Just as suspected earlier this week when a European trademark was filed, we can now confirm that Pokkén Tournament will be coming to Wii U worldwide in Spring of 2016. The game is currently only playable in Japanese arcades, but The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have issued a press release this morning announcing the game will not only be coming to home consoles, but that it will receive a release outside Japan.
The game is developed by Namco Bandai, a studio with extensive experience in fighting games. It developed the famous Tekken series, as well as last year’s Super Smash Bros. games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Rather than turn based fighting like the Pokémon RPG series, Pokkén Tournament takes a more action-based approach where players have direct control over their Pokémon fighter in a 3D arena. “The intuitive controls make this fighting game accessible to players of all skill levels, and the stunning visuals emphasize the size and power of each Pokémon,” said The Pokémon Company and Nintendo in the press release.
A new trailer has been released, which you can find below. It introduces the inclusion of Pikachu Libre as a fighter, whom players might recognize as a dress-up option from Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
Besides the new Pikachu fighter, no other announcements have been made regarding additional features or functions that will be included in the home console release of Pokkén Tournament. Are you excited to the see game finally come to Wii U? Are you aching to see Hawlucha as a fighter? Let us know!