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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.
At E3 2014 in Los Angeles last week, NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon dropped the bomb on us with the unveiling of Mortal Kombat X. Given the commercial success of Mortal Kombat 9, it’s not exactly a surprise that they’re back for another installment in this ultra-gory fighting game and this new version is looking pretty sweet. The multiple versions of each fighter can make for some interesting matchups and the stamina meter adds a new dynamic. The fatalities are looking pretty badass too.
We’ve already got new characters — D’Vorah strangely reminds me of Killer Instinct’s Sadira, Ferra/Torr is pretty the same as Master Blaster from Mad Max, and Kotal Kahn looks like he belongs in War Gods for the N64 — but there are still plenty of roster spots still open.
Sub-Zero and Scorpion are back, of course, but what other old kombatants are going to return? We have Cassie Cage, daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, so does that mean mommy and daddy are present or absent? What about the whole cyber-ninja thing with Sektor and Cyrax? Or some four-armed madness with Kintaro and Goro? Well, SRK has put together a poll for our wishlist of Mortal Kombat X characters.
As of this writing, with just under 4000 votes cast so far, the most popular choices include Ermac, Frost, Fujin, Noob Saibot, Reptile, Smoke and my man Kenshi. Who do you want to see?
In the meantime, here’s a video compilation with a bunch of fatalities and X-ray moves, followed by a gameplay demo from E3. Mortal Kombat X runs on Unreal Engine 3 and will launch on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One some time next year.
We are less than a month away from the launch of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. You may have already seen the preview trailer or the gameplay video from E3. Maybe you’ve already ordered the Hori Arcade Stick too. Now, you can get you first look at the official opening cinematic trailer for this upcoming fighting game. It doesn’t really do anything in terms of reveal gameplay elements, but it’s still fun to watch.