Pokkén Tournament is a mash-up game of Tekken with Pokémon characters. Developed by Bandai Namco in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, it’s set to release in Japanese arcades this Summer. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, we can probably bet that it will eventually arrive on the Wii U at some point at least. You’ll be able to play as characters like Pikachu, Suicune, Gardevoir and, as just announced, Gengar. Check out the trailer and see what you think, it’s a pretty clever concept and definitely worth keeping an eye out for! Will you be crossing your fingers for Pokkén Tournament to release on the Wii U? What Pokémon would you most like to play as?
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has done what he does best and has teased fans in the latest edition of Famitsu. Harada says he’s working on a game that apparently can’t be imitated and there’s also a game which he has to remain completely silent about. These games are bound to be revealed sometime this year, so let’s cross our fingers and hope that at least one comes to the Wii U.
There isn’t only the game for head mounted display “Summer Lesson.” There’s also a title that can’t be imitated anywhere else! In addition to that, there’s also that title I can’t talk about.
Pokemon Company CEO and president Tsunekazu Ishihara, Tekken series chief producer Katsuhiro Harada, and Soulcalibur producer Masaaki Hoshino had the opportunity to speak to Famitsu about the recently announced Pokken Tournament for arcades. The developers explained that the game is roughly 30% complete. Here’s some of the details taken from the extensive interview.
“I believe that this project’s most entertaining and refreshing aspect is about being able to move your own Pokémon and watch them react and pull off moves in full-frame, and the freshness of real-time. We’re working on making those aspects as enthralling and fun as possible,”
“Yes, Mega Evolutions are implemented in the game,” responds Hoshino. “I believe you might be able to tell just by watching the trailer, but when Lucario changes forms, that’s the Mega Evolution.”
“When you think about Mega Evolution, there are those [Pokémon] that do Mega Evolve and those that don’t, so you might wonder what happens to the ones that don’t,” says Harada. “We’ve already thought of plenty of things like that since the early planning stage, in order to make it more like a Pokémon game.”
“That’s how we’re thinking of shaping this game into one with an emphasis on Pokémon’s way of playing, along with many of the game’s own ideas as well,” he adds.
“Over the 700 total Pokémon… is what I’d like to say, but the development wouldn’t be done on time by the time we decided,” responds Harada with a laugh. “We expect it to be a little more limited.”
“That said, I believe that the general direction that current fighting games are trending towards having more characters,” adds Hoshino. “I also believe that getting a grasp of how to play as all the characters is a big part of the fun, and as far expanding that goes, we’re thinking of starting with Pokémon that are easy to understand, and with a nice range of movements and ways to play.”
“This time, it’s a battle that takes place in the world of Pokémon, so we’re not thinking about having Tekken characters appear. However, once you play it, then there might be some sort of hidden elements that could bring a smile to fans of the Tekken series,”
Turns out missing Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada just had a bit of the sniffles as he confirmed on Twitter earlier today. He’s a bit concerned his week off turned into a news fiasco though, but you can rest assured he’s still going to E3. And since we’re all a bit sceptical these days, Harada even posted a picture of himself as proof to his fans that he’s alive and well. You can see the Twitter message he posted below:
“I just finished up the master version, and I had a cold and a fever so I was home drinking tequila and getting some work done. Ono got a new car late last month so I took it for a test drive, and cleared some games I had piled up (Crysis 3, Bioshock, Metro) so I ignored calls from the office. I was busy. Then Grid 2 came out while work was piling up, people were treating me like I was missing or something. I’m fine, and back to work and I’ll be at E3, so don’t worry.”
Katsuhiro Harada, a Namco Bandai Games producer who is best known for the Tekken series, is reportedly missing. According to a tweet that was supposedly sent out by the Tekken Project support team, Harada has been missing from office for a week so far. The team says it’s still searching for him. If he really is missing, we hope that Harada is found safe and sound. The tweet sent out by the team – via Harada’s Twitter account – can be read below:
*This is TEKKEN Project support team*Mr.Harada has been missing from office since a week ago. We are still searching for him. Thanks.
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) June 5, 2013
Update from the Tekken team: There appear to be some news articles worrying for Harada-san’s safety. However, we were able to confirm he has been logged into Steam daily, so we believe he is OK, but just has not shown up for work.
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Namco Bandai has revealed that the well-received Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has missed company sales expectations. The publisher says that the company planned to ship 1.7 million units of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 but ended up just under target at 1.5 million units worldwide. The Wii U version of the popular beat-em-up franchise ended up with an average review score of 83% on online review aggregator, Metacritic.
Namco Bandai has announced that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be available at both retail and as a digital download on the Wii U eShop. However, the game will take up a whopping 16GB of space, which is clearly an issue if you purchase the Wii U Basic 8GB package. Thankfully, Nintendo has already confirmed that you can use a variety of external hard drives with Wii U, so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Still, that’s one big download.