Pokkén Tournament Arcade Machine is an upcoming arcade fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. The game combines gameplay elements from Bandai Namco's Tekken series with characters from the Pokémon franchise.
Pokkén Tournament, similar to the Tekken series, is a fighting game in which two fighters battle against each other using a main Pokémon and assist set of Pokémon. Unlike most arcade fighting games, which use a traditional joystick and button controls, the arcade version is played using a Nintendo console-style controller, which are designed so that players who are not used to arcade sticks can get into the game more easily.
The game is planned to focus more on action, as opposed to the more technical gameplay of Tekken, allowing both hardcore and casual fans to enjoy it. As such, players can perform various techniques taken from the Pokémon series, such as special moves and Mega Evolutions (which can be built up from attacks using a "Resonance Gauge").
The current roster includes the following characters: Lucario, Machamp, Blaziken, Suicune, Gardevoir, Pikachu, Gengar, Charizard, and Weavile. Assist characters are also available to use: currently, Emolga, Fennekin, Snivy, Frogadier, Eevee, Lapras, Jirachi, and Whimsicott are confirmed as support Pokémon.
It is planned for release in Japanese arcades in July 2015, with international release plans and Nintendo exclusive console ports yet to be announced.