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Pokkén Tournament Fighting Game Reveals Chandelure, Western Release Date

posted on by Karen Ressler
Wii U version of arcade game to ship on March 18 in N. America, Europe, and Japan

The official website for the Pokkén Tournament fighting game announced on Friday that Chandelure will join the game as a fighter Pokémon. The company will unveil a preview video for Chandelure at Game Party Japan 2016 in Chiba on January 31.

In addition, the official Pokémon Company International Twitter account announced on Friday that the Wii U version will ship in North America and Europe on March 18, the same day it ships in Japan.

Bandai Namco Entertainment will sell a bundle containing the game and a Wii U in Japan, and it will cost 36,800 yen (about US$304). The game by itself will cost 7,200 yen (US$60) at retail or 6,800 yen (US$56) via download. Those who pre-order the game will receive a Dark Mewtwo amiibo card.

The game debuted in Japanese arcades in July. The eight playable Pokémon available at launch were Charizard, Weavile, Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir, Suicune, Gengar, and Pikachu. Blazikin, Masked Pikachu, and Sceptile were added later. Support Pokémon, which can be called to assist in battle with the "L" button, include Emolga, Lapras, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, Fennekin, and others.

Battles 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 includes tutorial and single-player modes, as well as an online mode that connects players to other arcade systems across Japan.

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