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Pokkén Fighting Game Trailer Introduces Playable Pokémon, Battle System

posted on by Karen Ressler
Arcade game will open in Japan this summer

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a trailer for its upcoming arcade game Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén being a pun on the words Pokémon and 'fist') on Wednesday. The trailer introduces the playable pokémon, support pokémon, battle system, and online play.

The playable pokémon thus far include Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, and Pikachu. Support pokémon, which can be called to assist in battle with the "L" button, thus far include Emolga, Lapras, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, and Fennekin.

Battles will have two phases. During regular play, a pokémon fills its gauge to activate "resonance burst," where the pokémon is powered-up for a limited time and can perform a special attack.

The game include tutorial and single-player modes, as well as an online mode that connects players to other arcade systems across Japan. Players can store their battle records and increased battle stats on a "Bana (Bandai Namco) Passport." Using this feature unlocks more support characters.

Nintendo announced the game during the “Monthly Famitsu feat. Pokémon Special” live-streamed program last August. The action/fighting game will debut Japanese arcades this summer. Bandai Namco Games is collaborating on the development.

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