Well, this is both a huge surprise and no surprise at all. Namco Bandai has announced it is making a new fighting game called Pokken Tournament and it’ll feature different Pokemon battling it out in a Tekken-style 3D fashion.
It looks like Namco Bandai is leveraging its experience with developing the upcoming Smash Bros. games to spin off this new title. Harada-san is saying Pokken Tournament will not have the high/mid/low mixup game of Tekken, but will have its own mechanic. I imagine it’ll be like Smash, but on a smaller stage and more focused attacks (but no focus attacks). Harada has also indicated that fans of the Pokemon trainers shouldn’t be worried either.
The trailer has Lucario and Machamp, both humanoid style, fighting type Pokemon, but they’re saying the game won’t be limited to that kind of Pokemon. Again, given the connection to Smash Bros, porting Pikachu, Jigglypuff and other pocket monsters seems like a no brainer. I’m calling dibs on Snorlax now.
It’s aimed more at the casual crowd, but I can see the FGC jumping all over Pokken Tournament too. Unfortunately, they’ve only announced plans to release it in Japanese arcades next year. With enough hype, Namco will have no choice but to port to consoles too, right? Let’s just hope this project doesn’t divert too many resources away from Tekken X Street Fighter.
After being available as a digital upgrade on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a little over two months, Ultra Street Fighter IV finally launched on the PC last night. I gave up on paying for Xbox Live Gold about a year ago and have been playing through Steam instead. And so, last night was my first real chance to play as some of the new characters. I was most excited about Decapre.
I know. I know. It was a cheap cop-out by Capcom to use a Cammy clone as the final new character in Ultra, after simply porting over the others from Street Fighter X Tekken, but Decapre does play very differently. She’s a charge character that seems to excel at both the rushdown and the mix-up game. Seeing how I main Blanka (did you see my video where I played against BrolyLegs?), Decapre sounded like a viable option for me. I particularly enjoy the mix-ups for both the ground pound move and her take on the Yoga Catastrophe.
Based on my early impressions, the netcode for Ultra needs some serious work and I’m not alone in this sentiment. The good news is Capcom knows this and they’re working on fixing it. Anyways, embedded below are some highlights from last night’s Twitch stream (follow/subscribe to my Twitch channel: hadoukenstream). The first has about half an hour of ranked matches with Decapre and the second video is my online Decapre mirror match.
We love our fighting games mostly for the actual game, but it’s always nice when we can explore a little bit of the back story and mythology too. That’s why the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist series was so darn good. It’s not like we didn’t already know about Akuma (Gouki), Gouken, Ken and Ryu, but to see to dramatized is just so satisfying. What about the other characters?
A couple of utterly fantastic “documentaries” are on YouTube that take a look at two of the more iconic Street Fighter boss characters. Balrog: Behind the Glory made its debut back at Evo 2011. We learn about Boxer’s childhood, his rise to fame, his connection with Shadaloo and even about the “Mike Bison” name.
Balrog: Behind the Glory
And at Evo 2014, the same guy debuted a second short film. It’s called Matador, and it looks at the childhood and back story for Vega (Claw), again including how he may also be called Balrog.
I’d say that both films are pretty dark, but they also offer a lot of great insight into why the boxer is so concerned about his fight money and why the Spaniard has such a disdain for “ugliness” in the world.
Matador (Vega Short Film)
If Balrog’s movie was in 2011 and Vega’s was in 2014, does that mean that we should expect to see a Sagat documentary at Evo 2017? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.