Itching to test out the upcoming Pokémon-themed fighter Pokken Tournament? You should head to your local Dave & Busters here in the near future.
The restaurant and game center, who focuses on fun for the whole family with arcade games, prizes, snacks, drinks, and more will be testing a limited release of Pokken Tournament (via VG247) arcade machines at select locations around the United States.
This announcement comes down from Dave & Buster's SVP of entertainment and game strategy, Kevin Bachus, who brought it up during a recent Reddit AMA, or "Ask Me Anything" Q&A session. He mentioned that both he and Namco are "more optimistic" about Pokken Tournament than Tekken, which the seventh installation of (Tekken 7) will be rolled out into locations around the country as well. It makes sense, when you think about it, though. People are just way into Pokémon.
Right now, the game's only available to play in Japanese arcades, and it features several familiar Pokemon facing off against each other a la Tekken, which is what the game is built off of. Pokemon like Machamp, Suicune, Charizard, Blaziken, Pikachu, and more are a part of the roster, with additional assist characters like Eevee, Jirachi, Snivy, Fennekin, and more.
Though the game is already out in Japan, however, it's not so sure when we'll see it here officially in the West or even on home consoles. It's likely this location test is a huge turning point for the series and whether or not we can enjoy it here in Western arcades, so your best bet if you want to see it come over you might want to go and burn up the machines you can find at Dave & Busters to show The Pokémon Company that you want Pokken Tournament, and bad!
Personally, I think the bizarre title for the game may turn away potential players, especially since Pokken doesn't automatically resonate with players as "Pokémon" to the layman gamer. This isn't the first time we've seen a strange Pokémon spinoff game, and it definitely won't be the last. It's my hope that the familiar characters will be a boon for the displays, and we'll see a surge of players spending their hard-earned tokens at these location tests. And I don't have one of these around me to go to, so you'll all have to live vicariously through me.