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Pokkén Tournament coming to Wii U in Spring 2016

Yoshimitsu! I choose you! No… wait… that’s not right…

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Yoshimitsu! I choose you! No… wait… that’s not right…

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced the upcoming release of Pokkén Tournament – currently an arcade game that you can’t get your grubby mitts on outside of Japan – will be receiving a worldwide release for Wii U in Spring 2016.

While it’s name might be a portmanteau of Pokémon and Tekken, apparently Pokkén Tournament is more than just a Tekken game with Pokémon character skins, according to Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada.

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That being said, all the action we’ve seen of Pokkén Tournament thus far very much appears to simply be Tekken with Pokémon in it. That’s not necessarily a criticism. Just saying.

The pugilists in Pokkén Tournament even make the same sort of grunting and exertion noises that Tekken characters do, though I can understand the logic behind that: I can imagine hearing “PIKA! PIKA PIIIIKA!” literally all the time got very annoying, very quickly in the early play-testing.

Here’s the latest English trailer. You’ll see what I mean:

We’ve also got a raft of Pokkén Tournament screenshots available for your viewing pleasure:

Watch this space for further screenshots, trailers and release information for Pokkén Tournament.


Pick a Wii U from Amazon and be ready for the release.

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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.