“Currently No Plans” to Add Characters/Stages via DLC to Pokken Tournament

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For those showing concerns over the launch roster for Pokken Tournament, it seems like Nintendo and developer Bandai Namco aren’t looking to expand it anytime soon.

In a report from Serebii, Nintendo and Bandai Namco have stated they currently have no plans to add characters or stages to the game, post launch via downloadable content.

“It has also been stated that there are currently no plans to release additional Pokémon or stages through downloadable content,” the statement reads.

The entire launch roster for the game includes:

  • Blaziken
  • Braixen
  • Chandelure
  • Charizard
  • Gardevoir
  • Garchomp
  • Gengar
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Mewtwo
  • Pikachu
  • Pikachu Libre
  • Sceptile
  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Suicune
  • Weavile

Pokkén Tournament is launching worldwide for Wii U on March 18th.

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  1. Immahnoob
    February 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Wait what? Isn’t this defeating the point of the game and franchise?

  2. Tako Luka
    Tako Luka
    February 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm


    pokemanz is dlc reincarnated

  3. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    February 17, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Considering how criticized the game was in Japan, I’m going to take the wild guess the game’s not very good.

  4. Immahnoob
    February 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I mean, the rooster is shit. You guys need more pokemon.

  5. TheMaverickGamer
    February 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    With the giant pool of Pokémon to choose from, you would figure that the roster would be much larger. I’m cool with Garchomp, but none of my other favorites (Blastoise, Feraligatr, the Eevee-lutions, among others) made it in. I have it pre-ordered, but I might take my chances and see if it gets any cheaper post-launch.

  6. deadeye
    February 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I wouldn’t say it’s shit, really. But more pokemon would be welcome.

  7. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    February 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    How do you not have Ditto in this as a cliche mimic character!?

  8. Mr0303
    February 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan should’ve been in the game. I suppose Bandai is working with limited resources.

  9. sanic
    February 17, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    No plans to buy this due to tiny amount of characters, although it looked interesting.

  10. Pico
    February 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Why would you release DLC pokemon, when you can release a better version with more pokemon in Pokken 2 exclusive to NX

  11. Pyroco
    February 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    You forgot about Dark Mewtwo.

  12. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    >Only 15 fighters
    >Including 2 Pikachus

    What a shame.

  13. scemar
    February 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    My guess is the bad reception of the game so far hasn’t convinced them to start DLC plans yet.
    If things turn for the better once it’s out in the west they might start to plan some DLC, but at this point with the NX right around the corner they might just do a remake like smash and do the DLC for it.

    Or realistically, they could do both.

  14. Softclocks
    February 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    game will be shit

  15. 2501
    February 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    How is this a headliner at EVO?

  16. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    February 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Hey guys – I forgot to add Shadow Mewtwo into the roster – there’s 16 characters at launch.

  17. Pooh Hardy
    Pooh Hardy
    February 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    IKR like no fighting game should have that little in a universe with tons of characters

  18. Pooh Hardy
    Pooh Hardy
    February 17, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    they’re working on a lot of things

    plus this doesn’t deconfirm update release characters

  19. Immahnoob
    February 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm


  20. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    February 18, 2016 at 1:34 am

    This will bomb.

  21. Galbador
    February 18, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Actually, 15 to 20 fighters are more than enough for me. More and it would remind me to a bad Mugen game, where you have more than 100+ charas and only 8 rounds while you fight in random way again 8 characters. As far as I know, SF2 had only 8 fighters and it was great. But this is only my opinion. I will keep an eye on this game and maaaybe buy it. Not a big fan of Beat ’em Ups anymore since such games went so damn fast with combos and whatsoever that I couldn’t hold up.

  22. Vcom7418
    February 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Meh… Skullgirls still has only like 10 characters, and it is still the most beloved fighting game right now. Size isn’t everything in a fighting game, and MK Armageddon showcased it perfectly. The quality of the characters is what counts.

  23. Ethan Fox
    Ethan Fox
    February 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Although I get what you mean, that’s Skullgirls and this is Pokemon.

    Pokemon is a franchise which has several key characteristics, one of the main ones being that there are many, many different Pokemon and players are encouraged to pick and choose their favourites to use. This is why games which feature Pokemon (such as Pokemon Conquest) tend to have many characters.

    That being said, I think there are bigger problems with this than a middling character roster.

  24. An Tran
    An Tran
    February 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

    No plans huh? With that small of a roster in this day and age and no plans to add more, I’ll be waiting for a price drop of at least 50%.

  25. An Tran
    An Tran
    February 18, 2016 at 10:39 am

    You’re comparing a $15 game to a $60 game though.

  26. Tomata O'Hare
    Tomata O'Hare
    February 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    A price drop on Nintendo games? You gonna be waiting a good long while then.

  27. sanic
    February 18, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Skullgirls is a shit though.

  28. Dakt
    February 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Kind of glad they’re going the tight balanced roster route with this instead of the Smash Bros route

  29. Spermtwo
    April 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    It takes a while to actually master any said character. So while your favorite may have been nixed for furry fan favs like Lucario and Gardevoir, rest assured that if you want to ever beat anyone you’ll have plenty of time between launch and when they do decide to start bleeding your wallet for DLC.

  30. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Game turned out to be bomb

  31. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    It didnt its nominated for best fighting game of 2016

  32. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Sucks to be you, its selong more than the Ps4 version of SFV

  33. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    this is definitely worth it, simple layout yet complex strategies

  34. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Because its amazing thats why

  35. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Eaxh character is easy to play, hard to master

  36. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Buy the game, play it for a week and you wont be dissapointed. And every character is unique

  37. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    They did make alot of games this year including T7 and the upcoming TxSf

  38. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Dont, just buy it

  39. Thecor13 .
    Thecor13 .
    June 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    So sceptile, garchomp and machamp are shit??? Hmmm you must have good taste.

  40. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    June 7, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Can you link it. I am interested to see the polls.