Video Game / Pokkén Tournament

Gotta beat 'em all!

Pokkén Tournament is a Fighting Game Spin-Off of the popular Pokémon series. It is being developed by the team at Namco Bandai that produced the popular Tekken series.

Despite what the name suggests and the genre of the game, Pokkén fights differently from Tekken, using an arena-based fighting that shifts perspective depending on your distance to the enemy, going from a Tekken-based type of combat at close range to something more in-line with the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi games at far range. Although it sounds like this is a game made for fully-evolved Fighting-type Pokémon, other types and un-evolved/not-fully-evolved Pokémon are also included. The game was released in Japanese arcades on July 16, 2015, with more Pokémon to be added later. There is no proper international wide-scale release date for the arcade version yet, but a very limited "test run" was featured at select Dave & Buster's locations in the United States of America starting in July of 2015.

The title was announced for a Wii U simultaneous release worldwide on March 18th, 2016, in the regions of Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia.

The game takes place in a far-off region called Ferrum, and the battles are called Ferrum Battles.

There are numerous trailers available: Initial teaser snippet, First Look!, Wii U announcement, Shadow Mewtwo Revealed, More Footage (including Shadow Mewtwo). There are also official websites for the game (Japanese; English). The official Japanese Twitter account can be visited here.

Visit Pokkén Tournament's character page for tropes that are geared towards the fighters themselves.

    Pokémon currently confirmed to appear 

Battle Pokémon - The main fighters are as follows:

  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Blaziken
  • Suicune
  • Gardevoir
  • Pikachu
  • Gengar
  • Charizard
  • Weavile
  • Pikachu Libre (Cosplay Pikachu with a luchador costume)
  • Sceptile
  • Mewtwo (both normally and as Shadow Mewtwo)
  • Garchomp
  • Braixen
  • Chandelure

Support Pokémon - Players can choose from the following sets of other Pokémon as support members:

  • Lapras and Snivy
  • Emolga and Fennekin
  • Eevee and Frogadier
  • Jirachi and Whimsicott
  • Ninetales and Mismagius
  • Farfetch'd and Electrode
  • Rotom and Togekiss
  • Dragonite and Victini
  • Croagunk and Sylveon
  • Pachirisu and Magikarp


Tropes that apply to Pokkén Tournament

  • 2˝D: The game alternates between a full-range three-dimensional movement field as seen in fighters like the Gundam Vs Series, and a slightly more traditional field similar to Tekken.
  • Art Shift: The Pokémon are rendered with more detailed skin and fur than in other games while still keeping their original shapes and proportions mostly intact.note  For instance, the crest on Suicune's head is actually made of crystal this time.
  • Assist Character: In addition to the playable fighters, you can choose a set of two Support Pokémon to help you out in different ways. Some go and directly attack the opponent, like Snivy or Lapras, while others can help you defend yourself, like Fennekin. You can choose a set of Support Pokémon to help you out in different ways. Some go directly attack the opponent, like Snivy or Lapras, while others can help you defend yourself, like Fennekin.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ferrum Battles are the name of the in-story battling format featured in Pokkén. Ferrum is Latin for "iron," and the Japanese term Tekken translates to "Iron Fist" in English.
  • Call Back: When the Wii U announcement trailer was released, it started by showcasing Blaziken and Lucario fighting in a street arena... which is the exact same set-up they used for the game's very first 10-second teaser trailer.
  • Licensed Game: From the brief teaser, the game seems to draw more stylistic influence from the Pokémon TV show than the source Pokémon core series games. Most notably, Lucario's Bone Rush is portrayed identically to how it is used in the anime, while the games tend to associate it with actual bones. This implementation makes Pokkén Tournament the rare example of The Game of the Anime of the Game. Although, of course, the inspiration might really not come from there.
  • Market-Based Title: Pokkén Tournament is used in all regions... except in Germany, where it is called Pokémon Tekken. It's because Pokkén is identical in pronunciation to "Pocken" (the German Word for smallpox).
  • Mons: The many creatures of the Pokémon franchise.
  • Mythology Gag: The stage shown in the first trailer is based on Pallet Town, appropriately enough, being the starting point for the series.
  • Pokémon Speak: While most of the Pokémon use animalistic grunts when they attack, the two playable Pikachu, in contrast, do their signature anime-styled cries.
  • Remote Body: It's implied that the thing that sets apart the Ferrum Battles compared to that of the standard battle types featured within other Pokémon media is that the Pokémon and their Trainer literally fight as one, with the latter controlling the former in a manner similar to this concept. This implement apparently gives the Pokémon the ability to guard themselves without the usage of defensive moves and use attacks that aren't Pokémon moves. (They can still use moves originating from the main series as Special Attacks, if they want to. As with other canons, each playable Pokémon can use up to four unique moves within battles).
  • Series Mascot: Lucario is the face of the game, appearing before even the Pokémon franchise mascot, Pikachu. Somewhat justified in that Lucario is a Fighting-type Pokémon. As such, the other Fighting-type Pokémon - Machamp, Blaziken, Mega Mewtwo X and Shadow Mega Mewtwo X - become The Rival.
  • Super Mode: All Pokémon can enter Burst Mode after building up the Burst Meter, and it's only then they can use their respective Finishing Move. Pokémon that can Mega Evolve will do so, as shown by Lucario, Gardevoir, and Charizard. Pokémon that don't, like Pikachu, Machamp, and Suicune, gain unique transformations in their stead, like Pikachu gaining an electric aura or Machamp turning red.
  • Surprisingly Good English: For no real reason, all the stages have short descriptions in-game in flawless English.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Of all the Legendary Pokémon, who would have thought the the first one shown would be the quadrupedal Suicune? Suicune's role as the mascot of Pokémon Crystal might've helped a bit, though.
    • Machamp is another one; although in hindsight, it makes sense, what with Machamp being one of the most iconic Fighting-types of the original Pokémon generation, Machamp's serious lack of love and spotlight over the years made its inclusion an unexpected, but welcomed surprise.
    • Weavile as well. Being a relatively popular Pokémon, but one that hasn't received much attention from Game Freak over the years, definitely made its entrance into Pokkén Tournament a very pleasant surprise.
    • Pikachu Libre wasn't expected because there was already a Pikachu on the roster and the Masked Luchador theme was done by Hawlucha first.
    • Who else was expecting Mewtwo, let alone "Shadow Mewtwo" to appear as a Bonus Boss?
    • Given the focus on Pokémon from Generation 4 and earlier, Braixen's reveal was a pleasant surprise. This is doubly unexpected due to the fact Braixen is the un-evolved form of Delphox, when most fighters so far are fully evolved (Pikachu is also in the same boat, but it is generally considered to get a free pass for being the Series Mascot of Pokémon).
    • Chandelure: Of all of the Generation 5-debuting Pokémon, a non-humanoid, object-based Pokémon was not expected. In addition, prior to Chandelure's reveal, it was teased that the next officially revealed fighter would be a Pokémon with the character "ラ (ra)" in its Japanese name, which includes many more anticipated choices with Mega Evolutions to choose from, including Swampert, Heracross, and Kangaskhan.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: As yet, just a static anime avatar that you choose before you begin to play properly, though Pokémon palettes and customization have been hinted at.