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