Pokken Tournament on Pokémon Day

Following last Saturday happened to be a grand turn-out for Nintendo NY as hundreds of people lined the streets to celebrate 20 years of Pokemon. But on the other part of Manhattan, it was quite the show for another celebration. Over at the GameStop at Union Square, a near hundred combatants lined up to face each other for the fight for…..sneakers? Confusing, but February 27th just so happened to be the release of the new Air Jordans, and luck would have it the GameStop location is sandwiched between both Foot Locker and FootAction stores. No matter the numbers, people started to camp at the storefront since 5:30 AM to make it to the competition, and to play the game before its release.

Competitions for Pokken Tournament were placed in GameStop’s all over the US for the chance that one of them may advance to the next early access competition in the Nintendo NY store in New York City. The winner of that competition will not only receive a Wii U and a copy of the game, but also a chance to be flown to Columbus, Ohio, where their mettle will be tested again in the 2016 Pokemon US National Championships. Seems like Nintendo is riding a lot on this game, since the only other time they’ve done a competition of this scale was before Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS was released in the US.

However, Pokken Tournament is no joke. Given the reactions of Saturday’s turn-out, the much earlier arcade machine test runs in select Dave & Busters months ago, and even it’s inclusion into the roster of one of the biggest fighting game tournaments EVO, this seems to be a pretty hyped up game for multiple people from multiple genres. I will save anything I have to say about the game for the review, but overall the community’s excitement for Pokken can barely be contained. For now here are some pictures of that day from the older division, as well as some early access matches to help whet your appetite.

Similar posts
  • Super Mario Odyssey Midnight Launch a... Best Buy is hosting midnight launch events for Super Mario Odyssey at select locations  across the US. [...]
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Ma... The creators of the Legend of Zelda manga series, A. Honda and S. Nagano (pen name Akira Himewaka), will appear at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca, New York on Saturday October 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM for a signing of Twilight Princess, Vol. 1 or Vol. 2! [...]
  • Nintendo’s PAX West 2017 lineup Nintendo has just announce a full list of games and activities it has lined up for Pax West 2017. In addition to demos of some of the company’s biggest upcoming releases, Nintendo has a number of fan events planned throughout the expo. The Pax West week starts up with a pre-pax Nindies@Night event, from 8:30 [...]
  • My Nintendo June Rewards Announced My Nintendo has announced their rewards and deals for June! Celebrate summer with a season of great games! My Nintendo helps kick things off with a batch of new rewards, like official Prima eGuides and discounts on some iconic Nintendo franchises: Nintendo Selects titles: • 15% off Animal Crossing™: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo [...]
  • ARMS Direct announces Global Testpunc... ARMS Global Testpunch demos will be playable for two weekends [...]

Leave a Reply

Recent and Upcoming

9/15/2017 - Metroid: Samus Returns

10/6/2017- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

10/27/2017 - Super Mario Odyssey

%d bloggers like this: