon are the team building, catching, and adventure aspect. Without those, it is just another turn-based RPG.

    I definitely can't wait for this game, but the reason I and many people love the handheld versions, are the full experience you get.
  • Sleepy Bison
    Featured Contributor
    I have been an avid player from RBY to BW, and yes, I agree that "collecting them all" is a big part of the experience -- I finally did just that in Diamond version myself -- but it was the anime that brought me into the franchise. Watching the shows/movies made me jealous that the most intense a Poke battle will ever get for me is "My move, your move, repeat."

    I think a lot of people would appreciate a first-person VR 3D open-world Pokemon game. Surely Nintendo has the money? It would be awesome... just might not be profitable. :))

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