That’s right, you heard it here folks, a Pokemon fighting game done in the style of Tekken has been announced for arcades.
This game is being developed by both The Pokemon Company and Namco Bandai; Nintendo’s collaborations with Namco has been outstanding of late. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition was apparently just the tip of the iceberg, we’re getting a smörgåsbord of games here. With Super Smash Bros 4 fast on its way, and this new title in the pipeline, one can only imagine what else is in store for us in the future. It’s nice to see Nintendo making good on their promise to collaborate more with third parties, as it’s giving fans a healthy dose of quality so far. Moves like allowing Pac-Man in Smash are opening up the floodgates for future content.
From what we can see in the trailer, the game appears to play like Tekken, the popular limb based fighting game developed by Namco Bandai. Granted this isn’t the final product, as they stress in the trailer, but it’s pretty obvious to anyone that this game will function quite like it. Two question remains though, and that would be whether this title will eventually hit western shores, and show up on the Wii U. Unfortunately, nothing is guaranteed; while the possibility is rather high, we have seen arcade games in the past that didn’t get released outside of Japan. A few examples would be Rhythm Heaven Tengoku and Pokemon Battrio. Of course, the big difference is that this is a pretty important title, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have never done anything like this before with their franchise.
It would certainly feel like a huge opportunity has been missed if it remained in the East; and unlike Mario Kart GP, there are no alternatives to play on consoles. So to put it simply, the probability of this software never reaching the west and being ported to the Wii U is remote, just remember that the potential still exists.
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