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Watch 15 minutes of English Pokken Tournament here

Despite launching in Japan as a – relatively unprofitable – arcade cabinet in mid-2015, Pokkén Tournament still has yet to show up on the Wii U. That’s going to change on 18th March though, so it’s about time we had a better look at what the game is all about. Fortunately there’s now 15 minutes of in-game footage to enjoy, all in glorious English too.

With this particular video, it might be worth skipping over the first two minutes, as there’s a lot of Avatar customisation with in-game currency purchases for hair, clothing, effects etc.. However following that, we get right into a battle between MewTwo and Lucario, who beat seven shades out of each other with a variety of physical attacks and epic abilities.

Aesthetically the game isn’t bad looking at all, and there’s clearly a lot of depth in how you customise your Pokémon as they level up and unlock upgrades. Here’s hoping that the announcer is only there to give you tips as part of a tutorial though, as she doesn’t shut up.

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Later when we move on to character select screens, we can see that there are 14 characters to choose from, plus a bonus Shadow MewTwo, though there may be others to unlock as the screen certainly has space for it. There’s also a wide combination of support characters to choose from, offering different abilities and skills for the fight to come.

There looks to be 19 stages to play on in total, ranging from scorching volcanoes, to simple training gyms.

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KitGuru Says: I’m not a huge fighting game fan, but this looks fun enough. I’m not sure if it’ll get me to move on from Splatoon as my go-to WiiU game, but I could see myself having a few brawls with friends.

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