Pokken Tournament (Preview)

 

Pokken Tournament is almost here! It was announced a while back that this Tekken inspired Pokemon fighter would be coming to Wii U some time in 2016. Now only weeks away (March 18th), we will be able to try out this very unique fighting game from the comfort of our own homes. This game has in fact been out for while in certain arcades, mostly in Japan. But for the majority of us in the U.S. and other countries, we have not yet been able to experience Pokken Tournament. And because of that, I figured I’d do a preview of the game since I’ve been hyped for its release ever since I found out about it. So, allow me to go into some more detail about this up and coming fighting game and what you can expect to see from it.

So what is Pokken Tournament? Well, its a fighting game with Pokemon… Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that. Like i stated previously, this game is inspired by Tekken (hence the name, Pokken). In fact, the same company that works on Tekken is the one working on this game (Bandai Namco). Now although this game may have some similarities to Tekken, by no means is it an exact clone but with Pokemon. In fact, this game is extremely unique from the looks of it, unlike any other fighter I’ve seen before. I’ll get more into the gameplay later, for now, let’s talk about some of the pokemon you’ll be able to choose from.

Pokken pikachu

Pokken Tournament has a wide variety of Pokemon to choose from. Of course we have the more popular choices like Pikachu, Charizard and Lucario. But we also have some more unexpected additions like Braixen, Weavile and even Chandelure. I think it’s great that they went with some of these more obscure options. There are so many Pokemon out there, I’m glad they gave some of the less popular ones a chance to be in the spotlight. Along with playable Pokemon, there pokken assistare also Pokemon in the game for you to choose from that will assist you in battle. These assist Pokemon probably would not have made much sense as playable characters, so this is a good way to get them in on the action. There are currently 16 playable Pokemon to choose from, and will most likely stay that way up until launch. Of course there is always the possibility for them to add DLC characters later on, so if your favorite Pokemon didn’t make it in, well, there’s still hope. As for me, I’d like to see Chestnaught added in at some point. He’s one of my favorites, and come on, he would fit in so well, since he’s part fighting type. Guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed.

Pokken fight

Time to talk about the gameplay, and like i said earlier, it’s very unique. There are two different ways to fight your opponent in a match. The more traditional style, like you would see in Tekken, and then there’s more of a freestyle form of fighting your opponent. I call it freestyle because, well, your movement becomes less restricted. in the traditional way, you move forward and back. But in this other way, you may move freely around the arena in all different directions. This way of fighting looks very fun and different from typical fighters. I think with the two of these fighting styles combined, it will open up endless possibilities in a match and add tons of strategy and things to think about while facing off against your opponent. I’m very happy to see they give you the freedom to move around the arena like this. It makes it look like how you would picture a real Pokemon battle to be.

I’m really looking forward to this game and have been dying to get my hands on it. There’s several arenas to play on, lots of Pokemon to choose from, and very interesting and fun looking gameplay. I definitely think this game is worth checking out. The good thing about Pokken Tournament is it will bring in not only fans of Pokemon, but fans of fighting games as well. So if you’re a huge fan of Pokemon, but never played a fighting game, most likely you’ll want to try this game out. And on the other hand, if you like competitive fighters but never really got into Pokemon, well, you’ll probably also want to give this game a try. Pokken Tournament should be lots of fun for everybody, no matter what your background is.


So that pretty much wraps up this preview. Hopefully you learned a lot more about this upcoming game for Wii U and will want to purchase it for yourself. I’ve already pre-ordered it, so I’ll see you guys on the battlefield once the game is released. Please feel free to share your thoughts about this game in the comment section below. Let everyone know who you’ll be choosing first. Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of the site while you’re here. There’s lots of great stuff here at AZBros.com, so don’t miss out. Be sure to check back often for Pokken Tournament content and much much more! As always, I’m Lockjaw, and I’ll see you next time!

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Lockjaw

Co-Founder, Streamer & Editor at AZBros.com
I've played video games pretty much my whole life. And I'd say I love them just as much now as I did back then. I really enjoy fighting games and I'm always looking for new ones to try. I really like the competitiveness of fighters, and love testing my skills against other players. However, I also like to just sit back and relax with more casual games, too.

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I’ve played video games pretty much my whole life. And I’d say I love them just as much now as I did back then. I really enjoy fighting games and I’m always looking for new ones to try. I really like the competitiveness of fighters, and love testing my skills against other players. However, I also like to just sit back and relax with more casual games, too.

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