Thanks largely to the success of Donkey Kong, Nintendo will always have a place in arcade gaming history. However, its contributions to the arcade scene have been few and far between in recent years, with its Mario Kart GP series among the notable exceptions. Now, another of its most storied franchises is making its way to Japanese arcades. As revealed by Famitsu, via a very helpful Siliconera translation, a fresh Pokémon game is in the works.
Due for release in 2015, the newly announced Pokkén Tournament is the result of a partnership between The Pokémon Company, which is part owned by Nintendo, and Tekken publisher Bandai Namco, which also worked on the aforementioned Mario Kart GP. The short announcement trailer appears to suggest that Pokkén Tournament will be a one-on-one fighting game featuring prominent characters from past Pokémon releases.
The initial announcement doesn’t discuss the potential for a western release or ports to Nintendo’s home or handheld platforms.