Pokken Tournament, the Japanese arcade-only Pokemon fighting game will soon be moving to the WiiU. First announced last year, the game is being developed by the same producers who lead the teams behind Tekken and Soulcalibur. It also looks gloriously surreal.
At the core, Pokken Tournament is another fighting game built in the same style as most other fighting games. It also attempts to bring a more visceral fighting experience to Pokemon battles. Instead of turn based combat, the game becomes a highly complex and twitchy brawler; complete with multi-hit combos and some sort of Hadouken-esque attacks.
Interestingly, the game features more than just the humanoid Fighting-type Pokemon that one would expect from this sort of thing. Also appearing are quadrupedal Suicune, the fan-favourite Charizard, and what appears to be a Pikachu in a luchadore outfit.
The first trailer footage is taken from the arcade game, which indicates that the console port isn’t quite done yet. It also shows a game that is definitely not for the faint of heart, or for young children. Overall, it looks like elements of Tekken have made their way into the game.
Pokken Tournament on the WiiU will appear in the Spring of 2016. Considering Nintendo’s ideas about console exclusivity, this game is unlikely to be ported to other consoles. Although a 3DS version may not be out of the question.