A Pokemon fighting game? Could this be real? To think that somewhere in the world Nintendo, Game Freak and Bandai Namco executives gathered and actually agreed that a Pokemon fighting game had to be made. It's hard to even consider. Yet here we are, with Nintendo and Bandai Namco announcing Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game planned to be released in 2015 -- in Japan.
Now featuring a full teaser trailer, as opposed to the brief glimpse players had of Pokken Tournament at the last Nintendo World event, the reality of the situation is rather clear. Machamp and Lucario are going head to head, comboing each other to death on a 3D plane. Nowhere are trainers to be found in-screen and no specific abilities for either Pokemon are especially notable either. While Lucario does appear to be powering up at the end of the match, it'd be a stretch to say he's Mega Evolving or using a skill of any sort.
The question now becomes, "Is this even a Pokemon game?" Sure, Lucario and Machamp are Pokemon, but there's otherwise no features to this trailer distinguishing other notable Pokemon features or mechanics. It looks rather like a cheap Tekken mod with Pokemon skins. Heck, some mods out there probably look better. The idea of a Pokemon fighting game is brilliant, but I think developer Bandai Namco has some work to do to prove this is a worthy response to thousands of fans' requests.
Pokken Tournament is currently announced as a Japan-only arcade game. No other platforms have been revealed, let alone a North American localization. Yes, it's developed by Bandai Namco and not Nintendo. Yes, it's quite clearly built off of their Tekken franchise, sort of like Hyrule Warriors is really more of a Dynasty Warriors than a Zelda title. I'm scared, everyone.