Pokken Tournament will come to the U.S. for location tests

Almost a year after its announcement, Pokken Tournament has been confirmed for U.S. location tests, according to a recent Reddit AMA with the senior VP for Dave & Busters.

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It's been almost a full year since the Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament, was announced for a Japanese release. However, there was no word on whether Pikachu would take his non-Smash battle to North American shores. But if Dave & Busters is to be believed, it looks like the fighter from the makers of Tekken will indeed come to the U.S. for some location tests.

"Yes. We will be testing Pokken," Dave & Busters senior VP Kevin Bachus revealed during a Reddit AMA (via Nintendo Everything). "Candidly both NAMCO and I are more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken."

In context, Bachus is referring to the Tekken 7 location tests, which are set to kick off later in July. No date has been given for the Pokken Tournament test dates, but the fact that they're even happening at all is an encouraging sign for the game's North American prospects.

For those that need a refresher, the Pokken Tournament roster has grown significantly since the initial announcement. In recent weeks, the roster has welcomed in the Ice/Dark-type Weavile, the Fire/Fighting-type Blaziken, and the always-popular Charizard. Let's check out all of those videos below.

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