We all know Pokémon. Whether you love it or hate, it was inevitably part of your life for a few years. With stores filled with merchandise, it was impossible not to have seen or at least heard of the worldwide phenomenon. Well, there’s a new Pokémon fighting game coming out, and Wii U’s Pokkén Tournament is getting a special controller in Japan.
- The new Pokémon arcade style fighting is due to come out in March
- The game is being developed by BANDAI NAMCO, who has a lot of experience with fighting games
- The controller will only be available in Japan, at least at first, either stand-alone or as part of a Wii U bundle
- If you buy your copy at launch, you will get a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card, which will let you confront the game’s boss from the start
Pokémon fans have been waiting for a good Pokémon fighting game for a very long while. Sure, Pokémon Stadium was a thing, but it didn’t really provide the clamoring fans with the type of Pokémon on Pokémon fighting action they so desperately wanted.
And then came along August 2015, and at the Pokémon World Championships taking place in Boston, the new arcade style fighting game was announced, and fans started losing their heads.
This is exactly what they were waiting for, and the developers are known to do a very good job with fighting games.
So, of course, special merchandise had to accompany the launch.
So, the new Hori Erio controller was introduced.
Lacking thumbsticks, the controller is specifically designed for fighting games, allowing for quick, precise movements and combos.
The Hori Erio is wired, and has a completely different design than what most people are used to, offering it very limited compatibility outside of the new Pokémon game. The ZL and ZR buttons, often used as triggers, are moved to the front, near the Start and Select buttons.
The designers went for this look in order to give the controller a much more arcade-ish feeling, so as to enforce the idea that the game is going to be very reminiscent of old arcade fighting games.
It comes as part of a special bundle, along with a Wii U console and the Pokémon game, for about $300, or stand-alone for about $30.
You can watch the trailer for the extremely flashy game below.
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