With Pokkén Tournament’s release date fast approaching, information about the Wii U version of the arcade fighter is starting to trickle in. While the arcade version has been out in Japan for quite some time, the console version is set to feature a number of characters and modes exclusive to that particular version.
The majority of the game’s new modes will allow players to train and practice, but the Ferrum League should add quite a bit more depth to the title. This mode will task players with competing in the Ferrum League, with progress unlocking extra arenas and support Pokémon. Taking place in the heretofore unseen Ferrum region, trainers are able to form deep connections with their Pokémon thanks to the unique Resonance Stones found only in the region. This likely explains why the player is actually controlling Pokémon in the game, as opposed to giving commands. The game also features “My Town” mode, in which players will be able to spend PokéGold to customize their trainer characters, including skin color, hair style and more.
A number of new support Pokémon were announced for the title, as well. Espeon, Umbreon, Magneton, Cubone, Quagsire and Diglett join the list of previously announced support Pokemon. Each one boasts one of the character’s trademark moves from the main series, such as Bonemerang for Cubone, and Dig for Diglett.
Finally, it appears that there are currently no plans for downloadable content for the foreseeable future. Given that Nintendo has found a significant amount of success with DLC this console generation, that could always change based on demand.
Pokkén Tournament arrives worldwide on Wii U March 18.