Arcade Pokkén Tournament

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by octaneblue

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Pokkén Tournament – Character Wishlist, Part 1: Fighting Types

Earlier this morning, Pokkén Tournament was revealed by Nintendo and Bandai Namco Games. A fighting game with gameplay style similar to the Tekken series, a teaser trailer was revealed, showing Lucario facing off against Machamp. An earlier teaser video from last year showed Lucario against Blaziken. So that makes three Fighting-types thus far. But with so many Pokémon to choose from, which ones would you like to see in the roster? In this post, I’ll reveal my personal picks for characters I’d like to see in Pokkén Tournament! This post will cover only Fighting-types; the non-Fighting type wishlist will be in a second, separate article! These will be posted in no particular order:

1. Hawlucha
Hawlucha
Hawlucha is the first ever Fighting/Flying-type Pokémon. It’s smaller than most Fighting types, but it still packs a punch, and it’s very fast too. Obviously based on a luchador, Hawlucha would be a very nice fit into the roster of Pokkén Tournament.

2. Hariyama
Hariyama
Compared to the smaller, faster Hawlucha, Hariyama is big, bulky, and slow. Based on a sumo wrestler, a slow but powerful Pokémon like Hariyama would be an interesting addition to the roster. Bandai Namco Games have used a sumo wrestler in the Tekken series before: Ganryu. And there are other sumo wrestlers in fighting games as well, including E.Honda (Street Fighter) and Taka-Arashi (Virtua Fighter).

3. Pangoro
Pangoro
Like Hariyama, Pangoro is on the slower side. A temperamental Pokémon, Pangoro is a straight-up brawler, utilizing several punching moves in its arsenal. It has a very awesome design too, and it would really be a great fit to the roster. Bandai Namco Games is no stranger to use of a panda; the character Panda has been a staple of the Tekken roster since Tekken 3.

4. Hitmonchan/Hitmonlee/Hitmontop
Hitmonchan Hitmonlee Hitmontop
Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee ae among the original group of Fighting-types introduced in Pokémon Red/Blue. In the next generation, a baby form was introduced: Tyrogue. Depending on its stats, it could evolve into Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, or, newly introduced in that generation as well, Hitmontop. These three Pokémon would be very welcome additions to the Pokkén roster. All three represent unique fighting styles too: Hitmonchan is a boxer, Hitmonlee is a kickboxer, and Hitmontop represents Capoeira. And going back to Tekken, all three styles have shown up in that series too: Steve Fox is a boxer, Bruce Irvin is a kickboxer, and Eddy Gordo & Christie Monteiro both practice Capoeria. So if Bandai Namco wanted to recycle some animations or moves from those fighters for the Hitmons… it wouldn’t be hard to do.

5. Heracross / Mega Heracross
Heracross Mega Heracross
Heracross would be a very unique addition to the character roster. Basically an over-sized Scarab beetle, Heracross’s signature attack is Megahorn. It would be interesting to see Heracross utilizing its horn during Pokkén fights. And as shown at the end of the reveal trailer for the game, Lucario can somehow Mega Evolve into Mega Lucario. Heracross has a Mega form too, which boosts its attack, and the length of its horn, to a ridiculous level.

6. Gallade
Gallade
Gallade is not the only Psychic/Fighting-type; Medicham preceded him. And while Medicham, and its Mega Evolution, would be awesome additions to Pokkén Tournament, between the two, I’m giving the edge (no pun intended) to Gallade, primarily because of his unique blade-like arms. Because of this, he would be very fun to use in a fighting game environment. He could also utilize some of his Psychic abilities too.

7. Chesnaught
Chesnaught
Okay, hear me out on this one. In terms of the starter Pokémon in Pokémon X & Y, Greninja is arguably the most popular one. It was revealed for the Super Smash Bros. 3DS & Wii U roster earlier this year. While Greninja would be a very cool addition to the Pokkén roster, Chesnaught would be a fine addition too (as would Delphox, but I’m not going into that here). The fully evolved form of Chespin, Chesnaught is primarily used in the games as a defensive tank. Chesnaught would be a good counterpart to Hariyama in the sense that they’re both strong and bulky but slow. However, Chesnaught has the ability to use Grass-type moves too, including its signature move, Spiky Shield.

8. Throh / Sawk
Throh Sawk
In terms of their performances in the Pokémon games, Throh and Sawk are basically outclassed. They’re not terrible Pokémon by any means, and they’re both usable, but Throh is outclassed by Hariyama as a defensive Pokémon, and Sawk is outmatched by Hitmonchan, who is faster and boasts a more impressive move pool. But in a fighting game environment, these two can shine. The two Pokémon actually use real life martial arts: Sawk practices Karate, while Throh practices Judo. Both styles have appeared in various fighting games, and Throh and Sawk can utilize their respective fighting styles in bouts in Pokkén Tournament. And like in the games, Sawk could play as the more offensive-oriented one of the pair, while Throh would play as the more defensive one.

9. Toxicroak
Toxicroak
Toxicroak, along with its pre-evolution Croagunk, possess a unique Poison/Fighting-typing. It has poisonous claws on the back of its hands that can jab opponents and poison them. If Pokkén Tournament includes a status condition element, expect Toxicroak to be the go-to Pokémon for poisoning. Toxicroak doesn’t use a fighting style based on any real-life martial arts, but if Toxicroak does make it onto the Pokkén roster, expect it to fight with an unorthodox move set.

10. Infernape
Infernape
Infernape is based on the character Sun Wukong in the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Many characters in various forms of media are also based on Sun Wukong, including Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Monkey from Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and SonSon from Capcom. The second of three Fire/Fighting-type starters, the first being Blaziken and the the third being Emboar, Infernape was very popular when it was introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. However, once Blaziken was able to use its hidden ability Speed Boost, it overshadowed Infernape. Then Blaziken got a Mega Evolution in Pokémon X & Y. However, Infernape has always remained a formidable opponent with a huge move pool that includes Fire Blast, Close Combat, Thunder Punch, Grass Knot, Flare Blitz, U-turn, and Mach Punch. Who wouldn’t want to see this furious ape in a fighting game?

There are plenty of other Fighting-types that weren’t added onto this list; this includes Breloom, Poliwrath, Mienshao, Scrafty, Meloetta’s Pirouette forme, and so on. What Fighting-type Pokémon would you like to see in Pokkén Tournament? Leave us a comment below and let us know! And stay tuned for the second part of the Pokkén Tournament character wish list, which will include non-Fighting types!

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