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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Adds Charizard, Weavile

posted on by Karen Ressler
Arcade launch date set for July 16

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming Pokkén Tournament videos on Friday introducing Charizard (Lizardon) and Weavile (Manyula) as playable characters in the fighting game.

The game's official website also announced that the game will debut in Japanese arcades on July 16.

The playable pokémon thus far include Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, Gengar, and Pikachu. Support pokémon, which can be called to assist in battle with the "L" button, 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 Entertainment is collaborating on the development.

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