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Pokkén Tournament (known in Germany as Pokémon Tekken) is a 3D fighting game developed by Bandai Namco, in conjunction with The Pokémon Company, and released for Japanese arcades on July 16, 2015. It was later published worldwide for the Wii U by The Pokémon Company on March 18, 2016.

A spin-off of the Pokémon series of RPGs, Pokkén Tournament has players performing direct one-on-one battles with a limited set of Pokémon species (each with their own pre-determined set of abilities). As the game's name is a portmanteau of Pokémon/Pocket Monster and Tekken, the game features gameplay elements from the Tekken series of fighting games.

The arcade version of the game is notable for its use of a console-style controller instead of a traditional joystick and button setup. As the game's camera and UI is focused on one player over the other, each machine can only support one player (requiring two-player versus matches to use two arcade machines). The Wii U version of the game supports local Two-Screen Multiplayer (allowing one player to use the GamePad for their perspective, at the cost of limited display framerate for both players), online multiplayer (with friendly private matches and ranked public matches), and a hidden LAN Battle mode (allowing two Wii U consoles to connect to eachother, unlocking all content for tournament settings). The Wii U version also has Amiibo support, allowing players to unlock special content.

The game was later ported to the Nintendo Switch (as Pokkén Tournament DX, or Pokémon Tekken DX in Germany) on September 22, 2017. Along with new Pokémon (both playable and support), this version unlocks all Pokémon from the start and adds new game modes (including online lobby matches and Team Battle mode) and post-release downloadable content.

Gameplay

Unlike Tekken, Pokken Tournament will not feature a high/mid/low blocking system, instead introducing its own mechanics which have not yet been detailed. Other Pokémon can be used as support characters during battle. Pokkén introduces Burst Mode, which happens when their gauge is filled up through fighting. When entering Burst Mode the Pokémon may undergo Mega Evolution, if they can. Burst Mode allows the player to use Burst Moves, which do more damage than regular attacks.

Characters

Playable Characters

Standard

  • Blaziken (#257, known as Bursyamo in Japanese versions) is a Fire/Fighting Pokémon and the final evolution of the Torchic line. It made its debut in Gen. 3 (Ruby/Sapphire) and can transform into Mega Blaziken in Burst Form.
  • Braixen (#654, known as Tairenar in Japanese versions) is a Fire Pokémon and the evolution of Fennekin. It made its debut in Gen. 6 (X/Y). Added in the Wii U version, and brought back to the Arcade version on July 20, 2016.
  • Mewtwo (#150) is a Psychic Legendary Pokémon and a genetic clone of the mythical Mew. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue) and can transform into Mega Mewtwo X in Burst Form. Added in the Wii U version as an unlockable, and brought back to the Arcade version on July 20, 2016.
  • Empoleon (#395, known as Emperte in Japanese versions) is a Water/Steel Pokémon and the final evolution of the Piplup line. It made its debut in Gen. 4 (Diamond/Pearl). Added in the Arcade version on December 15, 2016.
  • Decidueye (#724, known as Junaiper in Japanese version) is a Grass/Ghost Pokémon and the final evolution of the Rowlet line. It mades its debut in Gen. 7 (Sun/Moon). Added in the Switch version.

Power

  • Charizard (#005, known as Lizardon in Japanese versions) is a Fire/Flying Pokémon and the final evolution of the Charmander line. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue) and can transform into Mega Charizard X in Burst Form.
  • Machamp (#068, known as Kairiky iin Japanese versions) is a Fighting Pokémon and the final evolution of the Machop line. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue).
  • Garchomp (#445, known as Gaburias in Japanese versions) is a Dragon/Ground Pokémon and the final evolution of the Gible line. It made its debut in Gen. 4 (Diamond/Pearl) and can transform into Mega Garchomp in Burst Form. Added in the Wii U version, and brought back to the Arcade version on July 20, 2016.
  • Scizor (#212, known as Hassam in Japanese versions) is a Bug/Steel Pokémon and the the evolution of Scyther. It made its debut in Gen. 3 (Ruby/Sapphire) and can transform into Mega Scizor in Burst Form. Added in the Arcade version on October 20, 2016.
  • Blastoise (#009, known as Kamex in Japanese versions) is a Water Pokémon and the final evolution of the Squirtle line. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue) and can transform into Mega Blastoise in Burst Form. Added in the Switch version on March 23, 2018 as DLC.

Speed

  • Sceptile (#254, known as Jukain in Japanese versions) is a Grass Pokémon and the final evolution of the Treecko line. It made its debut in Gen. 3 (Ruby/Sapphire) and can transform into Mega Sceptile in Burst Form.
  • Croagunk (#453, known as Gureggru in Japanese version) is a Poison/Fighting Pokémon. It made its debut in Gen. 4 (Diamond/Pearl). Added in the Arcade version on November 10, 2016.

Technical

  • Gardevoir (#282, known as Sirnight in Japanese versions) is a Psychic/Fairy Pokémon and one of the final evolutions of the Ralts line. It made its debut in Gen. 3 (Ruby/Sapphire) and can transform into Mega Gardevoir in Burst Form.
  • Gengar (#094, known as Gangar in Japanese versions) is a Ghost/Poison Pokémon and the final evolution of the Gastly line. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue) and can transform into Mega Gengar in Burst Form.
  • Shadow Mewtwo is a special variant of Mewtwo exclusive to the game as a boss character. Added in the Wii U version (where it can be unlocked each time the game starts using a special Amiibo card prior to a permanent unlock in-game) and brought back to the Arcade version on July 20, 2016.
  • Aegislash (#681, known as Gillgard in Japanese versions) is a Steel/Ghost Pokémon and the final evolution of the Honedge line. It made its debut in Gen. 6 (X/Y). Added in the Switch version on January 31, 2018 as DLC.

Support Characters

Starting Sets

Unlockable Sets

DX Version Sets

Trivia

  • The game is titled Pokémon Tekken in Germany due to the word "Pokkén" being too similar in spelling and identical in pronunciation to "Pocken" (the German word for "pox").
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