Pokken is a new Pokemon fighting game that is rumored to launch in 2015. Typically fighting games have relatively small casts. Although Pokken is expected to feature a generally large cast that spans the different Pokemon generations, with 719 Pocket Monsters in the Index the question is who will make the final cut?
We've seen the trailer with Lucario and Machamp going at it. There is also fan speculation about the full roster. With all this speculation as to who is going to make the final cut, we went to the experts at Prima Games. Here is their list of the Top 10 Best Pokémon for Pokkén Tournament:
Scyther is your typical speed demon. As one of the fastest Pokémon, Scyther will fill the role of quick and agile character. It also has ninja-like abilities which Namco Bandai already has plenty of experience in, given Raven in the Tekken series and the production of many Naruto games. We imagine Scyther as a character with considerable frame advantage who will keep opponents pinned down with speed, or become extremely difficult to hit with quick and effective evasion skills.
It's unclear if evolutions will be used in Pokkén, but either way Tyrogue is the perfect addition. Imagine starting the fight as Tyrogue, then having to perform a specific set of tasks, and those tasks determine what you evolve into. If you block or evade enough attacks, you evolve into Hitmonchan. Go heavy on the offense and you get Hitmonlee. Perhaps if you land a critical blow or some special move, you even get Hitmontop for a crazy new moveset. With Tyrogue you get a traditional fighter, but you can also get a bit crazy with it as well.
As a Pokémon that was created solely for battle, and given its popularity, Mewtwo is the perfect fit for Pokkén. With psychic abilities, the development team can have some fun with Mewtwo's attacks, allowing for a long-range combatant, or even an aerial fighter (depending on the final mechanics of the game). If there are super attacks in Pokkén you might even get to see Mega Mewtwo X or Y for kicks. Either way, Mewtwo should be included on popularity alone.
Another extremely popular Pokémon, Pikachu has been a mainstay of the Super Smash Bros. series since the beginning. For a time it was even one of the best characters in the game. It's virtually a no-brainer to assume we'll see Pikachu in Pokkén. The only real question here is will Pikachu have access to any evolutions, or will it remain in its most popular form throughout the entire fight? Either way, Pikachu is included as the poster character to spark interest with one of the most recognizable Pokémon in the world.
Imagine what you can do with a big, sleeping Pokémon. Snorlax should be included for the uniqueness and moderate popularity of the character. It would be very interesting to see what the development team would be able to do with this type of Pokémon. Does it sleep the entire fight as an extremely defensive character? Maybe it borrows a bit from Jigglypuff in the Smash series and has deadly attacks if you sleep at the right time? No matter the case, this would be a fun Pokémon to include in Pokkén.
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