Pokkén Tournament Headed to Wii U, Joins Pokémon World Championships

Posted on by HB Duran

Pokkén Tournament, the Tekken-style arcade game in Japan releases worldwide for Wii U on March 18, 2016, and that’s not all – the game will be a major event in the 2016 Pokémon World Championships.


Developed by BANDAI NAMCO, Pokkén Tournament uses the same fight mechanics as their infamous franchise, Tekken. Players will go head-to-head as their favorite Pokémon – and one will emerge victorious! The game runs at 60 fps, except during Local Battle, in which both screens will run at 30 fps.

The Wii U version will include a number of playable modes:

Single Battles – one person plays against the computer

Local Battles – two players compete using one Wii U console. One player will use the Wii U GamePad and the other player will use a compatible controller (see list below).

Pokkén Tournament-Compatible Controllers:

  • Wii U GamePad
  • Wii U Pro Controller
  • Classic Controller Pro
    (A Wii Remote Controller or Wii Remote Controller Plus is required to use this controller.)
  • Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad

Online Battles – you will be able to compete in Rank Matches and Friendly Matches. In Friendly Matches, you can easily battle other opponents, including people whose friend code you have registered. You can also battle people who have entered the same VS Code as you. In Rank Matches, you’ll receive rank points based on the outcome of your matches. Compete to see who has the most rank points or the greater number of victories.

LAN Mode – Connect two Wii U consoles together with a LAN cable to experience head-to-head action at a full 60 frames per second on separate TVs. In this mode, each player can use any compatible controller.


Select GameStops will be hosting Pokkén Tournament Early Access Competitions on February 28, 2016:

  • 2201 Preston Road, Plano, TX
  • 1841 Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee, GA
  • 3972 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA
  • 8115 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL
  • 6451 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL
  • 242 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
  • 32 E. 14th St. – Union Square, New York, NY
  • 3914 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, CA

The winners from those stores will  be qualified to attend the finals at the Nintendo New York store on March 17th. The final two winners from New York will then be awarded access to The 2016 Pokémon US Championships in Columbus, Ohio in July. From there, the best of the best will move on to the World Championships in San Francisco.

Nintendo has just released a new trailer:

Pokkén Tournament hits Wii U on March 18, 2016 and can be pre-ordered HERE. Will you duke it out, Pokémon-style? For more information about this new addition to the “Pocket Monster” family, visit the official website.

HB Duran

VGNS Founder, HB Duran is a gamer, artist, musician and occasional game dev. From early forays into all-night NES sessions, her career has blossomed into working as a game industry journalist, artist, QA tester and consultant. “HB” plays a variety of game genres and platforms, but is best known for her love of Silent Hill.

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