Video Game: Pokkén Tournament

Gotta beat them all.

Pokkén Tournament is a Fighting Game Spin-Off of the popular Pokémon series. It is being developed by the team at Bandai Namco 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-types, other types and non-evolved Pokemon are also included. The game will release in arcades in 2015.

    Pokemon currently confirmed to appear 
The main fighters are as follows:
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Blaziken
  • Suicune
  • Gardevoir
  • Pikachu
  • Gengar

Also, players can choose one other Pokemon as a support member:
  • Lapras
  • Snivy
  • Emolga
  • Fennekin
  • Eevee
  • Frogadier

See the first trailer here!


Tropes that apply to Pokkén Tournament

  • 2˝D: The game alternates between a full range 3 dimensional movement field as in seen in fighters like Gundam Vs., and a slightly more traidtional field similar to Tekken.
  • Art Shift: The Pokemon 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: 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Pikachu, who's just as adorable as ever but even more badass. Just look at its attempts to seem badass and intimidating during its post-round poses (which are based off Heihachi and Kazuya)! To a lesser extent, Gardevoir, whose feminine appearance and graceful manners (Especially during its victory pose, in which it spins around and curtsies) are pretty cute as well.
  • Beam Spam: Most of Suicune's moves consist of beam attacks, such as Aurora Beam, Ice Beam and Hydro Pump.
  • Bilingual Bonus / Gratuitous Latin: Ferrum Battles are the name of the in-story battling format featured in Pokken. Ferrum is Latin for "iron", and Tekken translates to "Iron Fist" in English.
  • Diving Kick: Lucario performs one on Machamp. Presumably the move is High Jump Kick.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Machamp appears to have a lariat-style move where it outstretches its arms and spins around.
  • Expy: Pikachu in this game seems to take a lot of influence from the Mishimas. It can even do Heihachi's famous Electric Wind God Fist loop, and its lose pose, where it crosses his arms and shrugs, is reminiscent of one of Kazuya and Devil's early win poses.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Lucario's Aura Sphere, as usual. Gardevoir can get in on the action with Shadow Ball as well.
  • Licensed Game: From the brief teaser, the game seems to draw more stylistic influence from the tv show than the source games. Most notably, Lucario's Bone Rush is portrayed identically to how it's used in the anime, while the games tend to associate it with actual bones. This makes Pokken the rare example of The Game Of The Anime Of The Game. Though of course, the inspiration might really not come from there.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The stage shown in the first trailer is based on Pallet Town, appropriately enough, being the starting point for the series.
    • Lucario seems to be able to use Force Palm exactly the way it does so in Super Smash Bros.
  • Pokémon Speak: Pikachu is confirmed to speak its name like it usually does, but it's unknown if the other Pokémon talk like this too.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of Machamp's attacks. With four arms. Yikes.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pikachu borrows the winposes of Heihachi and Kazuya. Fitting, given all three are electricity wielding mainstays in their respective series. It also has the Spinning Demon and Electric Wind God Fist moves of the Mishima. Its lose pose mirrors Kazuya's arms crossed-then-shrug win pose and its win pose is based on Heihachi's angrily-stomping-his-feet win pose.
    • Gardevoir borrows a few moves from Asuka and Jun's moveset, as well.
    • When Machamp unleashes its Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, it channels Kenshiro and Star Platinum.
  • Simple Staff: Some of Lucario's combos include a stylized Bone Rush.
  • Status Buff: Machamp can use Focus Energy to increase its attack power temporarily.
  • Super Mode: All mons can enter Burst Mode after building up the Burst Meter, and it's only then they can use their respective Finishing Move. Mons that can Mega Evolve will do so, as shown by Lucario and Gardevoir.
  • Unexpected Character: Of all the Legendary Pokemon, who would have thought the the first one shown would be the quadruped Suicune? Its role as the mascot of Crystal Version might've helped a bit, though.
    • Machamp is another one, although in hindsight it makes sense what with it being one of the most iconic Fighting-types of the original generation, its serious lack of love and spotlight over the years made its inclusive an unexpected, but welcomed surprise.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Lucario is the face of the game, appearing before even the series mascot, Pikachu. Somewhat Justified in that it is a Fighting type.