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Pokken Tournament Coming To Wii U Next Year


It was only a matter of time, but the Pokemon Company and Bandai Namco have finally decided to make the big announcement concerning Pokken Tournament. The Pokemon fighting game, previously exclusive to Japanese arcade cabinets, will be making its way overseas starting early next year. More importantly, it will be headed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U. The Official Pokemon Youtube Channel has released a trailer, aimed to hype up international Pokemon fans who might not have truly known what this title brings to the table.

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Announced during the Pokemon World Championships, Pokken Tournament has the likes of Pikachu, Charizard, Machamp, Gengar, Suicune, Blaziken, Gardevoir, Lucario and Weavile currently available as playable characters. Players enter 3D battle arenas (smaller than in Dragon Ball Z fighters) to engage in combat shown off in legit real fighting games, with moves that include linkers, openers, specials and attacks that work as juggle mechanics. Most important of all is the introduction to new character Pikachu Libre, who looks as adorable as his attacks are strong.

Surprising enough is the fact that Pokken Tournament is headed just for the Nintendo Wii U. With Nintendo revealing the first information about the Nintendo NX as early as next year, a Spring 2016 release on a console that barely scraped by the 10 million units sold benchmark last quarter just seems to be a wasted opportunity. Hopefully, Bandai Namco sees to bigger picture when it comes to sales figures and look towards the future when building yet another intriguing fighting game exclusively for Nintendo.

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