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.

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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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