Tekken + Pokemon = Pokkén? The Pokemon Company Announces Pokkén Tournament
Have you ever played Pokemon, lamented at the turn-based battles and thought to yourself, “Holy hell, why can’t this just be like Tekken?”
On the reverse spectrum, have you ever listlessly slogged through Tekken's character select screen and groaned, “I just want to play as fictional, dog-fighting animals whose only attempt at language is shouting their own names!”
Well, good goddamn, do I have a game for you that you’ve always wanted but didn’t know how to ask for. Introducing Pokkén Tournament — a 3D arcade fighter set to the tune of Tekken's gameplay but featuring Nintendo's beloved Pocket Monsters.
The game is being developed by Namco Bandai Games with involvement from Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino and Tekken's own eccentric producer Katsuhiro Harada. This is far from Namco's first foray into Nintendo trenches — both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS are being created by Namco Bandai teams, which is likely how they got this unusual gig (saké probably played a big part too).
Before you mod your fightstick with a custom Pikachu inlay, keep note that no North American release has been announced. Nor is there any info on Pokkén making it to home consoles. So far, the fighter is only slated for Japanese arcades in 2015.
Watch the official teaser hereabouts.
Anyone walking around with all eight is guaranteed to have seen some shit.
"Pikachu… Do you think God is a Pokemon?"
"Shit, I didn’t know you were an atheist."
"You’re my friend!"
"You’re my mission."
Lund, Sweden: A memorial to a boy’s life cut far, far too short at the age of five. This tombstone immortalizes one of the boy’s favorite childhood joys; playing Pokemon on his Gameboy Advance.
This looks like a job for Joel.
Wii U Drops Its Price and the 3DS Drops a Whole Damn Dimension
All right. Where to begin? I suppose I’ll start with the news that doesn’t scramble my brains like Iwata himself stabbed a whisk through my head.
First up, the Wii U is officially seeing a price drop. In a ploy to divert your attention from Sony and Microsoft’s Hell in a Cell, next-gen warring this Holiday, Nintendo has slashed $50 from the Wii U Deluxe Set’s tag. The 32GB model’s newly minted price of $299 will kick in for North American retailers on September 20th.
Personal bite: I can’t complain about a console price drop. A more affordable system pushes me closer to inviting it into my home. Though, the fact the drop had to happen at all tells a distressing tale in regards to the system’s performance — keep in mind we’re not even a year out from the console’s November 2012 release date and a price drop is already happening. Not fantastic.
And a discounted tag ain’t enough to catch the public’s attention by itself. Any software not adorned with a Nintendo mascot holds up like a drop of fresh water in the ocean. You hear a story every other day about a third-party publisher ducking out of releasing a Wii U version of their hot title or, at best, releasing a watered down version. Once more, not fantastic.Nintendo also announced a new model of the 3DS minus the 3D part. ”Isn’t that just a DS, though?” No, simpleton. This plays 3DS games. But not in 3D. Also, it doesn’t have a hinge, ridding you of the frustration of being able to close the machine and protect the screen from the elements — an innovation Nintendo foolishly invested into back with the Game Boy Advance SP.
I introduce to you the Nintendo 2DS. Soak it in, friends. Nintendo is billing the new handheld as an entry-level portable for youngsters…which makes the damage susceptible design even more boggling. Reduced functionality — and, seemingly, reduced versatility — means the handheld can be yours for just $129.99. The 2DS is locked in to debut in the states alongside the release of the world’s first 3D Pokemon titles, X and Y — it just gets better and better as we go along, huh? — on October 12th.
Nintendo’s much needed intervention has not yet been scheduled.