Pokken Tournament is currently being considered for international release, a new comment from Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada reveals.
Harada has been answering several fan questions about the game on Twitter as of late – which included the possibility of it launching outside of Japan. You’ll find a roundup of Harada’s comments below.
RT @Mashudes Possible international release for Pokken Tournament?
Don’t expect Nintendo to ditch dedicated gaming devices anytime soon. Shigeru Miyamoto expressed the deep need for such hardware in an EDGE interview this month, telling the magazine, “A unique software experience can always be realized with unique hardware that has a unique interface.”
Below are Miyamoto’s comments in full:
“As I said before, there are always people who really want to get deeply into a game. We want to create, and they want to experience, something unprecedented all the time. For us to meet these goals, we need dedicated hardware that is designed to cater to the needs of these avid gamers. People might say that software is software. No. A unique software experience can always be realized with unique hardware that has a unique interface. That is why I believe Nintendo is, and will be, sticking to these dedicated gaming machines.”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has issued a challenge to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. Guillemot is looking for Miyamoto to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was recently called out by Xbox boss Phil Spencer to take part in the same event. Reggie hasn’t posted his video yet, but we can apparently expect big things.
Nintendo is placing more of an emphasis on its core fanbase these days. It’s quite the contrast to the Wii and DS era, in which the company produced many titles for the casual player and looked to target this demographic.
But now, as explained by Shigeru Miyamoto in this month’s EDGE, Nintendo isn’t as interested in catering to those who have a “passive” interest in games.
“[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, ‘okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.’ It’s kind of a passive attitude they’re taking, and to me it’s kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].”
“In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population. Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It’s a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people’s daily lives.”
Tekken characters won’t be appearing in Pokken Tournament, according to Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada.
Harada told one fan on Twitter:
Ha, ha, ha. Nope, Tekken characters will not be making an appearance.
As we’re making a Pokemon fighting action battle game, I’ve already touched on this while on the livestream, but in this game there will not be a high/mid/low guard system mechanic. Instead, we’re planning to include a new type of [mechanic]…
Following today’s announcement of Pokken Fighters, the Pokemon Company launched an official websitewith a bit of content.
First, we have the following overview of the game:
The goal for this project was to enlarge the possibilities of Pokémon Company’s Pokémon series and to “bring into the world a Pokémon game that’s like nothing before”. This vision was made possible with the expertise in 3D action games that Bandai Namco has gained while creating games for the Tekken and Soulcalibur series.
In Pokken Tournament, Pokémon look more real than ever before and they move and attack smoothly according to player’s commands, so it is a completely new Pokémon battle experience. This is not just for children as the game can also be enjoyed by adult Pokémon fans in their twenties.
With cutting edge graphics, Pokémon battles are completely revived! Coming in 2015 for the arcades.
Head past the break for comments from the Pokemon president and a pair of Bandai Namco developers. (more…)
Capcom is suing Koei Tecmo over a patent infringement, and Sankei has some of the details.
Here’s what we know:
- Capcom is suing due to the patent infringement in games such as Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends
- A total of 49 other titles are involved
- Suit is for 980 million yen (about $9.43 million)
- Lawsuit says Capcom filed a patent back in 2002 that involves a function that lets you acquire new content by combining an existing game with another piece of software
- It appears that Capcom is effectively referring to the idea of expansion packs, and the concept of importing content into the new version of a game
- Likely covers expansion discs as well since the patent was filed in 2002
- Another patent mentioned in the report is a controller-vibrating notification feature when enemy characters are nearby
- Capcom claims that the patent infringement “has greatly contributed to the sales” of Koei Tecmo’s titles
- Koei Tecmo has seen a profit of about 9.73 billion yen in total sales
- Capcom wants to acquire around 5 – 10% in license fees
- They’re also demanding the suspension of sales on several Tecmo Koei titles
Nintendo can’t be counted out in the long-term, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has said.
Hirshberg, when asked about Nintendo’s current situation and what could be done to turn things around with Wii U, he stated:
It’s probably a better question to ask Nintendo. They are obviously not off to the start they’ve probably hoped they would’ve had with the Wii U, but they also have some of the world’s best IP and some of the world’s best game makers. I’ve always said they’ve been through rough hardware cycles before, but when you have the kind of game makers and beloved IP like they do, you can’t count [Nintendo] out for the long-term.
Activision’s lineup of Wii U releases have continued this year with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, and the upcoming Skylanders Trap Team. However, it’s looking like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be arriving on the system.