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Pokken Tournament started out as an idea for a Pokemon-themed Taiko Drum Master

Posted on February 20, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii U

Pokken Tournament ended up as a 3D fighter that takes some inspiration from Tekken. That wasn’t the original plan, however.

When Bandai Namco was meeting with The Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, there was interest in creating a Pokemon-themed version of the rhythm series Taiko Drum Master. Ishihara was actually the one who suggested doing something different.

“Mr. Ishihara actually said, ‘If we’re going to work with Bandai Namco, I want to do a collaboration with Tekken,'” Pokken Tournament producer Katsuhiro Harada told The Verge.

And so that’s how we eventually ended up with Pokken Tournament. The game made its way to arcades last year, and will be reaching Wii U on March 18.


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  • Vinicius

    They made the right decision.

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  • TheGoomba

    Thank God they changed it, or the USA would never have got it.

    • Reggie

      IDK, Pokemon is popular enough that a Pokemon-themed Taiko Drum Master would have made it to the west. They did bring over the Nobunaga’s Ambition crossover (although calling it Pokemon Conquest…) which isn’t as well known or popular in the west. Though I agree that a Tekken crossover is much better.

  • Dragenico

    Interesting outcome for a type of dancing game!

  • Velen (Not WoW)

    Uhm am I the only one who noticed that the release date is now March 18th instead of the original March 3rd?

    • AquaBat

      It was never March 3rd. It was always March 18th since the moment the date was announced. Where did you get that date?

  • David Eric

    Thanks Ishihara

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