Nintendo have revealed the first details of the single player modes that will feature in Pokémon/Tekken mash up, Pokkén Tournament, which is scheduled for launch on Wii U March 18.
Set in the new region of Ferrum and developed in conjunction with Bandai/Namco – who also worked with Nintendo on the newest Smash Brothers entry – Pokkén Tournament is an arena-based 3D fighting game set in the world of Pokémon, featuring a roster of fan-favorite beasties including Charizard, Pikachu, and Lucario.
Exclusive to the WiiU verison of the game, the Ferrum League is a new single-player mode that has players battling other trainers as they attempt to rise to the top of the local Pokémon league. unlocking new support Pokémon and stages as they go.
Every win in the Ferrum League will also earn players Poké Gold (PG), which can be spent on customizing their Trainer. Going to the My Town section of the game allows players to spend their hard-earned loot on new customization items such as hair styles, outfits, and accessories.
Along with the Ferrum Legaue, Pokkén Tournament also features a deep Practice Mode that will allow players to improve their skills without worrying about time limits or HP. In addition to the Free Training mode, the Combo Dojo introduces players to the myriad of available combos available for each Pokémon and lets players try them out.
Nintendo also confirmed that Pokkén Tournament will be compatible with all Amiibo figures available to date, with each unlocking themed accessories and other in-game items for your trainer to use.
Players will also get the chance to play as Shadow Mewtwo. As players battle their way through the Ferrum League, Shadow Mewtwo will suddenly appear, successfully defeating him will allow you to play as him. However, first-run editions of the game will come bundled with a limited edition Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card that will immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the Wii U GamePad.
Check out a video showing some of the game’s single player features, courtesy of AGB below.
Is the idea of a proper Pokemon fighting game your idea of heaven, or do you think Nintendo have finally lost the plot? (I’m firmly in the former camp)