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Pokken Tournament

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 7:15 AM


EDIT @ 12:40 PM EST: It may or may not get a western release, read below.

pokejungle.net/2014/08/26/pokk…

I'm surprised they would actually make a game like this, something I've waited for SO LONG for Nintendo to make is a genuine Pokemon fighting game, not a battle-sim game like Stadium or Battle Revolution, which were just the RPG-style battles from the main series games in 3D. Now we have a genuine Pokemon fighting game, the first entry in the Pokemon franchise outside the Smash Bros games, and it's from the creators of Tekken and Soul Caliber no less!

Unfortunately, with all the excitement and good news, there is unfortunately some bad news to it. The game is going to be arcade-only when it's released in 2015, meaning that like Pokemon Battrio and Tretta, it's likely going to be Japan-only, a huge turnoff for fans outside of Japan like me, and I can't speak or read Japanese, meaning I will probably never get a chance to play it. I'm very disappointed in this.

Oh well, there's still SSB4, even if it only has 4 Pokemon characters in it. I'm so disappointed to hear it's Japan-only, as I've been waiting for them to make a game like this for years.

UPDATE: Apparently, the English twitter for TPCi has updated and announced the game, but it says it's for arcades in Japan, which implies a possible western release. Serebii states it might see a console release in the future, though given how most fighting games released for arcade first tend to be released on console a year after their arcade release, we might not see it outside of Japan until very late 2015 at the earliest, 2016 at the latest. For instance, the first version of Street Fighter IV was released in Japanese arcades in July 2008 and wasn't released on home consoles worldwide until February 2009, the arcade version was never released outside of Japan, and it's probably because Arcade games aren't very popular among American and European gamers ever since services like Xbox Live and Steam were launched, with arcades slowly dying off in the same way as the dinosaurs.

Now this does show signs of a possible western release through consoles, but it also depends on how well the game does in arcades, because if it fails or under-performs in Japanese arcades, the chances of it being released on console will become more slim, and it might not possibly see a western release at all. The trailer was also in English, which would be unlikely for a Japan-only release (because it would otherwise be only in Japanese, a language I can't understand without subtitles). We will still have SSB4 and various Mugen mods to make up for the absence of a western release for the game, but until then, we will have to wait until new updates. 


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FeralSonic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
..and it looks like most of the Pokken roster's gonna be made up of Fighting types too, judging by the trailer.

..and I saw Lucario go mega too.

I'd love it if Electivire was in one of those type of games. I saw him in Super Smash Bros, but he was in the background. C'mon, you guys - give Electivire some of the spotlight for once..!
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
You think I don't feel the same for Floatzel? Mienshao is likely, but give us some type advantages for once, especially since Fighting types have the most weaknesses of any type.
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FeralSonic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I..think we've seen too much of Lucario. Even though one of my characters is one, I think they should give him a rest now.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Same, give Lucario a rest and give some focus to OTHER Pokemon for a while. In fact, Lucario has been given MORE focus lately than he was in Gen 4, his debut generation, and I find that bothersome.
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FeralSonic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah...time to give other mons some attention now.

Like me, who's trying to beat the Elite 4 with five mons based off Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
I know one is a Trevnant and another is a Zigzagoon, who's who?
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FeralSonic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Edit - beat the E4 and I now really love haunted trees.


I used Trevenant, Toxicroak, Roserade, Linoone and Machoke to make my Pokemon X GotG.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
I can guess for a moment who's who in this team.
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hero011 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Eh, there's a chance that it'll get a international console release.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Maybe, but I didn't see anything about it in this release.
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hero011 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
*shrug* I'm more thinking like it'll get announced like half a year from now.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Maybe, but knowing past arcade games, I have my doubts.
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hero011 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Eh, those were were one thing that most people don't really make note of.

This on the other hand is a game of a popular genre.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
True, but I always look too deep into details.
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hero011 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah
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NotMolo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Japan only? Then why did they just release an English trailer for it?
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
They stated it was made for arcades, and arcade games aren't very popular in the US ever since things like Xbox Live and Steam wiped them out in the same fashion as the meteor that killed the dinosaurs. Pokemon Battrio and Tretta were arcade games and were never released outside of Japan, so I highly doubt this one will either, or at least not for a long time given how fighting games released in arcade games take about a year, sometimes two, to be ported to any console (there was about a year long gap between the arcade and console release of Street Fighter IV for instance).

They never said anything about a console release, only time will tell, but I am still disappointed. I mean, my town has no arcades even if it were to see a release in American arcades (or at least what's left of a now endangered species that isn't really the kiddish games you'd see at a kid's pizza parlor with annoying singing animatronic band that spends every night trying to kill the security guard).

I'm not complaining, just a bit upset.
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NotMolo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
"In answering questions, it was implied that there may be non-arcade release later since it is said to come first in arcades"

I got this from Serebii, but it's not really confirmination...
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Updated the journal with new information.
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Masterge77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh, okay, but saying it may get a non-arcade release does not explicitly mean it will receive one. I'm not keeping my hopes up until I get further confirmation.
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