Bandai Namco’s Pokken Tournament for the Wii U has officially launched. The game is now available for $59.99 from participating retailers and from the Nintendo eShop.
The game features 16 different Pokemon in total that players can control across various arenas set within iconic locations within the Pokemon universe. Many of the characters’ attacks, special moves and abilities are on display in real-time and gamers get to see some of their favorites duke it out on the battlefield using a two-tiered combat system. There is the Field mode and Duel mode, the former of which allows players to run around the arena and throw off long range projectiles at a opponents while the latter allows players to get in close and perform very specific, hard-hitting melee attacks.
While the roster only includes 16 playable Pokemon, the game does support the ability to call in support from 30 additional Pokemon, ranging from Magneton to Digglett. The supports can help dish out additional attacks or provide players with a little bit of assistance when it seems like they’re down and out.
Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive VP of sales and marketing commented in the press release about the launch of the game, saying…
“Pokkén Tournament will appeal to Pokémon fans, fighting game players and even casual gamers looking for an action-packed game,” […] “It’s another example of the unique experiences players can only get on Nintendo systems.”
Some gamers have complained that Pokken Tournament lacks a lot of the melee-focused Pokemon from the series and that some of the Pokemon that Bandai Namco have selected may not have been the best for a fighting game.
There’s a strong likelihood that Bandai Namco might go the DLC route to include more popular Pokemon, depending on how well Pokken Tournament sells on the Wii U.
I’m sure they’re hoping the content included in the game will help hold gamers over long enough to make it a sales success. The included single-player mode seems robust enough, especially with the deep customization of the trainer and the Pokemon, as well as being able to partake in both local multiplayer and online multiplayer. Pokken Tournament also supports Amiibos and a separate Pokken controller made specifically for the game.
You can learn more about the game right now by paying a visit to the official website or pick up a digital or physical copy by hitting up a retailer near you or by visiting the eShop.