Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon/Tekken hybrid arcade game, may be heading to North America by way of Dave & Busters.
In a reddit AMA with Kevin Bachus, Dave & Buster's senior vice president of entertainment & game strategy, he remarked on the possibility of bringing the game to the restaurant/arcade chain. When asked by redditor Seven29, "You guys are on good terms with Nintendo/Namco, right? Pokkén Fighters would be likely to at least get a location test if they offered it, right?" Bacchus replied, "Yes. We will be testing Pokkén. Candidly both Namco and I are more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken."
Currently, the game is only available in Japanese arcades where the game saw release earlier this month. This is by no means a guarantee that the game will make its way to all Dave & Buster's locations, but currently, it's the best chance the game has of coming to North America.
For more on Pokkén Tournament, head here.
This is one of the odder uses of the Pokémon license, but I am curious to see how it plays. I don't think anything can unseat Super Smash Bros. in terms of fighting games featuring Pokémon, but I hope the game does find a home here somewhere.