Pokken Tournament may already be heading out of Japan. The North American restaurant chain Dave and Buster’s said that they will be testing the Pokemon fighting game at a few of their locations along with Tekken 7. Pokken tournament was just officially released in Japanese arcades earlier this month, and this is the first news of the game being released anywhere other than Japan.
The announcement came from Dave and Buster’s senior vice president of entertainment and game strategy, Kevin Bachus on reddit. In an answer to a question about whether or not Dave and Buster’s would test Pokken Tournament if Namco offered it. “Yes. We will be testing Pokken. Candidly both NAMCO and I are more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken.”
Bandai Namco has talked about a western release for Pokken Tournament, and with the popularity of the Pokemon series, that wouldn’t be surprising. However, they have not officially confirmed anything yet. They have made gameplay videos with English subtitles, which shows that they are serious about bringing the game to western audiences in the future.
On top of this news, Pokken Tournament has announced a new character who will be added in an upcoming release, the fire and fighting type, Blaziken. That brings the roster of Pokemon up to nine, with Lucario, Machamp, Suicine, Gardevoir, Pikachu, Gengar, Weavile, and Charizard being the eight other fighters. Of course, there are also the eight support characters, Emolga, Fennekin, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, Lapras, Whimsiscott, and Jirachi. If you’re curious about how exactly Pokken Tournament works, take a look here for a more in depth description.
Pokken Tournament was released early this month, and already Bandai Namco is looking at bringing it to North America even if it will only be at the Dave and Buster’s restaurant chain. This should have any western Pokemon or fighting game fans optimistic that in just a little while their favorite arcade will have Pokken Tournament.
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Written by Spencer Havens, a big fan of arcade fighting games