In a move that should shock almost no one who has been paying attention, Nintendo this morning finally announced that Pokkén Tournament (the fighting game that is being developed in collaboration with Bandai Namco) would be hitting the Wii U sometime in Spring 2016 (one of the many articles already written here if you so choose to read that). Pokémon X Tekken. Who would have guessed that could ever happen? So much for thinking no more big name games coming to Wii U, huh?
I know, I know, that last line is controversial, but has some merit in my eyes, as the feeling that no more big name games will be coming to Wii U (save for Zelda, but my thoughts on that one are otherwise) was evident from this year’s E3 and the announcement of the NX. What nice news to wake up to this morning for me and starving Wii U owners looking for some Poké-action not relegated to Smash or the god awful Rumble U. During the Pokémon World Championships this morning in Boston (my neck of the woods), Nintendo let that not-so-secret info out of the bag during a presentation. Ever since this game was announced for arcades, I don’t think anyone in their right mind thought that is where this game was going to stay. I may not be in my right mind, but I certainly knew it was coming. So did you. Everyone did. Even Nintendo. Nintendo, of course, wouldn’t confirm, but they also didn’t flat-out deny a home console edition since it was initially announced, either. It just made too much sense. Besides, this looks like the only big name Pokémon game we’ll ever be getting on Wii U since the refuse to make a Snap sequel and have zero intentions on making a game in the vein of the beloved handheld entries, which is an absolute shame. And while I respect their stance on why that is, I don’t necessarily fully believe it, either. And an MMO – which makes almost TOO much sense – is just a pipe dream in a sea of shattered expectations from the Big N and their world views. Check out the announce trailer with a new bonus character at the end of this article.
As of now there’s a small list of 9 fighters (not including support characters) currently available for the arcade version in Japan, which will be hitting US shores at some Dave & Buster’s for testing in the future, but I think we can all agree that there is at least some hope of either new fighters being added for or exclusive to the Wii U version ones it gets released next Spring. Add to that, since Nintendo seems to be all in on amiibo, imagine their love of costumes being added by tapping your figures to the GamePad or even creating specific character figures for this game based on the roster. Hell, they could even have new fighters be made available ONLY by purchasing new amiibo created for this game. I think that would be acceptable in this instance, at least to me. The possibilities are there, and it’s up to Nintendo to capitalize on them. I know I, for one, am super excited. I can’t imagine I’m the only one. Scratch that. I KNOW I’m not the only one. It’s now up to us to make it a success. If we can do that for Splatoon, this should be easy. Right, guys?