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.
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.
Blaziken (#257, known as Bursyamo in Japan) is a Fire/Fighting-type 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.
(exclusive to Wii U)
Braixen (#654, known as Tairenar in Japan) is a Fire-type Pokémon and the evolution of Fennekin. It made its debut in Gen. 6 (X/Y).
Chandelure (#609, known as Chandela in Japan) is a Ghost/Fire-type Pokémon and the final evolution of the Litwick line. It made its debut in Gen. 5 (Black/White).
Charizard (#005, known as Lizardon in Japan) is a Fire/Flying-type 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.
(exclusive to Wii U)
Garchomp (#445, known as Gaburias in Japan) is a Dragon/Ground-type 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.
Gardevoir (#282, known as Sirnight in Japan) is a Psychic/Fairy-type 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 Japan) is a Ghost/Poison-type 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.
Lucario (#448) is a Fighting/Steel-type Pokémon and the evolution of Riolu. It made its debut in Gen. 4 (Diamond/Pearl) and can transform into Mega Lucario in Burst Form.
Machamp (#068, known as Kairiky in Japan) is a Fighting-type Pokémon and the final evolution of the Machop line. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue).
Pikachu (#025) is an Electric-type Pokémon and is considered the franchise's mascot. It made its debut in Gen. 1 (Red/Blue).
Pikachu Libre (known as Masked Pikachu in Japan) is a special costumed variant of Pikachu (also known as Cosplay Pikachu, who wears an assortment of costumes) resembling a lucha libre wrestler. She made her debut in Gen. 6 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire).
Sceptile (#254, known as Jukain in Japan) is a Grass-type 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.
Suicune (#245) is a Water-type Legendary Pokémon. One part of the Legendary Beasts trio in Johto, (along with Raikou and Entei), it made its debut in Gen. 2 (Gold/Silver).
Weavile (#461, known as Manyula in Japan) is a Dark/Ice-type Pokémon and the evolution of Sneasel. It made its debut in Gen. 4 (Diamond/Pearl).
(unlockable, exclusive to Wii U)
Mewtwo (#150) is a Psychic-type 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.
Shadow Mewtwo is a special variant of Mewtwo exclusive to the game as a boss character.
In the Wii U version, it can be unlocked each time the game starts using a special Amiibo card (prior to a permanent unlock in-game).
Pokkén Tournament DX
The Nintendo Switch version comes packed with the following new features:
- Anytime, anywhere – Playable in TV mode, handheld mode, or via shared Joy-Con controller with another Trainer to battle one-on-one in tabletop mode anywhere!
- New fighter — Decidueye enters the battle, alongside all previous Pokémon from the Wii U and arcade versions.
- New Support Pokémon – Litten and Popplio make their debut to lend their support in battle.
- Team Battle mode – Players pick three Pokémon and battle it out to be the first to defeat all their opponent’s Pokémon to win in the new Team Battle mode.
- Group Match mode – Find similar skilled players in battle rooms for intense and fun battles online.
- Daily Challenges – Complete a variety of different daily challenges.
- Watch battle replays – Players can watch other players’ replays and share their best matches online with the new replay feature.
- Jump straight into battle - All characters and Support Pokémon will be available right from the start of the game.
The Wii U edition of the game has shipped over 1 million copies worldwide as of August, 2016.
- 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").