Howdy ladies and gents, time for me just to blog about a tiny bit of video game news that dropped yesterday that shocked me so much that I just had to talk about it. The following information comes from IGN:
The Pokemon Company has just revealed Pokken Tournament, a new fighting game starring its infamous ‘mon and being developed by Bandai Namco’s Tekken team.
The announcement of the unlikely bedfellows has been teased for some time, with Nintendo promising a “shocking” announcement for today. It’s safe to say this fits the bill. The lead producers of Tekken and SoulCalibur, Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino respectively are both working on the project.
At the moment, there’s no news of a Western release or even if the brawler is set to arrive on consoles in Japan. It’s currently planned for arcade machines, with the initial information being pretty sparse. From what we’ve been able to gather, however, it’s aimed at a wide and casual audience, though aspects will make sure those looking for something hardcore should have something to look forward to.
Pokken Tournament isn’t arriving in Japan arcades until next year. We’ll be chasing up as much info as we can get on it in the meantime, so watch this space. Additionally, that 3D fighting game that was spotted at the end of a trailer last year? Looks like we know what it is!
Well this was definitely surprise, I did not expect to hear or see this, ever in my life. Now he have had 3D Pokemon fighting games before in the form of Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2 on the N64 or Pokemon Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness on the GameCube and often forgotten Pokemon Battle Revolution. But unlike those games which was just a 3D version of the handheld game turned-based battle system, this game seems to be a one-on-one fighter just like Tekken or Dead or Alive. As for what we can see in the trailer, it looks interesting. I mean sure the graphics look okay with decent character models and animation, however there are games these days that do look better. Seeing Lucario and Machamp go up against each, seeing their varying attacks and move sets based on their Pokemon types is interesting, and if done correctly with a multitude of other characters this game could be cool. However with like 700+ Pokemon at their disposal I’m curious to see how they’ll incorporate each one in there and which ones they’ll leave out, whether they’ll infuse their various types and use type advantages and if there will be other things like flashy special moves or destructive environments.
While this is slated as an arcade-only game only set for release in Japan, if it is good one can hope it does get a western release on consoles. So what do you think of this announcement, are you down with a one-on-one fighting game involving Pokemon or does this disgust you? Be sure to comment below. 🙂