Western Release Date for Pokken Tournament Set for March 18

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Nintendo has announced the release date for Pokken Tournament in both North America and Europe.

The Wii U version of the game will be launching on March 18th in both regions, and will include 16 playable characters from the get-go.

If you pick up a first run version of the game, you’ll also get a Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card, which lets you unlock Shadow Mewtwo in the game by tapping it on your Wii U GamePad.

Finally, you can view the newly opened official English website at PokkenTournament.com.

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  1. PenguinPlayer
    January 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    “Shadow Mewtwo is on-disk DLC locked not even behind an amiibo statue but just an amiibo card that’s initially only available for people who pre-order.”

    Jesus Christ, Nintendo keeps getting worse every second. If they suddenly decide Pokemon of all things is not going to sell, which they might because they’re Nintendo, then the first physical print might be very limited too.

  2. CrabCombat
    January 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    You can unlock Shadow Mewtwo in the game normally, using the amiibo card just unlocks it instantly.

    It’s still dumb, but it’s not on-disk DLC. It’s just a cheat code.

  3. Loli-Nox-Tan
    January 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Was just about to post this

  4. alterku
    January 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Slippery slope might apply. Testing the waters with cheat codes first?

  5. Doc Omally
    Doc Omally
    January 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    wow only sixteen? So the the current roster is it? No Heracross but at least we got a chandelier.. woo

  6. bateruchan
    January 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    the rest will probably be DLC like in SSB4

  7. deadeye
    January 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I’m fine with amiibos just unlocking things quicker that you can get through normally play. There have been DLCs like this before.

    In fact, I’d say this is proper usage of amiibos. People that buy it get something cool, but people that choose to not buy it don’t end up missing out on stuff.

    It’s a hell of a lot better than amiibos that grant access to content that is otherwise inaccessible at least..

  8. scemar
    January 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I’m fine with this

  9. scemar
    January 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    16 isn’t that much but at least the gameplay looks simple enough that they could easily add more over time

  10. alterku
    January 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Yeah. However I have seen some sketchy use of Amiibos. The recently released Amiibo Festival Wii U board game gives you a point a turn for tapping your amiibo to the gamepad, while amiibo-less players get zilch. It’s a bad game don’t get me wrong, but still a horrible idea regardless.

  11. PenguinPlayer
    January 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    It’s okay then.

  12. sanic
    January 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    16 out of 740ish pokemon is not enough for me, trash this and bring me back a Pokemon stadium title

  13. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 15, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I haven’t really kept tabs on this and I’ve never played pokemon stadium but to my knowledge they are completely different titles.

    From everything I’ve seen, when a fighting game has a gigantic roster then that means either it’s reusing a lot of characters that already exist in previous fighting games and have already, for the most part, been developed for the genre, or a lot of characters just feel like filler and aren’t really unique enough to have been worth the trouble.

  14. DTSLanternCorps
    January 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Super Smash Bros says hi.

  15. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 15, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Super Smash Bros. started with only twelve characters and gradually added more as the series went on. That’s what I meant primarily by my first point in my initial post though I guess I didn’t word it well (since I wanted to also include things like MvC2 where a boatload of the characters are just reused from other titles they made.)

    Nevermind the fact that many of the characters in each subsequent game were clones/semiclones of other ones.

  16. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 15, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Tekken says hello. As does Street Fighter and a few other fighting games. Smash Bros is more casual than other fighting games so the clones are more accepted by the players of the game. SSB4 is the only fighting game so insanely blatant about it that I’ve seen.

  17. Stilzkin
    January 16, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Where the fuck is Hawlucha

  18. Pico
    January 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    The game is 30 fps when 2 players play on the same console, dead on arrival