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Pokken Tournament |Western Release Announced

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The launch date for Bandai Namco’s upcoming fighter was revealed in a post on the official Pokemon Twitter account, confirming it will be available in the west the very same day arrives for Wii U in Japan, March 18, 2016

 

This week has brought with it loads of new information for Pokken Tournament, including several surprising character reveals and fresh details on the game’s array of different modes.

Charizard
US Name: Charizard
Jp. Name: LizardonType: Fire/Flying
Style: Power

First Appearance: Pokémon Red & Green

Specials:
A: Flamethrower
Forward + A: Fire Punch
A (Mid-Air): Flare Blitz
Up + A (Dual Phase):Seismic Toss

Details:
Charizard was revealed as one of the last Pokémon in the game in the special NicoNico stream about Pokkén Tournament in July 2015. It is a Power focused Pokémon, using its Fire-type attacks such as Flamethrower and Flare Blitz, as well as Seismic Toss. Its Burst Mode attack has it Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X

Pikachu
US Name: Pikachu
Jp. Name: PikachuType: Electric
Style: Standard

First Appearance: Pokémon Red & Green

Specials:
A: Thunderbolt
A + Forward: Nuzzle
A + Back: Electro Ball
In Mid-Air: Thunder (Cancel with R)

Details:
Pikachu was first revealed on the NicoNico stream on January 23rd 2015. It has various moves at its disposal such as Thunder, Thunderbolt and Electro Ball. Its burst attack involves a lot of electricity and slams.

Pikachu Libre
US Name: Pikachu Libre
Jp. Name: Masked PikachuType: Electric
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Details:
Pikachu Libre was showcased in the Pokémon World Championship announcement of the Wii U version of the game in August 2015. It has a different moveset to standard Pikachu

Machamp
US Name: Machamp
Jp. Name: KairikyType: Fighting
Style: Power

First Appearance: Pokémon Red & Green

Specials:
A: Beat Up
A (After Beat Up): Cross Chop
A + Forward: Submission
A + Down: Close Combat

Details:
Machamp was first revealed on the initial announcement in August 2014. Machamp’s moves are more physically focused including many punches and grabbing & throwing the opponent down

Gengar
US Name: Gengar
Jp. Name: GangarType: Ghost/Poison
Style: Technique

First Appearance: Pokémon Red & Green

Specials:
A: Shadow Ball (Hold to Charge)
A + Forward: Hypnosis
A + Back: Shadow Punch
A + Down (Dual Phase): Curse

Details:
Gengar was revealed as the winner of the Twitter Campaign to find the most requested Pokémon for the game and was showcased on April 26th in the NicoNico Chokaigi stage show in Japan. Gengar’s battle strengths include the use of Shadow Ball and other ghostly attacks. Its Burst Attack has it Mega Evolve into Mega Gengar

Mewtwo
US Name: Mewtwo
Jp. Name: MewtwoType: Psychic
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokémon Red & Green

Details:
Following the reveal of Shadow Mewtwo for the arcade and Wii U versions, in the issue of CoroCoro released on January 15th 2016, it was revealed that the standard Mewtwo would be a playable character in the Wii U version of the game. Its Burst Attack has it change, but the result is not clear.

Suicune
US Name: Suicune
Jp. Name: SuicuneType: Water
Style: Standard

First Appearance: Pokémon Gold & Silver

Specials:
A: Aurora Beam
A + Forward: Hydro Pump
A + Back: Mirror Coat
In Mid-Air A: Blizzard

Details:
Suicune was the first non-biped Pokémon introduced for Pokkén Tournament. As it’s a quadraped, it has a different fighting style using moves involving kicks as well as classic moves like Aurora Beam and Ice Beam. Its Burst Attack involves a lot of ice causing the opponent to be shot up and frozen

Sceptile
US Name: Sceptile
Jp. Name: JukainType: Grass
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire

Details:
Sceptile was first announced for Pokkén Tournament on December 12th 2015 as part of a promotion of the arcade on Twitter. It was then added to the game on December 16th 2015. Its Burst Mode activates its Mega Evolution.

Blaziken
US Name: Blaziken
Jp. Name: BashamoType: Fire/Fighting
Style: Standard

First Appearance: Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire

Details:
Blaziken was first announced for Pokkén Tournament within the Weekly Famitsu magazine released on July 16th 2015, the launch day of the arcade game. It was announced that Blaziken would be added to the game in an update in August 2015. Its Burst Mode activates its Mega Evolution.

Gardevoir
US Name: Gardevoir
Jp. Name: SirknightType: Psychic/Fairy
Style: Technique

First Appearance: Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire

Specials:
A: Psyshock
A + Forward: Stored Power
A + X + Back: Calm Mind & Psychic
In Mid-Air A: Magical Leaf

Details:
Gardevoir was first announced for Pokkén Tournament within the NicoNico stream on January 23rd 2015. Its attacks are psychic based, often involving psychic beams. Its Burst Mode activates its Mega Evolution.

Garchomp
US Name: Garchomp
Jp. Name: GaburiasType: Ground/Dragon
Style: Power

First Appearance: Pokémon Diamond & Pearl

Details:
In the issue of CoroCoro released on January 15th 2016, it was revealed that Garchomp would be a playable character in the Wii U version of the game. It is a Power Pokémon with moves such as Sand Tomb and Dragon Rush. Its Burst Attack has it Mega Evolve into Mega Garchomp.

Lucario
US Name: Lucario
Jp. Name: LucarioType: Fighting/Steel
Style: Standard

First Appearance: Pokémon Diamond & Pearl

Specials:
A: Aura Sphere
Forward + AA: Bone Rush
A + Back: Force Palm
Up + A: Extreme Speed

Details:
Lucario was first revealed on the initial announcement in August 2014. It attacks through various physical attacks but also has moves such as Aura Sphere and Bone Club. Its Burst Attack involves it mega evolving into Mega Lucario and then hitting the opponent with some powerful punches

Weavile
US Name: Weavile
Jp. Name: ManyulaType: Dark/Ice
Style: Speed

Specials:
A X X X : Agility ~ Fury Swipes
A + Y: Agility ~ Fake Out
Forward + A: Knock Off (Cancel with R)
Back + A:Night Slash (Cancel with R)

First Appearance: Pokémon Diamond & Pearl

Details:
Weavile was revealed as one of the last Pokémon in the game in the special NicoNico stream about Pokkén Tournament in July 2015. It is a Speed focused Pokémon, using its various Ice-type moves

Chandelure
US Name: Chandelure
Jp. Name: ChandelaType: Ghost/Fire
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokémon Black & White

Details:
On January 8th 2016, a new character was teased for Pokkén Tournament to be released on January 15th 2016. This Pokémon turned out to be the Ghost/Fire-type, Chandelure. Its strengths and capabilities are currently unknown.

Braixen
US Name: Braixen
Jp. Name: TairenarType: Fire
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokémon X & Y

Details:
In the issue of CoroCoro released on January 15th 2016, it was revealed that Braixen would be a playable character in the Wii U version of the game. It is a Pokémon more adept to distance attacks using ones like Fire Blast.

Shadow Mewtwo
US Name: Shadow Mewtwo
Jp. Name: Dark MewtwoType: ??
Style: ??

First Appearance: Pokkén Tournament

Details:
Shadow Mewtwo was first revealed as an Extra Battle boss in the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament in October 2015, following the update to version J04. In the Nintendo Direct on November 12th 2015, it was confirmed that Shadow Mewtwo was in fact a playable character. As standard, there are requirements to unlock it but if the game was from the first production run, it came with an amiibo card which allows for the unlock of Shadow Mewtwo instantly.

Pokken Tournament was originally only available in Japanese arcades, but Nintendo announced plans to bring it to its home console last August. Those who are able to snag a copy of the game from its initial print run will also get an NFC-enabled Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, which lets you unlock the character by scanning the card. Though published by Nintendo, Pokken Tournament is being developed by Bandai Namco, the company behind popular fighting game series like Tekken and Soulcalibur.

Will you be picking up Pokken Tournament when it arrives for Wii U this coming March? Which other Pokemon would you like to see join the game’s growing roster of playable fighters? Let me know below!

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Travis

I'm a Husband a Father and a gamer. I work in the web industry as well as creating and reviewing video games. I play mostly PC games and spend time enjoying the WII U and PS4 with my wife and kids.

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