A Pokkén Tournament special event took place yesterday, with the entire proceedings streamed via NicoNico. A tournament was the main draw, bringing players out to show off the game’s fighters and mechanics. After a great run from a Machamp player taking on Gengar after Gengar, the Ghost/Poison type still came out on top. After the tournament, Bandai-Namco Games’ Katsuhiro Harada, executive producer of the the game as well as driving force behind the entire Tekken series, took the stage in his trademark-for-Pokkén Pikachu onesie to discuss the latest fighter, Chandelure.

Anyone concerned with its design not lending itself to a fighting game rest easy, as the Luring Pokémon looks like a fantastic addition to the roster. Most striking is the presentation: Everything about Chandelure is disarming and even adorable, but with a sinister tint to it. The Ghost/Fire-type even puts its unique body type to use by swaying in the air like a chandelier, complete with spectral chain, to dodge attacks. A move that may be Minimize allowed it to dodge oncoming attacks, while it also seems to have an extremely far hitting grab-like move. The trailer ended with a look at its Burst attack, looking to be a particularly terrifying rendition of Dream Eater. As a whole, it looks to specialize in long-range and tricky attacks making it a sort of middle ground between Suicune’s beam focused build and Gengar’s mischievous maneuvers.

While the trailer was a real treat, what followed was a short exhibition demo of both it and Shadow Mewtwo, as well as a few of the new support Pokémon. Dragonite and Farfetch’d made brief appearances, performing Draco Meteor when summoned and actually preventing a show of what Farfetch’d could do. Victini was also shown on the select screen, with its attack seemingly being V-create based on the menu description. Shadow Mewtwo was the main attraction, looking purposely powerful with many wide hitting and fittingly-flashy attacks that really emphasize its dark influence. Once it Mega Evolves that power is amplified, becoming even faster and stronger with attacks covering a large area of the arena. It remains to be seen if Shadow Mewtwo will be balanced or more of a bonus boss-type character, but this footage definitely has me excited to get that amiibo card!

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Pokkén Tournament releases worldwide on March 18th, alongside its Fight Pad controller. First run copies will include the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card as a bonus. Look forward to more on this exciting fighting game in the coming months!

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg