Western Box-Art for Pokken Tournament Revealed

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We’ve gotten an early look at the western box art for Pokkén Tournament.

Featured above, the box art was found over on Amazon, with the same box art being seen over on Amazon Europe.

Pokkén Tournament is launching in both North America and Europe on March 18th.

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  1. Nagato
    January 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t like it, as it doesn’t at all convey it being a fighting game; if I didn’t know any better, I’d be guessing this was the Wii U’s equivalent of Stadium/Colosseum/Battle Revolution.

  2. Rumble Red
    Rumble Red
    January 22, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    The empty corner and Featuring Dante Badge take up an awful lot of space. It reminds me of a greatest hits edition box or something.

  3. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    January 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    That’s what commercials are for.

  4. Gigaknight
    January 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    It doesn’t surprise me at all. They could have included *the* quintessential Fighting-type (Machamp) for at least one of the Pokémon featured on the cover, but…well, you see what they went with.

    Speaking of Pokémon Stadium, remember the box art for that game and its sequel? The first had Charizard vs. Blastoise, the second had Ho-oh and Lugia. Both completely fitting. Those were the good days–when Nintendo wasn’t as afraid of its products appearing more awe-inspiring, rough, and tough than cute, cuddly, and family-friendly.

  5. bateruchan
    January 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    “Those were the good days–when Nintendo wasn’t as afraid of its products
    appearing more awe-inspiring, rough, and tough than cute, cuddly, and

    wew this is some mighty nostalgia speak.

  6. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    January 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I’m also hoping the “amiibo card included” isn’t actually part of the cover? What an eyesore.

  7. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    January 23, 2016 at 1:07 am

    For real, I thought all their shit was cute and approachable

  8. Lorcan13
    January 23, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I think it looks badass

  9. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    You gotta think in reality. Machamp is simply not relevant compared to Pikachu and Lucario, or even Charizard/Blastoise/Ho-oh/Lugia. You don’t have to like the boxart on this but putting Machamp on it instead of who they did is just not the best idea for business.

  10. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    So many covers get covered in eyesores like that anymore. Even ignoring the piss moon my copy of Bayo2 feels sullied with the giant “also has bayo1” thing plastered at the top.

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    January 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Pikachu is a well known character while Lucario is high octane furry bait. Does anyone even use Machamp in the RPGs?

  12. bateruchan
    January 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    …yeah, pretty much.
    some determined eyes are not… rough and tough. it’s american marketing at its finest, but nintendo was never… NOT cute, cuddly, family-friendly.

    Else kirby would not have existed in the 1990s.

  13. Lorcan13
    January 24, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Nice spam bro

  14. Gigaknight
    January 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I haven’t failed to. What you said is reasonable, but consider the following:

    This game is being described as a fighting game, one inspired (at least) by Tekken. Their presumable main audience–Pokémon fans, especially those who like fighting–would not have their decision made by the inclusion of the main mascot on the box art, nor would they be unable to find it otherwise.

    If you’d say that they hope to include Pikachu as a form of brand recognition–in order to catch the eyes of those outside of their main audience–ask yourself whether or not those who NEED to see Pikachu on the box in order to understand at least some of what this game is about would even spend the money on it in the first place, not to speak of actually know of its existence or bear interest upon finding it.

    Regarding Machamp’s relevance, I’d say that Machamp is every bit as relevant as Pikachu or Lucario to this game; being a Fighting-type in a fighting game (even if some pass it off instead, once again, as a “party game” or the like) is far more relevant to it than Pikachu. The word you probably should have used instead of “relevant” is “popular”. No, Machamp isn’t as popular as either Pikachu or Lucario (both have movie roles, and No_Good_Names_Ever gave one reason that likely applies to both), but he is far more fit for the titular “tournament” than Pikachu is; he is an actual Fighting-type, and there’s no mistaking that he is–he even has a power regulation belt around his waist.

    One that looks like a championship belt.

    Consider also, BTW, that there are two Pikachu in the lineup–one is female and a luchadora. Did they forget about Hawlucha? Or was brand recognition the reason for that decision, as well?

    I know a few fighting game enthusiasts–some of them are close
    friends of mine. All of them are at least familiar with Pokémon, and
    some of them much more so than your average Pokémon-uninitiated person. I can
    assure you that Pikachu’s appearance on the box isn’t what’d draw them in. It’s the fact that it’s a Pokémon fighting game–something fans have been waiting for. Something tells me that, next to the fact that it is the series’ first fighting game, Pikachu himself would not be nearly as weighty in terms of interest generation.

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  16. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    January 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Wow. Even its cover screams Tekken. And yeah, i know it’s from the same director.

  17. evilmajikman
    January 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    If I get this game, I’m gonna need a Charizard vs Mewtwo custom box art.

  18. Nagato
    January 25, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Pretty sure you’re just trolling, but I’ll bite:

    – Practically every Pokemon boxart there displays the most popular/relevant monsters of its era; they’re all obviously Pokemon games
    – XD would be the exception, but Lugia’s the unique selling point of that partical game and he was still fairly recognizable at that point

    – The SF and Tekken boxarts all clearly show muscular dudes wearing a gi and gloves; obviously fighting games
    – Raging Blast is obviously a DBZ game, hence 95% of being a fighting game
    – SCV is the only one that can understandably be mistaken for some sort fantasy adventure game

    – Pokken follows the same “popular/relevant” trend as the other Pokemon games
    – I get Lucario being a fighting game rep on top of being massively popular, but Pikachu’s just there because he’s insanely recognizable; no reason they can’t have someone more relevant to the fighting game thing, like Blaziken, Garchomp or even Machamp

    …or maybe it’s actually a trading card game because of the Mewtwo card that’s included?