The Internet Reacts to the New Pokémon Fighting Game

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There's a new Pokémon game! It's an action fighting game. For arcades. In Japan. I bet the internet has something to say about that.

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As previously reported, The Pokémon Company roped in Namco Bandai, the makers of Tekken, for the arcade game. It's called Pokkén Tournament and will be out next year in Japan. And while we might not see Tekken characters, we will see lots of Pocket Monsters beating the crap outta each other in Japanese arcades.

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Well, internet, let's see what your online comrades think.

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DISCUSSION

What was the motivation behind this?

Did Nintendo enjoy seeing the community buzz and constant hype around Smash, especially from groups of the FGC that they wanted to have a large slice of that pie?

It's not as if it's a natural fit. And although some core games do well in arcades, even in Japan they're not some monster of an audience anymore.

How Nintendo related is this, anyway? How much of an agreement purely between Namco-Bandai and The Pokemon Company is it?

So many questions...

I haven't seen much hype though (understandably in my opinion), which is a shame because I know that some Pokemon and Nintendo fans were pretty pumped before the announcement was officially made.

Anyway... from a personal standpoint, I'm not too bothered. I don't really like Pokemon, and Tekken comes below Virtual Fighter, Street Fighter, King of Fighters and Arc Systems games from a fighting game perspective.

If I was looking for a game-IP mash-up along these lines, I'd ask ASW to make a Bleach game.

Please.