Note: This post was actually written yesterday. Because PushDustIn got confused with timezones and when the Pokkén Newcomer (Chandelure) was suppose to be announced, it’s coming out after the reveal. Sorry about the delay!
Sandslash – I think Sandslash would be an interesting newcomer. His sand, ground and melee attacks would make him stand out of the crowd. Sandslash has been catchable in all generations of Pokémon , meaning players will be familiar with him. Sandslash is not as popular as other Pokémon , but Sandslash’s ‘uniqueness’ in terms of fighting style and look makes him an appealing choice.
Feraligatr – Looking at the current roster so far, it seems clear that there’s a pretty strong focus on starter Pokémon . We’ve got Charizard, Braixen, Blaziken and Sceptile. After all, starters are among the more well known Pokémon so that does make sense. There’s a rather glaring lack of water type Pokémon in the game, with just Suicune so far. It stands to reason that we may see a water type starter Pokémon . I’ve gone back and forth over who exactly would be the optimal pick, but I believe Feraligatr is well overdue for an appearance in a game such as Pokkén. It has a very appealing design, and would stand out among other cast members of the game. I have a soft spot for the starters of the Generation 2 games so that further cements my pick.
Chandelure – It’s one of my favorite Pokémon from the 5th generation and there’s still a lack of both generation V and Ghost types in the playable roster. I feel its emphasis on combining the Ghost and Fire types would make it stand out from both the other Fire types, but also from fellow Ghost type Gengar. The fact it constantly floats could be a problem in regards to gameplay, but I feel that, if Bowser Jr. on the Clown Car managed to be in Smash Bros., the same could be done for Chandelure in Pokkén. Attacks like Fire Spin and Will-O-Wisp would make it a character to emphasise on dealing continuous damage over time rather than direct attacks.
Hitmontop – My bias shines through with this one. Hitmontop has always been one of my favorite Pokémon . Anyone remember the killer minigame on Pokémon Stadium 2? My buddies and I grew our own underground neighborhood competitive scene based on that minigame. Anyways, I’ve always felt the roster should have a focus on fighting type Pokémon . While the roster up to this point has been doing a great job at having an incredible amount of variety, I’d love for them to round off the roster with some good fighting types. Hitmontop would be an “In your face” character. Focused on speed and quick attacks. You could have a playstyle of constantly being in your opponent’s face with rapid spin, or play the hit and run style of gameplay.
Absol – First introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Absol has remained a fan favorite thanks to how well it stands out. Where most Dark types are tricksters or otherwise have ill intent, Absol is outright altruistic. Where many single stage Pokémon are on the forgettable side, Absol’s striking and visually appealing appearance, combined with monstrous physical power and the largest natural movepool of any non-Legendary, have always given it presence. But it’s Absol’s Pokédex entries–and through it, the species’ backstory–that have proved the most endearing: blessed with the power to foresee disasters and driven to warn others of them, yet often blamed for them instead, condemned and seen as doombringers instead of the guardians they really are.
Not only that, but Absol could bring abilities and a fighting style to Pokkén that no other character could! Absol could weaponize its power of foresight to predict natural disasters that would, after a delay, hit a wide area with powerful elemental attacks, all derived from the massive array of powers it already has! This unique brand of zoning and stage control would, when used tactically, force opponents into situations that leave them helpless against Absol’s powerful close range finishers!
Pokkén has already given a chance to several fan favorites who usually see little of the spotlight. Could this be Absol’s chance as well?
Golurk – Barring legendaries(and minor legendaries so no Terrakion) it’s my favorite Generation 5 Pokémon and it has the markings of a slow, heavy hitter. I envision it like a Sentinel from Marvel vs Capcom due to it’s robot-ish traits(for a magic golem of all things), just nowhere near as mobile. And if not, it could be your standard grappler character a la Zangief or a Ganondorf-esque mighty glacier. My bias is a determining factor here, yes, but it’s my top most wanted for Pokkén and I think it would fit in perfectly. It’s a ghost robot that flies!
Anything to make this game more viable at tournaments in terms of logistics: Seriously. Right now, Pokkén can only be played with one Wii U controller and one Pokkén controller, because each player looks at a different screen which shows each player’s perspective, and each screen runs at 30fps. Which is…acceptable, I guess,, but to play this game locally, you’d need two Wii Us, connected locally via a LAN cable, or an arcade cabinet. Both of which are pretty steep investments, although I imagine some scenes/venues already have Wii Us for Smash 4. Still, that’s…an unnecessary hassle– you need two Wii Us just to practice with another person on the controller you want to use in 60fps– and with this basically killing the game’s competitive scene already, along with its low popularity in Japan…it’s not a good sign for Pokkén Tournament.
If you ask me, there’s only one character missing from Pokkén Tournament and that is the King of Iron Fist himself, Heihachi Mishima! OK, so technically this isn’t a Tekken game, but there are a number of striking similarities that run even deeper than the gameplay and the fact that this game is directed by Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada (Pikachu’s victory pose and use of the ‘Electric Wind God Fist’ immediately come to mind). I think it would be a ridiculous cameo that would shake things up a bit. Perhaps the concept of an elderly man with physics-defying hair beating up children’s pets is one that would be frowned upon by the majority, but it honestly doesn’t stray too far from something that actually could happen in Tekken’s storyline. I like to think that Heihachi’s ‘Spinning Demon’ would hardly be out of place amongst the Shadow Balls and Thunderbolts being tossed around the ring, although I don’t know what the Pokémon League’s rules are on using the Devil Gene. Now I’m starting to wish that they’d made this game about the trainers getting into fistfights instead…