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Pokkén Tournament coming to Wii U in Spring 2016

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



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.


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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