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-types, other types and unevolved Pokémon are also included. The game was released in Japanese arcades on July 16, 2015, with more Pokémon to be added later. No international 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 starting in July of 2015.

The title was announced for a Wii U release worldwide in Spring 2016.

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

    Pokémon currently confirmed to appear 
The main fighters are as follows:
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Blaziken
  • Suicune
  • Gardevoir
  • Pikachu
  • Gengar
  • Charizard
  • Weavile
  • Pikachu Libre (Cosplay Pikachu with a luchador costume)
  • Mewtwo (as Shadow Mewtwo)

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

See the first trailer here!

Tropes that apply to Pokkén Tournament

  • 2˝D: The game alternates between a full range three-dimensional movement field as seen in fighters like Gundam Vs, and a slightly more traditional field similar to Tekken.
  • Action Girl: Pikachu Libre. While Gardevoir and Weavile have been considered feminine due to their design, they can be male and female. Pikachu Libre is unquestionably female as the unique heart-shaped notch on the end of its tail signifies.
  • 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: 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.
    • To wit, you're given a selection of assist "sets" consisting of two Assist Pokémon. Before the actual battle starts, you are asked to pick between the assist mons to use. After a round, you're asked again on who to use. If you picked the one you didn't use on the previous round, it will have its assist meter already full rather than simply carrying over the amount of meter from the previous round.
  • 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: Ferrum Battles are the name of the in-story battling format featured in Pokkén. Ferrum is Latin for "iron," and Tekken translates to "Iron Fist" in English.
  • Bring It: The Weavile does this gesture as a taunt in its reveal trailer.
  • 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.
  • Camera Abuse: Weavile grabs the camera during one of its animations.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The two Pikachus. The regular version is male, has an emphasis on strikes with inspirations taken from the Mishimas while the female luchador is obviously a grappler based on King and Jaycee.
  • Diving Kick: Lucario can perform one, presumably 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 Pokkén the rare example of The Game of the Anime of the Game. Though 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 means smallpox in German.
  • 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.
    • One of Charizard's grabs is Seismic Toss, which is executed in the same manner as in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of Machamp's attacks. With four arms. Yikes.
  • 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 media is that the Pokémon and Trainer literally fight as one, controlling their Pokémon in a manner similar to this. This apparently gives the Pokémon the ability to use guard without the usage of defensive moves and use attacks that aren't Pokémon moves. (They can still use Pokémon moves like Special Attacks if they want to. As with other canon, each playable Pokémon can use up to four unique moves within battles.)
  • 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 family. 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.
    • Whenever Blaziken does a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs attack with its feet, it screams "ATATATATATATA!" Its moveset also contains a few nods to Ken Masters and Kim Kaphwan.
    • One of Weavile's lose animations involves Lei Wulong's reclining pose, which, in some games, is also a lose animation.
    • Lucario's pose and use of Aura Sphere in the Wii U release trailer resembled the use of Ryu's Hadoken in his Smash trailer.
  • Simple Staff: Some of Lucario's combos include a stylized Bone Rush.
  • Spell Blade: Weavile can cover its claws in a variety of energies to augment its attacks.
  • 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, Gardevoir, and Charizard.
  • 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 quadruped Suicune? Its 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 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 inclusion an unexpected, but welcomed surprise.
    • Weavile as well. Being a relatively popular Mon, but one that hasn't received much attention from Game Freak over the years, definitely made its entrance into Pokkén 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?
  • 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 Pokémon.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: As yet, just a static anime avatar you choose before you begin to play properly, though Pokémon palettes and customization have been hinted at.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: The male Pikachu's lightning is yellow. The female Pikachu Libre's lightning is blue.